Liz Glynn on Her Borges- and Kafka-Inspired Secret Frieze Fair Speakeasy
by Emily Ellis Fox
Inside a nondescript building in L.A.’s Chinatown, Liz Glynn apologizes for her studio being too clean. She prefers to work in a certain amount of disarray, but an acquisitions committee recently paid a visit, prompting the artist to tidy up the usual mess. Still, there remains ample evidence of previous and future projects spread between her two rooms: a discarded chandelier on the floor, charred ceramic vessels, a box of finished and unfinished bronze rings, books everywhere, and, tacked on the walls, drawings with arrows that Glynn calls maps of her thought processes for potential installations.
Herbert Blau, theater director and former CalArts provost, dies at 87
By David Ng
Herbert Blau, a renowned and influential theater director who helped to shape the California Institute of the Arts during its early years, has died at 87. He died at his home in Seattle on Friday following a battle with cancer, according to reports.
As a stage director, Blau worked with companies around the country. He favored experimental drama and was instrumental in introducing the plays of Samuel Beckett and Bertolt Brecht to a wider American audience.
Michael Jang's Family Photos Are Better Than Yours
By Christian Storm
Last time we checked in with Michael Jang, he was showing us his hilarious portraits of would-be weather men and women. Last Thursday, Michael pulled more gems out of the archives when his new solo show, The Jangs, opened at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Fransisco. This time, we see intimate and hilarious shots of Michael's own extended family, taken in California in the 1970s while he was a student at Cal Arts. These pictures are far from your average family snapshots; in fact, they were just purchased by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We had a quick chat with Michael to talk about his very photogenic family.
In this retrospective of over 145 works, Llyn Foulkes proves himself to be more than worthy of his newfound blue-chip status. Spanning half a century, the chockablock exhibition provides a steady stream of the L.A. artist's trademark melancholy, righteous anger and self-reflective angst. Known for his cantankerous rectitude, Foulkes is a quintessential maverick, daring to promote moral values in an art world and city usually unconcerned with such things.
The CalArts Digital Arts and Technology Expo offers a glimpse into the future of digital entertainment. If the innovations on display here are any indication, the future looks mighty fun.
By Leslie Katz
It's that time of year when student boffins the world over display their final projects, offering tantalizing glimpses into their mad-scientist machinations, and possibly the future.
If inventions out of the California Institute of the Arts -- founded by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and now one of the nation's top art schools -- prove prescient, that future includes a wearable interface that lets dancers control music with the flick of a finger and a virtual studio where you can compose tunes by crouching toward the floor. The school will feature those and more student and faculty innovations Thursday at its Digital Arts and Technology Expo, which this year focuses on future directions in gaming, animation, human computer interaction, digital performance, graphic design, projection mapping, and machine learning.
Year end projects have been delivered by BFA students of the CalArts Character Animation Program. The best of the best, 23 films, will screen tonight in the famous “Producer’s Show”, a faculty-juried showcase that is a popular event for industry to attend and see what the next generation of animation talent has to offer. However a startling number of the films are currently online! Collected in a Vimeo channel, over 60 films are available to watch.
Actor Don Cheadle has been one of the most consistently sought after faces and personalities for character work for the better part of two decades, and this weekend he reprises his role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the Marvel Studios juggernaut Iron Man 3. Cheadle, who has worked regularly with the likes of big name directors like Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Robert Zemeciks and consistently delivers memorable, iconic performances, joins director Shane Black as he takes up the helm of the superhero franchise from previous director Jon Favreau.
Work starts on the Huntington Library's new $60-million education and visitor center
Complex due to open early 2015
By Janette Williams
SAN MARINO-- Work has started on the Huntington Library's new $60-million, 43,000-square-foot education and visitor center, designed to provide "world-class space for our world-class programming," Randy Shulman, the Huntington's vice president for advancement, said Thursday.
"The Huntington has envisioned a project like this for many years and the actual planning started in earnest six years ago," Shulman said. And when it opens in early 2015, the annual 550,000 visitors will find themselves immersed in an interactive museum experience "the minute they step out of their cars or lock up their bikes," he said.
"It's not just a new entrance building but a gateway into ... a proper understanding what happens inside the library, a glimpse behind the scenes," he said.