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.

During the COVID–19 pandemic and resulting campus closures, CCA has reimagined event and exhibition opportunities, answering the question: What can a top-ranked art and design school’s remote programming look like?

We now present our work and investigations through virtual public programs, online exhibitions, satellite websites, and more. These digital 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—whether we’re on campus or remote.

And you’re invited. Explore thesis work by our graduating students, experience CCA virtual events, travel through online art shows, attend ongoing presentations, watch lectures, 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 way that wasn’t possible before.

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

Though mostly closed at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, each campus gallery is 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 in curated spaces that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches.

Get inspired, try something new, and share ideas at these live digital experiences happening in real time. All of CCA’s public virtual events and exhibitions are free and open to the public, so you can uniquely engage with urgent cultural topics through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

Let curiosity be your guide

This year, everything required reconsideration. Our community turned unprecedented heartbreak into an opportunity to invite a wider audience to witness how our students make art that matters and dig deeper into the discussions of inclusivity, justice, and sustainability we’re currently having on our campus on the cloud. These ongoing digital presentations include special websites, recorded videos, and virtual art shows, which you can journey through asynchronously.

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Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s Class of 2020 Showcase highlights thesis work by more than 300 graduating students, representing 22 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate programs. The showcase is a digital record of work, a time capsule, a presentation of a community thinking and making during a historic moment.

You can navigate the full showcase experience on Portal, and be sure to check out the Curator’s Picks of outstanding and noteworthy work from each academic division.

Exhibitions at CCA

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Nov. 25, 2020

"Vreni Michelini-Castillo calls La Loba Loca's form of work 'decolonizing knowledge.' This term points to reclaiming knowledge that the Western institutional system had taken away—and continues to hide—from nonwhite communities that informed a self-sufficient way of living. During their talk, Loba shared what autonomy means to them, how they came to explore a path of practicing midwifery and herbalism and the importance of learning about menstruation and moon cycles." ⁠

From Rachel Poonsiriwong's response to La Loba Loca The Circle: Autonomy Beyond the Nation State for Rewind Review Respond (link in bio).⁠


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Nov. 24, 2020

In the first version of his "Exinclusivity" series, Professor Taro Hattori⁠ asked people to get out of a cell after singing by destroying the walls around them. In this project, once criticized as being exploitative, he wanted to explore the ambivalent character of borders which, when they come from within, define us, but also, when they come from outside, deprive our freedom and exclude us from the rest of the world as "others." Working with refugee communities today, Hattori uses the wall both metaphorically and physically so that it contains and fails to contain their stories of conflict. ⁠

Taro Hattori is a Senior Adjunct Professor who has been teaching in the Graduate Program in Fine Art, Photography Program, Individualized Major and First Year Program.⁠ Watch Taro's Video Artist Talk on⁠ (Make. Act. Resist link in bio).⁠


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Nov. 23, 2020

An artist talk by #CCArts alum⁠ Arleene Correa Valencia is available on⁠. Arleene evaluates our current socio political structure through large scale works that celebrate and validate her community’s resilience and strength. Learn more about her work via #MakeActResist using the link in our bio⁠.⁠


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Nov. 21, 2020

Pi Wang⁠, "Another Planet", 2020, Digital Work ⁠

CCA's community and campus introduces you to artists from all around the world. Pipi was one of my first friends at CCA and I hope you will all enjoy her work as much as I have. ⁠

Individualized Major⁠ from Hong Kong Pipi says she is a "Universal Artist"⁠

What is your world about? Your art in general, and what does it mean to you to create it?⁠
"There are always a lot of elves in my world, they are always filled with my body. No matter when I close my eyes or when I open my eyes and see the arrangement of objects around me, I see a lot of pixel-shaped life. I think they are being seen by me to convey some message from their world, I need to present them to the world, and then let others to translate and understand the new meaning."⁠

"What is it that intrigues you about the digital?"⁠
"Envior Parliamentary (Hong Kong) is of the most crucial impact the place where I grew up is very technological. There are many screens of the buildings in the city that play digital animations they look very glorious."⁠

How has the subject matter of your work differed and stayed the same because of the pandemic?⁠
"In my opinion, without the epidemic, I was more in contact with the outside world. After the epidemic, people needed distance, so they could only stay at home. If people can't go outside They go inside. I think the works after the epidemic are mostly made by combining the news I see with the change of my internal emotions."⁠

How has color and application been implicated in your process?⁠
⁠"I always like to use neon and complex colors, although it will be very eye-popping, But I think it is my style characteristic. I will try many different applications, and they always bring me unexpected results."⁠

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