In case you missed it, cinema lost one of its greatest innovators this weekend, Alain Resnais. Though he was often lumped in with the big names of the French New Wave, Resnais’ work was closer aligned with that of the so-called Left Bank Group. Along with directors like Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, Resnais vigorously searched for new approaches to film-making and narrative construction throughout his career, often collaborating with such literary greats as Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet, and earning countless awards in the process. At the Berlinale last month, he premiered his final film, Life of Riley, at the age of 91.
January 15th marked the 150th birthday of the photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, who worked from the 1880’s right up until her death in 1952. From art photography to photojournalism and portraiture, Johnston (shown at her desk in the cyanotype above) eagerly explored the medium’s full variety of approaches throughout her life.
Check out more of her work and read up on her biography here.
Curious about cyanotypes? There’s a fascinating old post on the SFMOMA blog detailing some background on the beautiful and deadly process.
The end of the semester is so close and our winter holidays are already upon us! But before you pack up for the break, why not drop by and check out our fantastic new exhibition Traditions of the Season, curated by Allison Fischbach and Kathy Cowan.
Materials on display include handmade cards by past students and faculty, photos of holiday events, and MICA-related newspaper articles, as well as illustrated editions of classic holiday tales.
Check out our new featured films board with artwork by Mary Alessi! The new board and it’s neighboring book display focus on sideshow attractions, helping to celebrate the Johnny Eck exhibition that just opened in the Decker Gallery over the weekend.
"A lot of my work has been about the unexpected—that kind of wanting to be the heroine and yet wanting to kill the heroine at the same time. That kind of dilemma—that push and pull—is the underlying turbulence that I bring to each of the pieces that I make." —Kara Walker
Happy birthday today (November 26) to artist Kara Walker. Seen here is the artist at work in her New York studio in 2002, as featured in the Season 2 Stories episode from Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.
Another great drawing by Mary on the new featured films board, showcasing works based loosely on Shakespeare’s plays. Come on by and check out the most bizarre reworking of Romeo & Juliet you’ll find. Or if you prefer, we also have a selection of closely adapted films nearby!