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

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 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.

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.