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Review: Chouinard Art Institute alumnus, Llyn Foulkes, is a maverick of the art world

May 8, 2013
Art in America Magazine


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.

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Renowned theater director, Herbert Blau, helped to shape CalArts early on

May 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times

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.

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The future of technology reimagined at the CalArts Digital Arts and Technology Expo

May 8, 2013

Future-tech fair exposes geeky visions

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.

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Video: selections from CalArts 2013 Producers' Show

May 8, 2013
Short of the Week

CalArts Character Animation Program 2013

By Jason Sondhi

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.

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Video: CalArts student Madeline Sharafian posts short about a devoted pet

May 1, 2013
Huffington Post

'Omelette' Cartoon Showcases Man's Best Friend In Heartwarming Video

Dogs are some of the most loyal, talented animals out there and can be the perfect pal to have around after a long day. That's just the sentiment captured in this adorable animated short.

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Alumnus Don Cheadle reprises the role of James Rhodes in Iron Man 3

May 3, 2013
Dork Shelf

Interview: Don Cheadle

By Andrew Parker

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.

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CalArts professor Susan Simpson steered the way for the '2nd Campus' project which will unveil at the Huntington Library May 14

May 2, 2013
Pasadena Star-News

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.

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Eric Fischl's memoir includes recollections of CalArts "alongside fellow trailblazers David Salle and Ross Bleckner."

May 2, 2013

Artist Eric Fischl on His Memoir Bad Boy, His Rivalry with Julian Schnabel, Gallerist Larry Gagosian, and the Lack of Great Art Today

By Jesse Ashlock

The painter Eric Fischl, part of the generation of New York City artists that exploded in the eighties, became a star for his figurative canvases rife with tense, psychosexual imagery. His aptly titled new memoir, Bad Boy (Random House, $26), traces his life from his mother's alcoholism and suicide to his education at CalArts alongside fellow trailblazers David Salle and Ross Bleckner, and from the glory days of SoHo to his mature work. Here, the 65-year-old legend opens up about looking back.

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Retrospective devoted to the work of alumnus Mike Kelly at Centre Pompidou

May 2, 2013
Go Go Paris



The first French retrospective devoted to the work of the subversive American artist Mike Kelley opens today at the Centre Pompidou. Born in Detroit in 1954, Kelley died from an apparent suicide in January 2012, leaving behind a complex, protean and disturbing oeuvre, drawing upon both high culture and popular culture. After a first stop at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, this exceptional retrospective, designed in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for Arts, will next be presented at New York’s PS1 and the Los Angeles MoCA.

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Alumnus Don Cheadle plays superhero in Iron Man 3

May 2, 2013
Toro Magazine


by Jesse Skinner

For anyone feeling burnt out by the increasingly self-referential Marvel superhero movies of the past few years, Iron Man 3 will come as a surprise: a stand-alone story that feels a part of the ongoing “Avengers” plot in spirit but requires no extensive knowledge of the Marvel universe and only passing familiarity with the rest of the series. As directed by series newcomer Shane Black (known for writing Lethal Weapon and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.’s cult favourite Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), it’s arguably the strongest Iron Man yet.

It also features another standout performance from Don Cheadle as Col. James Rhodes / War Machine (rechristened “The Iron Patriot” in this film by his government handlers), a superhero whose sense of loyalty and cooperative nature put him at odds with the more independent, self-obsessed Tony Stark / Iron Man. We joined a recent press junket for the movie to find out what fans can expect from Rhodes and the movie as a whole.

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