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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Self as Super Hero: Handbook on Creating the Life-Size Self-Portrait
Sankofa Publishing, 2011
Kindle edition, $18

This book is by Amana Harris, CCA alumna and faculty member in Diversity Studies The ArtEsteem Self as Super Hero curriculum was inspired by a need for heroes for our children, youth, and communities. The heroes we need are defined as exceptional individuals or beings who inspire, protect, and serve, standing and taking action for justice and for the well-being of the environment, people, and animals. This multidisciplinary curriculum takes children, youth, and adults through a journey of self-exploration, family and cultural research, societal assessment, and development of aesthetic tools for artistic creation. The ArtEsteem Super Hero is a re-created version of self that embodies superpowers that help create a more loving and peaceful world. In the end, the goal is to allow you to stretch your imagination and integrate your ideas to expand and make this curriculum your own.

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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers
Kattywompus Press, 2012
Paperback, $18

My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers is MFA Program in Writing faculty Zack Rogow's seventh collection of poetry. The book is "Dedicated in loving memory of my mother, Mildred 'Mickey' Rogow: These poems celebrate her life and values, as well as the reasons for living that eluded her at points along her path." This is Kattywompus Press’s first full-length book, and it is hand-sewn, hand-glued, hand-bound.

Two of the poems have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. Several of the poems have already been published in anthologies. A series of tanka poems in the collection won the Tanka Splendor Award for best tanka sequence in English. Melissa Stein, author of Rough Honey, says, "Zack Rogow's poems tenderly evoke life’s ironies, bitter and sweet. They have a passionate sweep: the East River to Venice canals, Van Gogh's ear to sandcastles, filterless Pall Malls to the dazzling, dying stars. And they have a big, beautiful, aching, resonant heart."

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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Georgia Bellflowers: The Furniture of Henry Eugene Thomas
Georgia Museum of Art, 2012
107 pages, $16

This catalogue is designed by Graphic Design faculty Brett McFadden and Scott Thorpe of the firm MacFadden and Thorpe to accompany the first-ever exhibition of works by Henry Eugene “Gene” (or “Shorty”) Thomas (1883-1965) at the Georgia Museum of Art. Thomas worked from his home in Athens, Georgia, as an antique dealer and furniture maker for more than four decades. Because he relied on locally found antiques for inspiration and because he favored local woods such as walnut, cherry and maple, his furniture has a distinctly regional flair. The exhibition features approximately 17 pieces of furniture and related ephemera.

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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong: A Novel
St. Martin's Press, 2012
Hardcover, 368 pages, $25.99

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong is a novel by Writing and Literature chair Aimee Phan about reverse migration, the new American immigrant story. Cherry Truong's attempt to reconnect to her mother's family reaches around the world, from America to Vietnam to France, and reinvents what she knows of her family's history and her world. It is a story of loyalties, histories, and identities, exploring multiple generations of the Truong and Vos families and touching on the events of the Vietnam War, cultural assimilation, reconciliation, forgiveness, and redemption.

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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Refract House
CCA, 2012
Hardcover, 68 pages, $25

Refract House explores the evolution of CCA's solar-powered house (a joint project with Santa Clara University) that competed in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The competition brief was to design, build, and operate a maximally energy-efficient, attractive, and comfortable solar-powered house. Every detail was considered by the CCA student team, from the landscaping and the solar collection arrays to the furniture and plateware (made of California mud). CCA's house was awarded first place in architecture and communications, second in engineering, and third overall. It outperformed contributions from such renowned schools as Cornell and Virginia Tech.

The Refract House book reframes the team's efforts within a larger context of contemporary architectural practice. It is divided into four parts, addressing the conceptual trajectories underlying the project, the different design strategies that were explored, the integration of technological systems, and the material fabrication. It also discusses the implications of the project in terms of architectural education today. It features full-color photographs and renderings of every phase of the house's development. There is an introduction by CCA Architecture Director Ila Berman and essays by Ila Berman, Nataly Gattegno, Andrew Kudless, Tim Hight, Kate Simonen, Peter Anderson, Matt Hutchison, and Oblio Jenkins.

Purchase a copy by emailing Lia Wilson in CCA's Architecture Program: lwilson@cca.edu

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Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 by Allison Byers

Hard to say which came first, the metaphor or the stairs. When local textile maven Susan Chastain decided to transform her 1928 Marina-style Potrero Hill home into what she calls a grown-up dwelling (that is, on a par with the high-class abodes she's outfitted with her custom-made draperies, pillows and headboards for the past two decades), she may not have truly comprehended the symbolic implications of new staircases.

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Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 by Allison Byers

A product of French ingenuity during the reign of Louis XIV, the humble business card should be among the dead and buried in this era of social media and cloud computing. Mo Koyfman, a principal at the venture fund Spark Capital, captured the prevailing mindset of many forward thinkers when he recently declared, “I despise business cards. Using them feels so horse-and-carriage.”

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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA at CAA

Please join California College of the Arts at the College Art Association’s 100th annual conference in Los Angeles February 22–25. CCA faculty and alumni will be participating in various panel discussions throughout the conference. (See event schedule below.)

We invite you to drop by the CCA booth at the conference’s Book and Trade Fair to meet esteemed members of our faculty. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Special Reception for Alumni

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

5 Cities / 41 Artists / Artadia 08/09
Artadia, 2011
Paperback, 168 pages, $40

This full-color publication features more than 140 artworks and comments by Artadia Awardees 2009 Atlanta, 2009 Boston, 2008 Chicago, 2008 Houston, and 2009 San Francisco. It includes biographies of the 41 artists and essays by foremost curators and thinkers in Artadia's program cities, including guest editor Franklin Sirmans (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (Spelman College of Fine Art, Atlanta), René de Guzman (Oakland Museum of California), Jen Mergel (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Stephanie Smith (Smart Museum of Art, Chicago), and Michelle White (The Menil Collection, Houston). CCA affiliates featured include James Gobel (Painting/Drawing and Fine Arts faculty), Allison Smith (Sculpture chair), Leslie Shows (MFA 2006), Weston Teruya (Painting/Drawing 2006), and Moses Nornberg (student).

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
Grand Central Publishing, 2011
Hardcover/paperback, 336 pages, $27.99/$15.99

Designed by Graphic Design faculty Lenny Naar, this book by the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book dedicated to the world of crafting. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Amy Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters. "Did you know that inside your featureless well-worn husk is a creative you?" she asks. No doubt drawing on and making light of the current economic atmosphere, she notes that "Being poor is a wonderful motivation to be creative" and that most crafts are made with found or salvaged materials. In hilarious and well-styled photo spreads, Sedaris adopts various uncanny disguises, including a teenager, an elderly shut-in, and Jesus. She devotes equal time to instruction on making homemade sausage, gift-giving, crafting safety, and lovemaking (aka "fornicrafting"). Those looking to make conventional crafts should look elsewhere. Everyone else should sit down, have a laugh, and make your very own bean-and-leaf James Brown mosaic.

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