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November 6–10, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed., 6-7:30 p.m.
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The Wasteland exhibition showcases works of architecture, art, design, and writing produced by students in our five "Waste Land" courses (Interior Design, Interaction Design, Diversity Studies, Sculpture, and Visual Studies during the fall 2012 semester.

For Wasteland, five instructors from across the college are thematizing issues around waste in their course, and inviting an “embedded scientist” to come into the studio to provide science instruction relevant to their course.

The Waste Land program aims to explore ways to meaningfully integrate science in art and design education.


Lecture by Will Bakx: Can You Dig It? Compost and Mulch, from Waste to Resource »

Ceramics Lecture Series

November 8, 2012 7:15 pm

Treadwell Ceramic Arts Center, Oakland Campus
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Three generations of Ceramics alumni -- Jennifer Kenworth (BFA 1992), Alicia Reyes McNamera (2003-6), Marnia Johnston (MFA 2007) show slides and talk about life after art school and the way they live as artists.

Jennifer Kenworth

“I like to create figurative sculpture using clay, in a range of sizes from six inches to seven feet tall. My sculptures are caricatures of the people I see around me. Someone waiting at a bus stop or standing in line could become one of my subjects. I am inspired when I see a person wearing odd colors, a silly hat, or smoking three cigarettes at once. Through my work, I enjoy bringing attention to the beauty and humor I see of being ordinary and innocent in everyday life.”

Alicia Reyes McNamera

“My work explores selected memories frommy travels through Latin America, while reflecting on my own Latin roots. These memories -- whether embellished, diluted, or sincere -- remain as truths in a history. I’m interested in the fine line between memory and imagination within our personal and cultural mythologies. My goal is to memorialize these events remembered.”

Marnia Johnston

Marnia Johnson is a sculptor and interdisciplinary instigator who collaborates with engineers, synthetic biologists, programmers, and tinkerers. She creates projects exploring what Donna Haraway calls the “ideological struggle between life and social science.” Her work incorporates themes surrounding mass production (including biological mass production of cell and tissue cultures), ecology, and biological processes by using robotics, ceramics and various other media. She has received the Visions from the New California Award and a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship, and she just completed a residency at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Graduate Studies Lecture Series

November 8, 2012 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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A designer, social innovator, and academic, Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design in challenged urban environments. She was recently among the inaugural class of Innovators in Residence at, a nonprofit IDEO spinoff dedicated to global poverty reduction through design and innovation.

Previously, Ogbu was a design director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit mobilizing designers to create social change. She lectures widely as a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, and her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards.

Ogbu holds architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Design

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

November 8, 2012, 6:00–7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to CCA community only


The IMPACT: Social Entrepreneurship Award Program funds interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop projects collaboratively with a community organization that address real-world needs.

Come to an IMPACT information session to learn more about what IMPACT is and how you can apply to receive $10,000 to implement a summer project.

Any student with enthusiasm for social change or a specific project idea is welcome.

Additional IMPACT Info Sessions

Tues., Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m., (OAK, A2 Café)
Wed., Nov. 14, 5-6 p.m. (SF, Timken Hall)

Photography Lecture Series

November 8, 2012 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Untitled from ...and of time, 2000

Ralls Painting Studio
Free and open to the public
Info: Chris Nickel,, 510.594.3718

Note: This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 7.

Uta Barth (b.1958 in Berlin) is a contemporary photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. Barth received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004-5.

Barth has used photography exclusively in her aesthetic projects, experimenting with depth of field, focus, and framing to take photographs that are suggestive rather than descriptive, alluding to places rather than describing them explicitly.

Her interiors and landscapes engage the viewer in an almost subliminal way, testing memory, intellect, and habitual responses.

Barth's photographs take the opposite approach to the famous Düsseldorf school of photographers, which include Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky. While they record their subjects in sharply objective archival detail, Barth’s images of interiors, buildings, suburban roads, or natural environments are often out of focus, cropped, and apparently empty of any foreground subject.

What emerges from this reduction and abstraction of subject matter is a body of photographs evocative of great moments in the history of painting, or of a cinematic ambience.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

November 6–10, 2012

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 5–10, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 5–10, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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.