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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.

In short, her accomplishments and commitment to making art that matters makes her an ideal visiting artist (MFA in Film) here at California College of the Arts.

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.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Manhattan Atmospheres
University of Minnesota Press, 2014
Paperback, 240 pages, $30

From the 1960s to the early 1980s, New York’s great park networks; its sanitarian projects of light, air, and water; and its monumental public works were falling apart. Images of flooded streets, blackened air, collapsed highways, and burning buildings characterize our understanding of the city’s landscape throughout this period.

At the same time, architects reimagined interior spaces as a response to these urban disasters. In this book, Architecture faculty member David Gissen reveals this chapter in New York’s environmental history that was unfolding inside the city’s gleaming late-modern architecture.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Rich and Poor
Steidl, 2014
Hardcover, 256 pages, $65

From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) photographed the wealthy and the destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document—a combination of text and photographs—that has since become a landmark work. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the Three Americans exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it was published the following year by Random House.

Out of print since 1985, Rich and Poor has been completely redesigned and expanded by the artist for Steidl. Available for the first time in hardcover, it now features a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America in the 1970s and 1980s that remains just as relevant today.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Wilderness
University of New Mexico Press, 2014
Hardcover, 128 pages, $50

Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish designed this monograph of Debra Bloomfield's work. A five-year project, it chronicles her photographic journeys into the landscape to an old forest in Alaska. A soundscape CD is part of the book, allowing the reader to share Bloomfield's journey: hearing the call of the common crow, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the hum of a ferry’s engine. There are essays by Lauren E. Oakes, Rebecca A. Senf, and Terry Tempest Williams
Wilderness.

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