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November 26, 2012, 7:00–9:00 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Contact: Pam Zahedani,, 415.551.9216

In association with the prestigious 2010 Inform Award, an annual accolade presented to graphic designers who develop a practice within the context of applied and contemporary art, recipient Zak Kyes, a Swiss/American designer, will present a lecture about his recent work and his exhibition Zak Kyes Working with . . ., previously on view at the Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig; the Graham Foundation in Chicago; and The Architectural Association in London.

Kyes will also speak about the release of the publication for the exhibition, which he edited. Zak Kyes Working with . . . brings together a range of works by Kyes as well as works by a host of collaborators including architects, artists, writers, curators, editors, and graphic designers, presenting contemporary graphic design as a practice that mediates -- and is mediated by -- its allied disciplines.

Following the presentation, Kyes and Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda will discuss the publication, followed by a book signing.

Interior Design Lecture Series

November 26, 2012 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Jaime Velez is a director in charge of the Interiors Group in the Chicago office of SOM. He has participated in a large number of architectural and interiors projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

His role in the design process provides insight for identification of opportunities in the feasibility phases of a project. He implements and guides the design strategy and then coordinates and develops the concepts with the architectural and engineering disciplines and consultants.

Velez brings to his projects a strong architectural background, which in conjunction with his knowledge of furniture and detailing generates integral designs with a high degree of consistency from the whole to the pieces. He believes that a space should reflect the unique characteristics of the culture of its users. Building on the strong interiors tradition at SOM, his projects possess a timeless quality and a strong sense of order and clarity.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 26–December 1, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 26–December 1, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

November 26–December 1, 2012

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cyd Harlow, Elaine Casey, Kyla Frank Fiona Ostby, Robin Edgar, Shou Yuan, Xinyan Zhang, Shelly Chen Henry Lipkis, Hank Huckaby, Christina Jung, Christie Lee and Jess Sutter

November 26–December 1, 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.