Rhizome 2/7 | CalArts: Ross Bleckner, Barbara Bloom, Andrea Bowers, Troy Brauntuch, Matt Mullican, Stephen Prina, Christopher Williams

The second node of the Rhizome online exhibitions presents works by a selection of artists from Capitain Petzel’s program who from the 70s through to the early 90s were part of the famed founding years of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). CalArts is known for having developed a model which was based on the interdisciplinary nature of institutions such as the Bauhaus or Black Mountain College. The model dismissed both hierarchy between teachers and students, and the use of a formal grading system. With courses ranging from conceptual art to feminist theory, the school was considered to have a truly pioneering outlook and has produced a vast number of well-known artists — among them Barbara Bloom, Troy Brauntuch, Ross Bleckner, Matt Mullican, Christopher Williams, Stephen Prina, and Andrea Bowers.