Visual Studies News

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Tina Takemoto, an artist and associate professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts, discussed the display on Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese immigrant who arrived in California in 1923. The exhibit, which was curated by Takemoto, contains photographs of Onuma with his friends and lovers around San Francisco and a small selection of homoerotic kitsch, including his postcard of a matador with a bronze erect penis, which could be detached and used as a necktie pin (then placed back on the matador at the end of the day), she said.

Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2016 by Jordana Moore Saggese

Visual Studies faculty member, Dr. Nilgun Bayraktar, has just published her first book Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art, as part of the Routledge series: Advances in Film Studies. Joining attention to aesthetic experimentation with a focus on sociopolitical concerns, this book offers a detailed account of the ways recent cinematic and artistic works engage Europe's increasingly diversie and complex relationship to migration. Dr.

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

“We wanted to connect the Southeast Asian diasporic communities and the world with artists working in and around Southeast Asia,” said co-organizer Viet Le, an artist, writer and assistant professor at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss

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San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. 

The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

I graduated from California College of the Arts 2014 with a Master of Art in Visual & Critical Studies and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Architect Katherine Lambert—of the California firms Lambert MacDonald and Metropolitan Architectural Practice—and her business partner and creative collaborator, filmmaker and academic Christiane Robbins, had been looking for a plot of land on which to build when they learned about the property. Despite their immediate interest in the building, they were also “a bit frightened,” Lambert says, given the fact that old-growth redwood had long since ceased to be commercially available. “The house was derelict and felt really sad,” Lambert says. “Some friends said, ‘Are you crazy?

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, 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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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Grand Theft Vito
Concrete Press, 2014
Paperback, 234 pages, $99

Between July 3 and 25, 2013, the San Francisco-based artists COLL.EO (comprised of Visual Studies faculty member Matteo Bittanti and partner in crime Colleen Flaherty) walked through the streets of Liberty City, the fictional metropolis of Grand Theft Auto IV, under the guise of Vito Acconci. Titled Following Bit, the performance was meant as a replay of Acconci’s seminal Following Piece (1969). Forty-four years earlier, Acconci followed for an entire month a random person each day in New York, stopping only if they entered a private space. Acconci typed up an account of each "pursuit" and sent a report to a different member of the art community the subsequent month.

COLL.EO’s 2013 replay generated an enormous set of data, consisting of 23 digital videos in high definition over 118 gigabytes in size; 13,300+ digital photos; 60 digital prints; 23 written accounts sent in tweet form, plus several typewritten pages of notes, framed and mounted to a board.

A Game Art walkthrough, this book provides a unique, in-depth documentation of Following Bit and the related art mod Grand Theft Vito (2013) through texts, screengrabs, annotations, and a long conversation between COLL.EO and the San Francisco-based artist Carlo Ricafort.

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