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Photography Lecture Series

October 5, 2012 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Ralls Painting Studio

Info: Chris Nickel,, 510.594.3718

Mikhael Subotzky’s photographic work combines the directness of the social documentary mode with a questioning of the nature of the photographic medium itself. He is concerned with the structures of narrative and representation as well as the relationship between social storytelling and the formal poetics of image making.

Over the past eight years, his work has focused on the inside and outside of South Africa’s notorious prisons, the small town of Beaufort West, and Ponte City, a single iconic building in Johannesburg.

Subotzky’s work has been exhibited widely in major galleries and museums, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Recent awards and grants include the 2011 Discovery Award at Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, the 2009 Oskar Barnack Award, the 2008 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, and the 2007 KLM Paul Huf Award.

His only monograph to date, Beaufort West, was published by Chris Boot Publishers and was the subject of the 2008 exhibition, New Photography: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Subotzky’s work will be included on the 2012 Liverpool and Lubumbashi Biennuals. Two upcoming monographs will be published by Steidl.

Subotzky was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently based in Johannesburg.

Presented as part of the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)

October 5, 2012, 3:30–5:00 pm
Reading by Aimee Phan & Anita Amirrezvani

195 De Haro at 15th Street
Free and open to the public

More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

CCA's Writers Series is open to the public and hosted by the MFA Program in Writing. Featured events also comprise the Friday Seminar course requirement for MFA Writing candidates.

About Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan chairs CCA's MFA in Writing and Writing and Literature Programs. Her just-released novel, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong (2012) has already received excellent reviews.

Phan’s first book, We Should Never Meet (Picador 2005), was named a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She was a 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow also was awarded a Maytag Fellowship. Phan earned her MFA from the University of Iowa.

“The Reeducation of Cherry Truong* explores the intersection of history and human hearts. With tenderness and wisdom, this intricately woven tale presents a world both mysterious and familiar to readers. Aimee Phan is a keen observer and a beautiful writer.”

-- Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants

About Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers (Hachette Digital 2007), has appeared in more than 25 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Next she published the novel, Equal of the Sun (Scribner 2012). Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, an anthology coedited by Amirrezvani and Persis Karim, will appear in spring 2013.

[InEqual of the Sun]“Anita Amirrezvani evokes Shahrazad in this mesmerizing tale of a princess and her eunuch advisor in sixteenth-century Iran. Employing language as lush and exotic as its setting, she gives us a novel about love, devotion, trust, intrigue, and, ultimately, justice.”

-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola Books

Learn more about CCA's Writers Series, including upcoming and past guests »

October 5–7, 2012

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Note: Admission fee required. (Visit SPE West conference website for pricing info.)

Contact: Jessica Ingram, or 510.847.4845

Featured Speakers include Esther Teichmann, Chris Johnson/Question Bridge, Nigel Poor, and Alessandra Sanguinetti.

Featured workshops
"Digital Video for Photographers" with Richard Newman
"Publish your Photography Book" with Darius Himes

More workshops TBA.

Special Friday opportunities include touring the Cindy Sherman Retrospective at SFMOMA and visiting the For-Site Foundation International Orange Installation at Fort Point.

Learn more about the Society for Photographic Education »

October 4–November 2, 2012

Alter Space, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco

Reception: Fri., Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Hours: Thur.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.

The Individualized Major Program presents an interdisciplinary exhibition of ideas about other places, getting lost, wandering, and the possibility that the wrong place is exactly where we need to be. Behold souvenirs and wonders from distant lands: distant in time, distant in space, and existing only in the mind.

The participating artists transform the gallery space into a giant cabinet of marvels including dioramas, films, and fantastic tales chronicling the thousand realms of wonder that lie beyond our familiar experience: the New World, the Old World, outer space, alternative versions of the everyday world, flights of fancy, and places you’ve never been.

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

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.

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: 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 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

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)
Info: 510.594.3776 or

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
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.

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
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.