Faculty News

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Doug Caldwell went to see the movie X-Men, he wasn't thinking about his day job. But what he saw would change his life ... and the way the U.S. military makes war.

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Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s in-depth collaborations with marginalized subjects have had a lasting influence on visual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

“He was the first person who I got to know as a student, who was working with photography and text,” says Thomas, who studied with Goldberg at the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Gilgamesh
Contra Mundum Press, 2012
Paperback, 344 pages, $18

Composed over 2,500 years, then lost in the deserts of Iraq for 2,000 more, Gilgamesh presents a palimpsest of ancient Middle Eastern cultic and courtly lyrics and lore. It is the story of a visionary journey beyond the limits of human experience. The legends it collects ultimately informed Greek and Egyptian myths, Hebrew Scriptures, and Islamic literature. Scholarly translations of Gilgamesh often dilute the expressive force of the material through overzealous erudition. Popular versions of the poem frequently gloss over gaps in the text with accessible and comforting, but ultimately falsely ecumenical language. In this new version, Stuart Kendall (Critical Studies chair) animates the latest scholarship with a contemporary poetic sensibility, inspired by the pagan worldview of the ancient work. Transcriptions of all of the available tablets and tales have been harnessed to present a fluid and holistic text, true to the archaic mind.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Fantagraphics, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages, $35

This book, edited by Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall, showcases some of the best and most interesting queer comics of the last four decades. The work tackles complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig; high-profile, cross-over creators who have dabbled in LGBT cartooning, such as the legendary artist David Wojnarowicz and media darling and advice columnist Dan Savage; and many talented but lesser known creators whose work deserves wider attention.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel
D.A.P, 2012
Hardcover, 264 pages, $70

The artistic collaboration between Larry Sultan (1946-2009), longtime member of CCA's Photography faculty, and Mike Mandel began in 1972. Over 30 years they created 20 photographic projects, including the landmark book Evidence; exhibitions; the film JPL; three public commissions; and 12 billboard series displayed throughout California and the continental U.S. They evolved a seemingly authorless style; most of their works adapted found imagery from archives or from popular media, neutralizing the intended commercial or documentary content by uncovering and emphasizing the inherent banality. This substantial overview surveys Sultan and Mandel's three-decade collaboration. Five critical essays provide valuable insights.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA Furniture: Wilsonart International
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 50 pages, $28.95/37.95

Russell Baldon (Furniture chair) put together this book to document the coursework and travels of his furniture class in fall 2011. The finished works were exhibited in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Read more in these CCA news articles:
CCA Furniture Department in NYC
Furniture Program Wilsonart Challenge Exhibition

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel
Random House, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $15.99

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) relates the continued adventures of 11-year-old Ronald "Cheesie" Mack and various family members, friends, and enemies in this sequel to Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Francesco's Fountain
Lulu, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages, $7.99

This book by Katherine Rinne (Architecture faculty) is historical fiction for young adult readers who are interested in art and cities. It tells the story of Francesco, a 12-year old apprentice stonemason who leaves his small village to go to Rome in 1748. He works on the Trevi Fountain with his uncle, who designed it, and some other young apprentices. His errands and work take him all over this city of confusing streets and alleys. While he and the other apprentices are fictional characters, his uncle, Nicola Salvi and the other architects and sculptors are real historical figures. Under the guidance of these men, Francesco learns how to inspect marble and how to carve sculptural details. He learns about aqueducts and fountains and solves the mystery of the stolen water. When Rome is flooded in 1750 he helps save the Trevi Fountain.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann
Yale University Press, 2012
Hardcover, 400 pages, $65

David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty) spent 13 years and traveled widely to photograph the work of Marie Zimmermann for this book, which includes approximately 400 of his images. He cleaned, documented, styled, and photographed each piece, from tiny rings to mausoleums. Zimmermann was one of the most creative and important makers of metalwork in early-20th-century America. She worked in gold, silver, bronze, copper, and iron, and explored a wide range of innovative approaches to pattern, material, and surface. She led a very colorful life as well. A true eclectic in her personal life, her professional pursuits, and her creative expression, she has proven an elusive character for historians; this book gathers her full story for the first time. Essays by leading scholars in the decorative arts offer extensive new research.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sidewalk Story
CreateSpace, 2012
Paperback, 50 pages, $14.95

Alisa Golden (Printmaking faculty) specializes in the medium of the book. Unlikely objects such as broken fences, plum pits, discarded papers, and pigeons seen on walks in Berkeley, New York, and Santa Monica were the basis for these 26 tiny stories and their accompanying photographs. The print-on-demand book contains stories and photos she's posted on her blog: sidewalkstory.tumblr.com/.

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