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Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Xiaoyu Weng served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, Paris and San Francisco. There, she launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and she also oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. Previously, she worked as Program Director of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in San Francisco and as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA).

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Does the sun ever set on the Guggenheim Museum? The institution has appointed two new curators to expand its Chinese contemporary art programme. Hou Hanru, the artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome, has been hired as a consulting curator. Xiaoyu Weng, the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia programmes, will join the museum as an associate curator of Chinese art. 

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Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Although Kasten’s concerns can recall Hans Hofmann’s painterly push and pull, her art DNA goes through Light and Space artists and the textile weave of Anni Albers and Trude Guermonprez, who was her teacher at the California College of Arts and Crafts.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Xiaoyu Weng (Curatorial Practice 2009)

Xiaoyu Weng's (Curatorial Practice 2009) recent appointment to curate two exhibitions in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is part of the museum's Contemporary Chinese Art Initiative, which was launched in 2013.

Weng was selected as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art along with Hou Hanru as consulting curator. Together the two will curate two exhibitions of commissioned works to advance The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's longstanding commitment to the study and support of contemporary Chinese artists.

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Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA's MA in Curatorial Practice, expressed her delight at Weng's appointment: "Xiaoyu is the first of our students to be appointed to a position at the Guggenheim, and we couldn't be happier.

"We're thrilled that she'll be joining such a fantastic team and working on projects that draw on her experiences and interests -- this appointment is a real tribute to her as a person and a curator."

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

K.r.m. Mooney’s solo show En, Set. at The Wattis Institue consists of eight sculptures—six on the floor, one in the wall and one in the overhead lights—where readymade and fabricated materials mix together into strange, otherworldly hybrids. Made from steel cables, electrical conduit, grafting ribbon, key rings, keys, casts of plants, a pet door and more, the sculptures do not move but somehow feel alive, more like sensing organisms frozen in time than static sculptures.

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

Wattis Institute // K.r.m. Mooney : En, Set = An absolutely stunning solo show of sculptures, easily the best thing I’ve seen in the Bay Area this year. Mooney has transformed the back portion of the Wattis with a ring of fluorescent lights with a group of works coexisting on it, and worked with it as is, laying works on the gallery's rough, stained concrete. The walls were mostly bare save for a small escape hatch of sorts, a pet door whose odd metal construction and exposed workings sit very comfortably within the style of the other objects here.

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

Candacy Taylor, a photographer and cultural historian in Los Angeles, is documenting architecture at addresses listed in “Green Book” guides in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The books, she pointed out, saved lives by steering travelers away from sundown towns, all-white areas where blacks and other minorities risked being attacked after dark.

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Organized by the Denali Foundation, which was established in 2015 to preserve Schmidt’s artwork and support the growth of young artists, the Peak Inspirations exhibit coincides with the two-year anniversary of Schmidt’s death. On July 27, 2013, 25-year-old Schmidt and his father, renowned mountaineer Marty Schmidt, were killed in an avalanche on K2. The younger Schmidt was an artist and had recently graduated at the top of his class at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Minji Sohn from Korea (a California College of the Arts graduate) creates color-soaked spaces in which to “redefine chaos” through ritualized acts of repetitive counting, marking and hammering.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hido cites a guiding statement “about photography hovering in a suggestive zone” by American landscape photographer Lewis Baltz, who died last year: “He said, ‘Photography is a profound corner that sits in between literature and film.’ That quote was in my thesis from CCA (California College of the Arts) in 1998, and I think about it still to this day.”

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