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HearSay Reading Series

May 7, 2013 7:30 pm

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Info: humblepie@cca.edu

Release party for the literary journal Humble Pie, featuring writers and artists from Volume 8. HearSay is a monthly reading series hosted by the Writing and Literature Program.

It features CCA students and established Bay Area writers. All HearSay events include delicious refreshments!

Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

May 7, 2013 7:00 pm
Ruth Weiss, "The Brink", view of San Francisco

The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA

Show and Tell will feature films and performance recordings by theater collective Campo Santo, filmmaker Kathy Acker, and Filipino performance group Mail Order Brides (MOB), along with a recorded interview of Lost Church founder David Ireland.

Intersection for the Arts Performance Program Director Sean San José (and cofounder of Campo Santo) discusses his involvement with the theater collective founded in 1996, whlie CCA faculty member Dodie Bellamy provides a reflection on the life and work of her colleague and close friend Kathy Acker.

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 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.

Senior Exhibition — Jewelry/Metal Arts

May 7–11, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Textiles

May 7–11, 2013
Brittany Horner

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Sculpture

May 7–11, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

May 7–11, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

May 6–10, 2013

Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., May 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9330 or mjones@cca.edu

View and celebrate the work of CCA’s senior Illustration class. This exhibition is the result of Illustration 6: Thesis, the final course in a series required for Illustration majors.

Each student chooses a topic and produces 12 to 15 images that explore the topic in depth. The result is a personal statement and a unified portfolio demonstrating the very best the student has to offer at the time of graduation.

Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

May 6–11, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

May 6–10, 2013

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Monday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: vdelrosario@cca.edu

The L3R exhibition is an opportunity for junior-level students to formally present an overview of their work and assess their overall progression within CCA's Graphic Design Program.

Incorporating work from three semesters of Graphic Design courses, their comprehensive projects for Level 3 studio course are featured.

May 6–10, 2013

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: 6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Info: Vikki Del Rosario at vdelrosario@cca.edu

The L3R exhibition is an opportunity for junior-level students to formally present an overview of their work and assess their overall progression within CCA's Graphic Design Program.

Incorporating work from three semesters of Graphic Design courses, their comprehensive projects for Level 3 studio course are featured.

May 6–10, 2013

Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Friday, May 10, 6-9 p.m.

Free and open to the public
Contact: vdelrosario@cca.edu

The Level 4 Advanced Design Studios (ADS) offer students a wide range of specialized study including branding, research, interaction, publishing, exhibition/curation, experimentation, typeface design, and motion graphics.

As the roles and skills under the umbrella of graphic/communication design continue to expand, the “do everything” design practitioner is quickly becoming a myth. While there are principles and skills fundamental to any practical application of design, the program must acknowledge that for our students to best succeed after graduation, they must be encouraged to focus their studies in order to become more “T-shaped” -- possess broad knowledge and vision with facility in specific methods of application.

The ADS sequence was created to enable this goal.

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.

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.

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.