Curatorial Practice Events

Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

April 17–July 12
Ian Wallace, "At Work 1983," 1983. Graphite on paper, 48 x 69 in. Rennie Collection, Vancouver

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours:
Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
More info: 415.355.9673, wattis.org

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts presents the exhibition Many Places at Once.

Decades after the "post-studio" turn announced by Minimalism and Conceptual art in the 1960s, Many Places at Once reconsiders the place of artistic production in our era of creative industries and flexible labor.

Featuring new commissions and existing works by seven international artists, the exhibition presents artworks that call attention to the nuanced circumstances that characterize the economic, social, and technological conditions in which artists work today:

Martin Soto Climent
Rana Hamadeh
Cinthia Marcelle
William Powhida
Li Ran
Ian Wallace

and Real Time and Space

Taken individually, each contemporary work presents a site: a hotel, a notebook, an archive, a network, an event, or a theatrical stage. Together they constitute the “many places” -- physical and conceptual -- that “at once” constitute a reimagined artist’s studio.

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Presented by PLAySPACE

April 25–26
"Self(ie) Representation" [Photo: Brittany Atkinson]

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated by Post Meridiem (PMx), Self(ie) Representation is an exhibition that interrogates the ways in which social media shapes how people perceive other people.

This exhibition focuses on artists who use social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to explore the notion of "self" both online and then re/deactivated through photography, video, and performance.

Featured Artists

Brittany Atkinson
Alexis Bolter
Irina Contreras
Matthew Kotzin
Melissa Miller
An Xiao Mina
Omar Mismar

Schedule of events for Friday, April 25

3:30 p.m. -- Opening reception
4:30 p.m. -- Conversation with artists
5:30 p.m. -- Post-conversation reception

About PLAySPACE

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.

Presented by PLAySPACE

May 2–4
Jennifer Klecker, "360 Degrees: Rocky Mountain National Park," 2014, performance with projected video and charcoal on paper

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated  by Lauren R. O'Connell, Activating Site presents five artists whose work puts forward alternative narratives of site by engaging its conditions through their own actions.

Site could traditionally be defined as the location of a physical structure, or a place where a particular event has occurred.

One can recognize readily apparent conditions of a site through its physical presence or historical importance, but how does one perceive conditions that are less visible or absent altogether?

In this exhibition, site can exist in a physical location, but also through ephemeral moments, such as childhood memories and family vacation videos (Jennifer Klecker), or within the stories and histories of displaced and diasporic people (Laura Arminda Kingsley).

Each work embodies a performative quality. In some cases, the artist locates a site by accentuating forgotten or nonexistent elements through subtle gestures (Maral Hashemi), or by enabling the material of the artwork to acclimate itself to the physical and climatic constraints of a place (Jay Atherton).

Others use symbols and language to draw attention to socio-political issues that are often overlooked due to everyday routine (Omar Mismar). 

These works suggest an expansion of the art-site relationship and propose a dynamic reconsideration of the permanence of site.

In this exhibition, site does not determine the artwork, but rather the artwork acknowledges the subtle conditions of the site, whether present or absent.

Featured Artists

Jay Atherton
Maral Hashemi
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Jennifer Klecker
Omar Mismar

About PLAySPACE

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.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

Saturday, May 10, 2:00–5:00 pm

350 Kansas Street, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: Rita Souther, rsouther@cca.edu

May 15–24

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214

The best work of CCA's graduating students, featuring works in all media.

Formworks Architecture Graduation Exhibition
MFA Thesis Exhibition ("MFA Show")
Graduate Program in Design Thesis Exhibition

 

Please note on Thursday, May 15, the exhibition does not open to the public until the reception begins at 6 p.m.

 

More info: Graduate Thesis Exhibitions website

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