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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born on Oct. 25, 1961, Hong started pursuing his love for film at the Chung-Ang University, South Korea. He later travelled to the U.S. to continue his education at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he received a bachelor's degree, then to School of the Art Institute in Chicago for his master's degree.

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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York artist Hank Willis Thomas has been exhibiting more or less continuously since 1994, when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in photography from New York University. (He also holds master's degrees in photography and art criticism from the California College of the Arts.) That's long before the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and long before the deaths and mistreatment of young black men at the hands of police became a national media fixation.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Join us for the many public events planned during the symposium!

Join us Friday evening, November 6, for CCA's 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio opening reception in the Nave on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. at CCA’s main campus building at 1111 Eighth Street.

AICAD Symposium Exhibitions, Events & Installations


Titled The Cult of the Nine Muses, the exhibition features interdisciplinary artwork by students enrolled in CCA Sci-Studio courses -- studio courses in which embedded scientists give lectures, lead workshops, or otherwise bring together art and science.

The exhibition is on view in the Campus Center Galleries November 3-14, with a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 6.

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

This summer, the median rent for a one-bedroom in San Francisco’s cityscape of peaked Victorians soared higher than Manhattan’s, sent skyward by a housing shortage fueled in part by the arrival of droves of newcomers here to mine tech gold.

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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the 1970s and ’80s, Bay Area residents Kathleen and Peter Golden had been learning to dial up their enlightenment and intuition. Kathleen, a family counselor, honored her hunch to pursue a holistic education with teachers from Big Sur’s famed Esalen Institute, scene of many spiritual awakenings.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hannah Beatrice Quinn, a recent graduate of the furniture design program at California College of the Arts, is fascinated by ordinary household goods; for her 2014 thesis, she fabricated a series of domestic essentials, including brooms, dustpans, and ironing boards. "I strive to understand what makes an object precious in the eyes of an individual," she says.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Calamity West is a Chicago-based award-winning playwright. Her most recent productions include "The Peacock" (Jackalope Theatre), "The Gacy Play" (Sideshow Theatre), "Common Hatred" (The Ruckus), and "Ibsen Is Dead!" Her play "Give It All Back" was commissioned by Sideshow Theatre in 2015 and was cited on The Kilroys List the same year. In February 2016 her newest play, "Rolling," will receive its world premiere at Jackalope Theatre.

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

She was not from a family of readers, so she gravitated toward men whose academic bona fides made her feel a bit better about her own lack. In the mid-1990s she was studying in San Francisco at the California College of Arts and Crafts and living with an Ivy League-educated looker she now calls “Jack Ash.”

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Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

After spending four decades dedicated to a singular and consistent practice, artist Barbara Kasten's first comprehensive survey "Barbara Kasten: Stages" is inarguably due. The show, which is currently on view at the Graham Foundation in the 79-year-old's hometown of Chicago, originated at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, and per its title, presents stages of Kasten's career dating back to 1972, just after she earned her MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts. The significance of the show's title, however, extends further.