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Architecture Lecture Series

February 18, 2013 7:00 pm
Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995. Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Anthony Vidler's lecture will be titled "Towards an Other Architecture: Lebbeus Woods and 20th Century Resistance"

Vidler is dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he was a Getty Scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011.

A historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, he has consistently taught courses in design and history and theory and continues to teach a wide variety of courses at The Cooper Union.

As designer and curator he installed the permanent exhibition of the work of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans in Franche-Comté, France, as well as curating the exhibition, Ledoux et les Lumières at Arc-et-Senans for the European year of Enlightenment. In 2004 he was asked to curate the portion of the exhibition Out of the Box dedicated to James Stirling, for the Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal, and in 2010 installed the exhibition Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, in the Yale Centre for British Art, an exhibition that then travelled to the Tate Britain and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart in 2011.

He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities; he was a Getty Scholar, at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1992-93 and a Senior Mellon Fellow at the Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal, in 2005.

His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987), Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime (MIT Press, 1990) which received the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000), Histories of the Immediate Present: The Invention of Architectural Modernism (MIT Press, 2008), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive (Yale University Press, 2010), and The Scenes of the Street and other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011).

The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.

February 18–23, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

February 18–23, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

February 18, 2013, 3:15–3:45 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Room GC-4 (open to current CCA students only)

Info: Carol Pitts,, 510.594.3732
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This three-week fieldwork studio in Marfa, Texas, seeks to expand contemporary discourses on social practices and politics in art. Led by instructor Shaun O'Dell, It offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the dynamics of art in public spaces and its impact on communities.

Transformed by the legacy of Donald Judd, Marfa has become one of the most vibrant art hubs in the United States: a place where the art world meets, galleries emerge, and a cultural industry has arisen. Students from CCA, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and the Dutch Art Institute collaborate in the research, development, and execution of projects.

Prerequisite: completion of sophomore level and instructor approval (3 credits)

For undergraduates, this course satisfies a studio elective, upper-division Interdisciplinary Studio, or Interdisciplinary Critique.
For graduates, this course satisfies a gradwide elective or Fine Arts Seminar.

Alternative Info Session

Tuesday, February 19, 3:15–3:45 p.m.
Oakland campus, B Building, Room 5
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February 18–22, 2013

Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Watch the video of this event on YouTube »

Junior-level IxD students shared their skills and points of view about design, while industry design leaders presented to students about how they are creating great learning environments.

The event fostered a commitment among professionals and student to further raise the quality of interaction design and nurture the next generation of designers.

CCA alumni Molly Ackerman-Brimberg (MFA Design 2009) and Matthew Baranauskas (MFA Design 2009) from Ziba decided to give back to the college by providing an educational internship opportunity for current student students to gain real-world experience.

In attendance at the launch were representatives from Apple, airbnb Bosch, Citrix, Facebook, frog, fuseproject, GE, Google, Greenstart, HOT Studio, IDEO, Snibbe Interactive, Stimulant, and VW ERL.

February 18–23, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tues., Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
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An art student's voyage includes venturing into new spaces and exploring the unknown. Becoming an international student adds annother layer to this sense of independence and excitement, as the student steps into a new country and culture.

Please join us for Artonomy, an exhibit that celebrates stepping into the unknown and features work by current international students and alumni of CCA’s study-abroad programs.

January 22–March 30, 2013

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Note: The Wattis has a new location -- 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)

Reception: Tues., Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m.
Hours and info: 415.551.9305 or

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens is coorganized with the Film Program and features Hearsay of the Soul (2012) by the acclaimed filmmaker and artist Werner Herzog. It will be the West Coast premiere of this work. The piece resurrects works by the Dutch Golden Age painter and printmaker Hercules Pieterszoon Segers as cinematic projections in a five-channel video work with a musical score by the composer Ernst Reijseger.

The Wattis will present an accompanying program of weekly talks by CCA Film faculty and Bay Area artists and programmers focused on today’s rapidly evolving media landscape. These presentations will expand the content of the exhibition, further develop the research around these topics, expose students and audiences to a wider breadth of moving-image practices, and incorporate a multitude of voices and perspectives.

The Infinite Screens exhibition and public programs are made possible through the support of the Kadist Art Foundation; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; and a Cinema Visionaries grant.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund 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.