In an unprecedented move, graduating MFA candidates from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will hold their culminating exhibition, We Want a New Object , in some of the leading art galleries of Los Angeles' Chinatown.
The exhibition runs from Saturday, May 31 to Saturday, June 7, 2008. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Located on campuses or in off-site exhibition spaces, MFA exhibitions are typically isolated from the professional art world. This year, CalArts' exhibition will be integrated into one of Los Angeles' most vibrant art scenes--with work shown at Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Black Dragon Society, David Salow Gallery, Fifth Floor Gallery, Kontainer , Peres Projects and Telic Arts Exchange. Beta Level and the Mountain Bar will host screenings, performances and additional surprises.
"I do think that the CalArts graduates, in general, have greater latitude of play in their work," said visiting faculty member Benjamin Weissman. "It's the lush intellectual environment, minus the ghoulish pressures that other schools apply. The lovely CalArts vibe is palpable, joyous and necessary; the unprecedented Chinatown hookup is a testament to the school's multi-decade clout." Weissman's writing will appear in the exhibition catalog which is designed by CalArts graduate graphic design students.
Since 1970, CalArts has educated artists in an environment founded on experimentation, critical reflection and the exploration of new forms and expressions. Each year, graduating MFA candidates from the School of Art organize and present an exhibition of their work, taking the strategic initiative on how they wish to introduce themselves to a wider audience.
For this groundbreaking exhibition, the graduates enlisted the assistance of writer, performer and faculty member Malik Gaines who recently curated Read Me! Text in Art at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The exhibiting artists represent the programs that comprise CalArts School of Art--Art, Photography and Media, and Integrated Media.