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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Yet the exuberant imagery also has deep roots. The riot of color in paintings like “Kudzu Hillside” and “Garland Hill” seems touched by the antic coloration and freewheeling spirit of Bay Area makers.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The irresistible band of Oakland weirdos met at the California College of the Arts and put out their first album, “I Wanna Go Home,” in 2009. Shaw also was part of queer-core outfit Hunx and His Punx.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Not only is Kim Anno a painter, photographer, video-maker, activist, mother, and professor, she has also been a mentor and creative inspiration to me for several years, since my time as a graduate student. Ville Kansanen, is a photographer whose work I was recently introduced to by a mutual colleague while directing a media project in the Caribbean.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

In her ongoing project Men and Women in Water Cities, painter and multimedia artist Kim Anno creates large-scale events in collaboration with actors, composers and dancers that culminate as finely-edited films.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Debby Kajiyama will participate in Rock the Garden, a free outdoor art extravaganza, 6pm -10pm, Friday, July 24, 2015 at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Photo credit: Kim Anno From Cairo to Kyoto, artists from all over the world will come together to celebrate the artistic innovation of Montalvo's Lucas Artist Residency Program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (the oldest artist residency west of the Rockies).

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Untitled, 2015. Acrylic gouache on linen, 36 x 42 inches

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal in an exhibition titled Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft Selected Grid Paintings 2005–15.

The exhibit explores 10 years of Beal’s grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Organized by the Denali Foundation, which was established in 2015 to preserve Schmidt’s artwork and support the growth of young artists, the Peak Inspirations exhibit coincides with the two-year anniversary of Schmidt’s death. On July 27, 2013, 25-year-old Schmidt and his father, renowned mountaineer Marty Schmidt, were killed in an avalanche on K2. The younger Schmidt was an artist and had recently graduated at the top of his class at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Laura Braun

Clues may be found in “Peak Inspirations,” a show of Schmidt’s artwork now open at the White Walls Gallery. Schmidt had graduated in the top of his class at the California College of the Arts shortly before he left for Pakistan, and his professors say he had an extraordinary eye for the new and innovative that still holds up even now, two years after his death.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

(l-r) CCA alumni Shannon Shaw, Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson

“They’re one of my favorites,” exclaimed filmmaker John Waters as he introduced the band Shannon and the Clams at the sold-out Burger Boogaloo music festival in Oakland on the fourth of July.

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The moment was just the latest career highlight for the Oakland-based trio, who met and formed while attending California College of the Arts.