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May 16, 2013, 6:00–10:00 pm

Info: 510.658.1224 or 510.658.3176

This is the opening reception for the Baccalaureate Exhibition.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

May 29, 2013 6:00 pm

Kadist Art Foundation | 3295 20th St. | San Francisco CA 94110

Free and open to the public

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 examine issues called up by Adnan’s practice and expand its frame of reference.

To celebrate the release of the exhibition publication, a screening of Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan's documentary, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011, 70 min.) will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation. The montage film consists of appropriated footage from the long career of the Egyptian actress and star, reassembling in the process an irreverent history of a lost era of Egyptian cinema.

The exhibition publication is titled The Ninth Page: Etel Adnanʼs Journalism 1972-1974 and collects and translates some of Adnanʼs contributions to the Lebanese francophone daily newspaper, Al-Safa. The articles document the rich cultural scene of Beirut on the brink of civil war, a political cataclysm addressed with great force in Adnanʼs landmark books Sitt Marie Rose (1978) and The Arab Apocalypse (1980). These writings have an immediacy that is distinct from the rhythms of her poetry and prose. The publication also includes newly commissioned essays that respond to Adnanʼs journalism and its fraught sociopolitical context.

Related Events

Autoportrait
Sans Soleil
The Sitt Marie Rose Book Club

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.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

May 25, 2013 2:00 pm

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public

The Sitt Marie Rose Book Club is an opportunity to discuss Etel Adnan’s landmark 1971 novel of the Lebanese Civil War, a classic of feminist and postcolonial literature.

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

Related Events
Autoportrait
Sans Soleil
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

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.

May 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Tickets: $40 general
VIP tickets: $100 (includes Friends of Fashion reception & reserved seating)

Info: 415.551.9330 or cca.edu/fashionshow

CCA’s Fashion Show is the capstone experience for students graduating from the Fashion Design Program. Featuring the original collections of up-and-coming designers, it is a high-caliber runway presentation with professional models.

The student designers are selected by a jury of industry professionals.

Come see the future of fashion on the runway! This event always sells out, so buy your tickets in advance!

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Presented by the Alumni Association

May 17, 2013 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Join us for the second annual Half-Century Club Alumni Reunion!

Free and only open to CCA community

RSVP by April 30 to jrussell@cca.edu or 510.594.3788

Note: Events begin at Macky Hall on the Oakland campus and then continue on the San Francisco campus (complimentary shuttle service included)

Alumni from the class of 1963 and earlier are invited to attend the second annual reunion of the CCA Half-Century Club during the 106th CCA commencement weekend.

Join 2013 CCA Half-Century Club Honorary Chairperson Michael Bull (Design 1959, MFA Advertising/Design 1963) and fellow alumni on the Oakland and San Francisco campuses to reconnect, reminisce, and discover what's going on at California College of the Arts today.

Reunion highlights include breakfast with President Stephen Beal, tours of new campus facilities, and VIP seating at the Honorary Doctorate Luncheon.

May 16, 2013, 6:00–10:00 pm

The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Free and open to the public.
More Info: industrialdesign@cca.edu or 415.703.9504.

CCA's Industrial Design class of 2013 is excited to share its thesis work: Comfort Objects, the culmination of eight months of design and research covering a wide array of expertise, including soft goods, furniture, sports products, and homewares.

Come hang out, eat some good food, and don’t miss the opportunity to see 24 unique projects in the field of industrial design.

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May 16, 2013, 6:00–9:00 pm

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Words and Places: Etel Adnan is an exhibition produced by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, featuring works by Etel Adnan, Chris Marker, Rabih Mroué, and the Otolith Group, with selected articles from the Al-Safa newspaper archive.

The curators will lead walkthroughs of the exhibition on Thursday, May 16 at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.

May 16, 2013, 6:00–10:00 pm

Info: 415.551.9214 or gradoffice@cca.edu

This is the reception event for the Graduate Thesis Exhibitions.

May 16–21, 2013

Reception: Thurs., May 16, 6-10 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.658.1224 or 510.658.3176

The best work of CCA's graduating students, featuring works in all media, from painting to sculpture, photography, design, and more.

Please note: On Thursday, May 16, the exhibition does not open to the public until the reception begins at 6 p.m.

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 cbradley@cca.edu

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, estevens@cca.edu, 415.551.9352

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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.

Presentations

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

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

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.

Related Events

Autoportrait
The Sitt Marie Rose Book Club
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

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

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the CCA community only

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Questions? Email careers@cca.edu.

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.

Schedule

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

Visit artist Nick Sazani's (Animation 2013) website »

May 11, 2013, 7:00–10:00 pm

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Info: bhaynes@cca.edu

Art using technology using art: Interactive, kinetic, robotic, generative, and computer-based artworks.

Presented as part of the Film Program's Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival

May 10, 2013, 6:00–9:00 pm

Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public

Info: film@cca.edu

Presented as part of the Film Program's inaugural Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival, "Cinesthesia -- An Encounter in Painting & Film" is an installation in which students present explorations that tinker with boundaries. It showcases work from the Encounters in Painting course taught by Lynn Kirby and Kim Anno.

Related Film Festival Events

Thursday, May 2

Project Kino: Senior Film Show (This year's senior Film screening features narrative film, experimental, music video, and a sound piece, and will include several first-time screenings of senior student work.)

Wednesday, May 8

Film Program 2013 Spring Flicker Fest (featuring representative work by Film students and other filmmakers within the CCA Film community)

May 10, 2013 10:00 am–9:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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10 a.m.-6 p.m.; reception 6-9 p.m.
Info: 415.703.9563 or vdelrosario@cca.edu

The reception takes place 6-9 p.m., after the review/exhibition.

May 9, 2013, 7:00–8:30 pm

Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus
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Info: 415.551.9330 or mjones@cca.edu

This is the reception event for the Illustration Spring Thesis Exhibition.

Presented by the Furniture Program

May 9, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm

Design Within Reach Potrero Studio | 2299 Alameda Street (between Potrero Ave. & Utah St.) | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public

More info: Vikki del Rosario, vdelrosario@cca.edu

The Design Within Reach Potrero Studio and California College of the Arts invite you to a reception for the student projects from the Furniture Program.

This show showcases the final work of lighting projects from the Metal Techniques course taught by Furniture instructor Lawrence Labianca.

Presented as part of the Film Program's Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival

May 8, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: 5-6:30 p.m., Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage
Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.

Info: film@cca.edu

Presented as part of Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival, CCA Film Program's inaugural film festival, the Spring Flicker Fest features representative work by students and nonstudent filmmakers within the CCA Film community.

Related Film Festival Events

Thursday, May 2

Project Kino: Senior Film Show (This year's senior Film screening features narrative film, experimental, music video, and a sound piece, and will include several first-time screenings of senior student work.)

Friday, May 10

Cinesthesia -- An Encounter in Painting & Film (Cinethesia showcases work from the Encounters in Painting course taught by Lynn Kirby and Kim Anno.)

Presented in part by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

May 8, 2013 6:00 pm
SILT, digital still from "Shadows of the Sun"

Kadist Art Foundation, 3295 20th St, San Francisco, CA

Sounds Like Art will begin as artist Mildred Howard discusses her artistic practice in response to an audio recording made during her residency at Headlands Center for the Arts.

A screening of Shadows of the Son by Bay Area film collective SILT (Jeff Warrin, Keith Evans, and Christian Farrell) follows Howard’s talk.

After the screening of a rare video recording of Howard's work Vinculum Symphony, singer, composer, songwriter, and clarinetist Beth Custer gives a musical performance. The event concludes with an audio art piece, Cinema for the Ear, by Ken Jacobs.

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.

Related Events
There Will Be Sex
Show and Tell

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.

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.

Related Events

There Will be Sex
Sounds Like Art

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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

May 4, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Info: 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu

This is the award ceremony and reception associated with the Interior Design and Architecture Final Reviews.

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.

Related Events
Show and Tell
Sounds Like Art

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 Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival

May 2, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Production Stage (in the Nave) (light refreshments will be served; Q&A with seniors following screening)
Free and open to the public

Info: film@cca.edu

Presented as part of the Film Program's inaugural Persistence of Vision (POV) Film Festival, "Project Kino" is the name of this year's senior Film screening, which features narrative film, experimental, music video, and a sound piece, and will include several first-time screenings of senior student work. Many films were completed with the help from Film students.

Sudi Wachpress (aka "Spaceghost") will have a DJ set, playing songs that he created for a couple films with some other tunes that he's created.

Featured Films

Work Progressed

Directed by Nicolas Collins, the piece is about cinema and how people build relationships around it. It is also about movies, making movies (on an art school budget), and film criticism -- while also being aware that it is all happening within a film.

Rust, A Story of Survival

Directed by Will Giovi, this film about a science-fiction short-film set in the not-so-distant future. One robot, programmed for use in modern civilization, is stuck deep within a forest in nature. Without the tools to survive, he struggles to overcome the elements to return home to his family.

Curiosity Kills

Directed by Christina Chavez, this film captures a day in the life of a skilled assassin as she tracks and kills her target, only to find herself in someone else's crosshairs.

Get a Grip

Directed by Avery Clifton, the piece is a music video based on a breakup that becomes a surreal dream.

No Ambition

Directed by Eric Lee, this is a film about a man who is engulfed in loss and grief over his wife. In his attempts to overcome, he soon realizes -- beyond his wildest expectations -- that such a task is quite impossible to conceive. What form does consolation take under the influence of human longing?

Under Wraps

Directed by Ines Chan, this film depicts a family reunion gone wrong when Josh introduces his parents to a surprise guest.

Related Film Festival Events

Wednesday, May 8

Film Program 2013 Spring Flicker Fest (featuring representative work by Film students and other filmmakers within the CCA Film community)

Friday, May 10

Cinesthesia -- An Encounter in Painting & Film (Cinethesia is an installation in which students present explorations that tinker with boundaries. It showcases work from the Encounters in Painting course taught by Lynn Kirby and Kim Anno.)

Cohosted by the Diversity Studies program

May 2, 2013, 4:00–6:00 pm

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park | 2465 34th Avenue | Oakland CA 94601

Free and open to the public

More info: Contact Virginia Jardim at vjardim@cca.edu or 510.594.03756

Join us for the opening reception for the community mosaic mural project created through the efforts of three community partners: CCA, United for Success Academy, and Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.

ENGAGE at CCA: The Athena Project (a Diversity Studies Studio course) and the youth of United for Success Academy of Oakland designed and created a river-themed mosaic that beautifies the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and its surrounding neighborhood.

Staff, faculty, students, and parents from all three community partners are warmly welcomed!

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.

Design and Craft Lecture Series

May 1, 2013 7:00 pm

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Info: 415.551.9293 or designandcraft@cca.edu

Simone Leigh's practice is an object-based exploration of black female subjectivity. Her sculptures, videos, and installations are informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism, and performance.

In 2012 she was a Creative Capital grantee and served as a facilitator of the international art program at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria.

Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at The Kitchen and Tilton Gallery in New York and group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; SculptureCenter, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; L'appartement22, Rabbat, Morocco; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cosponsored by the President's Diversity Steering Group.

The Design and Craft Lecture Series is funded by the Wornick Endowment Fund.

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.