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Old 11-12-2007, 07:08 AM
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'Art' Meets 'Craft' for 100 Years at this California College

The Caifornia College of the Arts, founded 100 years ago, is holding an exhibition of the works of its alumni and faculty at the Oaklands Museum of California. A significant quote about this College: "From the beginning the unity of arts and crafts was the most important principle at C.C.A".

It sounds like this Bauhaus is a similar art college in Germany. Wish there are more like them.

Where ‘Art’ Has Met ‘Craft’ for 100 Years from the NY Times

Nov 11, 2007. WHEN the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed his shop, Frederick Meyer, a German-born cabinetmaker with links to the Arts and Crafts movement, turned disaster into opportunity. The next year he and his wife, Laetitia, opened the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts with 3 teachers and 43 students. They had $45 in the bank and a vision of providing rigorous training to fine artists and craftsmen alike.

That school is now the California College of the Arts, a remarkable Bay Area institution that while perhaps unfamiliar outside the region has played an important role in shaping the past 100 years of California art.

“From the beginning the unity of arts and crafts was the most important principle at C.C.A., just like it would be at the Bauhaus, which was established 12 years later,” said Peter Selz, professor emeritus of art history at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1959, while a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he exhibited two little-known painters with connections to the college, Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira.

Both those successful artists are now among the 100 alumni and faculty members whose work is in “Artists of Invention: A Century of C.C.A.,” on view until March 16 at the Oakland Museum of California. It is a wide-ranging exhibition of diverse work: Not far from Mr. Diebenkorn’s elegant canvas is a funky ceramic woman by Viola Frey, one of Robert Bechtle’s photorealist street scenes and a video of compressed television images by Anthony Discenza. In an adjoining space a colorful 1995 Squeak Carnwath painting hangs within sight of a muscular abstract sculpture in blue-gray stoneware by Peter Voulkos and Garry Knox Bennett’s pivotal 1979 work, “Nail Cabinet,” an exquisite wood cabinet he deliberately vandalized by driving a nail into its front.....

“The fact that fine arts people and crafts people were all thrown together made a difference,” said Philip Linhares, the museum’s chief curator of art, who helped organize the exhibition and attended the college in the late 1950s.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:20 AM
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Re: 'Art' Meets 'Craft' for 100 Years at this California College

Merlion, unfortunately, a politician by the name of Adolf Hitler closed the original Bauhaus in Germany in 1933.

Even before that, internal politics and infighting made its future pretty shaky.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus

CCA is a good school, but the change of its name from "California College of the Arts and Crafts" to its current "California College of Art" tells you a bit about the political correctness there these days- crafts are still unfashionable at most universities.

There is a similar, but smaller, school, in Portland Oregon called the Oregon College of Art and Craft-
http://www.ocac.edu/
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