Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned writer Ishmael Reed joins the MFA Program in Writing faculty

For additional information about CCA's 2011-12 faculty hiring, read the latest Academic Newsletter by Provost Mark Breitenberg.

New Full-Time Faculty

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

CCA's MFA Program in Writing will celebrate its 10th anniversary this September. It seems the entire community of writers here at the college is looking backward as much as forward.

This is especially true for playwright and MFA Writing faculty member Claire Chafee, whose critically praised play Why We Have a Body (Bay Area premiere 1993) launched the Magic Theatre's 2011-12 season on Tuesday, September 6, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The play, directed by Katie Pearl, and which runs through October 2, is part of a "revival effort" the theater is undertaking to include a previously produced hit play in each of its upcoming seasons.

Watch an interview of Chafee discussing Why We Have a Body with director Katie Pearl

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Cory Gunter Brown and Cassidy Hope Wright founded The Moon, a self-described "slow fashion" boutique and design studio in 2007

This is the first installment in a series of artist profiles that depicts CCA's connection to the Oakland Art Murmur -- in particular to 25th Street in downtown Oakland, where in almost any given gallery, shop, or studio, artists from California College of the Arts are making their living in the arts. Collectively, they are changing the cultural landscape of Oakland, elevating its reputation as one of today’s most talked-about art scenes.

Earlier this summer, while walking along 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph avenues in downtown Oakland, I found myself appreciating a discernible shift in the neighborhood's appearance. It used to be only abandoned warehouses and defunct automotive repair shops comprised the city blocks in this area (the result of 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, which took its toll on an already economically depressed downtown Oakland).

Yet now, slowly, one by one, this same area seems to be the impetus for an appreciable spate of creative businesses and artist live/work spaces.

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Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Silver Curtain, 1997

Remembering Larry Sultan, Photographer and Friend

In June 2011 Photography faculty members Jim Goldberg and Todd Hido (MFA 1996) discussed the influence of their friend and teacher, photographer Larry Sultan, (1946–2009), who taught at CCA for 20 years!

Heroes & Mentors: Jim Goldberg & Todd Hido On Larry Sultan was published online by Photo District News on August 3, 2011:

Todd Hido: When did you meet Larry and what did you learn from him?

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Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Author: Gloria Frym
Publisher: BlazeVOX Books Buy now!
Publication date: 5/3/2011
ISBN: 9781609640422
Price: $16

How does the present imprint itself on language, on poetry? Gloria Frym's Mind Over Matter shows us that: the outlines of the endless wars, the credit default swaps. But it also shows poetry resisting this. "No poem/would stand for such a line," Frym writes. "A poem is not a fool." This book makes me want to cheer.

— Rae Armantrout

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Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Untitled, 2011, acrylic gouache on wood panel 20 x 20 in.View slideshow 

"Steve Beal’s gorgeous, dare I say radiant paintings incorporate the bones of the work, the scaffolding, the process, the getting ready to take, and the contemplation before, the plunge."

— Carol Becker, Dean Columbia School of the Arts

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Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Kate Angelo

On May 12, the exhibition Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories opened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. This show and its beautiful catalog represent the culmination of years of research and scholarship for Tirza True Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Jim Goldberg's photography is currently featured in two San Francisco exhibitions

Congratulations are in order for CCA Photography faculty member Jim Goldberg who, upon his second nomination, was awarded this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize—one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. Goldberg received a cash payment of £30,000 (roughly $50,000!).

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

HSz: as is/as if
CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, 2010
Paperback, 200 pages, free upon request (please email sstone@cca.edu)

HSz: as is/as if, produced by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at CCA, is a collection of essays and interviews resulting from a course taught by Julian Myers on Harald Szeemann's 1983 exhibition Der Hang Zum Gesamtkunstwerk: Europaische Utopien seit 1800. In setting out to unravel Szeemann's orchestration of various artistic theories and manifestations of utopia, the class pursued paths he signposted into the realms of art, architecture, music, poetry, literature, cinema, politics, and history. The book is prefaced by Myers's essay "Totality: A Guided Tour," first published in Afterall magazine in 2009. The students' contributions range from interviews with Balthasar Burkhard and Christian Bok to essays on W. E. B. Du Bois's complex relationship to Richard Wagner and the approach to the Gesamtkunstwerk evinced in the cinema of the early 20th century.

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Guilty: Le Coupable
State University of New York Press, 2011
Hardcover/paperback, 254 pages, $85/$29.95

Written by Georges Bataille and translated for the first time into English by Critical Studies faculty Stuart Kendall, Guilty: Le Coupable is a personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship. To many Western critics, Bataille is one of the most arresting and influential writers of this century. The text is presented as series of reflections and meditations. Tellingly begun in September 1939, the author's philosophical inquiries are heightened by the war and its introduction of profound uncertainty: "I started this book as the result of an upheaval that ended up challenging everything and freed me from undertakings I was stuck in."

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