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Presented as part of the Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival

May 2, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Production Stage (in the Nave) (light refreshments will be served; Q&A with seniors following screening)
Free and open to the public

Info: film@cca.edu

Presented as part of the Film Program's inaugural Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival, "Project Kino" is the name of this year's senior Film screening, which features narrative film, experimental, music video, and a sound piece, and will include several first-time screenings of senior student work. Many films were completed with the help from Film students.

Sudi Wachpress (aka "Spaceghost") will have a DJ set, playing songs that he created for a couple films with some other tunes that he's created.

Featured Films

Work Progressed

Directed by Nicolas Collins, the piece is about cinema and how people build relationships around it. It is also about movies, making movies (on an art school budget), and film criticism -- while also being aware that it is all happening within a film.

Rust, A Story of Survival

Directed by Will Giovi, this film about a science-fiction short-film set in the not-so-distant future. One robot, programmed for use in modern civilization, is stuck deep within a forest in nature. Without the tools to survive, he struggles to overcome the elements to return home to his family.

Curiosity Kills

Directed by Christina Chavez, this film captures a day in the life of a skilled assassin as she tracks and kills her target, only to find herself in someone else's crosshairs.

Get a Grip

Directed by Avery Clifton, the piece is a music video based on a breakup that becomes a surreal dream.

No Ambition

Directed by Eric Lee, this is a film about a man who is engulfed in loss and grief over his wife. In his attempts to overcome, he soon realizes -- beyond his wildest expectations -- that such a task is quite impossible to conceive. What form does consolation take under the influence of human longing?

Under Wraps

Directed by Ines Chan, this film depicts a family reunion gone wrong when Josh introduces his parents to a surprise guest.

Related Film Festival Events

Wednesday, May 8

Film Program 2013 Spring Flicker Fest (featuring representative work by Film students and other filmmakers within the CCA Film community)

Friday, May 10

Cinesthesia -- An Encounter in Painting & Film (Cinethesia is an installation in which students present explorations that tinker with boundaries. It showcases work from the Encounters in Painting course taught by Lynn Kirby and Kim Anno.)

Cohosted by the Diversity Studies program

May 2, 2013, 4:00–6:00 pm

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park | 2465 34th Avenue | Oakland CA 94601

Free and open to the public

More info: Contact Virginia Jardim at vjardim@cca.edu or 510.594.03756

Join us for the opening reception for the community mosaic mural project created through the efforts of three community partners: CCA, United for Success Academy, and Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.

ENGAGE at CCA: The Athena Project (a Diversity Studies Studio course) and the youth of United for Success Academy of Oakland designed and created a river-themed mosaic that beautifies the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and its surrounding neighborhood.

Staff, faculty, students, and parents from all three community partners are warmly welcomed!

Presented as part of the Advanced Design Exhibition course

May 2–10, 2013

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, May 2, at 7:15 p.m.

Graphic Design Studio: Room 141 (next to the New Materials Library)
More info: vdelrosario@cca.edu

Types & Characters: A History of CCA Type Design, curated and designed by Tracy Liu, Chris Jordan, and Tori Stoudt, aims to demystify the type-design studio experience, revealing its analog methods as creative processes and introducing the participants, past and present, that comprise the history of type design at CCA.

With the evolution of digital tools in the last 20 years, an incredible number of typefaces has been created, and type designers have been in the privileged position to both inspire and influence the work of many graphic designers.

This exhibition aims to reveal the history and evolution of type design at CCA by examining the work produced in its type design course and the faculty, alumni, and students who participate in this fascinating specialization.

The course, taught by Rod Cavazos, strives to create final forms that are often the consequence of meticulous, hand-sketched explorations and analog refinements.

The people behind these designs -- the characters behind the type -- are in and of themselves the characters of the type design experience at CCA . . . the lead character being the instructor himself.

This exhibition is a part of Jon Sueda's Advanced Design Exhibition course. Reception and discussion with Rod Cavosos, Bob Aufuldish, and James Edmondson.

May 1–5, 2013

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Architecture division award ceremony and reception: Sat., May 4, 6-8 p.m.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Info: 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu

Interior Design reviews take place May 1, and Architecture on May 3-5. Please note there are no events May 2.

Senior Exhibition — Photography

April 30–May 4, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Jewelry/Metal Arts

April 30–May 4, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

April 30–May 4, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 29–May 4, 2013

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

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 29–May 4, 2013

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

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

April 29–May 4, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

April 29–May 4, 2013

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

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.

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.

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.