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Presented by the Graduate Program in Fine Arts

May 16–25, 2013
Opening reception: Thurs., May 16, 6-10 p.m.

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Opening reception: Thurs., May 16, 6-10 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Exhibition hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily.
Please note: On Thursday, May 16, the exhibition does not open to the public until the reception begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Chrissie Bradley at

The Graduate Program in Fine Arts is proud to present the 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The program has an interdisciplinary orientation that supports both the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought.

Our MFA in Fine Arts program stimulates students to hone their skills and expand their ideas through a critically engaged artistic practice, while providing them with a greater awareness of the global context within which contemporary art is made and circulated.

This exciting exhibition is the culmination of a demanding course of study, production, and review.

We welcome you to witness the results and join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2013.

Please visit our archive of MFA student work.

May 16–25, 2013

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Opening reception: Thursday, May 16, 6-10 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Exhibition hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily
More info: Estee Stevens,, 415.551.9352

Watch the teaser »

The design process is one of visions and revisions. Designers begin with a problem: a question that forms out of a subconscious desire, a pressing need, or a mixture of the two.

Whether it’s a postcard, a game, a chair, or a new way of thinking, the first iterations rarely solve the problem at hand. So we keep going. Sketching, writing, reading, talking, playing, making, and collaborating until instinct takes over. The type, the visuals, the interactions, and the experience express and share the vision.

Through design, we create an understanding of ourselves and of the world that surrounds us.


Thursday, May 16 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Timken Lecture Hall

Gallery Talks

Friday, May 17 (10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.)
N17 - N20

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.