Back to School Guide: The 10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck
Enrolling in a Fine Art MFA program is a tough decision for any would-be artist, and it comes with multiple considerations. ARTINFO has examined the most popular guides out there, like U.S. News’s graduate school rankings, along with a plethora of online advice columns to try and tackle this subject in the most practical way possible. Everyone is familiar with the cachet of programs like Columbia and Yale, but we’ve singled out the following programs as our own personal favorites. Read story
Below: Pick Up the Pieces at California Institute of the Arts, an exhibition/performance by student Liz Glynn
The visionary Los Angeles singer-songwriter has obsessively excavated the forgotten refuse of the past, recombining it into a secret history of pop, and inspiring an entire indie generation. Now he’s trying to settle down and go pro, but as DAVID BEVAN discovers, haunting memories of a family tragedy, the breakup of his first real love, and his own solitary temperament, have left him in perpetual limbo. Read story
In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan’s baffling Self Portrait, for example, or Lil Wayne’s rock album Rebirth. Muddy Waters’ psych-blues masterpiece Electric Mud, the entire output of Northeast family weirdos the Shaggs. Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa.
The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, bandleader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, Mature Themes. Read story
Choreographer Kate Weare discovered her creative voice and a passion for collaboration as a student at California Institute of the Arts. Since graduating, she's created works on companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Australia's Buzz Dance Theatre, CityDance Ensemble and NYC's Paradigm, and she founded the Kate Weare Company in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Princess Grace Award and in 2011, a Joyce Theater Foundation Fellowship. DanceU101 spoke to Weare about being a successful post-college choreographer. —Rachel Zar Read story
Public art sculpture intended to reflect the purpose of new crime lab
Osman Akan first saw Alaska on a gloomy November day in 2010. The artist, born in sunny Turkey and now based in New York City, was flying back to America after attending a contemporary art fair in Europe. He'd scheduled a stop in Anchorage to evaluate making a proposal to create a statue for the new state crime lab as a Percent for Art project. Read story
Hotshot tv animators used to knock on Disney Channel’s door very infrequently. For a generation of cartoonists raised on The Simpsons, Disney had a reputation as too worried about protecting its brand to have fun. The cool kids wanted to work elsewhere. Read story
If you believe the myth, Ariel Pink is home a lot.
On a Monday morning in July, Ariel Pink was idly wandering through his house in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, speaking by phone and giving a virtual tour. In the room where he sleeps, he said, an eight-track recorder was stationed on a shelf; in the living room he described a haphazard stack of instruments, guitars on top of keyboards on top of amplifiers. Read story
To Understand the Future of MoCA, Look at its Past
With the recent decision of the MoCA board of trustees to reverse itself and open a search for a chief curator, the museum’s identity crisis may have reached a temporary respite. But a more permanent resolution isn’t in the cards until a sustainable budget is achieved, and all interested parties, including a passionate public, can agree on what that budget means in terms of programming, collection development and support, and educational outreach. It’s past time to analyze, consider, and restate the museum’s mission. Read story