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curly: the legacy of los angeles’ chouinard art institute

The Huffington Post, May 5, 2015 - Newly released documentary film Curly, executive produced by the Chouinard Foundation, produced and directed by Gianina Ferreyra and William Devin Walsh, looks at the Chouinard Art Institute and its place in Los Angeles history. Bookending the history of Chouinard is the story of Gustavo “Curly” Fernandez […]

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dave Tourjé unites renowned artists around message born in socal

Twisted Ink Magazine, May 28, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA – The short film about LA artist Dave Tourjé, entitled “LA Aboriginal”, has given birth to a new feature-length documentary now in production entitled “California Locos”. The feature will tell the story of the rich, eclectic heritage of SoCal, it’s dynamic subcultures of surf, skate, […]

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Dave Tourjé Featured in LA Aboriginal Film

USA Today, Jan 13, 2012 - Dave Tourjé has a lifetime of achievements as an artist, and is now featured in the LA Aboriginal film by Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett. Dave Tourjé’s artwork is a vivid, cross‐cultural hybrid referencing some of the now‐thriving urban scenes spawned from the Los Angeles of the 1970s where he was born and raised […]

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Chouinard, the Legendary Art School, Launches Virtual Library

L.A. Weekly, Jan 9, 2012 - Dave Tourjé recently helmed the archiving of works from Chouinard and just launched an interactive library dedicated to the school's history and artists. “It's one of the most important art schools in the world. That's not hyperbole, if you look at who attended and what they did," notes Tourjé […]

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Announcing the Chouinard Foundation Library

Student Film Makers On Campus News, Jan 5, 2012 - (Los Angeles, CA) In coordination with Pacific Standard Time, the Chouinard Foundation presents a massive, interactive online library covering the Chouinard Foundation's efforts over the last 12 years – dedicated to strengthening the legacy of the original Chouinard Art Institute […]

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Chouinard, the influential L.A. art college, is revisited online

Los Angeles Times, Jan 3, 2012 - Chouinard Art Institute has come to life for the third time in 90 years -- this time on the Web, where the high overhead costs that eventually sank the original, highly influential school in 1972 and blunted an attempted revival during the 2000s no longer […]

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Contemporary Art and Artists in Los Angeles - Beyond Pacific Standard Time

PR.com, Nov 18, 2011 - "LA Aboriginal," featuring work by Los Angeles native Dave Tourjé and held June-September of 2011 at the Gregory Way Gallery in Beverly Hills, has given birth to a new feature-length documentary now in production entitled "California Locos." Production for California Locos began in late August […]

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Dave Tourjé / L.A. Aboriginal Gregory Way Gallery

Artslant New York, Sept 30, 2011 - In much the same vein as maverick assemblage artist George Herms, Dave Tourje´ has compiled a compelling and witty new body of work on view at Gregory Way gallery in Beverly Hills. Working with a variety of objects, many of which fall into the category of human detritus, the leavings of an all-too […]

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LA Art Today: The Face of a Shiny Dusty City

The Huffington Post, Aug 12, 2011 - Art, like language, morphs words and tones to describe the world. It can be a reflective, interpretive, literal, and/or emotional. Important art passes the litmus test of time. It remains in the pop culture lingo to mark the space from whence it came. […]

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The Influence of the LA Streets on Art

The Huffington Post, July 22, 2011 - L.A. INFLUENTIAL — a lively panel discussion on the influence of Southern California’s subcultures, scenes, and scenery on contemporary art. Along with the discussion of L.A.’s varying subcultures, the panel will also address the significance of SoCal both in terms of its historical […]

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David Tourjé: La Aboriginal (Filmed Interview)

The Huffington Post, June 17, 2011 - Growing up, the tar-scented, humid summers, followed by the blue collar cold winters of Camden, NJ left me wanting for more. From my first memory, I longed to live in the world of Los Angeles I saw on TV. I was convinced, just like Veda Pierce […]

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Cultural Amalgam - the Inspired Art of Dave Tourjé

By Annie Wharton, Los Angeles 2011 - Picture this: It's 1978 and you're driving down York Boulevard in Highland Park, California. It's July, the desert-like heat is nearly 98 degrees, and Rodney on the 'Roq is introducing The Buzzcocks on the FM radio you just purchased new speakers for. You roll the windows […]

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Punk Rock Poeticism

A history behind the art of Dave Tourjé By Max Presneill, 2011 - In writing about the work of Dave Tourjé, it is difficult to separate the background story from the art. His history, ranging from his early years embedded in the nascent skateboarding scene of Los Angeles, through his involvement in Punk Rock and the underground music milieu […]

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Dave Tourjé, Hybrid of Influence

Mary Anna Pomonis, May 23rd, 2011 - One has only to look up at the non-native palm trees on Sunset Boulevard to realize the sheer force of will that seems to embody an Angeleno. Los Angeles is perhaps the Post-Modernism what Florence was to the Italian Renaissance, with its freeway of images and artificial Venice. L.A. is a celebration […]

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Pacific Standard Time At The Getty Center

Explore the Era, Jan 6, 2010 - Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts […]

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The Poster that changed Orange County

Orange County Rgister, Jan 3, 2009 - MORNING READ: John Van Hamersveld wasn't searching for an endless summer, but maybe he found it. Van Hamersveld created one of the most iconic movie posters of all time - The Endless Summer - at The Surf Gallery during the last day of his showing in Laguna Beach […]

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An Art House Revival

Los Angeles Times Home, May 3, 2007 - A would-be teardown in South Pasadena is inspiration for a modern-day salon framed by its eccentric past WHEN Dave Tourje bought the decrepit 1907 farmhouse nearly 10 years ago, he didn't have a clue it would become South Pasadena Cultural Landmark No. 44. Rescuing the structure […]

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Chouinard School Shuttered Due to Lack of Money, Interest

ARTINFO, Jan 23, 2007 - LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2006 Barring a miracle, the Chouinard School of Art, which closed yesterday after spring classes ended, will remain closed, executive director Dave Tourjé said. The three year old school, a reincarnation of a famous long-vanished Los Angeles art college, closed down […]

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Mayor steps up in support of the arts

Los Angeles Times, Jan 21, 2007 - Mayor steps up in support of the arts. "THERE will always be naysayers, but the fact that we have a mayor with a stated purpose of support toward the arts is something that should be focused upon. The Chouinard School of Art was awarded the first public-private initiative" […]

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The Chouinard Foundation Announces the Beginning of the Chouinard Online Auction

Artdaily.org, Jan 6, 2007 - LOS ANGELES, CA.- In June 01 2007, the Chouinard School of Art was granted a prestigious partnership agreement with the LA City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Office of the Mayor in order to bring our renowned art education program to […]

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Chouinard to boost education in the arts

Los Angeles Times, Sept 8, 2006 - Three months after closing its art school in South Pasadena, citing insufficient funds and student interest, the Chouinard Foundation has formed a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to provide art education for the city’s […]

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Chouinard packing its easels for good

Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2006 - The school, a spiritual heir to the famed L.A. art college, struggled from its 2003 start to attract students and funds. After struggling three years to keep alive a modest reincarnation of Chouinard, a famous long-vanished L.A. art college, the artists and art patrons who established its spiritual heir […]

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Drawing from the past: Chouinard School of Art Reborn, Revamped

Los Angeles Weekly, Feb 23, 2006 - When artist Nelbert Murphy Chouinard founded the art school which bears her name in 1921 in an old house on 8th Street in downtown L.A., few would have predicted it would still be going strong – albeit with a three decade break – in 2006. Chouinard taught the basics […]

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Siqueiros mural rediscovered

Art in America, April, 2005 - During his six-month stay in the Los Angeles area in 1932, the eminent Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros created three large murals. The works featured elaborate figurative compositions with dramatic themes spotlighting Socialist causes. The murals were controversial […]

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Siqueiros revive en Los Ángeles

Proceso, Feb 20, 2005 - Una mañana veraniega del 2004 Dave Tourjé director de la nueva Chouinard School of Art del Sur de Pasadena sintió que un fragmento de la historia del arte mexicano revivía entre sus manos; cuando su curiosidad artística en pos de las huellas plásticas del mural de Siqueiros […]

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They've barely scratched the surface

Los Angeles Times, Jan 9, 2005 - Under layers of paint and structural work, a 1932 mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros is found. Will it ever see the light of day? A stocky fellow with an open shirt baring his powerful chest stands on a makeshift podium, raising a fist and extending a hand as he appeals to his ragtag audience. […]

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Robert Perine, 81, author who revived art institute, dies

New York Times, Nov 15, 2004 - Robert Perine, a prolific jack-of-all-trades in the creative arts fields who helped found a revitalized version of the historic Chouinard Art Institute, died on Nov. 6, The Los Angeles Times reported. He was 81. A graduate of and instructor at Chouinard […]

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Chouinard school to host conversations with artists

Los Angeles Times, Nov 1, 2003 - The fledgling Chouinard Foundation School of Art in South Pasadena will launch a visiting artists series this weekend with appearances by Larry Bell and Ed Bereal. The program will be the first public event at the school, under construction in a historic […]

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Defunct L.A. art school on a quest for resurrection

Los Angeles Times, March 07, 2003 - A group of artists is raising money in hopes of reviving Chouinard Art Institute, which closed its doors in 1972. "There's no point in starting another art school - unless it's educationally unique, it's run by practicing artists, it's based on student needs, it re-focuses[…]

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WARNING: ART AHEAD Whatever happened to the plain old pursuit of beauty?

New York Daily News, Dec 22 2002 - The artist had a great idea: He would put some suspicious packages in the subway to get people thinking about bombs, terrorism and maybe even deeper stuff, like a change in the balance of power. Cool! But this was not 11 days ago here in New York. This was 1994 […]

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TRUE TO A SIGNIFICANT SCHOOL

Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2001 - Chouinard Art Institute closed its doors 29 years ago, but it refuses to die. Even if the building on Grand View Street, just west of downtown Los Angeles, is now the home of the Korean American New Times Church and the school has long since evolved into CalArts, way out in Valencia, fond memories […]

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L.A. TIMES LETTERS: Regarding True to a Significant School article

Los Angeles Times Letters, July 8, 2001 - The existing relationship between Chouinard and CalArts is clearly a complex one. Since buying Nelbert Chouinard's home and co-founding the Chouinard Foundation with Robert Perine, I see that the passion this discussion inspires has at its roots the loss of an important art-education system, one that […]

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