But other industrial designers successfully forged very different paths. Nathan Shedroff, designer turned entrepreneur, now leads California College of Art’s MBA Design Strategy program. Former IDSA chief Cooper Woodring has gone on to become an expert witness in design patent litigation. Brian Cheskey, a RISD alum, co-founded and is CEO of Airbnb.Read the rest
Others doubt the practicality of the supposedly flexible design. How, they want to know, do you configure a stable electrical system in a set of modular office units that will be hoisted and moved around by crabots? “Flexibility can become really expensive,” says David Meckel, director for research and planning at the California College of the Arts. Radcliffe says the company hasn’t worked out every problem just yet. “There may be a few things we need to scratch our heads on and figure out over time,” he says.Read the rest
In her photographs, Josephine Pryde frequently stages determinedly pitched, inscrutable parodies of selfhood. For her first show in a US institution, she presents a series of roughly twenty newly created images of women’s hands in close encounters with their own bodies, as well as with touch screens and touch lamps. Held in suspended states of discovery, these hands are living it up, footloose and perhaps in the midst of one of the “lapses” of self-awareness suggested by the show’s title.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Laura Braun
California College of the Arts (CCA) held its Black is the New Black alumni fashion show gala at the school’s San Francisco campus. Designer Stanlee Gatti transformed CCA’s central nave into a contemporary space with a runway and family-style seating for a dinner catered by Taste. Proceeds benefited CCA’s student scholarships.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Braun
“Yves thinks that men’s fashion is so boring, but that women’s fashion is so interesting,” said Sabrina Buell as she and partner Yves Béhar, the Swiss product designer, co-hosted the opening of the Maison Margiela San Francisco boutique on Thursday, April 23. “He’s obsessed with buying women’s clothes for me, and the line he always buys is Margiela,” she added. “Of all the labels, it’s the most artistic, design-based, and creative.Read the rest
Jonas has long been an influential teacher—in Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Cambridge, Mass. (where she is now professor emerita at MIT). In 2014 she joined the gallery Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, and her 2014-15 international schedule includes solo shows in Italy, Sweden and Norway.2 Jonas recently participated in the Taipei Biennial 2014 and performed Reanimation with Moran at HangarBicocca, Milan; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Read the rest
There's a unique program for aspiring musicians called Zoo Labs.
During the program, musicians live in a building in West Oakland, and spend 10 days honing their craft.
The teachers there try to show musicians how to make a living off their art. Soon, the free program might be going global.Read the rest
The second program I chose was a master class, Cinema Visionaries, with director Alex Gibney, in spirited and enthralling conversation with Noah Cowan and filmmaker Rob Epstein, co-chair of the film program at California College of the Arts. The increasingly prolific Gibney, whose Scientology film, "Going Clear," and four-hour Sinatra documentary, "All of Nothing at All," premiered on HBO earlier this year, talked about his strengths as a conceptualizer and structurer of his works.Read the rest
When I went to Hank Willis Thomas’s studio a few weeks ago, the artist showed me two photographs. The first showed model and actress Rebecca Romijn clad in a cream-colored bikini in the middle of Times Square clutching a glass of milk with a milk mustache on her face in a 1998 Got Milk? ad. The second image was of model Kate Upton 14 years later, on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit issue, wearing an ombré bikini.Read the rest
Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”Read the rest