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April 17, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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This is the opening reception event for the Curatorial Practice thesis exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan. The poets Norma Cole and Joanne Kyger will be reading tonight.

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.

April 17, 2013, 5:00–7:00 pm

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Info: 415.551.9214 or cbradley@cca.edu

This is the reception event for the 26th Annual Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition.

Curatorial Practice Thesis Exhibition

April 17–June 29, 2013

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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New location! 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Reception: Wed., Apr. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9670

This is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan, spanning six decades of her artistic practice. It is the thesis exhibition of the graduating students in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Christian Greek mother and a Muslim Syrian father, Adnan has spent her life between places -- Beirut, Paris, and the Bay Area -- negotiating their different cultures and language as well as her distinctive position among them.

This experience of displacement deeply informs her work, which similarly ranges between mediums and formats. Her recent exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012) and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon (London, 2010).

The exhibition explores Adnan's complex negotiation between verbal and visual forms of expression. Some of the featured paintings include elements of geographical specificity, whereas others are more ambiguous depictions of "nonplaces." Adnan's leporellos, or folding books, offer a compelling fusion of written texts and painted or drawn images.

The exhibition also includes selected articles written by Adnan for the francophone daily newspaper Al-Safa as well as film and video works by Chris Marker, Rabih Mroué, and the Otolith Group that relate directly or obliquely to Adnan's practice.

Marker's eerie footage of sculptures at the fringe of San Francisco Bay; Mroué's conflations of destruction and construction, future and past in an unspecified city; and the Otolith Group's portrait of Adnan reading her own poetry in her Paris home all present a melancholic counterpoint to Adnan's work, deepening the exhibition’s logic of place and displacement.

See wattis.org for a schedule of accompanying public programs that include poetry readings, workshops, film screenings, and lectures.

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.

Photography Lecture Series

April 17, 2013 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Ralls Painting Studio
Free and open to the public

More info: Email Chris Nickel at cnickel@cca.edu

Elin O’Hara Slavick will discuss her new book After Hiroshima, which Kyo Maclear called “One of the most beautiful and politically truthful books I have encountered in recent years,” and Akira Mizuta Lippit described the book as “a work of dark poetics that calls forth the necessity of remaining vigilant to the sights that test and contest the ubiquitous afterlife of radioactivity.”

The photographic images of Hiroshima in After Hiroshima are attempts to visually, poetically, and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared as a result of and what remains after the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945. They are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation.

Exposure is at the core of the author’s photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light, and historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum’s collection.

Hiroshima: After Hiroshima engages ethical seeing, visually registers warfare, and addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer.

Slavick is a distinguished professor of Visual Art, Theory, and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has exhibited her work in Hong Kong, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Cuba, Japan, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and across the United States. She is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography (Charta, 2007), with a foreword by Howard Zinn and an essay by Carol Mavor; and After Hiroshima (Daylight Books, 2013), with an essay by James Elkins.

Slavick is also a curator, critic, and activist. Her exhibition Hiroshima: After Aftermath was exhibited at the former Bank of Japan (which had been bombed) in Hiroshima in 2011. She grew up in Maine in an activist family, marching against war, organizing against nuclear power, and standing in Portland's main square every August 6 to remember Hiroshima.

She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

April 16–20, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

April 16–20, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Photography

April 16–20, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Jewelry/Metal Arts

April 16–20, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 16–May 4, 2013

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Opening Reception: Wed., Apr. 16, 5-7 p.m.**
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: Jessica Skloven, gradoffice@cca.edu, 415.551.9213

A juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

About Barclay Simpson

Barclay Simpson, the namesake of this award, is chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sits on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he has served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Mr. Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to CCA over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998 the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus, was created using a generous gift from the Simpsons.

The Simpson Library -- much larger and better equipped than the previous facility -- enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection.

The Simpson name also graces the award-winning Sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993.

The couple has also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Barclay Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 15–20, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 15–20, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 15–20, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Reception: Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Info: 415.703.9504 or ixd@cca.edu

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April 15–27, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-close
Info: 510.910.6764 or msilady@cca.edu

Work by students enrolled in the undergraduate Graphic Novel Workshop taught by Justin Hall, lecturer in the Writing and Literature Program, and the Graduate Graphic Novel Workshop taught by Matt Silady, associate chair of the MFA in Comics program. From rough layouts to carefully penciled and inked pages, the work reveals the process of creating compelling stories in the visually dynamic comic-book medium.

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.