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Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 pm

Florence and Leo B. Helzel Boardroom, San Francisco Campus
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Reception to follow at 7 p.m. in Timken reception area
Free and open to the public
More Info: architecture@cca.edu or 415.703.9562

Lars Müller, a graphic designer and publisher based in Switzerland, will lecture on the topic of analog awareness in times of digital saturation.

He established his design studio in 1982 and started publishing books on typography, design, art, photography, and architecture. Lars Müller Publishers has published over 600 titles to date, many winning awards for their content and design.

Müller has taught at various universities in Switzerland and Europe and is currently a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Work from John Zurier's Summer Study Abroad Course

January 28–February 8

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Tuesday, January 28, 3:15–3:45 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Room N19
Open to current CCA students only
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

Prime showcases for the narrative painting tradition, London and Paris provide not only majestic backdrops for the lectures in this course, but also become active participants.

What a luxury to discuss Arthur Rackham, then turn around and view his illustrations at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Presented by Career Development

Tuesday, January 28, 12:30–1:30 pm

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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More info: Stephanie Smith

Join Career Development in welcoming the Betti Ono Gallery to the Oakland campus for informal information tabling. Come learn about open opportunities, such as internships and fellowships!

Betti Ono Gallery will also be on the San Francisco campus for an information table on Tues., Feb. 11.
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About Betti Ono Gallery

Betti Ono Gallery is an Oakland gallery that promotes art, culture and community.

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Tuesday, January 28, 11:15–11:45 am

B Building 1
Open to current CCA students only
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

Information Sessions with Christina Seely, Victoria Wagner

Alternative information session:

Wednesday, January 29, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
San Francisco campus, N9

Commencing with immersive studio fieldwork in the mythic Scottish Highlands and shifting into a multifaceted engagement with the contemporary art world in London, this program offers a blend of studio and professional practice.

The course allows students time to form a sophisticated relationship with the landscape through 10 days of travel in the majestic Scottish Highlands, focusing on research, gathering of material for future works, and the intuitive and immersive facets of making.

Moving on to the vibrant city of London, students are able to consider the end goals and public life of their potential works within the contemporary art/design world.

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Group Exhibition

January 27–February 8

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

January 27–February 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Opening reception: Tues., Jan. 28, 3-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The Interior Design Program at California College of Art (CCA) provides an interdisciplinary design education that integrates critical artistic, technological, and material approaches into the practice of interior design.

The program philosophy departs from an understanding of the body in space, human scale, and perception. Students begin with the study of materials and space to create beautiful, functional, and captivating spaces.

They are challenged to be creative and visionary in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future -- to design with social and environmental issues in mind.

Their work reminds us that interior designers can produce ingenious and resourceful designs for materials as well as for spaces. Program faculty encourages the critical thinking necessary for an understanding of interior design as it relates to the accommodation and organization of human interactions, be it in the intimacy of the home, the open and collaborative workplace, or the public sphere of the city.

Adaptive reuse is a theme of the program, as we prepare designers for ethical and sustainable practice.

Juniors in the program have completed 6 studios, and the work presented here is exemplary of their curricular development and the identification of personal interests and creative passions and trajectories within the requirements that will shape their formation as designers in the next year and beyond the academic realm.

 

January 24–February 12

Oliver Art Center, 5212 Broadway Avenue (at College Avenue)
Opening Reception: February 5, 5:30-7:30
Hours: Mon.-Fri.,10-noon and 1-4 p.m.; Wed., 1-4 p.m.

Join us for the tenth annual Textiles Program student exhibition, Textilites, juried by Kate Nartker and Tali Weinberg.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 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 or wattis.org

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Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities draws upon works by two artists of different generations, Susan Hiller and Daria Martin. Both were born in the United States (Martin was born and raised in San Francisco) and are now based in London.

The selection of works spans different moments in each artist’s practice. Martin works exclusively in 16-millimeter film, and Hiller operates across multiple mediums.

Martin’s film Soft Materials (2004) and Hiller’s installation Belshazzar’s Feast (1983-84) are the conceptual points of departure. Though they were created 20 years apart, both reveal a deep sensitivity to the fraught, yet potentially transformative, relationship between humans and technology.

The exhibition also approaches such expansive subjects as the unconscious, dreams, affect, feminism, and intimacy, as well as more unusual conditions such as telekinesis (as in Hiller’s Wild Talents [1997]) and mirror-touch synaesthesia (as in Martin’s Sensorium Tests [2012]).

The “provisional” of the title is meant to imply a specific kind of temporality, a conditional suspension of the present that favors a visionary way of thinking. Hiller and Martin’s respective artistic practices resist the security that a single, finite reality provides, and instead propose that parallel, alternative, and corrective realities can alter the way we perceive the past, present, and future.

Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities is generously supported by 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 Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29
John Baldessari, "Two Voided Books," 1990

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 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 or wattis.org

Codex is a rumination on the idea that even though books have effectively been “flattened” in our digital age, we persist in expecting our screen-based reading experiences to imitate “traditional” books: by retaining page numbers, by simulating the turning of pages, et cetera.

Numerous artists throughout history have experimented with transitioning books from three-dimensional to two-dimensional and vice versa, and it continues to be a recurring motif in the most recent contemporary art.

Codex will be organized around myriad works -- a virtual library -- presented on a central wall. Some of the works take the known form of the artist’s book; others venture further afield.

Codex was conceived by Pierre Leguillon, an artist and book collector, during his 2013 residency in San Francisco. The title is a reference to the earliest known bound books, which appeared between the 1st and 2nd century AD. Replacing the scroll, codexes made it possible to more intuitively hierarchize the content of a text and allowed more immediate access to a desired page.

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Codex is made possible through a collaboration with Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève), Switzerland, and generously supported by swissnex San Francisco. Codex has was originally presented at Live in Your Head, HEAD – Genève’s curatorial institute.

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 Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

 

Presented by the Architecture division

January 22–29

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: architecture@cca.edu or 415.703.9562

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has partnered with Andrew Kudless, associate professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), and his students have fostered a laboratory for creativity and innovation in tilt-up concrete construction.

This exhibition represents CCA Architecture's contribution to the TCA's 2014 Competition, featuring student work from Kudless's fall 2013 Generative Design course.

 

January 22–28

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Wed., Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: architecture@cca.edu 415.703.9562

Architecture Division Jury Prize Exhibition features the best work of all Architecture and Interior Design programs. Exhibition takes place throughout the Nave, including the alcove.

Group Exhibition

January 20–February 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A SOMArts Cultural Center graphic design exhibition

January 14–February 13

SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan Street | San Francisco

Opening event: Thursday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues.–Fri., Noon–7 p.m. & Sat., noon–5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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All Possible Futures, curated by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda, features speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers. It includes everything from self-generated provocations to experimental work created in parallel with client-based assignments to projects in which commissions have been tackled with a high level of autonomy and critical investigation.

The featured work reveals different levels of visibility and public-ness within the graphic design process. Some projects were made for clients and exist in a “real world” context, while others -- failed proposals, experiments, sketches, incomplete thoughts -- would otherwise be totally hidden and unnoticed.

All Possible Futures explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.

Participating graphic designers:

Abake; Appetite Engineers; Bob Aufuldish; Ludovic Balland; Rachel Berger; Peter Bil’ak; Catalogtree; Dexter Sinister; Daniel Eatock; Jan Evart, Julian Hagen, and Daniël Maarleveld; Experimental Jetset; Ed Fella; General Working Group; Hansje van Halem; David Karwan; Mr. Keedy; Na Kim; Jürg Lehni; Willem Henri Lucas; LUST; MacFadden and Thorpe; Karel Martens; Jeremy Mende and Bill Hsu; Metahaven; Mevis van Deursen; Moniker; Lesley Moore; Karl Nawrot & Walter Warton; Radim Pesko; Practise; Project Projects; PSY/OPS; ResearchCenteredDesign; Joel Stillman; Sulki and Min; Volume Inc.; and Zak Group

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All Possible Futures is made possible by the generous support of swissnex San Francisco.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA Program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

The exhibition and accompanying publication were created with the generous help of a California College of the Arts faculty development grant.