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Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

May 3, 2013 7:00 pm
Kathy Acker (digital still from "The Blue Tape")

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA

There Will Be Sex is an exploration of issues about sexuality and the body through the experimental cinema of Cauleen Smith, Gunvor Nelson, Kathy Acker, and Alan Sondheim.

San Francisco Cinematheque Artistic Director Steve Polta provides an introduction regarding the history of San Francisco Cinematheque and experimental film in the Bay Area.

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) received funding from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation to support a unique, collaborative effort to digitally preserve and exhibit seminal Bay Area audio-visual works that would otherwise be lost forever.

BAVC's Preservation department worked with graduate students in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice to assess hundreds of audio-visual assets from the archives of four iconic Bay Area art institutions, selecting 40 key pieces that have now been digitally preserved:

Southern Exposure
Headlands Center for the Arts
SF Cinematheque
Intersection for the Arts)

Spanning the genres of experimental film, visual arts, literature, performance, music, and educational programs, the artists and works selected represent the unique vitality, diversity, and experimental nature of the Bay Area’s art scene, from the 1960s to present.

BAVC is proud to now present, in collaboration with CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, Lost Treasures, a three-part programming series and ongoing online archive that will showcase these works -- some, for the first time.

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Admission to all events is free. Please be advised that these events contain material of a graphic nature and are not appropriate for children.

Lost Treasures is made possible by a grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and is a project of Bay Area Video Coalition’s Preservation program in collaboration with the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, and is supported by the Center for Art and Public Life, Oakland with the cooperation of Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Intersection for the Arts and San Francisco Cinematheque.

Presented by the MFA Program in Writing

May 3, 2013 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public

Info: 415.551.9237 or dmorini@cca.edu

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Poetry, prose, and writings in between by graduate students in the MFA Program in Writing.

Each reading is followed by a reception.

Readers

Ariel Cohen
Jordan Rice-Sarantis
Ryan Buresh
Melissa Louise Kuhn
Jayo Miko Macasquit
Autumn Darbrow
Vernon Keeve III

Celebrating 10 years of literary excellence!

Presented by the Community Arts program

May 3, 2013, 6:00–9:00 pm

Telegraph Avenue (between 23rd and 27th Streets) | Oakland

Free and open to the public

More info: Meghan Clark at mclark@cca.edu, or visit popuphood.com

Creative Disruption is a Community Arts Program ENGAGE course and exhibition to leverage design to address larger issues around social, economic, and political inequities.

The exhibition of Creative Disruptions will showcase community arts and design engagement at multiple locations and storefronts throughout Oakland's KONO district (in and around Telegraph Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets) during the monthly First Friday (Art Murmur) event.

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Presented by PLAySPACE

May 3, 2013, 5:00–7:00 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Please join PLAySPACE for the release of Touring the Social Imaginary, an art catalog featuring the work of artists and activists throughout the Bay Area.

Touring the Social Imaginary is a series of exhibitions and participatory, public programs that took place across the Bay Area from October 2012 through April 2013. Through photos, writings, and interviews with the artists, the catalog captures the research-intensive processes used to ask questions about places and the people who inhabit them.

Featured artists: Sadie Harmon and Lauren Marie Taylor, Ana Labastida, Arash Fayez and Christie Noh, Maysha Mohamedi, Maureen Burdock

Refreshments will be served, and guests will have an opportunity to sign up to receive a free copy of the book.

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.