Posts tagged CalArts
Steven D. Lavine served for 29 years as the third president of CalArts, from 1988 - 2017. CalArts at the time of Lavine’s arrival was deeply financially indebted and faced uncertain odds. Then, on January 17, 1994, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake—the strongest in modern Los Angeles history—struck, severely damaging the main campus building. Here, in conversation with author Jörn Jacob Rowher, he reflects on the Northridge earthquake, the destruction it caused, and how the CalArts community came together to rebuild in the months following the disaster.
A CalArts Story by Thomas Lawson
To outsiders the place looked like a hippie colony, a place full of longhairs and dogs, children running free, and hand-held video cameras recording it all. Inside, it was a place of possibility. Although there were recognizable classes, the motivating idea was to create more informal spaces where artist teachers and their students discussed ideas and developed projects, most outside the traditional frameworks of art-making, projects that aimed to question the very institutional construction of art itself.
Unseen in the Archives: Inclusion and Omission in “Inside Out and Upside Down, Posters from CalArts 1970-2019” by Carmen Amengual
In September 2020, the Gallery at REDCAT celebrated the virtual launch of "Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019" with a conversation between exhibition curator and CalArts graphic design faculty Michael Worthington and co-organizers and CalArts alumni Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and Silas Munro. The talk was moderated by Carmen Amengual, REDCAT Gallery Assistant Curator. This was the first of a series of conversations that critically addressed the exhibition in relation to issues of inclusion and representation in the field of graphic design and graphic design education.
Remembering John Baldessari by Thomas Lawson
John Baldessari at the opening of his exhibition at Molly Barnes Gallery in Los Angeles, 1968. Photo by Phillip T. Jones and courtesy of Baldessari Estate. In the days following John Baldessari’s death in early January this year, I dug into my archives looking for something to re-post on…
Allen Ruppersberg: Certain of His Books by Susan Morgan
Every good book is essentially a mystery. What secrets might be revealed between the covers? Whose story is it that is being told? Where are we going? How will it all end? Can we ever really understand? Why is so much so easily forgotten? What is it that we are longing to remember?