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Michael Asher

Tribute to Michael Asher

On Dec. 7, 2012, the CalArts community paid tribute to longtime faculty member and artist Michael Asher who passed away on Oct. 15, after a long illness. Asher's Post Studio class in the School of Art is legendary, running for 12 hours at a session, offering a depth of critique that many alumni have not experienced since.

The School of Art organized the memorial service that was held in CalArts' Main Gallery, where many former students, faculty members and guests talked about Michael and celebrated his life and work.

The entire memorial service has been posted in the above video, and the program's speakers have been posted below.


Introductory remarks

Thomas Lawson, Dean of the School of Art at CalArts
Steven D. Lavine, CalArts President Emeritus

Speakers included:

Thom Andersen Stephanie Barron
Benjamin H. D. Buchloh * Daniel Buren *
Thomas Crow * Dorit Cypis
Nancy Escher Andrew Freeman
Dan Graham * Stanley Grinstein
Connie Hatch Rayna Kraman *
Frederick Leen * Elsa Longhauser
Stephan Pascher Kirsi Peltomäki
Birgit Pelzer Stephen Prina
Anne Rorimer Allan Sekula

*video or written remembrance


In a Landscape (1948), John Cage
Piano, Vicki Ray

After the music finishes, we invite anyone who wishes to share a story or memory to come up to the front and speak. If you prefer to contribute something in writing, please use the loose leaf page in this book and add it to the memorial box.

Reception to follow in Langley.


The film Walk-Through, by CalArts alum Redmond Entwhistle, is a film about Asher's legendary Post-Studio Class. The trailer is below:

Trailer for 'Walk-Through'

Allan Sekula

Allan Sekula Memorial

Photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist, critic and CalArts Art faculty member Allan Sekula passed away Aug. 10, 2013 in California. He was 62.

All members of the CalArts community, friends and alumni were invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Allan Sekula on Oct. 5, 2013 at 2 pm at REDCAT.

Speakers included:

Thom Andersen David Antin
Eleanor Antin Bart De Baere
Makeda Best Karl Beveridge
Kaucyila Brooke Noël Burch
Eduardo L. Cadava Chris Dercon
Edward Dimendberg Laura Diamond Dixit
Harry Gamboa Jr. Hans Haacke
Dee Dee Halleck Tom Hines
Ernie Larson Steven Lavine
Fred Lonidier Catherine Lord
Micki McGee Nadja Millner-Larson
Sherry Millner Susan Mogul
Marie Muracciole John O'Brian
Berenice Reynaud Martha Rosler*
Michelle Sekula Stefan Sekula
Terry Smith Katie Shapiro
Zoe Strauss Hilde Van Gelder
Lorraine Wild Carlin Wing*
Al Winn Billy Woodberry

*video remembrance

His Art

Allan Sekula's art and photography has been exhibited all over the world. His last solo show was This Ain't China at Simon Fraser University Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, in late 2012. Also a filmmaker, Sekula last directed the documentary The Forgotten Space with Noël Burch. The film essay seeks to understand the contemporary maritime world in relation to the symbolic legacy of the sea. The trailer is below:

Trailer for 'The Forgotten Space'