CCA Events

Industrial Design Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00–8:30 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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This event has reached its maximum number of reservations. It's possible a few walk-ins may be admitted, but only if folks who made a reservation don't attend.

More info: Alex Vikmanis, avikmanis@cca.edu

Please join the A+D Forum, the Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts, and the German American Chamber of Commerce for a lecture by renowned product designer Hartmut Esslinger, who will discuss his latest book, Keep it Simple (2013, Arnoldsche Art Publishers). 

Esslinger founded esslinger design in 1969 in the Black Forests of Germany (the company later became frog design). With his ergonomic and emotional approach to design, Esslinger worked to prioritize the importance of aesthetics in a burgeoning consumer-electronics market.

His success began with his first client, Wega, in 1975, a German electronics company that Sony later purchased. From the 1980s and on, frog design’s client list has continued to grow and Esslinger’s style of considered and focused simplicity has sparked a design revolution that has pushed industry leaders to simultaneously address users’ functional and emotional needs.

In 1982, Steve Jobs hired Esslinger to envision the design language for Apple’s brand of personal computers. Called “Snow White,” the language described an aesthetic that included minimal surface texturing, an off-white or gray color, inlaid three-dimensional Apple logo, and unadorned ports and slots.

“Snow White” was applied to all Apple product lines from 1984 to 1990, commencing with the Apple IIC and Macintosh computer. 

In Keep it Simple, Esslinger details the evolution of his relationship with Jobs and Apple, and the challenges and triumphs they faced while acting at the forefront of a personal-computing revolution. 

 

 

Presented by CCA's Painting/Drawing Program

Wednesday, March 19, 4:00–5:00 pm

Drawing Room (formerly PLAySPACE -- Paulette Long / Shepard Pollack Grad Student Gallery)
Contact: Serena Cole: 415.551.9230 or scole@cca.edu

CCA's Painting/Drawing Program presents Notes from the Studio, a 45-minute weekly lecture series every Tuesday at 4 p.m. that features CCA Painting/Drawing faculty and friends in the intimate and casual setting of the Drawing Room (formerly the PLAySPACE gallery).

The presentations function as a glimpse into the artist's studio with an emphasis on current-process ideas to provoke often neglected topics such as the role of failed work that's overlooked, methods of working, frustrations and breakthroughs, and the studio itself.

This is a relaxed atmosphere in which students can take a break, meet with friends, have a snack, and sit in on various discussions about process.

Presented by the Student Affairs Office

Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Nave courtyard (back of Nave if rain)
Free and open to CCA community only

Dust off your Frisbee, spring is here! Every year the Division of Student Affairs hosts a spring picnic for students, staff, and faculty on each campus.

Please join us for a healthful meal and a chance to get together as a community.

March 19–28

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Free and open to the public
Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Wed. only)

Note: On Friday, March 28, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2014 SGC International Conference and a campuswide celebration of the artists.

PrintWorks is an invitational exhibition showcasing works by faculty and recent alumni of CCA’s Printmaking Program. The works represent the breadth and depth of the program, including several innovative installation pieces.

PrintWorks, The Osaka Exchange, and Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA comprise Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA.

Work from Abner Nolan's Investigations 3 Course

March 17–22

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, March 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

March 17–22

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, March 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

March 17–22

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, March 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

March 17–April 5
Spring Comics Exhibition

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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CCA presents works of comics art by the undergraduate Graphic Novel Workshop and the graduate cartoonists of the MFA in Comics program.

March 17–29

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Free and open to the public
Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Note: On Friday, March 28, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2014 SGC International Conference and a campuswide celebration of the artists.

The Osaka Exchange is the sixth biennial print exhibition showcasing works by students at Osaka University of Arts and CCA. The show is part the college's ongoing Osaka exchange program, a rich cultural collaboration between the two schools.

The exhibition will travel to Japan this summer.

The Osaka Exchange, PrintWorks, and Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA comprise Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA.

 

March 17–28

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., March 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA is a juried exhibition of works by current students in the Printmaking Program. The exhibition will feature a variety of processes, materials, and approaches, from the traditional to the interdisciplinary, contemporary, and exploratory.

 

The Osaka Exchange, PrintWorks, and Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA comprise Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA.

 

March 16–21

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9330 or mjones@cca.edu

The Illustration Program's Junior Review Exhibition features level 3 student work. Each student presents six pieces that work together to exhibit personal strengths, interests, and perspectives.

Undergraduate Visit Opportunities

March 10–April 18

San Francisco and Oakland Campus

March Madness, is a time when the doors to CCA open wide, and we welcome prospective students, admitted students, and family members to visit our San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

Participate in the many visit opportunities to learn about the college, our academic programs, and our dynamic community.

Come spend your spring break at CCA!

Junior Portfolio Reviews

Juniors are welcomed to participate in a portfolio review with an undergraduate Enrollment Counselor. Appointment opportunities are available on both the San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

Select “Undergraduate Portfolio Reviews” between March 10 and April 18 to view and register for available appointments in our online calendar.

Appointments

Prospective students who wish to discuss their particular needs involved in the transition to college are welcomed to schedule an appointment with an undergraduate enrollment counselor.

Appointment opportunities are available on both the San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

Select “Undergraduate Admission Appointment” to view and register for available appointments in our online calendar.

Class Visits

Prospective students can sit in on a variety of courses offered during March Madness. Class visit opportunities cover a broad range of studio majors and humanities and science courses on each campus. RSVP is required.

Select “Undergraduate Classroom Visit” between March 10 and April 18 to view and RSVP for available courses in our online calendar.

Note: Courses are added daily. Check the calendar often for updated classroom visit opportunities.

Campus Tours

Undergraduate tours of the San Francisco and Oakland campuses are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. on the Oakland campus and at 1:30 p.m. on the San Francisco campus.

Campus tours are approximately one hour in length and are often led by a current CCA student or enrollment counselor.

Select “Undergraduate Campus Tours” to view and register for available tour times in our online calendar.

Saturday Campus Tours

On Saturday, March 15, and Saturday, March 22, we'll host tours of both CCA campuses.

  • Participants begin on the Oakland campus at 9 a.m. with an undergraduate enrollment counselor-led information session, followed by a student-led campus tour.
  • Following the Oakland visit, all participants will board a free campus shuttle to participate in a San Francisco campus tour. The shuttle will return to Oakland at 1 p.m.

RSVP is required. Register by selecting your preferred date (see links above).

Studio Demonstrations

Take a peek inside the studios on both campuses. Studio managers and faculty open their studios to host a “how does that work?” demo of the various processes, tools, and digital equipment used in a variety of different studio programs.

Select “Studio Demonstrations” between March 10 and April 18  to view and register for available times in our online calendar.

Information Sessions

Immediately following the campus tours, undergraduate enrollment counselors will lead a general undergraduate information session that allows visitors to learn more about CCA, ask questions, and benefit from the input of a larger group.

Information sessions are held Monday and Friday:

  • 11 a.m. (Oakland campus)
  • 2:30 p.m. (San Francisco)

Virtual Information Sessions

Can't make it to campus? Participate in an online information session with an undergraduate enrollment counselor. Listen to a presentation and participate in a Q&A session happening in “real time."

Select “Virtual Information Session” to view and register for available info session times in our online calendar.

Drop-In Financial Aid Visits

The Office of Financial Aid will be available for drop-in appointments with a financial aid counselor on both the San Francisco and Oakland campus every Monday and Friday during March. No RSVP is required.

Skype Call-Ins (International Students)

International students are encouraged to contact the Enrollment Services Office Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. (PST).

General inquiries and current applicants are encouraged to participate. Skype: cca.admission

 

 

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.