On a blustery Friday morning near USC, photographer Catherine Opie opens the front gate to her 1908 Craftsman home. “Come on in,” she says. She’s wearing a peaked hat, dress shirt and loose-fitting jeans, eyes framed by thick white glasses. We pass a tangle of succulents and overgrown flowers and walk inside, where Opie’s partner—a painter and resident green thumb—Julie Burleigh, is just leaving for the day.
The feeling is cozy and intimate: worn oriental rugs, an Arco lamp, a disco Gumby by Raymond Pettibon, a small Lari Pittman in the hallway, a stylized photograph of two men dancing together by Robert Mapplethorpe is in the living room. Out the back door, past a chicken coop and a beehive, is Opie’s Roger White-designed studio. Here, the skylights have shades so Opie can block out the sun and create those Holbein-inspired studio portraits for which she’s known. Today, however, the shades are pulled back, shedding light on her latest project hanging on the walls: Elizabeth Taylor’s closet. Shot with a Hasselblad H2 with a digital back (in Opie’s opinion, the closest approximation to film), the photographs are close-ups of silks and ermine hanging cheek by jowl, almost unrecognizable beyond texture and color. “What is iconic?” she asks. Throughout her career, she has consistently toyed with that concept. In the 2003 series “Surfers” and the 1994-95 series “Freeway,” she reworked those L.A. motifs. “Surfers are always on a wave; mine are waiting,” she says. “Freeways are always full; mine are empty.” Read More.
Jason Reicher, a student at CalArts, has revealed his latest work – King Kababa and the Knight. With strict orders to round up any housebound bugs, a knight knocks on the door of an independently-minded man who lives in a treehouse. Dialog is delivered in rhyming couplets, and the design is delivered with a very tasteful palette to compliment the world class designs. Read More.
Tim Draper's superhero-laden vision for the future of education is so nuts that it might actually work
By Michael Carney
Tim Draper’s children may all be out of the house already, but if they were in high school today, he says that he’d have a hard time advising them to go to a traditional four year university. As the founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), the third generation Silicon Valley VC has been investing in college grads (and dropouts) for nearly three decades. And he thinks that higher education is broken.
“Education has to think about renovating itself,” Draper says. “People are concerned about cost, how long it takes, and how unprepared graduates are when they get to the workforce. Training has been so rote, that it rarely prepares people for the unexpected, for change, for experimentation.” Read More
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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.
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.