On August 8, 2011, CCA alumna Adrienne Skye Roberts (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) began a six-week residency at the hip new Philadelphia Art Hotel, tracing her radical roots. "My grandfather, Joseph Roberts, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, a chairperson of the Communist Party, and general manager at the Communist newspaper the Daily Worker. He was prosecuted in 1953 under the Smith Act, wartime legislation passed to stop alien residents from trying to overthrow the U.S. by force.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Clay Walsh
Join or create a student group or organization today!
What do CCA students do when they’re not studying, making, designing, building, creating, or writing? Well, a variety of things of course, including growing a number of CCA student groups and organizations that provide ample opportunities for students to engage in student body planning or socialize, or both.
Depending on your interest and commitment, chances are good there’s a student organization or group that’s right for you.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by Jim Norrena
How does the present imprint itself on language, on poetry? Gloria Frym's Mind Over Matter shows us that: the outlines of the endless wars, the credit default swaps. But it also shows poetry resisting this. "No poem/would stand for such a line," Frym writes. "A poem is not a fool." This book makes me want to cheer.
— Rae ArmantroutRead the rest
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Kate Angelo
On May 12, the exhibition Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories opened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. This show and its beautiful catalog represent the culmination of years of research and scholarship for Tirza True Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Jim Goldberg's photography is currently featured in two San Francisco exhibitions
Congratulations are in order for CCA Photography faculty member Jim Goldberg who, upon his second nomination, was awarded this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize—one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. Goldberg received a cash payment of £30,000 (roughly $50,000!).Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Team CCA's efforts will help benefit dozens of Bay Area AIDS services
Team CCA Meets Goal, Places Among Top 50 Fundraising Teams!
California College of the Arts joined AIDS Walk San Francisco 2011 held in Golden Gate Park Sunday, July 17, which marked the 25th anniversary of the event. Team CCA exceeded its $5,000 fundraising goal by almost 20 percent, contributing $5,810 to the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California that attracts hundreds of thousands of donors from the Bay Area and across the country.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Daniel Dallabrida's "Damage Is Done" [photo: Jim Norrena]
Remember that someday the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone there will be people alive who will hear that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought and in some cases died so others might live and be free.
~ Vito Russo (1946–1990)
(Excerpted from "Why We Fight," a speech delivered
in front of the Department of Health and Human Services
during a demonstration on Monday, October 10, 1988)
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Suggestions of a Life Being Lived: A Queer Exploration of Three Public Themes
SF Camerawork Publications, 2011
Hardcover, 64 pages, $19.95
Untethered to institutions of sexual or gender normativity and in pursuit of greater freedoms, the work in this book represents queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making.
The work looks outward toward collective and resistant expressions of queer community existing outside of dominant gay and lesbian culture.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs win the best documentary feature award for Inside Job (photo: Mark Ralston, Getty Images)
From the mosh pits of Olympia, Washington, to collecting an Oscar on stage at the Staples Center. From indie music scenester to hit documentary maker. (With a stop along the way in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.)
Audrey Marrs -- former punk rock musician, Ladyfest cofounder, and CCA alumna -- won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary feature for producing Inside Job, the story of the 2008 financial crisis. The statuette was handed over to Marrs and her artistic partner, the director Charles Ferguson, by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Marrs and Ferguson had been nominated in 2008 for their documentary No End in Sight about the American occupation of Iraq.
The two began working together in 2003. Ferguson posted a job listing on Craigslist for an "assistant to a writer/investor," and three (grueling) interviews later, Marrs got the gig.
Fast forward a bit. Marrs really likes her assistant job but wants more out of life. She applies to and enters CCA's Curatorial Practice Program, but continues working for Ferguson, and they begin making No End in Sight.
Fast forward again. Six months prior to her thesis deadline, she and Ferguson realize that she has actually been producing No End in Sight since the beginning. "We were so naive about the process of filmmaking," she says, "that we didn't realize that 'producer' was the function I'd been performing all along!" The film was received to great acclaim and led naturally to the next documentary project, Inside Job.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Jason Hanasik (MFA Fine Arts 2009) shot, directed, and edited Gap Inc.'s official "It Gets Better" video, the first video of its kind from a major retailer, for inclusion in the national It Gets Better Project, which is committed to reducing or eliminating harassment of LGBT youth in schools.Read the rest