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Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

November 5, 2013 7:15 pm
Photo: Johnna Arnold Photography

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

More info: Rita Souther, rsouther@cca.edu or 415.355.9673

In fall 2013 CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts continues its public program of Small Talks, a mini-lecture series for CCA students and faculty as well as the wider Bay Area public, with Tirza Latimer, chair of the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.

The intent is to prompt dialogue and connect the artistic practices and research concerns of CCA faculty with the themes of the exhibition City of Disappearances.

Upcoming Wattis Small Talks

Tuesday, November 12
7:15 p.m.
David Fletcher
Faculty member in CCA's Architecture Program

Tuesday, November 26
7:15 p.m.
David Gissen
Director of CCA's Architecture Program

Thursday, December 5
7:15 p.m.
Brian Conley
Faculty member in CCA's Fine Arts Program

Presented by the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program

November 5, 2013 7:00 pm
Mike Holmes, Toy, 2009

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Free and open to the public

Info: Curtis Arima, carima@cca.edu

Alumnus Mike Holmes (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1984) is a cofounder of the San Francisco metal arts and jewelry gallery Velvet da Vinci, which this year celebrates its 23rd anniversary. It is located in a former furniture factory at 2015 Polk Street in Russian Hill, and organizes 10 to 12 exhibitions a year.

In its early years, Velvet da Vinci mostly showed local jewelers that Holmes met through the Metal Arts Guild. Some of them are still with the gallery, including Deborah Lozier, who has taught at CCA since 1994.

Then, after a few years, it began to expand internationally, first working with the British Crafts Council. Over the next two decades, its stature grew enormously, and it now represents artists from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

Holmes fondly remembers studying with the late Marty Streich and Florence Resnikoff. Resnikoff was then chair of the program and a founder of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area. Holmes held a part-time job as her tech while he studied at CCA.

Velvet da Vinci shows the work of faculty members David Cole and Deborah Lozier as well as numerous CCA alumni:

Elisa Bongfeldt (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1994)
Karen Gilbert (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1994)
Garry Knox Bennett (Sculpture 1961)
Diane Komater (BFA 1983)
Orfeo Quagliata (Wood/Furniture 1999)
Kay Sekimachi (Textiles 1955)
Sayumi Yokouchi (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1996)

Holmes is a featured speaker in the Reflection 100 program sponsored by the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program.

Presented by the Humanities and Sciences division

November 5–9, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Nov. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed., 6-7:30 p.m.
Info: humanitiesandsciences@cca.edu or 510.594.3793

The Wasteland exhibition showcases works of architecture, art, design, and writing produced by students in our five fall 2013 "Waste Land" courses (Architecture, Industrial Design, Diversity Studies, Sculpture, and Writing & Literature.

For Wasteland, five instructors from across the college are thematizing issues around waste in their course, and inviting a so called embedded scientist to come into the studio to provide science instruction relevant to their course.

The Waste Land curricular effort is part of CCA's Exploring Science in the Studio project (eS²), which aims to explore ways to meaningfully integrate science in art and design education.

The project is supported by an ongoing National Science Foundation grant designed to enrich the dialog between materials, aesthetics, skills, and the science of sustainability by allowing students to engage directly with embedded scientists in their studio classrooms.

Office of Special Programs

November 5, 2013, 11:15–11:45 am

Oakland campus: B Building 1

Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu, 510.594.3732, or visit online

Iceland: Reykjavik and the Icelandic West
John Zurier, instructor
Alternative info session: San Francisco campus, East 2: Thursday, November 7, 3:15–3:45 p.m.

This course concentrates on the relationship of nature to creativity and art.

Open to all disciplines and to both graduates and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore level, this three-week intensive immerses students in the nature and culture of Iceland and offers insight and practice in how to travel and document those experiences for use in future projects.

For undergraduates, this course satisfies a Studio Elective or Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio; for Painting/Drawing undergraduates, this course satisfies compositional studies or workshop units; for graduate students, this course satisfies a gradwide elective.

Presented by Career Development

November 5, 2013 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Contact: Stephanie Smith at 415.703.9596 or by email

With offices in 80 countries across the world, Manpower is the global leader in contingent and permanent staffing. Manpower offers services to employers and prospective employees.

Join Career Development in welcoming company representatives and come learn about the open Designer Associate positions!

Group Exhibition

November 4–9, 2013

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

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 4–9, 2013

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

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 4–9, 2013

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

Solo Exhibition

November 4–16, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Senior Exhibition — Sculptrue

November 4–9, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Student Affairs

November 4–29, 2013

SF and Oakland campuses

More info: Grace Lee, glee@cca.edu

Please donate your unwanted winter coats, hats, scarves, and blankets to the annual One Warm Coat winter-clothing drive.

Coats and jackets should be clean and gently used. All donated items will be given to local charities.

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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.

Visit wattis.org for current information concerning related programs and events.

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.