CalArts 2021 MFA Postgraduate Exhibition
August 5–31, 2021
1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Aimée Dopa, Amanda Bauer, Benjamin S. Gordon, Caleb Craig, Dana Carly Eitches, Danielle Trent, Dongpu Ling, Eleanor Francis, Fía Benitez, Jing Dong, Juan Herrera, Kendra Le Bault de la Moriniere, Lois Bielefeld, Richard Nam, Ruoyi Shi, Seongeun Kim, and Yaozhi Liu.
Director and artist liaison
Commonwealth and Council
The exhibition catalog is a 24-page saddle-stitched publication designed by Aimée Dopa, inspired by the graphic identity and exhibition website by Amy Fang. The two-color riso-printed, editioned catalog features work by 18 artists, as well as new essays by re:connections curator Audrey Min and Courtney Loi (MA 21, Aesthetics and Politics).
The limited-edition artist book re:connections (2021) features 18 contributions by graduates in the CalArts programs in Art, Art and Technology, and Photography and Media, as well as an introduction by Tatum Howey (MFA 21, Creative Writing). Across two spreads and an index each, MFAs reflect on their artistic practice in the past two years—before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. re:connections offers unique insights into process: from research materials and correspondence, to in-progress and finished works. The publication is made in collaboration with Courtney Loi (MA 21, Aesthetics and Politics), Matthew R. Bussa (MFA 20, Creative Writing), and CalArts Visiting Faculty Zoe Strauss, who crucially helped bring it to fruition.
The artist book re:connections released on February 20, 2022, at the Mackey Apartments Block Party hosted by MAK Center, featuring Audrey Min, Ashley Hunt, Tatum Howey, and Zoe Strauss, in conversation.
Publisher: CalArts School of Art
Designer: Aimée Dopa
Graphic Identity and Web Design: Amy Fang
Curator: Audrey Min
Managing Editors: Lois Bielefeld, Fía Benitez
Copy Editors: Courtney Loi, Matthew Bussa
Fundraising: Juan Herrera
Sequencing: Zoe Strauss
Book Concept: Amanda Bauer
Administrative Support: Yaozhi Liu, Ruoyi Shi
Color Separator and Printer: Conveyor Studio
re:connections can be found in the following library archives and special collections: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA; ASU Library, Tempe, AZ; CalArts Library, Valencia, CA; CalArts School of Art Archive, Valencia, CA; CalArts School of Critical Studies Archive, Valencia, CA; Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Harvard University Artists' Book Collection, Cambridge, MA; Getty Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA; Jiazazhi, Ningbo, China; Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Los Angeles, CA; MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA; MICA Special Collections at Decker, Baltimore, MD; MoMA Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, New York, NY; New York Public Library Art & Architecture Collection, New York, NY; Reed College Special Collections, Portland, OR; The Whitney Museum of American Art Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, New York, NY; Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, New Haven, CT; University of California Santa Cruz McHenry Library, Santa Cruz, CA; Vassar College Archives & Special Collections Library, Poughkeepsie, NY; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN.