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A reenactment of a stand-up by Richard Pryor realized on the occasion of the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Thursday, February 6, 7:00 pm

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets), SF, 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: wattis@cca.edu, 415.355.9670

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Dick’s Last Stand, a performance by New York-based artist Donelle Woolford.

Woolford’s cathartic new body of work chronicles the place of honor afforded the male sex organ in American art and politics, and continues the oral tradition of phallic humor and innuendo in popular culture.

Through the picaresque adventures of a character named Richard (aka Dick), Dick’s Last Stand is a 40-minute reenactment of the stand-up routine that Richard Pryor performed in 1977 for the last episode of his short-lived television show.

The routine is a subversive work of deconstruction and social commentary that, by Pryor’s design, was censored from the final NBC broadcast. Consequently, Pryor’s stand-up has only ever been experienced by the 75+ persons who were in the live studio audience that night.

Thus, Dick’s Last Stand honors Pryor’s brash political humor and marks its return to the live stage, where its allegories on race, conformity, representation, and subterfuge are as painfully hilarious as ever.

The performance is realized in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as part of the 2014 Biennial. This edition of the Biennial -- the country’s best-known survey of the latest developments in American art -- will take place March 7–May 25, 2014.

Visit wattis.org for more information about the exhibition including tour dates of Dick’s Last Stand.
 

About Donelle Woolford

Donelle Woolford lives and works in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Philadelphia, London, and Vienna. She has participated in the exhibitions Double Agent at the ICA London; The 8th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; and Buy American at Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris.

Her performances have been staged at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton; The Suburban, Chicago; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. She is represented by Wallspace, New York, and Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna.

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.

The Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Thursday, February 6, 7:00–9:00 pm
"Sweaty Sculpture (Spectrum)"

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: gradoffice@cca.edu

CCA is pleased to present Anouk Kruithof as part of the college's Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program.

Kruithof, a Dutch artist born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, considers photography as a starting point of infinite possibilities. Research in the form of interviews, temporary installations, and performative interactions with unknown people and space form the basis of her photographs.

In March 2014 she will have a solo exhibition at Het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She has had solo exhibitions at gallery Boetzelaer I Nispen in London and Amsterdam; gallery Adler in Frankfurt; Museum het Domein in Sittard NL; and FOAM Amsterdam, among others.

Her work has been featured in such group shows as Bookhouse, La Forma del Libro at MARCA, Cantanzaro; The Feverish Library at Capitain-Petzel gallery, Berlin; Super Positions / The New Wight Biennal at UCLA Los Angeles; The Daegu Photo Biennal in Daegu, Korea; Crossroads at KIT (Kunst Im Tunnel) Düsseldorf; Quickscan #01 at Het Nederlands Fotomuseum.

Kruithof has exhibited at MAMM (Multimedia Art Museum Moskow) ACP Sydney; MAMAC Liege, Temporare Kunsthalle, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and DCC Shanghai en Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna.

She was shortlisted for the emerging artist award as part of Pix Sea Award Belgium in 2013 and was awarded an ICP Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in New York in 2012.

She currently lives in New York and is an artist in residence at ISCP.

About the image: Sweaty Sculpture (Spectrum); installation out of two polystyrene blocks 101 x 24 x 50 cm with different photo stickers of various dimensions wrapped with cellophane foil; one Plexiglass sheet of 120 x 80 cm

This lecture is copresented by SFMOMA and California College of the Arts. Generous support for the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program is provided by the Pilara Foundation / Pier 24 and Randi & Bob Fisher. Additional support by the Black Dog Private Foundation.

Presented by the Center for Art in Public Life

Thursday, February 6, 5:30–8:00 pm

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Nave Alcove
Open to current CCA students only
More info: impact@cca.edu 510.594.3757 or visit center.cca.edu

The Center for Art and Public Life invites you to grab a couple hors d'oeuvres, sip some wine, and chat with your fellow CCA students about forming or joining an IMPACT team and further developing a successful project.

This delightful and unique networking party, facilitated by SMALLIFY's Marc O'Brien offers you a chance to bat around project ideas for the chance to win a $10,000 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award!

Learn about the triumphs of past IMPACT teams from student alumni and pick the brains of past jurors and mentors.  

Register now!

 

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Thursday, February 6, 3:15–3:45 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Room GC7
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

 

Alternative info session with Mariella Poli:

Wednesday, January 29, 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Oakland campus, B Building 1

Rich in history and culture and with a singular place in the development of Western art, Italy offers unique perspectives to all students of the arts and design.

Once divided into small warring principalities, the Italian Peninsula still retains regional differences in art, architecture, dialect, and cuisine.

Today Italy faces political questions that reflect the pressures of modern globalization.

This course examines the art, culture, and everyday life in Italy, while providing students an opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. It also traces Italian art and culture from the Renaissance to present day.

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Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Thursday, February 6, 11:15–11:45 am

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

Alternative info session: Mon., Feb. 3, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
San Francisco campus, GC7

Having reclaimed its status as Germany’s capital after reunification, Berlin has become one of the most innovative and cutting-edge centers for contemporary art, design, and exhibition practice.

International artists continue to be drawn to the city’s relatively low cost of living and high concentration of galleries and alternative spaces.

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Group Exhibition

February 4–15

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

Group Exhibition — Glass and Mixed Media

February 4–8

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

Organized by CCA Career Development Office

February 3–15

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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A touch of this, a touch of that . . . a résumé is never done. Come see what your fellow students have stirred together in this unique exhibition and learn some tips and tricks to cook up a refined résumé that best reflects you!

Work from Mariella Poli's Interdisciplinary Course

February 3–15

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Queer Cultural Center (QCC), CCA, Openhouse, and the SF LGBT Community Center

February 1–March 15
Image by CCA student Tyler Jones-Powell

SF LGBT Community Center | 3rd Floor | 1800 Market Street | San Francisco

Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1–3 p.m.
Gallery hours: Mon.–Thurs., noon–10 p.m.; Friday, noon–6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
More info: Rudy Lemcke, Communications Director, Queer Cultural Center, 415.626.8724, communications@queerculturalcenter.org

Alternative Futures, an exhibition of visionary architectural designs by students at California College of the Arts (CCA), will be on display on the third floor of  the San Francisco LGBT Community Center February 1–March 15, 2014.

A free, public reception is planned for Saturday, February 8, 1–3 p.m., where the public can interact with the exhibition curator, the student designers, and some of the individuals leading the 55 Laguna project.

In creating their designs, CCA Architecture students took their primary inspiration from 55 Laguna, an LGBT senior-housing project currently being developed in San Francisco. They were challenged to think about the specific history and needs of the LGBT senior community, and then asked to imagine new strategies for multi-unit housing in the city.

The exhibition is curated by Neal Schwartz AIA, associate professor of Architecture at CCA, as part of the ongoing Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts (QCCA) program.

The program is a collaborative effort of QCC and CCA aimed at uplifting the profile of the queer arts movement by bringing together locally and nationally renowned queer artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars to discuss a broad range of LGBT topics in humanities and the arts.

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.

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 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

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

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.

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

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.

 

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

Visit the All Possible Futures website for additional information »

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.