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Presented by MFA in Film, Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts, and The Queer Cultural Center

November 25, 2013 7:15 pm

Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage, San Francisco Campus
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Join us for a special one-night-only screening of MFA in Film faculty member Chris Mason Johnson's acclaimed feature film, TEST, followed by a Q&A with the director/writer.

This remarkable feature film is set in San Francisco's Contemporary Dance scene during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic in 1985.

The film is the winner of the 2013 OUTFEST Grand Jury Prizes for Outstanding U.S. Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting.

TEST is receiving rave reviews as it tours the festival circuit.

Architecture Lecture Series

November 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Neil Brenner is professor of urban theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urban political economy, and socio-spatial theory; he works closely with architects, landscape architects, planners, and cartographers to develop new approaches to understanding, representing, and influencing contemporary urban transformations. He previously taught sociology and metropolitan studies at NYU for more than a decade.

His most recent book is Implosions/Explosions, forthcoming with Jovis in early 2014, which builds upon Henri Lefebvre's ideas to elaborate the methodological foundations for investigating 21st-century forms of global urbanization. Other books include New State Spaces (2004), a study of urban governance and state spatial restructuring in Europe during the second half of the 20th century, and several volumes on the need for a critical approach to urban questions in the age of neoliberal capitalism .

Brenner directs the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD, a research collective which uses the tools of critical urban theory, historical geopolitical economy, and radical cartography to decipher emergent patterns of urbanization, dispossession and struggle under 21st-century capitalism. Their current work explores the urbanization of Earth's most remote places -- "extreme territories" such as the Arctic, the Amazon, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas, the Gobi steppe, the oceans, and the atmosphere.

Brenner's CCA lecture will be titled "The Urban Age in Question."

In what sense is the 21st century world "urban"? In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the "urban age," which confront this question with reference to the purported fact that more than 50 percent of the world's population resides within cities. Against such demographic, city-centric understandings, Brenner excavates Henri Lefebvre’s notion of generalized urbanization for conceptual and methodological insights into the 21st century planetary urban condition.

He argues that the geographies of urbanization can no longer be conceptualized with reference to cities, metropolitan regions or even megalopolises, but today encompass diverse patterns and pathways across the planetary sociospatial landscape, from Manhattan to the Matterhorn, from the Pearl River Delta to Mount Everest, from the Nile River valley to the Pacific Ocean. This variegated urban fabric must become the focal point for new approaches to urban theory, strategies of collective intervention and imaginaries of built environments.

The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Ryan and Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; and TANNERHECHT Architecture.

Sponsored by Student Affairs

November 4–29, 2013

SF and Oakland campuses

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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.

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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.