CCA Wattis Institute Opens New Exhibition Space, Presents Two New Exhibitions

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens
January 22, 2013–February 16, 2013

Claire Fontaine: Redemptions
January 22, 2013–March 30, 2013

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will begin the year 2013 in a new exhibition space. It has departed from its current location on Eighth Street in San Francisco and is moving its Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries to a building recently acquired by CCA at 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets). The building, newly renovated by the architect Mark Jensen, contains galleries as well as event space. The event space will be used by the Wattis and CCA.

The first shows in the new galleries, opening January 22, 2013, are Claire Fontaine: Redemptions; and an exhibition of Werner Herzog's Hearsay of the Soul, titled The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens.

Claire Fontaine: Redemptions

As the culmination of its Capp Street Project artist residency, the Paris-based artist collective Claire Fontaine will present an exhibition entitled Claire Fontaine: Redemptions. The featured artwork is an installation of thousands of cans in plastic bags. The work has an oppressive, almost threatening presence. Redeemed from their status as trash, the cans take on an unexpected beauty. They allude to the liquids that have now disappeared inside multitudes of unknown bodies, and to the comings and goings of vagrants, homeless, and unemployed people who collect these empty shells for their redemption value.

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens is the fourth installment in the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art’s series The Way Beyond Art. The exhibition will present the five-channel video installation Hearsay of the Soul (2012) by the acclaimed filmmaker and artist Werner Herzog. It will be the West Coast premiere of this work. The intent of the show is to examine, via a solo project and a series of panel discussions, the relationship between the moving image and the evolving contexts in which it is exhibited.

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens is co-organized with the Film Program program at CCA. A program of conversations will accompany the exhibition. Visit wattis.org for the schedule.

For more information on both of these exhibitions, please visit wattis.org.

About the CCA Wattis Institute

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area. For more information about the Wattis Institute, visit wattis.org.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, MFA, BArch, MArch, MBA, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit cca.edu.

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

Date: January 22, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Event: The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opens its new gallery to the public with a reception for its spring 2013 exhibitions
Location: CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets), San Francisco CA 94107-2247
Cost: Free
Info: 415.551.9210, cca.edu/calendar, wattis.org

PRESS CONTACTS:
Brenda Tucker 415.703.9548 btucker@cca.edu
Allison Byers 415.703.9541 abyers@cca.edu

PUBLIC CONTACT: cca.edu, wattis.org