When The Past Is Present (curated by Marie Martraire)

Presented by PLAySPACE
November 13, 2013, 6:30–8:00 pm
Nave, San Francisco Campus

Opening reception: Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. (The Nave)
Free and open to the public

More info: Sue Ellen Stone, sstone@cca.edu

When The Past Is Present explores researcher and scholar Laurajane Smith’s definition of heritage as not only entombing historical artifacts and past memories, but also as something which is constantly in movement, and that should be experienced in and for the present.

Nine artists and writers will engage this notion of past and present as interlaced narratives by (re)inventing the present-day lives and purposes lost or found objects. In this case, these physical or conceptual objects are pieces of wood, a chair, a 3D model, borrowed family memories, and a sewing machine.

Conceived as a path to be discovered or encountered throughout CCA's San Francisco campus (maps provided at the exhibition), When The Past Is Present invites audiences to think about these individual, intertwined histories according to their own personal associations to memory, narrative, and collective consciousness.

Artists & Writers

Daniel Bouthot
Marion Cousin
Laura Kingsley
Jenny Goldsmith
John Kildahl
John McCoy
Melissa Miller
Omar Mismar
Shandy Walton


PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.