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Library Student Employee Spotlight - Holden King


Holden King has been working for the Calarts library for two years and as a student supervisor is an important member of our library team. He is scheduled to graduate in December and has plans to continue his CalArts studies in the jazz  masters program.


Holden's graduation recital is this weekend and includes everything from freely improvised jazz music to Ghanaian drumming song and dance. Holden shared this with us, "The intention is to encompass a taste of everything I have been able to get involved with while studying at CalArts. There is a focus on things I have learned from peers and mentors during my time here at CalArts as I figured out what my journey is by learning from others perspectives."


Evidenced by his exceptional work ethic in the library, Holden has been inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the CalArts community. He continues with, "Everything down to the recital poster comes from a friend that I have exchanged perspectives with in a vulnerable organic and beautiful way."


You can attend Holden's graduation recital Saturday November 9th at 8:00 pm with a reception to follow with a Ghanaian performance at 11:00 pm. Cookies will be provided.


In addition, Holden has been working on a project directed by CalArts faculty members Nicholas Deyoe and Ulrich Krieger with music by CalArts alum, Echo Rose and the band Liturgy. The production is titled Origin of the Alimonies and is slated for Saturday, November 16, 2019 at RedCat. (see link below for more information).


Introduction to Radical Politics Exhibit

Curators: Presented by the students in Critical Studies faculty Andrew Culp's Special Topics, Spring 2019 class

This exhibit was prepared as part of the final project for CalArts faculty member Andrew Culp’s Spring 2019 Introduction to Radical Politics course, part of the Critical Studies Special Topics series. The exhibit was coordinated in collaboration with CalArts Librarian Marisa Méndez-Brady along with Teaching Assistant and graduating MFA in Creative Writing Jessica Wolford. The course’s content covered radical problematics, such as: structural violence, collective forms of organization, ways of doing politics against-and-beyond the government.

For their final project, students had to create a well researched personal “archive” along with a written analysis of the archive. This exhibit is a curated collection of works that speak to both the overall class themes, as well as the students culminating class. Featured in the exhibit are several items from the Library’s physical and digital collections, along with a freely available zine by BFA students Mac Jude and Audrey Bandrowski that you can take home with you as part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from May 17th - July 12th, 2019.

Photo credit:  Blake Jacobsen (BFA 2017), Library Image Services Manager

Marisa Méndez-Brady Marisa Méndez-Brady was recently named a 2019 Mover & Shaker by the publication Library Journal, one of 54 individuals internationally being recognized as “the people shaping the future of libraries” for her advocacy work.

Marisa Linda Méndez-Brady (she/her/hers) joined CalArts Library as Reference & Instruction Librarian in January 2019. She is the liaison and selector for the School of Critical Studies, and is excited to work with her colleagues to innovate in library public services and information literacy teaching and learning. Prior to joining CalArts Library, she was a research librarian at UCLA Library, where she was the liaison for the English and Comparative Literature and History departments and the Reference and Outreach Coordinator for the Charles E. Young Research Library.

Marisa received her Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) at the University of Texas at Austin and has a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Maine. She holds her BA in History from Haverford College, where she focused on postcolonial studies and the role that cultural contact zones play in establishing hegemony. Over the last fourteen years Marisa has occupied a variety of positions in libraries and archives, with roles ranging from processing archival collections to Science Reference Librarian. Her personal scholarship centers on applying a critical lens to the theories and practices surrounding librarianship. Throughout her career, Marisa has focused on building collaborations with other librarians of color, an interest that born of her work applying critical race theory to library and information science (LIS).

Over the next year she’ll be co-authoring a chapter for a forthcoming MIT Press book, Who’s Afraid of Race? Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Science and co-presenting a panel entitled  “Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity” at the national 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) biennial conference. You can learn more about Marisa’s work on her personal website and you can find her on Twitter @msmendezbrady.

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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