Visual Studies News

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Photo by Nathan Bajar

The New York Times profiled CCA Alumnus and American conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas on the occasion of his first solo show in Britain, "The Beautiful Game" on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts through November 24. 

Using the colors, energy, and spectacle of international sport, the show explores the deeper forces at play in games like soccer, rugby and cricket from colonialism to the dangers hiding behind the rewards and fame of sport and more. 

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Laura Braun

Among them are photographer David Maisel; arts faculty members Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), TJ Demos (UC Santa Cruz), Jennifer Gonzalez (UC Santa Cruz), Tirza Latimer and Julian Myers-Szupinska (California College of the Arts), and Pamela Lee (Stanford); and Stanford artist-in-residence Trevor Paglen.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Laura Braun

The Harvard Art Museums announced today that it has appointed Makeda Best as curator of photography. Best will leave her current position as assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts and take up her new role on January 17.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

“There’s a dearth of scholarship on Basquiat in general; his work didn’t fit comfortably into the categories that were created for American art in the early 1980s,” says Jordana Moore Saggese, a professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts who spoke at a symposium about Defacement on 10 November.

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

“Our exhibit asks, ‘How do we respond with love and compassion amidst overwhelming chaos?’” explains the show’s co-curator, Viet Le, 39, an assistant professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Chris Bliss

New Architecture faculty Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to welcome new tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, dean of Fine Arts, and program chairs for the academic year 2016–17.

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Meghana Bisineer joins the Animation faculty. She comes to CCA from the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was teaching in the School of Creative Technologies. Her film Dog won the East West Arts Award for Animation in 2014 (London). She holds an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.

The Architecture division welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members: Lorena del Rio, Janette Kim, and Clark Thenhaus.

Lorena del Río holds a master of architecture from Escuela Téchnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research concentrates on materiality in architecture. She has taught at Cornell University and is the cofounder of RICA*Studio, a design practice based in Madrid and New York.

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 by Laura Braun

My memories of living as an adult in Hà Nội are a yellow haze. Summers slowly burning like the fried bananas wrapped in leaves by the sweat soaked sidewalk vendors. Fogged winter mornings—my breath clouded, blurring with Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (“Lake of the Returned Sword”), energetic walkers and lazy traffic circling its perimeter.  

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Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

"This Future Has a Past …" Christiane Robbins, 2016

Interior Design and Visual Studies associate professor Katherine Lambert, with her partner Christiane Robbins of the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Architecture Practice (MAP), will participate in the official program of the 16th International Venice Biennale of Architecture with the inclusion of their installation, This Future Has a Past ... .

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The Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) selected Lambert's and Robbins' work in recognition of MAP's practice and the projects they have been developing.

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Lê is an assistant professor in visual studies at California College of the Arts (San Francisco/Oakland). He has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; and the anthologies “Writing from the Perfume River,” “Strange Cargo,” “The Spaces Between Us,” and “Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art,” among others.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Jordana Moore Saggese

Việt Lê, "Charlie's Angels," from the lovebang! Series, 2014, music video still from projected video installation, 5 minutes, 31 seconds; edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê will open on Saturday, February 27 at the Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona. Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore, this exhibition highlights the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.