The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts Presents Capp Street Project’s 30th Birthday Party



Capp Street Project’s 30th Birthday Party

February 18, 2014


San Francisco, Calif., January 17 -- The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Capp Street Project’s 30th Birthday Party on February 18, 2014. The party takes place at the Perry Family Event Center, located at 350 Kansas Street, adjacent the Wattis Institute galleries. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party ends at midnight.

Founded in San Francisco in 1983 by Ann Hatch, Capp Street Project was the first visual arts residency in the United States dedicated solely to the creation and presentation of new art installations. Since its inception, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national, and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and exhibition programs. It became part of the Wattis Institute in 1998.

Capp Street Project’s first exhibition, featuring the artist Bruce Charlesworth, opened on February 18, 1984. To precisely mark its 30th birthday and to celebrate its spirit of local and international exchange, the Wattis is throwing a big party and has invited former Capp Street resident artists, and a selection of San Francisco–based artists, to contribute to the event.

The artists Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jeremy Deller, Kota Ezawa, Jonn Herschend, Chris Johanson, Tony Labat, Tim Lee, Byron Peters, Stephanie Syjuco, Cassie Thornton, and Shirley Tse have each been commissioned to design custom piñatas, which will be installed throughout the space. Fabricated by traditional piñata makers, they will be broken during the party by members of the audience. The piñata designs range from the whimsical to the conceptual. Jonn Herschend, San Francisco artist and Thing Quarterly cofounder, has created a reproduction of a photocopier. Shirley Tse (a Capp Street alumna) contributes a piñata modeled after four playing cards; it is the latest work in her ongoing series Quantum Shirley Series: Collapse of Wave Function, a conceptual framework through which Tse addresses the multidimensionality of experience. In keeping with his collaborative working process, Jeremy Deller (also a Capp Street alum) has chosen the Internet as his piñata design, and is leaving its form to be determined by its fabricator.

The party will also feature a commissioned work by the local art and curatorial collective Will Brown. Building on their ongoing engagement with Constructivism and Bauhaus design, they have designed Baunshaus: a fully functional Bauhaus bounce house for partygoers to use and enjoy. 

Leah Rosenberg, local artist and Blue Bottle Pastry chef, has been commissioned to create a large-scale custom birthday cake.

DJ Erica “Wanna Hang Out” Johnson will spin an all-vinyl set of soul 45s, big-hair girl groups, proto-punk garage, and guilty-pleasure 1980s pop.

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

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 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. For more information about CCA, visit


February 18, 2014, 8 p.m.-midnight 

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Capp Street Project’s 30th Birthday Party

Location: Perry Family Event Center, 350 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets), San Francisco

Cost: Free

Info: 415.355.9673,,


Brenda Tucker, 415.703.9548,

Laura Braun, 415.703.9541,




Brenda Tucker, 415.703.9548,

Laura Braun, 415.703.9541,