Michael Asher, the groundbreaking L.A. conceptual artist and veteran CalArts teacher, died Sunday night after a long illness. He was 69.
A teacher at CalArts since the early 1970s, Asher was famous in the classroom for his wit and candor -- and also his endurance. His marathon "crit" (critique) sessions, designed to review student work, could by his own account run from 10 a.m. to midnight. "I throw away the clock," he once told me. Read story
5 Dance Shows To See This Week, Including Dancing at a Bus Station
3. Indonesian dance icon makes U.S. debut
In Indonesia "revered" is almost choreographer Ery Mefri's first name so often is his name spoken as revered Ery Mefri. A member of West Sumatra's Minangkabau ethnic minority, Mefri's signature choreographic style is dervived from a combination of spiritual movement and martial arts elements employing controlled extended balances, chanting, clapping and body percussion. Read story
Q&A With Hotel Transylvania Director Genndy Tartakovsky
New Sony Pictures Animation HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is released on the 12th October in the UK and what a better time than to catch-up with director Genndy Tartakovsky to speak about Adam Sandler’s role creatures, mythological beasts and – of course – Dracula! Read interview
Juan A. Gaitán Tapped for 2014 Berlin Biennale: The writer and independent curator, who splits his time between Mexico City and Berlin, has been named as the curator for the German capital's eighth biennial, slated to open in the spring of 2014. A former adjunct professor at CalArts, Gaitán has served as a curator for Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Vancouver's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. See story
Inspired by many of our favorite videogames, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph delivers a funny, original and heartwarming tale about an 8-bit bad guy in search of a new life.
Nobody could have predicted that one of Disney Animation’s best features of the past few years would unfold in the world of 8-bit videogames—an environment famous for its crude and primitive use of animation. It’s even more impressive when you learn about the painstaking process of producing Wreck-It Ralph and how the creative team pushed the limits of CG animation to build the various worlds and diverse characters (over 180 of them) of one of fall’s top movies. Read story
What's missing from this picture? Until now, it was the picture.
The public has not laid eyes on this fresco since it was unveiled exactly 80 years ago -- and thereafter soon whitewashed -- that politically angry and anguished mural that David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of Mexico’s "big three" muralists, painted in Olvera Street in 1932. Read story
Across the country, aspiring filmmakers are hard at work honing their craft at film schools. Whether it’s learning about the cultural impact of cinema, getting a technical training education in directing or cinematography, or advancing a lifelong love of cinema, we’re celebrating film schools everywhere with a week of film school-themed content.
The Credits recently traveled to the California Institute of the Arts–one of the country’s premier arts schools located just outside of Los Angeles. Started by Walt Disney in 1961 as a destination for artists, CalArts boasts a renowned film school, with notable alumni including directors Tim Burton, John Woo, and Genndy Tartakovsky. Read story