Graduate Studies Events

April 16–30

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Opening Reception: Wed., April 16, 5-7 p.m. (Please RSVP by April 8 to rsvp@cca.edu or 510.594.3604.)
Free and open to the public
Hours: Weekdays: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends: noon-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214 or jskloven@cca.edu

Please join CCA President Stephen Beal and Sharon and Barclay Simpson for the 27th Annual Barclay Simpson MFA Award Exhibition.

This is a juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

2014 Winners

Diedrick Brackens
Leah Thomason Bromberg
Omar Mismar

2014 Jurors

Kevin Chen (Curator, Intersection for the Arts)
Apsara DiQuinzio (Curator, Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX & UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive) 

View the 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award catalog to celebrate an entire generation of well-deserving graduating CCA artists. 

 

Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

April 17–July 12
Ian Wallace, "At Work 1983," 1983. Graphite on paper, 48 x 69 in. Rennie Collection, Vancouver

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours:
Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
More info: 415.355.9673, wattis.org

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts presents the exhibition Many Places at Once.

Decades after the "post-studio" turn announced by Minimalism and Conceptual art in the 1960s, Many Places at Once reconsiders the place of artistic production in our era of creative industries and flexible labor.

Featuring new commissions and existing works by seven international artists, the exhibition presents artworks that call attention to the nuanced circumstances that characterize the economic, social, and technological conditions in which artists work today:

Martin Soto Climent
Rana Hamadeh
Cinthia Marcelle
William Powhida
Li Ran
Ian Wallace

and Real Time and Space

Taken individually, each contemporary work presents a site: a hotel, a notebook, an archive, a network, an event, or a theatrical stage. Together they constitute the “many places” -- physical and conceptual -- that “at once” constitute a reimagined artist’s studio.

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Presented by PLAySPACE

April 25–26
"Self(ie) Representation" [Photo: Brittany Atkinson]

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated by Post Meridiem (PMx), Self(ie) Representation is an exhibition that interrogates the ways in which social media shapes how people perceive other people.

This exhibition focuses on artists who use social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to explore the notion of "self" both online and then re/deactivated through photography, video, and performance.

Featured Artists

Brittany Atkinson
Alexis Bolter
Irina Contreras
Matthew Kotzin
Melissa Miller
An Xiao Mina
Omar Mismar

Schedule of events for Friday, April 25

3:30 p.m. -- Opening reception
4:30 p.m. -- Conversation with artists
5:30 p.m. -- Post-conversation reception

About PLAySPACE

PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.

Presented by the MFA Program in Writing

Friday, April 25, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
Free and open to the public
More info: dmorini@cca.edu
or 415.551.9237

Word. World. is the culminating event of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts that features graduating students reading from their thesis.

An evening of poetry, prose, and writings in between, this night is also a community celebration as these students enter a new phase of their writing careers.

 

Featured Writers

Shandy Walton
Kat A. Croswell
Zane Hawley
Felicia M. Hayes
Sam Cavedon

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Presented by the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies

Saturday, April 26, 12:30–5:30 pm

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

The Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies (VCS) trains students to deeply engage visual culture by refining written and oral presentation abilities, sharpening critical faculties, fostering research skills, expanding methodological options, and furthering the development of both creative and traditional modes of critical expression.

This year’s cohort presents innovative and transformative research in the field of visual studies at the program’s capstone event, the 2014 VCS Spring Symposium.

Learn more bout the 2014 VCS graduate cohort »

In this day-long public symposium, graduate candidates will interrogate the politics and poetics of visual culture.

Learn more about the 2014 VCS Spring Symposium »

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

 

Note: This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 24.

Anne Carson, who frequently grounds her highly contemporary writing in the literature of the Greek classics, will address the date 610 B.C.E.

According to scholars, that year represented the height of the powers of the ancient Greek poet Stesichorus, on whose fragments she has depended for several of her works.

Writing in a unique style at a moment of transition from epic to lyric forms, Stesichorus offers a compelling model for Carson’s own multifarious and irreverent writing, which encompasses translations, poems, novels, operas, essays, and sometimes, seemingly, all of these at once.

Anne Carson is a poet, translator, essayist and professor of classics, although her work evades most conventional categories.

Since 1986 she has published 18 books, including her inventive verse novels Autobiography of Red (1998) and red doc> (2013), which repurpose the Greek myth of the winged monster Geryon to tell contemporary stories of sexual longing and the perils of adulthood.

Presented by the MFA Program in Writing

About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.

Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm
"Go Fish," 1994, film still [courtesy Frameline]

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

Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of both film and television. Her first feature, Go Fish (1994), was released to wide acclaim, garnering awards at The Berlin, London, Rimini, and Deauville Film Festivals.

It also won the prestigious Open Palm at New York’s Gotham Awards.

Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) followed, receiving the audience award at the London Film Festival. 2003 saw the release of Troche’s third feature, The Safety of Objects (2001), which received stellar reviews and went on to open the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and win best feature and best actress (Patricia Clarkson) at The Deauville Film Festival.

That same year Troche completed the pilot for Showtime’s The L Word and went on to direct, write, and co-executive produce the series through six seasons.

Troche also directed the pilot for the popular teen series, South of Nowhere, where she remained as a consulting producer and director. She has also directed award-winning series including Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty, and Law & Order.

In 2011 she executive produced Hunting Season, an eight-part web series. Troche produced Concussion (2013), Stacie Passon’s debut feature that premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

She also wrote and directed Elliot King Is 3rd for ITVS Future States.

She is set to go into production on her fifth feature, Wendy Drinks Beer for Breakfast and is currently developing Sugar, an interactive web series set to go live in the fall of 2014.

About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.

Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

 

Presented by PLAySPACE

May 2–4
Jennifer Klecker, "360 Degrees: Rocky Mountain National Park," 2014, performance with projected video and charcoal on paper

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated  by Lauren R. O'Connell, Activating Site presents five artists whose work puts forward alternative narratives of site by engaging its conditions through their own actions.

Site could traditionally be defined as the location of a physical structure, or a place where a particular event has occurred.

One can recognize readily apparent conditions of a site through its physical presence or historical importance, but how does one perceive conditions that are less visible or absent altogether?

In this exhibition, site can exist in a physical location, but also through ephemeral moments, such as childhood memories and family vacation videos (Jennifer Klecker), or within the stories and histories of displaced and diasporic people (Laura Arminda Kingsley).

Each work embodies a performative quality. In some cases, the artist locates a site by accentuating forgotten or nonexistent elements through subtle gestures (Maral Hashemi), or by enabling the material of the artwork to acclimate itself to the physical and climatic constraints of a place (Jay Atherton).

Others use symbols and language to draw attention to socio-political issues that are often overlooked due to everyday routine (Omar Mismar). 

These works suggest an expansion of the art-site relationship and propose a dynamic reconsideration of the permanence of site.

In this exhibition, site does not determine the artwork, but rather the artwork acknowledges the subtle conditions of the site, whether present or absent.

Featured Artists

Jay Atherton
Maral Hashemi
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Jennifer Klecker
Omar Mismar

About PLAySPACE

PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.

Presented by the MFA Program in Writing

Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Get Directions

1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
Free and open to the public
More info: dmorini@cca.edu
or 415.551.9237

Word. World. is the culminating event of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts that features graduating students reading from their thesis.

An evening of poetry, prose, and writings in between, this night is also a community celebration as these students enter a new phase of their writing careers.

Featured Writers

Natalie Catasús
Samiat Salami
Alicia Franco
Colin Partch
Jenny Goldsmith

See other year-end celebratory events »

Presented by CCA's Film and MFA in Film Programs

Thursday, May 8, 7:00–10:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: 5:30 p.m. (Production Stage)
Free and open to the public
More info: Yvie Raij, film@cca.edu or 415 551.9282

Join us for a double-billing year-end extravaganza: BFA Film Senior Show and screenings of first-year MFA in Film student work. We'll also have screenings of the sophomore and junior Best Film award winners as well as our year-end Awards Ceremony!

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