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Presented by the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)

September 13, 2013 4:30 pm

Writers’ Studio, San Francisco Campus
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Note: New time
195 De Haro at 15th Street
Free and open to the public

More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

Andrew Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975 when he was 11 years old, is a writer and an editor with New America Media, a short-story writer, and, for eight years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He also contributes regularly to the Huffington Post.

Lam's essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Atlanta Journal, and the Chicago Tribune.

He has written essays for Mother Jones, The Nation, San Francisco Focus, Proult Journal, In Context, Utne, California Magazine, Huffington Post, New America Media, and many other news outlets.

Lam's short stories are also anthologized widely and taught in many Universities and colleges. His short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Manoa Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod International, Michigan Quarterly West, Zyzzyva, Transfer Magazine, Alsop Review, Terrain, and others.

Lam’s awards include the Society of Professional Journalist Outstanding Young Journalist Award (1993) and Best Commentator in 2004; The Media Alliance Meritorious awards (1994); The World Affairs Council's Excellence in International Journalism Award (1992); the Rockefeller Fellowship in UCLA (1992); and the Asian American Journalist Association National Award (1993; 1995).

He was honored and profiled on KQED television in May 1996 during Asian American heritage month.

Lam was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the academic year 2001-02, studying journalism. He lectured widely at many universities and institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, UCLA, USF, UC Berkeley, University of Hawaii, William and Mary, Rice, Indiana, Hong Kong, and Loyola university, and many others.

A member of Academy of Arts and Science, Lam was featured in the documentary My Journey Home, which aired on PBS nationwide on April 7, 2004, where a film crew followed him back to his homeland Vietnam.

His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora recently won the Pen American Beyond the Margins Award in 2006, and was short-listed for the Asian American Literature Award.

Lam's first short-story collection, Birds of Paradise, is due out in 2013, and a story from it was read on Symphony Space, Selected Shorts in New York.

Shelf Unbound listed Lam's book of essays, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (2010), among its top 10 Indies of 2010.

Lam holds a Master in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley.

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Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

September 10–December 14, 2013
Enrique Metinides, Mexico City, May 25, 1971; courtesy the artist and the Zabludowicz Collection

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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New location! 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Reception: Tues., Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9673

City of Disappearances focuses on the city as material, site, and situation for the contemporary lived experience. It will feature works from two important collections: the Kadist Art Foundation (located in San Francisco and Paris) and the Zabludowicz Collection (located in London, New York, and Sarvisalo, Finland).

The show is curated by Joseph del Pesco, director of the Kadist Art Foundation and CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice alum, and Elizabeth Neilson, director of the Zabludowicz Collection.

Featured Artists

Michel Auder
Slater Bradley
Martin Boyce
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
John Menick
Enrique Metinides
Yelena Popova
Amie Siegel
Kelley Walker

City of Disappearances involves three distinct but integrated elements: a solo display devoted to one artist from each collection, a new installation of works drawn from both collections, and a room in which artworks of different mediums are shown together.

From the Kadist Art Foundation there is Berlin Remake (2005) by the New York-based artist Amie Siegel; this two-channel work juxtaposes preexisting films of Berlin with contemporary footage of the same locations, presenting a ghostly portrait of a city that has been a prominent protagonist in world conflict.

From the Zabludowicz Collection comes a selection of hard-hitting reportage captured by Enrique Metinides, a Mexico City-based photographer, between 1949 and 1995.

The show will include a newly configured sculptural installation by the Scottish artist Martin Boyce; the work is appearing for the first time in San Francisco. Boyce references architectural and modernist design and materials to create environments that blend functionality and aesthetics, to uncanny effect.

There will be video, painting, and photography by Slater Bradley, Yelena Popova, and Kelley Walker from the Zabludowicz Collection and Michel Auder, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and John Menick from the Kadist Art Foundation.

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City of Disappearances is supported by the Zabludowicz Collection and the Kadist Art Foundation.

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 10–19, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Sept. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed. until 7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.658.1223 or 510.658.1224

Work in all media by the newest members of the CCA student community.

The reception is hosted by CCA’s Alumni Association.

Presented by Academic Affairs

September 4–26, 2013

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., September 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. (closed Wed. mornings)
Free and open to the public
Gallery talks: Mon.-Fri. at 11:30 a.m. (except Wed.) and 3:30 p.m.
More info: 510.594.3648 or

The 2013 CCA Faculty Exhibition is a celebration of the working artists, designers, architects, and writers who teach and inspire the CCA community.

The exhibition includes a wide range of work from faculty teaching in all 21 undergraduate programs to provide a rich overview of the art, craft, design and writing experiences that CCA has to offer.

Group Exhibition

September 2–14, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, September 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Work from Mariella Poli's Course

September 2–14, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, September 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Group Exhibition

August 26–September 14, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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