During the MFA Thesis Exhibition reception, the Wattis Institute and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice will host a panel discussion to mark the launch of the publication Give Them the Picture. The panelists will include Julian Myers (assistant professor Visual Studies and Curatorial Practice at CCA), Curatorial Practice students Liz Glass and Susannah Magers, Darlene Tong (La Mamelle / ART COM member).
Give Them the Picture is a literary extension of the Curatorial Practice thesis exhibition currently on view at the Wattis. Rather than a traditional exhibition catalog, it is an anthology of essays taken from La Mamelle and ART COM magazines. It collects and places in dialogue 24 articles penned by critics and artists such as La Mamelle / ART COM founder Carl Loeffler, Lynn Hershman, Richard Irwin, Anna Couey, and Linda Montano, plus interviews with artists such as Douglas Davis and Eleanor Antin.
This collection represents the complexity of the ideas presented in the exhibition as they were grappled with at the time of their original publication, and also positions them as contemporary questions; particularly relevant is the mediation of performance. It also features conversations between the curators and two of La Mamelle / ART COM’s key figures, Nancy Frank, and Darlene Tong.
Give Them the Picture is a copublication between the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.
Generous support for God Only Knows Who the Audience Is: Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM has been provided by the Live Oak Foundation and Roger & Victoria Sant.
Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator's Forum.