Inaugural Class of MA Program in Curatorial Practice Presents "Downtime: Constructing Leisure," April 13–May 14, 2005

California College of the Arts (CCA) and New Langton Arts present "Downtime: Constructing Leisure," an exhibition that explores our lives off the clock. Curated by the nine members of the inaugural class of the CCA MA Program in Curatorial Practice, "Downtime" is on view April 13–May 14, 2005, at New Langton Arts, located at 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco.

The ten international artists in "Downtime" use photography, film, installation, sculpture and sound to investigate spaces of leisure, looking at the physical and social structures associated with pastimes, tourism and retreat. From quiet domestic moments to life-altering travel adventures, weekend rock band jams and family outings, working people create localized escapes through pleasurable or relaxing activities. The artists, from Canada, England, France, Mexico, Slovenia and the United States, look at the ways people unwind—through literal vacation and entertainment locales, virtual Internet "destinations" and creative alter egos who awaken only after punching out at 5 p.m.

The exhibition includes commissions by Bay Area artists Josh Greene and Melinda Stone, as well as the French collective Bureau d'études, and a West Coast premiere by Luis Jacob. A full-color catalog, with three contextual essays, an interview with Dean MacCannell, author of "The Tourist" (1999), and artists' pages, complements and documents the exhibition.

In addition, several public programs offer insight into the themes explored in "Downtime" and present opportunities for exchange with the artists and curators. CCA hosts a panel discussion Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. on the San Francisco campus, located at 1111 Eighth Street. At New Langton Arts, the opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 13 from 6–8 p.m., and an informal tour with the curators is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. A screening of related video works is planned for Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m.

Gallery, panel discussion, opening reception and video screening admission are free. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the tour. For information or reservations, please call 415.626.5416 or visit www.newlangtonarts.org.

The MA Program in Curatorial Practice, the first of its kind on the West Coast, was founded in 2003 to provide a training ground for emerging curators tackling the challenges and opportunities of curating contemporary art and culture. The inaugural class graduates in spring 2005 and includes Marí­a del Carmen Carrión, Joseph del Pesco, Cecilia Foote, Meredith Johnson, Jenée Misraje, Lee Plested, Aldo Sánchez, Anuradha Vikram and Tanya Zimbardo.