Anthony Huberman Appointed Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Anthony Huberman Named Director of CCA Wattis Institute

Anthony Huberman, director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, has been named the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, it was announced today by Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Huberman will be responsible for the development and presentation of exhibitions and public programs in venues on CCA’s San Francisco campus, including the college’s new facility on Kansas Street, which includes the Logan Galleries and a dynamic event space. Huberman will start at CCA in August 2013.

Huberman succeeds Jens Hoffmann, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from November 2006 to November 2012. Hoffmann recently was appointed a deputy director at the Jewish Museum in New York.

Beal commented on the appointment, “In the past 15 years, the CCA Wattis Institute has earned a reputation as an important venue for the presentation and discussion of contemporary art. Anthony has developed some of the most thoughtful and inspired programming in the field and has worked extensively with a broad range of international artists, writers, and curators. In addition to his curatorial vision and expertise, he brings considerable writing, publication, and teaching experience. I am delighted that Anthony will be joining us and am certain that he will lead the Wattis to new heights.”

Huberman stated, “It is a great honor and privilege to join the CCA Wattis Institute. I have followed its program for many years and have always been impressed with its willingness to take risks and test new ideas. I am eager to build on its commitment to fostering a conversation about contemporary art in San Francisco and to introduce audiences to important artists from around the world. With its new building, the Wattis is starting an ambitious new chapter, and I look forward to working with everyone at CCA to develop an engaging and dynamic program."

About Anthony Huberman

Anthony Huberman is the founding director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, which he opened in 2010 as a project with Hunter College–CUNY, where Huberman is a distinguished lecturer. At The Artist’s Institute, he worked with artists such as Thomas Bayrle, Haim Steinbach, Rosemarie Trockel, Jimmie Durham, and Jo Baer.

As chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007–10), he organized exhibitions of Richard Artschwager, Elad Lassry, Gedi Sibony, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Nauman, John Armleder, and Olivier Mosset, and he initiated The Front Room, an ongoing exhibition series with young artists. His 2009–10 group exhibition, For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, traveled from St. Louis to museums in London, Detroit, Amsterdam, and Lisbon.

He has previously worked as a curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2006–7) and at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York (2003–6), and as director of education and public programs at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York (1999–2003). He has published numerous articles in art periodicals, including Artforum, Afterall, Mousse, and DotDotDot. He was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland.

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 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, 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.