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Interior Design Lecture Series

October 1, 2012 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Erik Flatmo is a West Coast-based scenic designer who works in theater, opera, and dance. His designs have been seen on the stages of the American Conservatory Theater, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the South Coast Repertory, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, and the San Francisco Opera, among others.

Flatmo has designed scenery for the original productions of many new American plays, resulting in close relationships with several companies solely devoted to the presentation of new plays: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Play Company, Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF), and the Magic Theater.

Flatmo's work with the choreographer Trajal Harrell has debuted in New York at venues such as the Kitchen, Danspace Project, and Dance Theatre Workshop, in addition to international presentations in Poland, France, Germany, and Mexico. Their most recent collaboration, Antigone Sr., premiered in March 2012 at Dansens Hus in Stockholm and at New York Live Arts in April.

Flatmo will be designing the upcoming production of A Streetcar Named Desire at A.C.T. in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Yale School of Drama. He teaches set design at Stanford University.

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Grad Fine Arts Satellite Lecture Series

October 1, 2012 7:15 pm
Interactive installation "Kabul Constitutions" in the Gemak Art Center in the Hague (2008). (Photo courtesy of Robert K.)

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Graduate Center, Room GC4
Free and open to the public

Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose research-based practice operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. She has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, CEC ArtsLink, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Her work in video, installation, and photography has been exhibited and screened internationally, including at the Sharjah Biennials 9 and 10, the 2005 Liverpool Biennial, the Beijing 798 Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the National Gallery in DC, transmediale in Berlin, Futura in Prague, Curtacinema in Rio de Janeiro, EMAP in Seoul, d/Art in Sydney, and Bodhi Art in Mumbai.

She earned her BA in comparative literature from New York University and her MFA in Photography, Video + Related Media from School of Visual Arts.

Shirley Chong, Christina Tan and Daniel Mok

October 1–6, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

October 1–6, 2012

North/South Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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This exhibition and catalog is a result of an exchange course -- Locality & Global Discourses -- between California College of the Arts and Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey).

The purpose of this exchange is to research the historical developments of the two respective cities and specifically explore the geopolitical and cultural heritage of designated neighborhoods. The participants assumed the role of artist/designer as an ethnographer or fieldworker in the relationship between action and public space by responding according to her/his individual curiosities.

The course was divided into small groups, and each group chose a specific neighborhood in either San Francisco or Istanbul; after researching a chosen district, each artist/designer explored her/his individual interests within.

Historical and cultural research of each district in concert with visual collecting by direct experience from each participant produced an archive in the evolution of place. Further connections were then developed between the two unique cities as the dialogue between both groups of students increased.

Global issues of locality, culture, displacement, and identity surfaced, while the world seemed to get smaller due to the obvious threads of commonality. The explored San Francisco neighborhoods included the Financial District, Chinatown, the Tenderloin (Little Saigon,) and Port/Waterfront.

In Istanbul the neighborhoods included Bomonti District,Taksim Square, Galata, and Tophane -- all historically significant to the development of each city.

Our attempt was to make visual the specifics and uniqueness of place and allow for the similarities to bridge our individual experience.

Will Durkee, Lizzy Myers and Marcus Lee

October 1–6, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

October 1–16, 2012

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tues., Oct. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at 510.594.3604 or
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Note: Exhibition is closed October 13-14)
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Featuring works by the recipients of this year’s award, Sarah Ward and Mateo Hao. Get a sneak peek »

The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award Exhibition, held every fall to honor the student winners of the scholarship, is the Furniture Program’s biggest annual event. The work on view clearly demonstrates to the entire college community the values of the Furniture Program and the creativity, dedication, and craftsmanship of its students.

The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick’s retirement as president and CEO. Reflecting the wishes of the Wornicks, the award is intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at California College of the Arts. A gifted amateur wood artist, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992.

October 1–6, 2012

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.658.1223 or 510.658.1224

Investigating issues in contemporary painting, eight graduate and undergraduate students, together with faculty leader Linda Geary, spent three weeks of summer 2012 in their own AICAD studios in New York. This exhibition is the culmination of their work.

Hosted by the Illustration Program

October 1–12, 2012

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Fri., Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m. (RSVP to or 510.594.3604 by Wednesday, October 10)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Please join us for Drawing the Line, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Illustration chair and distinguished professor Dugald Stermer. The exhibition will feature a selection of works from his career as a freelance illustrator, designer, art director, and author.

Guest speakers at the October 12 reception will include Crystal Stermer, Robert Hunt, Eric Madsen, Steve Heller, and Brad Holland.

Please note: We will have available at the reception a $100 limited-edition print for sale. (Only $25 for current CCA students.) Net proceeds will benefit the CCA Dugald Stermer Scholarship.

Gifts in memory to the Dugald Stermer Scholarship can be made at

Woodrow White, Nathan Gale and Sergi Calavia

October 1–6, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition

September 27–October 27, 2012

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at 510.594.3604 or
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Recent works by artists who have received the Barclay Simpson Award since its inception in 1987. For 25 years now, this generous award has given CCA graduate student artists crucial financial support and an exhibition opportunity at a pivotal point in their development.

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The quality of the recent work by these artists is a testament to the value of such a grant. Their diverse practices and methods of production range from painting to printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, installation, social practice, and other interdisciplinary forms.

Featured artists:

Anthony Discenza
Dina Danish
Bill Durgin
Patricia Esquivias
Harrell Fletcher
Llewellyn Fletcher
Mik Gaspay
Josh Greene
Todd Hido
David Huffman
Hannah Ireland
Lawrence La Bianca
Katie Lewis
Travis Joseph Meinolf
Linn Myers
Scott Oliver
Patricia Olynyk
Conrad Ruiz
Gabrielle Teschner
Hank Willis Thomas
Imin Yeh

September 24–October 6, 2012

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Presented by CCA Wattis Institute

September 13–December 1, 2012

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at
Hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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The legendary exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, presented in 1969 at Kunsthalle Bern, Germany, has been exhaustively discussed, researched, and examined. It has inspired essays, books, conferences . . . and now, at the CCA Wattis Institute, another exhibition.

In September 2012, Wattis director Jens Hoffmann will tackle the history and the myths surrounding When Attitudes Become Form with a new “sequel” exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes.

The original show, curated by Harald Szeemann, featured 69 conceptual artists working in fields known today as post-Minimalism, Arte Povera, Land art, and beyond. The Wattis exhibition will feature more than 80 artists, all working within the legacy of Conceptual art, including the following:

Simon Fujiwara
Claire Fontaine
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset
Ryan Gander
Walead Beshty
Renata Lucas
Adriana Lara
Carey Young

The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, installation images, and ephemera from the 1969 show.

Generous support for When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes provided by C. Ross Sappenfield and Laura Brugger, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, and Laura and Joe Sweeney.

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.

September 4, 2012–May 10, 2013
Touring the Social Imaginary

CATALYSTRANSIT is a project organized by Ana Labastida, circulating through the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool from Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland to Fremont Street in San Francisco, that questions how we interpret the mundane moments during commutes.

To participate, or for more information, visit

This project is part of Touring the Social Imaginary, a series of exhibitions and participatory, public programs across the Bay Area organized by PLAySPACE, that map the social imaginary using research-intensive processes to ask questions about places and the people that inhabit them.

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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 toward, the academic community.

This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.