Artwork for Bedrooms (Thesis Exhibition by Curatorial Practice Students)

Thesis Exhibition by Curatorial Practice Students
March 15–May 12
Colter Jacobsen, Waterfall Mask
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts | 360 Kansas Street

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–7 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday




Artwork for Bedrooms Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts | 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public

Panel Discussion with artists Sarah Cain, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, and co-curator Maddie Klett
Friday, March 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
McRoskey Mattress Company | 1687 Market Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public

Artwork for Bedrooms

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Artwork for Bedrooms, an exhibition curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice class of 2018.

Featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Ajit Chauhan, Veronica DeJesus, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, Alicia McCarthy, and Will Rogan. The project -- under the mentorship of associate professor J. Myers-Szupinska and faculty Rita Sobriero-Souther -- tells the story of eight artists living and working in San Francisco 2000–08, a period that until now has been framed by the Mission School, artists known for sprawling, colorful assemblages that took inspiration from graffiti culture. Artwork for Bedrooms draws a parallel narrative from the same moment, of young artists who were similarly invested in "poor" materials, but who put them to work in more abstract, fragile, or conceptual ways.

The title of the exhibition refers to the intimate premises where many of the works were made, and where some were first publicly shown. Moreover the title signals the personal or intimate character of the work. Informed by close conversation and research with the artists, many of the works on view were gifts, trades or collaborations among the artists in the show. Presenting works not seen for over a decade, and including a recreation by Alicia McCarthy of a site-specific installation made in 2003, Artwork for Bedrooms promises to revise our sense of the city’s recent art and history.

A publication accompanies the exhibition. It presents a catalogue of exhibited works alongside an oral history of the period drawn from an extensive program of interviews. Featuring the artists in the exhibition, the oral history expands into their vibrant community of artists, gallerists, musicians and poets, including Tariq Alvi, Devendra Banhart, Amanda Eicher, Matt Gonzalez, Jack Hanley, Xylor Jane, Kevin Killian, Donal Mosher, Darryl Smith, Margaret Tedesco, and others.

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[ Image details: Colter Jacobsen, Waterfall Mask, 2000; Gelatin silver print; courtesy the artist ]