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CalArts Alumna Liz Glynn discusses sculpture

April 22, 2013

Artist Liz Glynn Tells the Story of LA Calder Sculpture Through Ballet Mecanique

By Jordan Riefe

LOS ANGELES – In the fountain outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is Alexander Calder’s first large-scale kinetic piece, “Three Quintains (Hello Girls).” When it was installed in 1965, it was the pride of the L.A. art scene but is now a footnote to a campus that boasts works by Rodin, Chris Burden, and more recently, Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass.”

Calder’s sculpture is the subject of LA-based artist Liz Glynn’s latest performance piece, “The Myth of Getting it Right the First Time,” presented last Friday at the museum’s Bing Theater. It is the second in her series “[de]-lusions of Grandeur – Monumentality and Other Myths,” which focuses on permanent sculptures from the museum’s collection.

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Mecca of Creative Talent: Los Angeles' Legendary Art Schools

April 23, 2013
Independent Research Network

Los Angeles teaching is still top for next generation of artists

By Charlotte Burns and Helen Stoilas

Los Angeles’ art schools are the stuff of legend. Since the 1960s, students have flocked to the city to study under the likes of Allan Kaprow, Chris Burden, John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy. The system of artists teaching artists has made the city into a mecca for creative talent, although the local art market has struggled to establish itself as a major hub, and the city’s museums have yet to attract the visitors and patronage enjoyed by other centres such as New York or London. Such is the schools’ wealth and reputation that the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (LA MoCA), recently embarked on discussions to create a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC), which is in the middle of an aggressive $6bn fundraising drive.

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Obituary for School of Music alumnus

April 18, 2013

New York Times
By Allan Kozinn

Dean Drummond, Musician and Instrument Maker, Dies at 64

Dean Drummond, an imaginative composer and musician whose ensemble, Newband, performed on a combination of standard and newly invented instruments, died on April 13 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J. He was 64 and lived in Montclair, N.J., where he was the director of the Harry Partch Institute at Montclair State University.The cause was multiple myeloma, said Esther Starry Schor, Mr. Drummond’s companion.

Mr. Drummond’s music was often gently atmospheric, sometimes with subtle touches of humor, and almost always steeped in an otherworldly sense of color, which arose from his peculiar approach to instrumentation.

Like Harry Partch, the iconoclastic composer and instrument builder with whom Mr. Drummond worked as an assistant for several years in the 1960s, Mr. Drummond had a passion for building his own outlandish instruments. Read More.

CalArts Students awarded a Founding Arts Scholarship

April 12, 2013

Chiquita Canyon And CalArts Announce Winners Of Scholarship

By Perry Smith

Chiquita Canyon, an innovative local business with a 9.2 mega watt clean energy facility, and California Institute of the Arts (“CalArts”) announced the winners of the 2013 Found Art Scholarship Program at a gallery reception Thursday.

Chiquita Canyon once again partnered with CalArts for the Found Art Scholarship Program to showcase the unique artistic creativity of CalArts students in transforming objects found at the landfill into art and awarded $8,500 in scholarships to the winners.

Nicole Pun was awarded first place ($4,000 scholarship), Taralyn Thomas was awarded second place ($2,500 scholarship), Taylor Lovio was awarded third place ($1,500 scholarship) and Lisandra Vasquez was named runner-up ($500 scholarship sponsored by Dave Bossert, CalArts Alum).

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CalArts Alumna leads the way in art through filmmaking

April 17, 2013

40 Under 40

Musicians Tegan and Sara lead the pack of accomplished leaders in politics, sports, science, religion, and the arts. Meet the architects of the next decade.

By Advocate.com Editors

Harper Jean Tobin
31 / Washington, D.C.
Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality

As a young transgender woman coming of age in Louisville, Ky., Harper Jean Tobin was grateful for her supportive family and friends within her community. But while she describes Louisville as “the least conservative place in Kentucky,” she was still aware of the discrimination and transphobia that runs deep in many Southern states. That awareness led the lawyer — recently named among the best 40 LGBT attorneys under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association — to actively fight to improve the lives, visibility, and equality of transgender people by creating inclusive federal policy. And that’s exactly what she’s done in her four years with the National Center for Transgender Equality.

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CalArts Alumnus hired at Creative Stage Lighting

April 16, 2013
Lighting & Sound America

Creative Stage Lighting Hires Robin Lee as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

Creative Stage Lighting has announced the hiring of Robin Lee for the position of Northeast Regional Sales Manager.

Lee has extensive experience in entertainment lighting. He holds a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in lighting design. He was previously the general manager of Production Resource Group's Secaucus, New Jersey depot and went on to the role of PRG's director of operations of North America.

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Video: interview with distinguished former faculty member Morton Subotbuck

April 16, 2013

By Hannis Brown/Kim Nowacki

It's difficult to overstate Morton Subotnick and Joan La Barbara's contributions to contemporary music.

Subotnick's pioneering work in electronic music includes such game-changing pieces as Silver Apples of the Moon and A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur. The composer, who turned 80 this past Sunday, also helped to develop the California Institute of the Arts's groundbreaking curriculum and co-founded the highly influential San Francisco Tape Music Center, where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and Steve Reich would cut their teeth writing tape music.

Joan La Barbara is one of today's most iconic vocalists — John Cage and Morton Feldman both wrote music for her. Her own music, which often stretches the possibility of the human voice, has been honored with a slew of awards including a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition. 

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Emmy award winning alumnus talks about his job

April 10, 2013
Life Hacker

I’m J.G. Quintel, Creator of Regular Show, and This Is How I Work

By Tessa Miller

Cartoon Network's Regular Show follows the adventures of Mordecai, a witty blue jay, and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, as they try to escape their boring day jobs. Other characters include a talking gumball machine, a man shaped like a lollipop, a hive-five giving ghost, and a yeti voiced by none other than Mark Hamill. (That's right—Luke Skywalker.) The brainchild of J.G. Quintel (who's also the voice of Mordecai), Regular Show's wonderfully bizarre animation and over-the-top plot-lines have earned widespread critical acclaim, gained a legion of fans, and even snagged an Emmy award. We caught up with J.G. to find out how he works—from the tools he can't live without to the advice that keeps him motivated.

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CalArts and REDCAT cited in article on MOCA Board of Trustees

April 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times

Three new names on MOCA board

Ex-KB Homes CEO Bruce Karatz, investor Stanley Gold and collector Orna Amir Wolens join trustees.

By Mike Boehm and David Ng

Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art has appointed three new trustees, including Bruce Karatz, the former chief executive of KB Homes who was convicted three years ago on four felony counts of failing to disclose the backdating of stock options.

Also joining the board are prominent investor Stanley Gold and Beverly Hills attorney and art collector Orna Amir Wolens, who has been a member of the Hammer Museum's Hammer Circle support group.

MOCA's announcement Wednesday that Karatz, Gold and Wolens had been elected to the board follows museum leaders' recent decision to remain independent rather than accept an offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to absorb MOCA. Instead, MOCA announced two weeks ago that it was stepping up its own fundraising efforts, with a goal of amassing a $100-million endowment.

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