Curated by David Gissen and Irene Cheng of the California College of the Arts and featuring scents concocted by renowned perfurmers like France’s Christophe Laudamiel, the exhibit commemorates historians’ efforts over the past decade to record and reconstruct history’s odors to better understand the sense’s force in driving change. Get anywhere near the pollution vitrine -- a nauseating sample of what San Francisco smelled like following the Industrial Revolution -- and the demand for air quality regulations in the last century will make all the more sense.
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by Laura Braun
There is no Polaroid for smells, of course (unfortunately), and Urban Olfactory is not a real historical archive. But the idea was to imagine one, David Gissen, the exhibition's co-curator with Irene Cheng, told me. Previously, Gissen had speculated fantastically about "urban ice cores," or an archive of indoor air for future urban climatologists. The dozen or so scents at Urban Olfactory range widely in time and space, from early modern Europe to the California of 50 years ago.
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun
Michael’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught Design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Michael was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Laura Braun
David Gissen and Irene Cheng, the exhibit's architectural-historian curators from the California College of the Arts, searched far and wide to amass this surreal collection of odors. They tapped into the collections of rock-star perfumers like Laudamiel – who fabricated "Paris 1738" using "cassis note for urine, and [pyrazine] molecules for the other sewage effects" – and solicited tips from odor-obsessed writers like Chandler Burr, the one-time perfume critic forThe New York Times.
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun
His clients include AmericanOne, Baker Furniture, Bernhardt Furniture,The Blackstone Group, Bolier & Company, Boyd Lighting, Esprit, HBF, IBM,Luna Textiles, McGuire Furniture, Robert Talbott, Teknion and The Walt Disney Company. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Vanderbyl was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena
(l-r) Pratibha Parmar, Alice Walker, and Geena Davis [photo: Jim Norrena]
Pratibha Parmar is a British filmmaker, director, producer, and writer who is known internationally for her political and often controversial documentary film work. She’s also a stalwart activist within the global feminism and lesbian rights movements.
Before she was born, Parmar’s family emigrated from India to East Africa, and then later immigrated to London, where she was raised and went on to study at Bradford and Birmingham Universities where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively.
Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Laura Braun
Parmar was given access to Walker's family photo albums, her private journals, and her homes in Mexico and Mendocino. Parmar, who teaches film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, discovered startling things about her friend and colleague while making the documentary.
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Laura Braun
I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration. Otherwise you might be accused of being disingenuous or as we say in Jamaica, "bad-minded" and a writer so charged, especially when leveling remarks against a great icon such as Amiri Baraka, might not be able to withstand the wrath of the closing of the circle that excludes you, put a blight on your writing career.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Polaroids from Haiti
Nazraeli Press, 2014
Hardcover, 16 pages, $100
The photographs in Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) contribution to Nazraeli Press’s One Picture Book series (this is number 84), Polaroids from Haiti, were taken during a week in March 2013. They depict Haitians dealing with their everyday struggles. Goldberg, who describes himself as a documentary storyteller, spent this time traveling throughout the country listening to and photographing Haitian life. The resulting images reflect the continuing challenges and undying spirit of this impoverished country, when the 2010 earthquake is still reverberating. The publication is limited to 500 numbered copies, each one with an original signed Polaroid by Goldberg.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Dustin N. Smith
California College of the Arts is a featured partner for the 2014 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation & Activism conference March 26-29.
Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues in printmaking.
The event includes dozens of Bay Area participating organizations such at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Kala Art Institute, 826 Valencia, Berkeley Art Museum, Crown Point Press, San Francisco Center for the Book, and many others.