Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions
Actar, 2013
Paperback, 232 pages, $29.95

This book features the full array of images from the Museum of the City project by CCA Architecture faculty member David Gissen as well as an interview with Gissen and a chapter from his forthcoming book Manhattan Atmospheres.

Landscape Futures is edited by Geoff Manaugh and based on the 2011 exhibition of the same name at the Nevada Museum of Art. It explores the future of landscape studies by way of the technical intermediaries -- the instruments, devices, and architectural inventions -- through which humans have come to understand the built and natural environments.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes
CCA Wattis Institute, 2013
Office Binder, 278 pages, $40/$75 (regular/special edition)

The CCA Wattis Institute's fall 2012 show, curated by Jens Hoffmann, was a sequel to the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form curated by Harald Szeemann for the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. This catalogue, designed by Graphic Design faculty Jon Sueda of Stripe/SF, follows the "office binder" format of the original catalogue, and also features works that are interventions directly into the book. The special edition includes a set of three posters by the Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha, and the regular edition has one of the three posters.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Opposite of Work
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 136 pages, $14

Chad Sweeney says of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's second book of poetry, The Opposite of Work: "These intimate, honest poems labor toward a personal mythology where the return to Eden is a psychic process, 'erotic as a mind working,' of engaging the fallen world and body with casual grace and equanimity where 'divinity pervades even the slightest of acts.' These poems render a taut surface in time, registering the movement of sensation as it happens in continuum Bergsonian durée, 'the holiest of thoughts as you are / thinking them' -- not as performative gesture but poetry's necessary work of inquiry-toward-restoration-in-making. Behm-Steinberg desires nothing less than a heaven in language."

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. At CCA he teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2012
Paperback, 136 pages, $45

Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty) designed this exhibition catalogue for the de Young's Real to Real exhibition. The featured work, organized thematically, ranges from rare black-and-white photographs by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand to luscious, eye-popping work in color by William Eggleston, Andreas Gursky, and Stephen Shore.

Celebrating photography's fundamental fluidity and diversity through roughly 100 works, authors Kevin Moore (who served as an adviser to Trevor Traina in shaping his collection) and Julian Cox (founding curator of photography and chief curator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) explore the collection's range from early documentary to more recent conceptual art. Real to Real examines the preoccupation in pictures with everyday "reality," excess, spectacle, and loss.

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Liz Ogbu is CCA's "scholar in residence" at the Center for Art and Public Life. She spends about four or five hours a week there; she'd love it to be more, but she's a busy woman.

As often as twice a month she's getting on a plane to attend a design or education conference somewhere around the world -- frequently as an invited speaker. She teaches one course per semester at CCA, which translates to about one day a week. She spends another day every week teaching at Stanford University's famed Institute of Design, better known as "the d.school."

She also runs an independent consultancy that undertakes short- and long-term projects; currently she's working with CCA Architecture faculty member Douglas Burnham on something for PG&E, something else for the Nike Foundation in Nigeria, and a pop-up health clinic project funded by Autodesk.

With another CCA Architecture faculty member, Lisa Findley, she’s writing a chapter on South Africa for a book on different ways of appropriating space globally.

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

The art exhibitions in the CCA building seemed to resemble construction work at times that I was momentarily confused whether the school is currently undergoing a renovation. But after seeing fashionable Amy Williams walking about seamlessly around and about the installations and towards the VIP reception at the back, all was fine in the world. I should not be surprised; CCA is the top school in the world for sustainable fashion education. No materials are off-limits, the students’ creativities are boundless and refreshing.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Type design is a bit like the music business: There are a few rock stars whose names everyone knows, but there are also a whole bunch of other people you haven't heard of, out there making a living doing what they love.

And CCA is proud to claim many men and women in both categories. Over the years the college has accumulated a real wealth of faculty, students, and alumni who embrace the label "type designer" and have had their letterforms used in some impressively high-profile venues. The college's emphasis on this subfield of graphic design sets it apart from other schools; the Graphic Design Program has maintained a series of courses exclusively devoted to it for more than 20 years now.

And the Bay Area, largely thanks to CCA and its ripple effects, is today a real hotbed of people who are active in the field.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

Amy has maintained a thoroughly active career, seamlessly intertwining her design accomplishments with her role as an educator and supporter of the community. Her body of work displays a rigorous focus on evolving environmental and sustainable concerns, in her field of instruction, her research and in her exhibitions. In addition to her position as owner and principal of her ACA firm in San Francisco, Amy serves as Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts, where she teaches and develops new courses in the Undergraduate Interior Design Program.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

San Francisco–based studio Shape Field Office partnered with Nicholas Riddle, a framebuilder and founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at California College of the Arts, to create this handsome porteur-style conveyance.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

As a professor at California College of the Arts, I've pondered how to bring that spark home. How to get more students building as a means of thinking. How to get more people engaging in high-craft endeavors? I've contemplated how to parse design and the knowledge of how things actually go together. It struck that more building needed to happen for more students.

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