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October 2, 2012 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Meet with and find out more about Root Division, a San Francisco-based art organization with studios, education programs, and exhibitions. Root Division improves appreciation and access to the visual arts by cultivating an artistic ecosystem that connects individual creativity and community engagement.

October 2, 2012 11:00 am–12:00 pm

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Find out how you can get involved! Oakland Local's mission is to help underserved communities make their voices heard to effect positive social change and support economic development by using media and technology as capacity-building skills.

The organization does this by training members of underserved communities of color, youth, and small nonprofits to tell their own stories and be discoverable on the Web and via social networks and by operating Oakland Local, a news-community website where we publish writing and information from under-represented communities, youth, and local nonprofits is published.

October 2–6, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed. until 7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.658.1223, 510.658.1224, or mpoli@cca.edu

This exhibition is a result of an exchange course between CCA and Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey in which students at both schools researched the geopolitical and cultural heritage of particular neighborhoods in their respective cities. They became almost like ethnographers, delving directly into the field to analyze patterns of human behavior in public space.

Via blogs and email, the CCA and Bilgi students exchanged ideas as their research progressed; the CCA students also collaborated closely as teammates with the other students working on the same neighborhood. They allowed the shape of their final projects to be determined as much by their conversations as by their individual interests and media of choice, which ranged from sculpture to photography to fashion design.

The San Francisco neighborhoods they explored were the Financial District, Chinatown, the Tenderloin, and the waterfront. In Istanbul they were Bomonti, Taksim Square, Galata, and Tophane. All are multilayered and historically significant. All have undergone tremendous changes in recent decades.

This is the first in a series of exchanges Mariella Poli is organizing with Istanbul universities. In fall 2012 she has arranged an exchange with Mimar Sinan University (on the European side of Istanbul) for the course Multiculturalism and Identity, and in spring 2013 the exchange will be with Marmara University (on the Asian side of Istanbul) for the course Locality and Global Discourses.

Presented as part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

October 2, 2012 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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More info: cbradley@cca.edu

Charlotte Cotton is the creative director of Media Space -- a partnership project between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum UK, which will open in London in 2012. Previously, Cotton was a curator of photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum and head of programming at The Photographers' Gallery, London.

More recently Cotton was the head and curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a visiting critic and professor at Yale University, New Haven; SVA and Parson's, New York; UCLA, UC Irvine, USC, UCRiverside, Mills College, CCA, California; RCA and LCC, London.

She is the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art and the founder of Wordswithoutpictures.org.

Generous support for the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program is provided by the Pilara Foundation / Pier 24 and Randi & Bob Fisher. Additional support by the Black Dog Private Foundation.

Presented by the Textiles Program

October 2, 2012 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Textiles Program (room L3)

Amie Adelman exhibits artwork nationally and internationally, and her work been published in Dyeing and Screen-Printing on Textiles and Fiberarts Design Book Six and in numerous journals, including American Craft, Surface Design Association (SDA) Journal, and Fiberarts.

She has been awarded numerous travel grants from UNT to research textiles in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Guatemala, Norway, Scotland, and England.

Adelman is the associate professor of fibers in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received a BFA in fibers from Arizona State University and an MFA in fibers from the University of Kansas.

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

Info: mpoli@cca.edu or 415.710.5695

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 1–6, 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 rsvp@cca.edu or 510.594.3604 by Wednesday, October 10)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9330 or pzahedani@cca.edu

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 cca.edu/give.

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 rsvp@cca.edu)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Note: Exhibition is closed October 13-14)
Info: 510.594.3776 or kdawson2@cca.edu

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.

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 rsvp@cca.edu)
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Info: cbradley@cca.edu

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.

Read more about the Barclay Simpson Award »

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 rsvp@cca.edu)
Hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9210 or www.wattis.org

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 www.catalystransit.com.

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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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 toward, the academic community.

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