Visual and Critical Studies News

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Check out Beyoncé's website right now and you'll get an eyeful of the work of New York artist Hank Willis Thomas. There's a slideshow of the artist's sculptures, photographs, and interactive projects, which frequently confront issues of race head-on. The images flash by within a graphic of a picture frame adorned with a plaque reading “Black History Month."

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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

In early December at Art Basel Miami Beach, rappers seemed to outnumber artists at times. Andre 3000 presented an exhibition of the 47 sloganized jumpsuits he wore on the Outkast Reunion Tour. P Diddy was on the lookout for his very own Picasso, 2 Chainz turned up to party with designer Jon Buscemi and producer Swizz Beatz curated an exhibition for international art group SCOPE. Meanwhile A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown and OG Maco were pulling in large crowds from the graffiti-filled streets of the Wynwood neighborhood.

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Laura Braun

Artist, educator, and human rights activist Claudia Bernradi, works at the intersection of art and conflict. For 30 years, Claudia has participated in investigations of human rights violations, working with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team in Argentina, Buenos Aires. From this experience, she recognized that art could be used to articulate the communal memories of survivors of human rights atrocities. The Disappeared Are Appearing Mural Project was created by relatives of those who disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Despite this, and its steep asking price of $789,000, the house attracted the interest of Christiane Robbins and Katherine Lambert, partners in the San Francisco architectural firm MAP, Metropolitan Architectural Practice. The friends and business partners were struck by the beauty of the home’s structure. They also noticed that the same group of about six people attended all three of the home’s open houses. “It was strange,” says Ms. Robbins.

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Matteo Bittanti, a writer, artist, and teacher in the Visual Studies program at California College of the Arts, told me that we're still waiting for the video game version of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ or Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew, but that we shouldn't hold our breath.

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Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Emily Holmes

Adrienne Skye Roberts’s (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) installation titled It Is Our Duty to Fight, It Is Our Duty to Win / We Must Love Each Other and Protect Each Other / We Have Nothing to Loose But Our Chains (2013), shown at San Francisco’s Root Division gallery, depicted the following words on a sign that rested against a white wall:

“To be treated like everybody else.”

Hand painted in simple black lettering on a white picketing sign, it is easy to imagine these words chanted with pride, determination, and defiance during a political march.

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Five other similar signs featured different statements and demands, such as “The hope to see my children again.” The people who spoke these words did not always have the freedom to practice the civil right of protesting.

In fact, the work reflects the answers of previously incarcerated women whom Roberts asked, “How did you survive prison?” “What do you need to survive now that you are out?” “And what does a world without mass incarceration look like?”

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Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

Photo: Zack DeZon

How does an engineer reinvent himself? One possible answer: at art school.

In 1996, just a year after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in civil engineering, Bruce King-Shey felt lost.

A lifelong musician, he switched tracks from engineering to take an entry-level job at the Annapolis Symphony. But when his career in arts management began to feel stalled, he wasn’t sure where he should turn next.

Today King-Shey (Industrial Design 2004, MA Visual Criticism 2005) is vice president of design innovation at food and beverage giant PepsiCo.

His circuitous career path offers much insight into how an arts education can unlock hidden talents.

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Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Laura Braun

Another rare account of LGBT life in the U.S. during the war was captured in Tina Takemoto's documentary, Looking for Jiro , Graves noted. The documentary unearths the story of Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese man who was incarcerated in central Utah during World War II. Takemoto is an artist and associate professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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