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Architecture Lecture Series

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
Info: 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu

Aaron Betsky is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He was director of the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.

From 2001 to 2006 he served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. From 1995 to 2001, he was the curator of architecture, design, and digital projects at SFMOMA.

He taught at Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Cincinnati from 1983 to 1985 and has worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung.

Betsky has written monographs on the work of numerous late-20th-century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture.

He is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of queer theory.

In his CCA lecture he will discuss the major contributions queer men and women have made to our designed environment: through "queering" of forgotten or unformed spaces within the city, creating alternative social frameworks, perverting design styles, and creating an intermediary between interior design and architecture.

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; Pfau Long Architecture; 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 Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.

Presented by Career Development and Adobe Student Representatives

Monday, February 24, 3:30–5:00 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Room GC2

More info: Stephanie Smith

Whether you are currently looking for a job or internship, or preparing for the upcoming Career Expo, having a résumé that is clearly written and well-designed can help you land the position.

Come join Career Development and Adobe Student Representatives for a group résumé building workshop that will help get your résumé polished and professional.

RSVP required, please email careers@cca.edu with your name, year, and current skill level with Adobe Indesign.

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Monday, February 24, 3:15–3:45 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Room GC3
Open to current CCA students only
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

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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Senior Exhibition — Individualized Major

February 24–March 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

February 24–March 1

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

February 24–March 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

February 24–March 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the First Year Program

February 24–28

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Gallery hours
: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. (closed Wednesday mornings)
More info: Email firstyear@cca.edu or call 510.594.3642

Risky Business is a thematic show of works by CCA art, design, and architecture students in their first year of undergraduate study.

The exhibition is juried by students in CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and is intended to engage and challenge first-year students in presenting their work to the public.

Come see what ideas and issues are central to CCA’s newest makers.

Group Exhibition

February 17–March 1

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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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.

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.