March 11, 2012 |
In 1992, the acerbic polymath Mike Kelley took a teaching position at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. With his midcareer retrospective, "Catholic Tastes," set to show at the Whitney the next year, Kelley was a freshly minted art star, embarking on a decade that would see him accomplish some of his most high-profile work, including collaborations with Paul McCarthy, his brethren in the grotesque, and the Educational Complex (1995), a haunting fusion of every school he attended, as well as his childhood home, chillingly rendered as an architectural model.
July 13, 2009
Art Center College of Design: In Friday's Calendar, an article about the new president of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design referred to the interim president, Frank Ellsworth, as "a former president of Pritzker College." It should have said Pitzer College.
July 10, 2009 |
About a year ago, Richard Koshalek was pushed from the presidency of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design after an eruption of resentment among students and alumni who said that he'd become too focused on building the small, elite institution's future -- and too removed from students' immediate needs. Lorne M. Buchman, announced Wednesday as Art Center's next president, will take charge in October, bringing experience during the 1990s running a rival art and design school in the Bay Area -- and in raising money to build bigger and better facilities.
February 28, 2009 |
Richard Koshalek says that it still smarts that he got dumped as president of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and that he intends to remain a networker par excellence in his new job as director of the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Koshalek's penchant for forging national and global connections was used against him during the campus coup that led to his ouster last year at Art Center. "I believe isolation breeds irrelevance. You have to be engaged in the larger context," Koshalek, 67, said after Thursday's announcement of his new job. In his old job, that philosophy led Koshalek to host international design conferences on campus and to conceive a series of "global dialogues" that Art Center would coordinate overseas, addressing the role of design in society.
February 27, 2009 |
Ousted last year as president of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, Richard Koshalek will return to the museum world in the nation's capital as director of the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian's new secretary, announced the appointment, effective April 13, in a statement Thursday, citing Koshalek's "vast experience in both the education and museum worlds." Before taking over Art Center's top spot in 1999 with a mandate to raise money and expand the campus, Koshalek, 67, was an institution-building director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1980s and '90s.
October 10, 2008 |
The board of trustees at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design on Wednesday named Frank L. Ellsworth as interim president. Ellsworth, who has served as president of Pitzer College, president of the Independent Colleges of Southern California and most recently president of the Japan Society in New York City, will take over immediately and continue through the ongoing search for a permanent president, anticipated by the end of 2009. Last month, Richard Koshalek -- former director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art -- abruptly stepped down from the Art Center presidency after school trustees refused his request for a four-year contract extension.