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May 15, 2013 6:00 pm
Chris Marker, "Sans Soleil," 1983

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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A public screening of filmmaker Chris Marker's pivotal “essay film” Sans Soleil (1983, 103 min.), a complex meditation on individual and collective human memory. Refracted through scenes filmed in Iceland, Japan, Paris, San Francisco, and Guinea-Bissau, the film reflects Marker's unique political and poetic approach.

In conjunction with the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts present a series of talks and film screenings that examines issues called up by Adnan’s practice and expands its frame of reference.

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May 15, 2013 9:00 am–5:00 pm
"If You Don't Do It Now, You Never Will," Nick Sazani (Animation 2013)

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Undergraduate and graduate students from the graduating classes of 2010 through 2013 are invited to attend this one-day, all-in-one boot camp Career Development event.

Join us all day as we cover all the topics you might have missed during your time at CCA. Each one-hour-long session covers one career-related topic and gives you resources and tools for further exploration. Attend for a full day or sign up for the sessions you'd like to attend.


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
How to Put Together a Killer Résumé and Cover Letter

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Networking and Polishing Your Online Presence

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Crafting Your Elevator Pitch/Summary Statement

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Job-Search Strategies -- How and Where to Look

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
How to Be Fantastic in Your Job Interview

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salary Negotiation -- Ask for What You’re Worth

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Budgeting Realities and Post-College Financial Health

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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.