Events & Exhibitions

CCA’s interdisciplinary programming offers more than 150 events and exhibitions each year to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community.

Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018, at Wattis Institute. Choreographic Service No. 2: Some Proximity, 2014, duration variable. Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/ Michele Carlson. Photo by Allie Fora.

Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018, at Wattis Institute. Choreographic Service No. 2: Some Proximity, 2014, duration variable. Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/ Michele Carlson. Photo by Allie Fora.

We present our work and investigations through virtual and public programs, in-person and online exhibitions, satellite websites, and more. These experiences from across our academic divisions and galleries, including the acclaimed CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, echo the creative and intellectual curiosity that drive the CCA community.

And you’re invited. From wherever you are, explore online exhibitions by our graduating students, watch CCA events and lectures, attend live virtual presentations, and take part in efforts of resiliency and change as a creative activist. This is your chance to learn and make personal connections with art, architecture, design, and writing in a hybrid, inclusive way.

The CCA Hubbell Street Galleries are currently open to CCA students, staff, and faculty with proof of vaccination, and face masks are required at all times. Please email [email protected] to arrange class visits. CCA galleries are currently closed to the public due to COVID–19. View our vaccine requirements for fall 2021

Installation view of What We Offer Is Free, an exhibition honoring Ted Purves at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries.

Installation view of What We Offer Is Free, an exhibition honoring Ted Purves at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries.

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Campus galleries are an integral part of the CCA curriculum. Students gain professional skills by mounting exhibitions in these galleries, and Bay Area visitors get to enjoy new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated spaces that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches.

All of CCA’s online programming is free, offering opportunities to engage with cultural topics through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

Let curiosity be your guide

During the COVID–19 pandemic, our creative community took the opportunity to reconsider how we present our work. We reimagined how a wider audience could witness our students making art that matters and digging deeper into collegewide discussions of inclusivity, justice, and sustainability. These ongoing digital presentations include dynamic websites, recorded videos, and virtual art shows, which you can journey through asynchronously.

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Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work.

Class of 2021 Showcase

Featuring work by graduating students, the showcase represents the diversity of practice across CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences divisions. Navigate the full showcase experience on Portal, and check out the Deans’ Spotlight collection of outstanding projects from each academic division.

Exhibitions at CCA

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Sept. 20, 2021

⁠"By virtue of its status as a designed object, the Xbox controller is inscribed with far more consequential meanings and values than the military acknowledges. In a chilling echo of the simulator that turns out to be real in Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game, the military is cynically tapping a beloved object from the childhood of the gamer generation, and repurposing it for the American war machine." ⁠
- Rachel Berger⁠

We have extended the duration of "Shooter Box" at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries! It will now be on view to the CCA community through October 8.⁠

[ID: A close-up of an Xbox controller made from cast lead with copper thumb sticks. In the background of the image, you can see the title of the exhibition, Shooter Box, in black, capitalized vinyl lettering on a white wall, surrounded haphazardly by multicolored vinyl asterisks. The color palette of the asterisks calls to mind a children's game, but their shape is reminiscent of bullet holes.]⁠

Rachel Berger, "Bullet I," 2021. Cast lead and copper, 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.⁠

#ccarts @ccagd @ccadesignis

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Sept. 17, 2021

"We’re exhausted—digitally, at least. The computer makes some things easier, but even with all our new toys, architecture still requires the same monotony. Still.⁠
Copy, paste, scale, repeat. Copy, paste, scale, repeat. Once a protagonist, the computer now sits in the background, emitting a slight hum.⁠

Code is a lens we use to view the world. When we’re bored, we revisit old things and enliven them with code. It gives us new perspectives. Dumb algorithms applied to old drawings offer something completely new." -Outpost Office⁠

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, September 29, 5–6:30pm PT, for a lecture by Erik Herrmann and Ashley Bigham of Outpost Office. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II," on view at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries. ⁠

This event is part of The Architecture Division Lecture Series, which features leading architects, designers, and scholars from across the Bay Area and around the world. More info at our link in bio.⁠

[ID: A black and white architectural drawing titled "Another Villa" by Outpost Office, in a black wooden frame. The drawing's wall label is partially visible to the right of the frame.]⁠

Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno⁠

@cca_arch_div #DrawingCodes #ccarts

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Sept. 16, 2021

Get an inside look at the McMullen Super Soldier studio and learn how to make your own at the link in our bio!⁠

CCA students, staff, and faculty are invited to stop by the "Shooter Box" exhibition Wednesday–Friday, 11am–4pm, to pick up some plastic army men and see an original Super Soldier.⁠

[ID: A plastic toy solider presented in profile against a white background, facing left. The soldier's left arm has been extended so that it is eight times longer than a typical toy soldier's arm and coils up above the soldier's head like a whip, mid-snap.]⁠

Brian, Alton, and Molloy McMullen, "Super Soldiers: Whip Slap," 2014–present. Plastic, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.⁠

@mcmubria #McMullenSuperSoldiers #ccarts

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Sept. 15, 2021

Join us on September 22, 5–7pm PT for a conversation with Javier Senosiain, featuring music by Howard Wiley.⁠

Javier Senosiain is a Mexican architect best known for his explorations of the interrelationship between natural and built environments. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1972 and is now professor in its architecture department. Senosiain is the founder of the Arquitectura Orgánica (Organic Architecture) firm in Mexico City and author of the books Bio-Architecture and Organic Architecture.⁠

Howard Wiley is “the most prodigious Bay Area saxophonist of his generation” (Berkeleyside). ⁠

Please note this event will be in Spanish with live translation to English and ASL interpretation. Register for the Zoom link via the link in our bio.⁠

This event is open to the public and co-presented by the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series and the Fall 2021 Architecture Lecture Series.⁠

[ID: A portrait of Mexican architect Javier Senosiain wearing black slacks and grey button-up seated in front of Casa Amiba, an amoeba-shaped two-story home painted copper. The house is surrounded by a manicured golf course, lush shrubbery, and a tiled water feature. This portrait is framed by the [email protected] logo and the words: Organic Architecture with Javier Senosiain, Music by Howard Wiley. September 22, 5–7pm PT.]⁠

#ccarts #CreativeCitizensInAction @cca_arch_div

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