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Otis College is the Only Place in California to See New Pledges of Allegiance Flag

The MFA Art + Social Practice emphasis at Otis College of Art and Design is hosting a new flag on campus. Part of Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide public art project by Creative Time, a commisioned flag from photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is currently on view outside of the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts. Otis College is one of 19 cultural institutions and universities across 16 states to raise the flag. 

Hyperallergic: “I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures

LOS ANGELES — The artist Alison Saar set a goal for herself long ago: to clearly communicate her ideas and emotions through the power of form. Her sculptures have their own personal vocabulary that speaks in a direct language about history, race, and mythology. If her sculptures are the melodies that capture one’s soul, the narratives behind them are the lyrics.

MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series: Lezly Saar

Lezly Saar is a Los Angeles based artist whose works include painting and mixed media. Her surreal yet tender paintings, inspired by Saar’s son who has been transitioning from female to male over the past several years, explore issues of gender identity and fluidity, scrambling expectations about race and what it means to be human. In addition to these paintings, she makes large-scale fabric banners that prominently display portraits of women. fusing the African-American quilting tradition with European tropes of portraiture.

Headlines

  • Vik Muniz, Diaspora Cloud, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Prakas. Courtesy of Creative Time.
    Otis College is the Only Place in California to See New Pledges of Allegiance Flag
    June 6
  • Mom with Dad’s Painting, 2013, by Judie Bamber
    Artillery: Judie Bamber, The Place Where Something Happens
    May 16
  • One of Alison Saar’s works in Topsy Turvy at LA Louver, photo by Gary Brewer
    Hyperallergic: “I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures
    May 7

MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series: Max Maslansky

Max Maslansky is a Los Angeles based artist whose work examines vintage pornographic imagery, making paintings on used bed sheets, found magazine pages and works on paper. He investigates pornography's moral ambiguity in relation to the depiction of women, men and desire, while mining painting's history of figuration, pattern, gesture, and in particular, the stain. 

Headlines

  • Vik Muniz, Diaspora Cloud, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Prakas. Courtesy of Creative Time.
    Otis College is the Only Place in California to See New Pledges of Allegiance Flag
    June 6
  • Mom with Dad’s Painting, 2013, by Judie Bamber
    Artillery: Judie Bamber, The Place Where Something Happens
    May 16
  • One of Alison Saar’s works in Topsy Turvy at LA Louver, photo by Gary Brewer
    Hyperallergic: “I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures
    May 7

Widewalls: Learning to Read with John Baldessari

For half a decade, John Baldessari ('58) combined image and language in a varied practice that included photo collages, sculptures, and videos, at the same time investigating how art itself is made and understood.

Known for his approach of good-humored irreverence, he punctuated his work with visual puns, wordplay, instructions and quotations, touching upon deeper truths regarding how we communicate through culture, and how art might reinvent itself.

Kade Twist on Artmaking, L.A., and Bringing an Indigenous World View to Otis College

Kade L. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist's work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination.

Deep Dive with Guggenheim Fellow and Alumna Coleen Sterritt

At the announcement of the 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, which included Sandeep Mukherjee ('96), Hunter Reynolds ('84), as well as MFA Writing faculty member Marisa Silver, we asked 2016 Fellow Coleen Sterritt ('79 MFA Fine Arts) to share her thoughts on the past year. 

Otis Graduate Portfolio Review Day

Graduate Portfolio Review Day

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 / 1-4 PM at OTIS MAIN CAMPUS / LOS ANGELES, CA

Join us to meet with graduate faculty, get feedback on your portfolio, and more information on the program.

Graduate faculty from all programs will be on hand to chat, review portfolios and give feedback for: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice and Writing

Headlines

  • Cover of For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert, white title text against a black background
    Otis Books Publishes Newly Collected Poetry, Interview by Renowned Moroccan Poet
    July 20
  • Victor Yates
    Victor Yates ('14 MFA Writing) Receives Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers
    June 9
  • Katy Cowan and Alex Beccera
    LA-Based Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar
    February 2

Alumna Alison Saar (’81) Installs Sculpture at Hall of Justice in DTLA

A new sculpture in bronze titled “Embodied” was installed on Oct. 24 at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

The figure, created by Los Angeles artist Alison Saar, exemplifies the spirit and values of justice represented in the roles of District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department, the tenants of the recently renovated Hall of Justice.