Visual Studies News

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Rachel Walther

An "elective" at art school is in many ways the opposite of what the term means for a traditional university student. Rather than taking a painting class for fun in between economics and political science, art students have to decide what math class to fit in between their painting courses.

All undergraduates at CCA (except Architecture majors) are required to take 51 units of Humanities and Sciences coursework, which by the time they graduate ends up representing about a third of their total units.

All of these courses are highly rigorous. Some are essential and required (for instance writing and art history) but many are creatively designed electives open to students in all majors. In "Bad Science at the Movies," for instance, professor Christine Metzger uses preposterous representations of geology and climate change in popular films to launch an in-depth survey of environmental science.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Print Activism in the United States
Ashgate, 2013
Hardcover, 270 pages, $99.95

Director of Humanities and Sciences Rachel Schreiber edits this book devoted to the explosion of socially and politically activist print culture that occurred in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. These essays focus on specific groups, individuals, and causes that relied on print as a vehicle for activism. They also take up the variety of print forms in which calls for activism have appeared, including fiction, editorials, letters to the editor, graphic satire, and non-periodical media such as pamphlets and calendars.

Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2013 by Jim Norrena

What exactly is the connection between art and science?

CCA's division of humanities and sciences has developed a thoroughly interdisciplinary, two-year thematic curricular project called Exploring Science in the Studio to keep this question on the minds of undergraduates, as they consider courses that satisfy their science requirements.

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Events are part of the Graduate Studies Symposium

What does narrative mean to architects, artists, critics, designers, scholars, and writers? How can the unfolding of a story communicate, evoke, engage, and captivate audiences?

This exhibition and lecture/performance series explores narrative in a broad range of genres.

Narrative (Inter)actions is a series of performances, lectures, and exhibition that comprise the spring Graduate Studies Symposium at California College of the Arts.

Please join us for these exciting events:

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
Gibbs Smith, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $50

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) describes how architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. His work has appeared in Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, California Home & Design, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written several books, including San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Dutch Bike
NAI Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 160 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this book, the third in a Premsela/Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion book series highlighting Dutch culture. The Dutch Bike recounts the trajectory of the earliest bikes that emerged from England and France and became a ubiquitous part of the Dutch landscape. They were used by young and old, and the familiar triangulated steel frame omafiets or “granny” bike shown on the book’s cover became known as the Dutch bike. The book examines the historic and social conditions that made the Dutch bike popular around the globe and how it has evolved since its advent a little more than a century ago into one of the hippest symbols of eco-living in cities everywhere.

Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

100 Best Bikes
Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this collection of the best and most popular bikes to be found anywhere right now, for every kind of cyclist, whether you are a BMXtreme or mountain bike enthusiast, a keen tourer or racer, a city commuter or courier, or simply fascinated with the constantly advancing mechanics and engineering of folding and other innovative bike designs. Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
MIT Press, 2011
Hardcover, 360 pages, $60

Fashion Design and Visual Studies faculty member Melissa Leventon contributes the essay "Distinctly Californian: Modernism in Textiles and Fashion" to this catalogue, which accompanied a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the first comprehensive examination of California's mid-century modern design. The book includes 350 images (most in color) of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion, and 10 incisive essays that trace the rise of the California design aesthetic, from specific design influences and innovations in solid-color commercial ceramics to inspirations from Mexico and Asia, new schools for design training, new concepts about leisure, and the conversion of wartime technologies to peacetime use.

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

Fantagraphics Books and award-winning cartoonist Justin Hall have produced a definitive collection of the greatest LGBT comics created over the last four decades.

Out superheroes such as Northstar, Batwoman, and Green Lantern’s Alan Scott weren’t always a part of the landscape of comic book characters. Not so long ago even acknowledging the LGBT community was forbidden in the conventional world of comics. That didn’t stop queer cartooning and characters from existing, though.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Our 2012 annual Visual Studies Spring Symposium featured public presentations of senior thesis essays by Visual Studies majors.

Full-length versions of the following students' thesis essays are also published in our annual journal.

Visual Studies Spring Symposium 2012

Kerry Gould

"What Are You Lookin’ At?: The Faces of Cars in Postmodern America"

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