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Q&A: Drew Denny, Aesthetics and Politics program alumna, discusses her first feature film

November 13, 2012
Alt Fim Guide

Drew Denny discusses The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had with My Pants On

But why "communal exorcism"? Well, you’ll find out why once you check out the q&a, as Drew Denny has kindly agreed to answer a few questions via email for Alt Film Guide. Read Interview

Q & A with CalArts' Feminist Art Program co-founder Suzanne Lacy

November 13, 2012
Art:21 Blog

Suzanne Lacy’s career as an artist, educator, and activist spans multiple decades and major movements in contemporary art history (Feminst Art, New Genre Public Art [a phrase coined by the artist], and, more recently, Social Practice). It offers one of the most important models we have of a practice that explores complex social dynamics and political issues while never losing site of art as a source of imagination and as a catalyst of change. Read Interview

Survey exhibition for alumnus Jim Shaw, "one of America’s most important and prolific contemporary artists."

November 13, 2012
Artdaily.org

First ever full-scale survey of Jim Shaw's work opens at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Jim Shaw (born 1952) is one of America’s most important and prolific contemporary artists. Part of a ground-breaking group that graduated from CalArts in the late 1970s including Mike Kelley, John Miller and Tony Oursler, Shaw has one of the most distinctive visual imaginations of his generation. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the first ever full-scale survey of his work internationally and the first large-scale solo exhibition for 13 years. It brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos from the last 25 years, including several works that have never been exhibited before. Read Story

Review: Faculty member Jen Hofer's collages in Houston

November 13, 2012
Houstonian

"Sand in Line" exhibits multi-modal art until November 29

Art that explores line, form and text can be used to describe “Sand in the Line.” an art exhibit displaying various works made from print media, film and unexpected material.
The art exhibit, curated by Michael Henderson, showcases the works of Kana Harada, Jen Hofer, John Pluecker, Dawn Pendergast and Trish Ramsay. The artists also conduct workshops that demonstrate their specific from of art. Read Review

Judy Chicago, co-founder of CalArts' Feminist Art Program, exhibits in London

November 12, 2012
FAD

JUDY CHICAGO Deflowered at Riflemaker Monday 12th November

November sees a series of JUDY CHICAGO exhibitions and events in the UK for the first time since 1985.
Judy Chicago is an artist, writer and activist whose work set the agenda for women’s art over the past five decades. A pioneering force who came to prominence in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, she helped re-shape the male-dominated art landscape by creating innovative work from a woman’s perspective – reacting to social and political injustice during revolutionary times. Read More

Q & A with alumnus Pendelton Ward

November 12, 2012
Toonzone

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews “Adventure Time” Creator Pendleton Ward

A graduate of the CalArts Animation Program, Pendleton Ward went on to work at Frederator Studios and wrote and storyboarded for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack before going on to create the hit series Adventure Time in 2010. Following the “Awesome” Cartoon Network panel at the Platform International Animation Festival, Toonzone News caught up to Pendleton Ward and sat down with him for an interview. Read Interview

Review: alumna writer-director Drew Denny at AFI Fest

November 12, 2012
HuffPost Arts & Culture

Writer-Director Drew Denny Finds The Funny In Grief

It seems like at AFI Fest I have an interview that just eclipses every other interview of the year. Last time out it was my discussion with Panos Cosmatos, director of Beyond The Black Rainbow. This year it was with performance artist and filmmaker Drew Denny, whose deeply personal The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Pants On surprised and delighted me. Read Story

Tia Kratter talks about working on “Brave”

November 12, 2012
Media Mikes

Tia Kratter joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 1993 as a digital painter during production of the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.” She has subsequently held the shading art director role on “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film. Kratter most recently completed work as the shading art director for Disney•Pixar’s feature film “Brave,” which opened in theaters in summer of 2012 and is set to release in North America on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 13, 2012. Read Interview

Photographer and alumnus Robert Landau chronicles the Sunset Strip’s rock billboards

November 11, 2012
LA Times

Billboard rock royalty on the Sunset Strip

Photographer Robert Landau chronicles the history of larger-than-life advertisements for pop musicians.

Video may have killed the radio star, but it also sounded the death knell for the era of the rock 'n' roll billboards that dominated a 1.7-mile strip of Sunset Boulevard for three decades starting in the late '60s. Slick ads for fashion and TV shows have replaced those hand-painted monuments to rock gods such as the Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin that might have been relegated to the memories of a generation were it not for the foresight of a curious 16-year-old. Read Story

Alumni Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims' documentary "Only the Young" at AFI Fest

The Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2012

Only the Young: AFI Fest Review

Set in recession-wilted SoCal suburbia, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ nonfiction feature focuses on an endearing trio of teenage Christian punks.

The coming of age of the American adolescent, a perennial subject of fiction and nonfiction films, adds a fresh chapter with Only the Young, the debut feature by CalArts grads Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims. Their fast-moving documentary zeros in on three ultra-likable Southern California high-schoolers, following them through a succession of hairstyles and turning points. Read More

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