CCA Events

A Studio Conversation

June 21, 2013 6:30 pm

Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd Street, New York Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, mezzanine, Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater)

Join Ted Purves, chair of CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts, in conversation at the MoMa. Joining him will be the artists Caroline Woolard and Shane Aslan Selzer. Woolard will discuss her work on MoMA Studio: Exchange Café, and Selzer and Purves will discuss their forthcoming book What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press, 2014). The presentations will be followed by a conversation about critical exchange in contemporary art practices. Sheetal Prajapati moderates.

Ted Purves is an artist and writer. His public projects and curatorial works investigate the practice of art in the world, particularly as it addresses issues of localism, democratic participation, and innovative shifts in the position of the audience.

His best-known projects include Temescal Amity Works, created in collaboration with Susanne Cockrell and based in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, which facilitated and documented the exchange of backyard produce over two years. His collaborative project Momentary Academy, a free school taught by artists over a period of 10 weeks, was featured in Bay Area Now 4 in 2005 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Purves has received a visual arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and a Creative Work Fund grant from the Elise and Walter Haas Foundation. Purves's last book, What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, was published by SUNY Press in 2005.

Featuring numerous fine arts faculty members from CCA

June 14–August 17, 2013
Suzanne M. Long, "Orphans"

Falkirk Cultural Center | 1408 Mission Avenue (at E Street) | San Rafael

Reception: Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Visit the Art at the Cheese Factory blog for more info.

Artists create for the twenty-first century, Splendid Objects is an exhibition of new Bay Area craft curated by Kathleen Hanna, who defines craft as "a set of skills highly refined over time -- knowledge of materials and tools and a vision for the possibilities they offer."

She has chosen to show new works by 19 artists -- many of whom are among the CCA faculty -- of all the generations currently working in the Bay Area -- descendants of the postwar contemporary craft movement in California.

The work in this exhibition reflects what artists are thinking and doing in the new millennium.

Featuring work by: James Aarons, Sonya Lee Barrington, Carly Borman,Tripp Carpenter, Suki Diamond, Mateo Hao, Barbara Holmes, Evan Kolker, David Lewin, Suzanne M. Long, Jane McDonald, Allison McLennan, Gary Marsh, Mark Oldland, Leslie Podell, Jean Salatino & Steven Gandolfo, Pamina Traylor, and Mardi Wood

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.