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Alumna Olga Koumoundouros discusses socially engaged art.

November 14, 2012

Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?

For the next in my series of interviews with artists and organizers as part of the SOCiAL: Art + People initiative, I sat down with Asuka Hisa, director of education at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and LA-based artist Olga Koumoundouros to discuss their collaboration on a recent Wall Works project titled CART -- What Do We Need to Get By and How Do We Get There. This discussion is just one of three pairings between artists and curators for the Getty Museum's upcoming panel Do We Need Artists in Art Museums? on November 14th at 7pm. Other pairings include Mark Allen of Machine Project and Elizabeth Cline, formerly of the Hammer Museum; and Bob Sain, creator of LACMA Lab and Christoph Korner of GRAFT Architects. Read Interview

The number of CalArts' legendary room A113 appears Pixar's Brave

November 14, 2012
Mashable Entertainment

Check Out These Hidden Gems in Disney Pixar’s, Brave

Brave, the latest animated film from Disney and Pixar is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. You know what that means: Hidden gems! Read Story

Article on American distribution company of foreign animated films cites CalArts

November 14, 2012
Los Angeles Times

GKIDS' winning pitch as the go-to market for foreign animated films

Film distributor GKIDS aims to give sophisticated, indie works like 'A Cat in Paris' and 'Chico & Rita' a foothold in the difficult U.S. animation landscape.
Eric Beckman, president of GKIDS, is climbing out of his office window to take in the skyline view from a narrow terrace 26 floors above Lower Manhattan. Inside, a staff of seven taps at computers in two rooms crammed with boxes of DVDs, film reels and posters of animated movies from France, Japan and the U.K. Read More

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

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

"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

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

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

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