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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

He was a respected teacher at SFAI and California College of the Arts but his best known series brought him back to his home town. The Valley was born of a Maxim magazine assignment to document a porn star at work in a film. He continued by photographing multiple shoots in the San Fernando Valley, images often titled by street location: Chandler Blvd. Instead of obviously sexualized or sensational shots, Sultan documented the actors waiting and waiting, wearing heavy make-up and unlikely costumes.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Something is changing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, California. In fact, it’s perpetually changing — a light installation by Future Cities Lab (FCL) called Lightswarm is continually modified in relation to auditory data collected from the lobby of the YBCA and the city beyond. The individual modules that make up the sweeping collection of luminaries were each assembled from 3D printed components with laser cut skins created from paper and recyclable PET plastic.

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

We also spoke to Maeght’s S.F.-native co-curator Natasha Boas, who once lived at Survival Research Laboratories’ Mission compound, has taught at California College of the Arts, and curated 2013’s Mission School retrospective at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Em Meine

Nathan Lynch, THE PERFECT CUP. Photo courtesy of THE THING Quarterly.

Nathan Lynch, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Program, has created a new edition of THE PERFECT CUP for THE THING Quarterly, a San Francisco periodical. The cups are shaped and glazed by hand, making each one earnest, unique, and lumpy in all the right ways. Are you one of those people still drinking out of a paper cup?

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Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

On November 2nd a group of architects, builders, students, makers, educators, inventors and designers packed in for the Creative Architecture Machines Colloquium at California College of the Arts. The talk was organized by Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab and brought together five practices working at the intersection of fabrication, computation, and making.

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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Arranged in reverse chronology, the work on view is an expansive and comprehensive look at Sultan's practice, beginning with "Evidence" (1977), a group of found black-and-white photographs, sourced and decontextualized from the archives of corporations and government agencies made in collaboration with Mike Mandel.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

A small group of comics community members held a "Town Hall” meeting about two weeks after this year’s APE to discuss developing a new San Francisco comics festival. Led by Matt Silady, the chair of the MFA Comics program at California College of the Arts, the meeting attracted a mix of comics creators, retailers, librarians, and fans who were eager to discuss the possibility of a new show to fill in the gap left by Wondercon and now APE's departure from the San Francisco comics scene.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Larry Sultan: Here and Home,” a retrospective of the work of the Greenbrae photographer, will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Sunday, Nov. 9, through March 22. Brooklyn-born Sultan was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and lived in the Bay Area from the ’70s until his death in 2009, with long teaching stints at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. The exhibition, organized by LACMA, will go to the Milwaukee Art Museum after its Los Angeles showing, and will be at SFMOMA not long after its reopening.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

For most of his career, Misrach has worked alone, but two years ago, he began to collaborate with the composer Guillermo Galindo. Galindo’s music, written for instruments made from objects found along the border, will interact with Misrach’s photographs in an exhibition that the San Jose Museum of Art is mounting in the spring of 2016. The exhibition will tour the country through 2018, and Aperture will publish a book documenting the collaboration. These photographs appear here for the first time.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Much has already been written of Steven Leiber’s unique contribution to the artistic landscape of the Bay Area — from the collection and dissemination of arts-related ephemera, as an educator at California College of the Arts and as a generous tour guide of his own basement archive. For those of us who didn’t have the luck of forging a personal relationship to Leiber before he passed away in 2012, a recent publication attempts to give form to his wide-ranging influence and enduring legacy.

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