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
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Laura Braun
Judging by the packed opening of the Maison Margiela boutique, there are plenty of people eager to go on Galliano's journey with him—people who know a thing or two about design, including art consultant Sabrina Buell and award-winning industrial designer, Yves Béhar, who cohosted the opening party with Alicia Engstrom and Jawbone founder Hosain Rahman in honor of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Laura Braun
Christopher’s background includes a BFA in painting from California College of the Arts and a recent solo exhibition at Little Big Space in Albany, California. Currently based in San Francisco, she describes herself as “an enthusiastic viewer of landscapes who never tires of shifting perspectives.”Read the rest