Valencia, CA, May 8, 2007--Each year the graduating MFA candidates from the Art School at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) organize and present an exhibition of their work, taking the initiative on how they wish to introduce themselves to a wider audience. This year's exhibition, FOR EVER , presenting new works by some of the most provocative young artists trained in the United States, will be in an industrial building in downtown Los Angeles. For the past three years, CalArts graduates have also participated in Supersonic , a group exhibition organized by a consortium of Southern California MFA programs to showcases works by recent graduates. This year, CalArts MFA candidates have collectively decided to split from Supersonic and focus instead on a final project that affords ample space and time to address exhibition and performance, site-specificity and risk. The artists plan to present an exhibition that is both celebratory and representative of their specific experiences. The exhibition will present work that reinvigorates the various histories of the institution, highlighting the multiplicity of futures emerging from CalArts.
Since 1970, CalArts has educated artists in a learning environment founded on experimentation, critical reflection and the exploration of new forms and expressions. With world-renowned faculty in Schools of Art, Film/Video, Theater, Music, Critical Studies and Dance, CalArts urges active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions – both on campus and in ongoing engagement with communities in and beyond the campus. As the nation's first institution to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is recognized as one of the highest-ranking fine arts schools in the United States and has established a national and international reputation as an educational leader across the full spectrum of the arts.
This year, MFA candidates have invited Eungie Joo, director and curator of the Gallery at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and REDCAT associate curator Clara Kim to help coordinate, promote, conceptualize and execute their exhibition. The curators and students chose to secure an informal exhibition site downtown. The site provides sufficient space to present work in a non-traditional context as a way to interact with and consider the city of Los Angeles, where most will remain after completing their degree requirements.
The site of the exhibition will be the first floor of the 55,000 square-foot building, 915 Mateo, a soon-to-be renovated, three-story industrial building that will house 39 creative flex spaces ranging from 700-1500 square feet each. As sponsors of the exhibition, developers for 915 Mateo welcome CalArts and REDCAT to activate the location in order to stimulate and promote cultural events in the downtown industrial neighborhood near the arts district. For more information about the 915 Mateo building, visit www.915mateo.com .
CalArts MFA exhibition will be at 915 South Mateo Street in downtown Los Angeles, CA 90021.
The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, June 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and remain on view to the public through June 24, 2007. Gallery hours are Thursdays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with weekly discussions, performance, and barbecues on Saturday afternoons. Saturday events schedule will be announced in May.
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Contact: Margaret Crane
CalArts/Gallery at REDCAT Media Relations Manager
(661) 222-2787, mcrane @ calarts.edu