RE:CONNECTIONS



CalArts 2021 MFA Postgraduate Exhibition





August 5–31, 2021
Tin Flats
1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Participating artists:
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.

Curator:
Audrey Min
Director and artist liaison 
Commonwealth and Council








CATALOG


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).




ARTIST BOOK



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; 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.



PROGRAMMING


Tin Flats hosted several public programs for re:connections including on-site screenings of time-based works. Guest-moderated panels with the exhibiting artists were led by CalArts faculty Ashley Hunt, Mercedes Dorame, Caleb Craig, and Zoe Strauss.




re:connections Opening Reception:
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, 5-8 pm PST
Tin Flats
1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Guest-Moderated Artists Panels:
Aug. 14, 1-2:30 pm PST
Caleb Craig; Jing Dong, Dongpu Ling, Aimée Dopa, Richard Nam
Key terms: future, technological intervention, ecological disaster, speculation


Aug. 14, 3-4:30 pm PST
Mercedes Dorame; Fía Benitez, Caleb Craig, Danielle Trent, Lois Bielefeld
Key terms: land, research, memory, heritage


Screening
Including works by Dana Carly Eitches, Juan Herrera, Jing Dong, Kendra de la Moriniere, Lois Bielefeld, Ruoyi Shi, Seongeun Kim, and Yaozhi Liu:

Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, 7:30 pm PST
Tin Flats
1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
RSVP: re.connections2021@gmail.com


Guest Moderated Artists Panels:
Aug. 22, 2021, 1-2:30 pm PST
Shirley Tse; Seongeun Kim, Kendra de la Moriniere, Dana Carly Eitches, Eleanor Francis, Benjamin S. Gordon
Key terms: transformation, reflection, body, perception, performance


Aug. 22, 3-4:30 pm PST
Ashley Hunt; Juan Herrera, Ruoyi Shi, Amanda Bauer, Yaozhi Liu
Key terms: political connections, transmission of ideology, mapping


re:connections Closing Reception:
Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, 5-8 pm PST
Tin Flats
1989 Blake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039


re:connections is co-organized by Audrey Min, Lois Bielefeld, Fía Benitez, Aimée Dopa, Caleb Craig, Amanda Bauer, Juan Herrera, Kendra de la Moriniere, Yaozhi Liu, Ruoyi Shi.

Website Design & Graphic Identity:
Amy Fang

Website Developer:
Amy Fang, Jing Dong

Website Coordinator:
Ruoyi Shi