CalArts Alumni Magazine

Issue 7


The Buzz

‘Hair Love’ Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

‘Hair Love’ Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

CalArtians Star in Award Season Representation matters. That was the underlying theme of this year’s Academy Awards, held on Feb. 9 in Hollywood. Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made history as the first (South) Korean and non-English film to capture the night’s biggest prize, Best Picture. And with its own Oscar win, the animated short film “Hair…


‘I heard you paint houses’ in 29 Languages

Visuals Effects and Title Designer Randy Balsmeyer, Courtesy of the Artist

Visuals Effects and Title Designer Randy Balsmeyer There’s a sequence in Martin Scorsese’s film The Irishman that consumed Randy Balsmeyer (Art BFA 73) for weeks. It’s a seemingly simple series of text seen a few minutes into the film. White block letters flash on black: I HEARD (then a shot of a moving road) YOU…


An Intolerable Loss

John Bache at Community Arts Partnership Saturday Photography Class.

John Bache (1940–2019) Beloved member of the CalArts community, John Bache, passed away suddenly on Dec. 11, 2019. Bache was an artist, photographer, and instructor who had a profound impact on CalArts for nearly five decades, holding a variety of positions at the Institute—as a member of the faculty and staff, in the Office of…


Bem-vindo, João Ribas

Members of the search committee celebrate with João Ribas (center), the newly appointed executive director of REDCAT. Edgar Miramontes (second from right) was promoted to deputy executive director and curator. Also, left to right: Michael Ned Holte (faculty), Berenice Reynaud (faculty), Tracie Costantino (provost and search committee chair), and Chi-wang Yang (faculty). Not pictured: Tim Disney (chair of CalArts Board of Trustees and search committee member).

Internationally Renowned Curator to Lead REDCAT REDCAT is often recognized for bolstering global connections across the arts, and now with the announcement of João Ribas as the Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT and Vice President for Cultural Partnerships, those connections take on a new dimension. Ribas, the former director of the Serralves Museum…


How Cinema Disempowers Women

Nina Menkes gave her talk ‘Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Oppression’ at CalArts in January. The talk served as inspiration for her documentary Brainwashed.

New Menkes Documentary As a filmmaker, Nina Menkes is used to being behind the camera. Lately, she’s put herself in front of the lens as the central character in the new documentary Brainwashed, which explores how camera angles, camera movement, lighting, framing, and other shot design techniques contribute to the oppression of women in Hollywood…


Keene on Style

CalArts School of Critical Studies - Visiting Artist Guest Lecture John Keene

Writer in Residence John Keene Distinguished author, poet, and educator John Keene was the 2020 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence at CalArts. His talk “Notes on Style” was delivered in January to an appreciative audience of students and faculty in the School of Critical Studies and attendees of the Finance Fictions conference hosted by the…


Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Sidney Flanigan stars as Autumn in in Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

Eliza Hittman’s New Film Hittman first began researching and developing the film in 2012, when she first learned of the story of a 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar, living in Ireland. Pregnant with her first child, Halappanavar began to miscarry. She was admitted to a hospital where, even though her condition worsened, her requests for an…


New Book Celebrates 40 Years of CalArts Posters

Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts, 1980–2019, published in spring 2020.

“CalArts is its own city, its own world, an alternate universe where posters rule!” writes Michael Worthington (Art MFA 95), CalArts Graphic Design faculty, in a new book celebrating the remarkable CalArts Poster Archive. Released in April by MW Books, Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts, 1980–2019 provides an inside look at the…


West Side Story Revival. Purists, Beware.

The cast of West Side Story in an updated version of the classic ’50s musical.

CalArts Dancers Make Broadway Debut The revival of West Side Story opened on Feb. 20 in New York—with three CalArts dancers making their Broadway debuts. Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s modern adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet–inspired musical marked the first time a major New York production opted not to perform the original choreography by the legendary…