Capp Street Project 30th Birthday Bash

Hosted by the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
February 18, 2014, 8:00–11:45 pm
350 Kansas Street, Perry Family Event Center (between 16th & 17th Streets)

The Perry Family Event Center (350 Kansas Street)
Free and open to the public

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Capp Street Project is turning 30, and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is celebrating by throwing a blowout birthday party with drinks, dancing, and 30 piñatas.

Founded in San Francisco in 1983 by Ann Hatch, Capp Street Project was the first visual arts residency in the United States dedicated solely to the creation and presentation of new art installations.

Since its inception, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national, and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and exhibition programs.

CCA alumna Erica “Wanna Hang Out?” Johnson (Printmaking 2003) will kick off the evening with an all-vinyl set of soul 45s, big-hair girl groups, proto-punk garage, and guilty-pleasure ’80s pop.

Leah Rosenberg (MFA 2008), pastry chef for SFMOMA’s fifth-floor Blue Bottle Café, together with the collective Will Brown, which includes David Kasprzak (MA Curatorial Practice 2011) and Lindsey White (MFA 2007), will produce custom works commemorating the celebration.

Capp Street alumni and local artists have been invited to design the 30 custom piñatas. Fabricated by traditional piñata makers, they are designed by Capp Street alumni and other local artists, including Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jeremy Deller, Kota Ezawa, Jonn Herschend, Chris Johanson, Tony Labat, Tim Lee, Byron Peters, Stephanie Syjuco, Cassie Thornton, and Shirley Tse.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Curator’s Forum.