Arts and Culture

October 11, 2017

Scripps Magazine: Focus on the Faculty: Susan Rankaitis, Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art

“I don’t call it retirement, I call it downsizing from two careers to one,” says Susan Rankaitis. This past July, Rankaitis, who joined Scripps’ Art Department in fall 1990 as the Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art, began two years of phased retirement. She will no longer teach classes but will continue to write letters of recommendation for her advisees and colleagues. She will also be devoting significantly more time to her own art practice.

October 3, 2017

Scripps Magazine: The State of the Art Major

Students in Professor T. Kim-Trang Tran’s video art class find creative inspiration and expression in an unexpected source: drones. They learn how artists are using the technology and how to make drone videos themselves. But Tran pushes students to go well beyond capturing footage.

October 2, 2017

L.A. Observed Highlights Williamson Gallery’s PST: LA/LA Exhibit

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College is named by LA Observed among galleries whose exhibits should be visited as part of the Getty's expansive "PST: LA/LA" initiative featuring Latin American and Latino art at more than 70 Southern California museums and other cultural institutions.

September 25, 2017

Scripps Presents: Carina Chocano

In the spirit of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Carina Chocano’s You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages examines the dramatic and often damaging ways that pop culture influences female identity. Cultural touchstones—from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen—serve as entry points to Chocano’s personal reflections and surface some familiar truths about the challenges of locating oneself in the face of an often abstract ideal of womanhood. Chocano and Scripps’s Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Piya Chatterjee are the first speakers in a three-part conversation series.

September 19, 2017

Scripps Presents: The Grip of It, with Jac Jemc

Novelist Jac Jemc’s smart and uneasy page-turner is a ghost story set in the wilds of suburban America; at the book’s center is a couple whose domestic adventures take a decidedly hallucinatory and harrowing turn. Jemc, who has taught creative writing at Notre Dame and Lake Forest College, talks with Scripps’ Adam Novy about her latest literary escapade.

September 18, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Ken Gonzales-Day, Professor of Art

Scripps Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibitions have been described as not to be missed, and he has been commended with numerous awards and accolades over his career. This past spring, Gonzales-Day was honored with a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

September 12, 2017

Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day on Identity and Race in LA Weekly’s Feature Video Interview

Scripps College professor of art Ken Gonzales-Day's works on identity and construction of race are the subject of LA Weekly's featured video interview as the Getty's expansive arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA opens in dozens of cultural institutions across Southern California. 

September 7, 2017

L.A. Times Features Art Garfunkel Event Presented by Scripps Presents and Grand Performances

The Los Angeles Times highlights the Oct. 13 Art Garfunkel event as one of seven top literary events for the fall, presented by Scripps Presents and Grand Performances in downtown LA. Garfunkel will talk about his recently released memoir, in his only LA-area book tour appearance.

August 17, 2017

Awards and Honors: Professors Anne Harley and Nathalie Rachlin Win NEA ArtWorks Grant for Therigatha Premiere

Scripps College Associate Professor of Music Anne Harley and Professor of French Nathalie Rachlin received a grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts that will go toward the commission of a new major work of vocal chamber music that highlights scriptural texts of ancient female Buddhist female esoteric practitioners. The premiere is planned for a performance at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., on March 24, 2018, as the culmination of a weeklong festival across The Claremont Colleges highlighting the function of the arts in healing in post-genocide contemporary Cambodian society.