Capp Street Project Turns 30: CCA Wattis Institute Jumps to the Occasion

See what you missed, or relive the festivities!

Leah Garchik described it as a "rip-roaring party" in her SFGate post. She was referring to the party held in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Capp Street Project, a residency-and-exhibition program for installation artists supported by the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

(Look for the printed article to appear in the San Francisco Chronicle's Monday, February 24, issue. Also see the complete set of images on Flickr.)

Held Tuesday evening, February 18, inside the Wattis Institute's new Perry Family Event Center at 350 Kansas Street in Potrero Hill, the Capp Street 30th Party event offered a little something for practically everyone:

  • Baunshaus, a fully functional Bauhaus bounce house for partygoers to use and enjoy, conceived by the local artist and curatorial collective Will Brown
  • 30 custom piñatas -- ranging from the whimsical to the conceptual -- designed by Capp Street alums and local artists*
  • Deejay Erica “Wanna Hang Out?” Johnson and her all-vinyl set of soul 45s, big-hair girl groups, proto-punk garage, and guilty-pleasure ’80s pop music
  • Artist and Blue Bottle pastry chef Leah Rosenberg's 30 colorful cakes, one to honor each year of the Capp Street Project's existence

* Featured designs by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jeremy Deller, Kota Ezawa, Jonn Herschend, Chris Johanson, Tony Labat, Tim Lee, Byron Peters, Stephanie Syjuco, Cassie Thornton, and Shirley Tse.

Read the press release »

About Capp Street Project

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.

For more information about the Wattis Institute, visit