Faculty News

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Ends of Art and Design
Infra-Thin Press, 2011
Paperback, 108 pages, $14.75

The design arts are to our age of experience what the fine arts were to the era of representation, but with crucial differences. Whereas the fine arts offered critical-reflective experiences to independent subjects within the era of representation, the design fields now produce experience-events in a post-subjective world. Stuart Kendall (Visual Studies faculty) proposes a new way to think about the relationship between design and culture as well as new roles for design education within the Humanities, and for the Humanities within design education. If the design fields are the primary agents of contemporary culture, they should be the primary focus of contemporary cultural studies.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Huckleberry Finn
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2010
Hardcover, 108 pages, $35

Edited by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Wattis Institute in fall 2010. It is the final volume in the Wattis’s 2008-10 trilogy of exhibitions and books in which canonical American novels are taken as points of departure for examinations of key themes in American culture. The book features texts (essays, artist bios, a timeline, a glossary, and more) by Maurice Berger, Mirjana Blankenship, and Hoffmann, and full-color illustrations of works by each artist in the show. The artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Romare Bearden, Claude Clark, Jamal Cyrus, Emory Douglas, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rodney Graham, David Hammons, Dorothea Lange, Henry Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Nast, Kirsten Pieroth, Horace Pippin, Betye Saar, Yinka Shonibare, Alec Soth, William Desmond Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol, among others.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, 2011
Paperback, 44 pages, $21.95

Edited by Jen Banta (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) this book maps the life and times of the Asian American artist Lenore Chinn via essays, reproductions of her exquisite realist paintings, and visual ephemera. Tirza True Latimer (Visual and Critical Studies chair) is one of the essayists. Chinn is an artist and community activist in San Francisco’s diverse LGBT and Asian American communities who paints her life and the lives of others in her social milieu. Her sensibility is informed not only by social justice issues, but also by Civil Rights and her experience of traditional Chinese culture in the bohemian 1970s.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Aerodrome Orion and Starry Messenger
Kelsey Street Press, 2010
Paperback, 74 pages, $17.95

Susan Gevirtz (Visual Studies and Fine Arts faculty) orchestrates the relationships between many different types of skies, among them: the technological sky as mapped by air traffic controllers, the sky stressed by the demands of our global economy, a politically charged sky, nature's sky as plotted by ancient astronomers, the swan sky of Hans Christian Andersen, and the starry sky that dazzles our romantic imaginations. Her poetry flies reconnaissance to open possibilities for what poetry can be: "a stolen guide for the farthest ocean" or a set of instructions for navigating the jetstream of our personal and collective lives.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes
How, 2011
Hardcover, 208 pages, $40

Christopher Simmons (Graphic Design faculty) is a designer, writer, educator, design advocate, and principal of the noted San Francisco design office MINE. Here he organizes 150 design projects into six sections exploring the different ways design can serve the greater good, from supporting existing causes to seeking out hidden problems to celebrating positive change. Essays by influential designers and interviews with designers who pursue social change offer insight into how any designer can use his or her talents to change the world. Works by numerous CCA faculty and alumni are featured, and Cinthia Wen (Graphic Design chair) contributes an essay.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony
Chronicle Books, 2011
Hardcover, 272 pages, $45.00

NOON, the design studio of Cinthia Wen (Graphic Design chair), designed this book in which author Larry Rothe shares the San Francisco Bay Area's love of music. Released in time for the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its 100th anniversary, this definitive history features hundreds of archival photos and images to give readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the world's foremost orchestras and the cultural life of the city, from the Gold Rush to the present day.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis
Rizzoli, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages, $60

Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book featuring four decades of photographs of Los Angeles by Julius Shulman. Shulman, whose life and career spanned nearly a century, played a key role in the mid-century modernist movement through his photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. His pictures have been widely published, but this monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs, including Palm Springs and other suburbs. In the pictures, Los Angeles becomes a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile, depending on the neighborhood. Many of the buildings and neighborhoods have since been torn down or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these photographs some of the only lasting testaments to their existence.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-Century Designers
Rizzoli, 2010
Hardcover, 224 pages, $45.00

Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book of newly commissioned photographs by Leslie Williamson. The book is unique in that it presents interiors designed by significant architects and designers for themselves to live in. Many have never been published before. The featured designers include Russel Wright, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eva Zeisel, among other iconic names. Williamson's photographs show these creative homes as they were inhabited by their creators: Walter Gropius's historic Bauhaus home in Massachusetts; Albert Frey's floating modernist aerie on a Palm Springs rock outcropping; Wharton Esherick's completely handmade (including a hand-carved staircase) Pennsylvania house.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Model Making (The Architecture Brief Series)
Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
Paperback, 160 pages, $24.95

Megan Werner (Interior Design faculty) is the founder of zDp Models, a San Francisco-based model-making firm. Her client list includes Microsoft, SOM, Renzo Piano, Gensler, IDEO, and Stanford University. Here she presents the nuts and bolts of model making in the latest addition to Princeton Architectural Press's Architecture Briefs series. In 33 "concept blocks" she explores a wide range of possible types, including laser-scored acrylic models, basswood topography models, acid-etched metal blocks, peeled paper blocks, D-print models, cement pour blocks, and many more. Model Making includes handy appendices on materials, tools, tips, and techniques, as well as a glossary of design concepts.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Romare Bearden, American Modernist: Studies in the History of Art, Volume 71
NGW-Stud Hist Art, 2011
Hardcover, 304 pages, $70

Jacqueline Francis (Painting/Drawing and Visual and Critical Studies faculty) coedited this collection with National Gallery of Art curator Ruth Fine. It considers the work of the distinguished painter and collagist Romare Bearden in the contexts of American and international modernism as well as African American art history. Fourteen essays cover the relationship of Bearden's work to literature, jazz, and modern dance; the sources of his imagery, including radical politics, religion, and southern black culture; his professional development and influence; and the influence of the avant-garde, including Cubism and Pop art, on his paintings and collages.

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