Stanley Barkan, messages Carolyn about her “Immortal Seeds”

Stanley Barkan, messages Carolyn about her “Immortal Seeds”

Stanley H. Barkan is the publisher of Cross-Cultural Communications and the editor of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, that has, to date, produced some 400 titles in 57 different languages. His own poetry has been translated into 25 different languages, and he is the author of 18 original poetry collections, several of which are bilingual. He has assisted with the publication of many of Carolyn’s books in a variety of languages.

Stanley, Carolyn’s publisher, left her a message on her answering machine, which she loved and wanted to share with her friends and public. “My beloved friend and publisher Stanley Barkan left me this most sacred and meaningful message after reading my latest book, Immortal Seeds, said Carolyn.

Dear Carolyn, this is Stanley. I just reread, very carefully, page by page, five pages at a time, Immortal Seeds. I’m sitting here thinking of you and David on a skiff sailing in the clouds of the seventh heaven where the ancient gods still drink their nectar, eat their ambrosia and offer you, waiting for you to come where Orpheus will play his lyre and you will sing your poetry and David will lie there listening with joy. So, Carolyn, you have touched me deeply in my deep heart’s core, to quote Yeats, and I am very proud and humble to be your publisher. Love you. Bye.

This photo of Stanley was taken by Bebe Barkan, his wife, as he is reading during a Walking Tour of Dylan Thomas event.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum Opens Its Doors With New Look, New Exhibits

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum Opens Its Doors With New Look, New Exhibits

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

The University of California, Long Beach

A project to more than double the exhibition space and add state-of-the-art supporting functions at the Kleefeld, as some at Cal State Long Beach call it, is nearly complete after 18 months of construction. The work is part of a $24 million renovation that includes upgrades to the Steve and Nini Horn Center and landscaping around the building that includes multiple sculpture installations.

“We’ve suffered from some supply-chain issues, like everyone,” museum spokeswoman Amanda Fruta said, “but we’re opening essentially on time. Some of the smaller things aren’t done yet, but we’re ready for the public.”

The Museum opens with temporary limited hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in addition to second Saturdays and reservation-based visitation on Fridays.

Tours of the Public Art Park, including campus sculpture gardens, murals and a new mosaic are available at noon each second Saturday of the month starting with opening day on February 12. The Museum is closed Sundays and Mondays.

The transformation is intended to better serve visitors with accessible facilities, inclusive policies and multi-use spaces that will make the only free museum in Long Beach welcoming for everyone. Renovations also offer opportunities for groups to host small receptions outside on Patron’s Plaza and in the north gardens.

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Original Article from Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum by By Janis Carr
Cal State Long Beach’s Expanded Art Museum

Cal State Long Beach’s Expanded Art Museum

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

A project to more than double the exhibition space and add state-of-the-art supporting functions at the Kleefeld, as some at Cal State Long Beach call it, is nearly complete after 18 months of construction.

Art pieces are being hung in one last gallery as the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum prepares for a soft opening later this week.

A project to more than double the exhibition space and add state-of-the-art supporting functions at the Kleefeld, as some at California State University, Long Beach call it, is nearly complete after 18 months of construction. The work is part of a $24 million renovation that includes upgrades to the Steve and Nini Horn Center and landscaping around the building that includes multiple sculpture installations.

“We’ve suffered from some supply-chain issues, like everyone,” museum spokeswoman Amanda Fruta said, “but we’re opening essentially on time. Some of the smaller things aren’t done yet, but we’re ready for the public.”

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Original Article from Grunion Gazette and printed in Press-Telegram
By By Harry Saltzgaver

Newly Renovated Kleefeld Museum at CSULB to Open Publicly this Weekend

Newly Renovated Kleefeld Museum at CSULB to Open Publicly this Weekend

The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum as the university expanded and updated the museum at Cal State University Long Beach in Long Beach Monday, Jan 31, 2022. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

Kleefeld to limited visiting hours but expanded hours to come

After nearly two years of construction, Cal State Long Beach’s newly renovated and expanded Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, formerly known as the University Art Museum, is just days away from welcoming guests once again.

“After two years of working to expand and transform our museum, we are overjoyed to welcome our communities to experience our arts complex, new exhibitions and more,” CSULB museum director Paul Baker Prindle said. “We are very excited to advance our focus on visual abstraction, material innovation and arts integration and offer improved access to our collection as an educational resource that is owned by all Californians.”

The museum will open to the public on Saturday, presenting an entirely new concept in appearance and purpose since its founding in 1973. Notably, the museum is bigger. Much, much bigger. Four thousand square feet were added to the museum since construction began in June 2020, more than doubling the exhibit space.

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Original Article from Long Beach Business Journal by Cheantay Jensen

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum – Opening

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum – Opening

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

Unveiling and Opening Reception

UPDATE: Cal State Long Beach has made the decision to postpone the Opening Reception and Unveiling of the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum due to state and local Covid-19 protocols and safety considerations for the public and students. We will announce any new events associated with the opening.

We are excited to celebrate the new redesigned Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum complex that introduces fresh attractions and features, including several new galleries and public spaces. Now transformed, the Museum can better serve visitors with more accessible upgraded facilities, inclusive policies, and multi-use spaces that make the only free museum in Long Beach welcoming for everyone. Visitors of all ages can soon experience free programs in exhibition spaces, an Education Laboratory, native and water-wise plant gardens, a refreshed Patron’s Plaza, and a broadened public art park and landscape with even more sculptural works. Unprecedented collection access, a new museum store with Cal State Long Beach alumni-crafted functional art, and flexible spaces for research and learning opportunities offer something for everyone to enjoy.

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Original Article from Newsletter by Paul Baker Prindle
Construction at Massive New CSULB Art Museum

Construction at Massive New CSULB Art Museum

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

A longtime goal of the Cal State University, Long Beach campus is well on its way to being realized with the renovation and expansion of the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, formerly known as the University Art Museum.

Though still in the trenches of construction, the new exterior walls of the museum are up which now encompass an additional 4,000 square feet of land—most of which is dedicated to the Main Gallery, an impressive near-3,000 square foot windowless expanse that will be built with moveable walls, allowing for multiple exhibitions at a time.

Two galleries were typically the most the museum could host before. The remaining square footage—11,000 in total including new outdoor gardens and seating areas—will feature a state-of-the-art education laboratory, a reading and archives room, an office space, a visitor’s lobby and reception area, a retail shop, a temperature-controlled storage room and three permanent gallery spaces, some of which will have multipurpose uses.

Expanded, professional-grade galleries will host several different exhibitions at a time and allow the museum to deepen its leadership in the exploration of abstraction,” said newly appointed museum director Paul Baker Prindle in a statement.

Clark Construction Group began working on the museum in June 2020, alongside renovations to the museum’s neighboring Horn Center which is in the process of retrofitting and converting its computer lab and undergraduate advising center into 10 classrooms, two lecture halls, and additional all-gender restrooms.

The total cost for both projects is $24 million, according to CSULB. While state funding is paying for the Horn Center, private donations are footing the bill for the new museum. Its greatest benefactor is the museum’s new namesake, artist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld, who donated $10 million, as reported by the Daily 49er.

The museum also includes a 521-square-foot gallery built in her honor that will be outfitted with barrel ceilings and hardwood floors. The Kleefeld Gallery room will house a permanent collection of some of her works in addition to a rotating selection by other artists.

The Kleefeld Gallery room will be the only space with hardwood flooring—the rest of the museum, save for the carpeted offices, will be laid with concrete. With this cozy feature, the gallery room will also be used as a community hall where visitors can reserve quiet, loud, evening or weekend hours for use.

“We definitely don’t want to be another ivory tower in the museum space, that’s really the antithesis of what we’re working towards,” Amanda Fruta, public affairs and communication specialist for Kleefeld Contemporary explained. “With the quiet hours, loud hours, extended hours, gardens, multi-use spaces, learning spaces and all-gender bathrooms, we want really want everyone to feel welcome here.”

Pfeiffer Partners Architects will be adding a new, glass vestibule to the original mid-century façade designed by famous architect Ed Killingsworth. The near 15-foot-tall diamond offset structure will act as an eye-catching attraction, hopefully encouraging passersby to stroll through the museum, something the space had previously struggled to do, Fruta said. 

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Original Article from Long Beach Post by Cheantay Jensen