Tag Archives: CalArts


50 + 50—A CREATIVE CENTURY FROM CHOUINARD TO CALARTS is an artist-led scholarship endowment initiative and exhibition series anticipating the fiftieth anniversary of California Institute of the Arts and the centenary of Chouinard Art Institute, which was founded in 1921.

Fifty artist alumni will participate in the five-year program. The first group of artists includes John BaldessariAnne CollierLaddie John DillJoe GoodeNaotaka HiroTony OurslerGala Porras-KimStephen PrinaBarbara T. Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems

The inaugural group of works were on view this spring at Redcat, and can now be seen in the Frieze Viewing Room, the virtual gallery space of Frieze New York 2020.

And check out the CalArts Expo 2020.

From top: Barbara T. Smith, Invisible, 2018, blown glass, water, and cotton rope; Carrie Mae Weems, Queen B, 2018–2019, archival digital print; Gala Porras-Kim, Composite Artifact, 2019, Southwest stone, foam, acrylic paint, metal, wood. Artworks photographed by Joshua White. CalArts, unknown photographer, circa 1971–1972, black and white photograph, courtesy and © California Institute of the Arts Archives Photographic Materials Collection. Anne Collier, Aura (John Baldessari 2003), 2018, C-print, courtesy of the artist. Images courtesy and © the artists and published for CalArts by Lisa Ivorian-Jones.


Experience and participate in FULL PINK MOON—OPERA POVERA IN QUARANTINE—a livestream durational opera with a score comprised of Pauline Oliveros’ composition The Lunar Opera: Deep Listening for _Tunes, with an original libretto and story by IONE.

The event is a fundraiser for the Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund, which is raising money to help musicians financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 250 artists are expected to join together for this event—a call to arms to the community to harness livestream technology in this time of crisis. To participate, sign in here.

There will also be a livestream pre-event discussion with artists and musicians, including Ron AtheyGeorge Lewis, and Sean Griffin.

Full Pink Moon is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry and California Institute of the Arts.


Tuesday, April 7.

Pre-opera discussion

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

Opera performance

6 pm to midnight on the West Coast; 9 pm to 1 am East Coast.

From top: Sean Griffin, Dramaturgical Sketch 1 for Full Pink Moon, courtesy and © the artist and Opera Povera; Pauline Oliveros; poster courtesy and © Opera Povera; Griffin, Dramaturgical Sketch 2 for Full Pink Moon, courtesy and © the artist and Opera Povera.


Materials from the postponed Redcat exhibition Inside Out & Upside Down—Posters from CalArts: 1970–2019 are available online.

CalArts Archive, from top: Conny Cavazos, Lei Lei, 2019; Onyou Kim and Vivian Naranjo, Martha Friedman, 2017; Florencio Zavala and Victor Hu, Miranda July & Phil Elverum, 2007; Jae-Hyouk Sung, Matmos, 2003; Cassandra Cisneros, Juyoung Kim, and SoYun Cho, Redcat: Cauleen Smith: “Black Utopia LP,” 2013; Jens Gehlhaar, Anthony Hernandez: Landscape for the Homeless, 1997; Bijan Berahimi and Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, No Age & Brian Roettinger, 2013; Angela Bac and Jessie Zo, 2014 CalArts Halloween, 2014; Scott Barry, Rachel Harrison (3/3), 2010; Louise Sandhaus, Ed Fella Farewell Lecture: Educated, Philosofated, Detroitated, Esplicated, 2013; Allison Hsiao, Redcat: Adentro, 2018. Images courtesy and © the artists and CalArts.


Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and the accelerated evolution of the species as seen through the recent films of Alex GarlandEx Machina and Annihilation—are the topics of a Wednesday talk at Redcat by literature professor N. Katherine Hayles, the author of How We Became Posthuman.

On Saturday, Hayles will give the closing presentation of the day-long Algorithms, Infrastructures, Art and Curation (AIAC) seminar at the City Council Chambers in West Hollywood.

AIAC explores “explores aesthetic and political issues related to algorithms and infrastructures in art and curation, ranging from finance to climate change, from human exclusion zones to bitcoin and blockchain, from search algorithms to theories of natural selection and more.”*


Wednesday, January 23, at 8:30 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.



Saturday, January 26.

AIAC seminar starts at 10 am.

Hayles speaks at 6 pm.

West Hollywood Library

City Council Chambers

625 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood.

From top: Alicia Vikander and director Alex Garland rehearsing a scene in Ex Machina (2014), image credit A24Annihilation (2018), image credit Paramount Pictures.


This weekend, CalArts Winter Dance at Redcat takes an iconic turn with a presentation of works by revolutionaries Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Trisha Brown, Rennie HarrisJiří Kylián, and Merce Cunningham, staged by dancers who carry deep histories of the choreographers’ practices and intentions.

Cunningham’s CANFIELD (1969) will be staged by his former company member Holley Farmer, Zollar’s SHELTER (1988) by fellow Urban Bush Women member Marjani Forté, and Brown’s SOLO OLOS (1976) by her former company member Samuel Wentz.

For CANFIELD, Ben Richter, Justin Scheid, and Davy Sumner will perform a score by Pauline Oliveros, and actor-vocalist Toritseju Danner and drummer Emilia Moscoso Borja will accompany SHELTER.

Kylián’s FALLING ANGELS is staged by Fiona Lummis, who danced with Nederlands Dans Theater in the 1989 premiere of the piece. Live percussion will be provided by drummers Brandon Carson, Katie Eikam, Jason Fragoso, and Kevin Good performing a composition by Steve Reich.

FACING MEKKA was choreographed in 2003 by Harris—whose new Lazarus for the Alvin Ailey company created a sensation in New York last week—and will be staged by Nina Flagg, a former member of Rennie Harris Puremovement.


Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 8:30 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Facing Mekka, Rennie HarrisCanfield, Merce CunninghamShelter, Jawole Willa Jo ZollarSolo Olos, Trisha Brown; Falling AngelsJiří Kylián; and Facing Mekka. All images from the CalArts Winter Dance Concert, November 2018, at CalArts. Photographs by Rafael Hernandez, courtesy CalArts. Special thanks to Kelly Hargraves and Margaret Crane.