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Now deteriorated Siqueiros' fresco once on wall of CalArts' predecessor institution—the Chouinard Art Institute

October 10, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Olvera Street's missing mural, then and now

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

Aphorisms that legendary director and former Dean of CalArts School of Film/Video Alexander Mackendrick had taped to the wall of his CalArts classroom

October 9, 2012
Achilles and the Tortoise

Alexander Mackendrick’s 42 Filmmaking Aphorisms (courtesy of Ten Thousand Films)

This is a re-blog of a post from Ten Thousand Films. As my review of Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers is featured on Static Mass Emporium today, I figured it was as good a time as any to share these nuggets:

The 42 filmmaking aphorisms the brilliant Alexander Mackendrick had stuck to his wall when he taught screenwriting at CalArts:
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CalArts School of Film/Video featured in a documentary on the Motion Picture Association of America's new blog 'The Credits'

October 8, 2012
The Credits

Back To Film School: On Location At CalArts

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

Graphic Design Program graduate highlighted in article 'Admiring Geoff McFetridge'

October 6, 2012

Geoff McFetridge is an artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the Graduate Design Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Known for his reductive graphic style, Geoff began to show his work in galleries in 1998 at George’s Gallery. His first large scale show was in Japan at Parco Gallery Tokyo. He was part of the Beautiful Losers Exhibition which toured the world, and has made solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Seattle, Milan and the Netherlands. Read story

Battle Bears: alumnus created mobile game scores full television season

October 5, 2012

Battle Bears Take the Fight to TV Animation

With five bear-based shooters for Android and iOS devices under their fuzzy little belts and another on the way, SkyVu Entertainment teams up with the makers of Yo Gabba Gabba! to transform Battle Bears into the next big TV animation franchise for boys.  Read story

Interview with School of Art alumna Alex Olson

October 5, 2012
Walker Art Center

Remarks on Surface: An Interview with Alex Olson

In this series of online studio visits, the 15 artists in the upcoming Walker-organized exhibition Painter Painter respond to an open-ended query about their practices. Here Los Angeles–based artist Alex Olson converses with exhibition co-curator Eric Crosby.  Read interview

Frankenweenie article cites CalArts' influence on Tim Burton and alumni directors Henry Selick, Brad Bird and John Lasseter.

October 4, 2012
Animation Magazine

Dawn of the Dead Pets

Director Tim Burton pays homages to his favorite monster movies and his childhood pet in the charming stop-motion gem FrankenweenieRead story

CalArts students discuss alumni director Tim Burton on NPR

October 4, 2012

From Tim Burton, Another Signature Lovable Loner

Tim Burton is known for making quirky films, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, Mars Attacks, and the blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. His latest movie is an animated adaptation of the classic Frankenstein story — only this time, it's a little boy who brings his dog, Sparky, back to life.  Listen to and read the story

Interview with faculty member Maggie Nelson on the limitations of shock in art

October 2, 2012
The New York Times

Maggie Nelson on the Limitations of Shock

Over the past two weeks in this space, readers, critics and artists have been asking whether art can still shock. But what’s so great about shock, anyway? In her book “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning,” published last year to wide acclaim, the critic Maggie Nelson examined the “shock and awe” doctrine that has governed so much of the last century’s art, arguing that it has too often let artists off the hook for the less than edifying reactions their work may provoke.  Read story (scroll down to Oct. 2)

David Alfaro Siqueiros LA mural restored—another Siqueiros mural at former site of Chouinard Art Institute remains unrestored

September 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times

David Alfaro Siqueiros' 'America Tropical' awaits new unveiling

The controversial, whitewashed mural, painted in downtown L.A. in 1932, will soon be back in the public eye.

"America Tropical" must be Los Angeles' most famous invisible artwork.

Born in drama and buried in anger, Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros' monumental mural on Olvera Street has been a cause célèbre for decades. Siqueiros was commissioned to paint the 18-by-80-foot fresco in 1932 as a decoration for a rooftop beer garden, but it disappeared behind whitewash amid a controversy over its central image: a Mexican Indian lashed to a double cross with an American eagle proudly perched above him, wings spread.  Read story

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