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New Institute Archives Finding Aid for The Center for Integrated Media Records Now Available

The Center for Integrated Media records contains administrative records, financial and curricular planning materials, correspondence, faculty and student projects and proposals, fundraising and development records, promotional materials, clippings, and other materials documenting the establishment and activities of the Center for Integrated Media. Included are materials related to, events organized by Tom Leeser and CIM collaborators, projects created by and for the Center for Integrated Media as well as national and international related digital media events and projects. The collection covers the years 1993 to 2018, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1996 to 2009.

The Center for Integrated Media Records

Quite Study Area Exhibition

Commons Time: The Permeation of Work and Leisure at CalArts
The photographs and posters presented here have been reproduced from the collections held within the CalArts Institute Archives. The mission of the Archives is to collect, identify, organize, preserve, and make accessible the documents--both official and unofficial--that chronicle the history and memory of CalArts. These collections are “the natural result of the activities and individuals” in an institution, however the process of building archival collections is not neutral, nor does it necessarily result in a comprehensive historical record.1 After interacting with the archives’ various collections, we realized that students’ experiences were not prioritized, generating a curiosity in us: how have CalArts students spent their time, and how does this time influence them as artists and people?

We became interested in the permeation between work and leisure, specifically within the context of CalArts as an insular, “intentional space” where artists are encouraged to live and collaborate with one another. The existence of this heterotopic institution allows for interactions between members of the community that are spontaneous and capable of avoiding the more teleological nature of many classroom settings. We have gathered materials that depict students at work, at play, and in protest. We feel that these casual and non-transactional conversations, happenings, parties, and fleeting interactions define the CalArts experience. Put another way, the experience of attending this institution is hardly limited to the scope of the classroom, gallery or performance space. The oft-mentioned idea of the “gift of space” applies here...that moments free from utilitarian logic and cost-benefit analysis give students time to digest, make lifelong connections and, most importantly, think. CalArts is and, will hopefully remain, an enclave of resistance.

By Rhana Tabrizi MA ’18 and Joshua Westerman MFA ‘18
With help from Fu Jui “Freddy” Tang MFA ’18 and Mariana Yovanovich BFA ’19

1 The Society of American Archivists, “Statement of Principles,” in Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition, (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.


Kanopy for Teaching

The Library offers access to streaming films through KANOPY.  There currently are 29 licensed films that you may stream.  You can find the link to KANOPY in the Library Databases list:

We will license streaming films per our Faculty requests to support your teaching and research. 
Films are licensed for only one year only and cost $150.00 per title.  In many cases, the Library already owns a physical copy, but a streaming copy will make remote access by you and your students easier.  If you think you'll use a title for multiple years, please let us know.  In some cases, the title may only be available by licensing a streaming copy.  If you think you want to see the title in physical copy, then let us know via email.

You may submit a KANOPY request through KANOPY'S website:
-  if you want to show the film in your class
-  if you want your students to view a particular film, even if you may not be screening it in class.

Please contact Karen Baxter if you have any questions.

Thank you for carefully considering your requests!

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design Exhibition

The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany will present (29 September 2018 to 10 March 2019) the first large retrospective on the designer, author, activist, and former CalArts Dean of the School of Design, Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). The exhibition includes materials created by and related to Papanek from the CalArts Institute Archives. 

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MFA Graphic Design Books in Artist Book Collection

Now available on Artstor!

The School of Art MFA Graphic Design Books are a specialized collection located in the CalArts Library Artists Books Collection room. These books range from 2001 to 2014, and represent a culmination of work created by the MFA students during their time at CalArts. Students have access to this collection during the Library hours when regular staff are present. Students, faculty, and staff may also view a selection from each MFA Graphic Design book on Artstor. For more information about this collection or using Artstor, contact Karen Baxter, Visual Arts Librarian at x7880 or
Book shown: Break Down Break Through: Process & Reflections on Two Years at CalArts by David Robinson (2014).

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