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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces the continuation of the exhibition Tino Sehgal in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition, now entering its second year, is organized by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute, and Claire Fitzsimmons, deputy director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public.

Since September 2007 the Wattis Institute has been presenting, concurrently with its other exhibitions, Sehgal's first solo show in the United States.

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Oppenheim's Engagement sculpture was first created in 1998

Alumnus Dennis Oppenheim (BFA 1965) is one of 19 international artists selected to create monumental sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which begin today in Beijing, China.

The sculptures are on public display during the games and will remain as part of an outdoor permanent collection in Beijing Sculpture Park.

Of the 19 artists, only Oppenheim was awarded two commissions: Raining Halos will be installed in Beijing; Engagement in Hong Kong.

Raining Halos, composed of 60 stainless steel rings, stands 35 feet high and pays homage to the Olympic emblem of interlocking rings, as well as the natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis. As the rings spin, a fine water mist cools spectators under the pavilion.

Engagement, first created in 1998, is a 30-foot-tall sculpture of conjoined rings with pitched-roof houses perched on top of each band. The sculpture is installed in Hong Kong's Olympic Equestrian Park.

Oppenheim, who was born in 1938, is regarded as a pioneer of the 60s and 70s for his land art, performance art, and video. In addition to his BFA from CCA, he received an MFA from Stanford University.

His numerous solo-exhibition venues include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Kunsthalle Basel; the Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal; and the Museo de Arte Alvar, Mexico City.

Oppenheim's many commissions from institutions worldwide include Ballerup Kommune, Copenhagen; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Olympic Park, South Korea.

Visit the artist's website.

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Industrial Design student Gabriel Lam received the ISDA Western District Student Merit Award for his Miranda project, which protects officers, as well as protesters, during volatile demonstrations.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) partnered with BusinessWeek to copresent the 2008 International Design in Excellence Awards (IDEAs), the most distinguished award in the field, at which CCA's Industrial Design Program emerged an industrial-sized winner.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Jaime's Memories of His Journey from Chile to California, 2008

The artist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod explores emotional and physical aspects of memory and migration in her multimedia installation Geographies of the Imagination at California College of the Arts from October 29 through November 21, 2008. The exhibition takes place in the Oliver Art Center on CCA's Oakland campus at 5212 Broadway. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, October 29, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 by Kim Lessard

La artista Lydia Nakashima Degarrod explora aspectos emocionales y fí­sicos de la memoria y migración en su instalación multimedia Geografí­as de la imaginación en el California College of Arts del 29 de octubre al 21 de noviembre, 2008. La exposición se lleva a cabo en el Centro de Arte Oliver en el campus de Oakland del California College of Arts, localizado en el 5212 de la calle Broadway. Habrá una recepción de apertura el miércoles, 29 de octubre de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Film still: Oscar Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams

Media Arts student Oscar Garcia is the first CCA student to present a short film in the San Francisco Festival of Short Films (a.k.a. SF Shorts), a festival organized by CCA Graphic Design faculty member James Kenney and award-winning Graphic Design alum Michael Coyne.

Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams—one of only 49 programmed films—was selected from more than 1,100 international entries for this year's third annual event. The 12-minute short documentary interview film is about a gay American art student in Paris who, after drinking three enormous beers, is harassed by his classmates.

SF Shorts runs August 6–9 in several San Francisco movie theaters. Now in its third year, the festival is organized by Kenney. This year's judges include Pixar animator Bret Parker, Jeff Goodby (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a San Francisco-based advertising agency), and Nikki Silva (NPR's The Kitchen Sisters).

For screening times and locations, visit

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The 13th Annual Yozo Hamaguchi Winners

2008 Printmaking Scholarship Awards

The 2008 Hamaguchi Awards exhibition was held August 27 through September 11 in the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the Oakland campus. The six undergraduates listed below each received a $2,500 tuition scholarship. :

Anna Bunting
Mick Farrell
Maria Garcia
Sam Handleman
Savannah Lisle
June Yoon

A three-person committee juried the entries:

Rupert Garcia (guest juror), an internationally known artist/printmaker

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 by Alumni Association

Christina Empedocles, Flock, William J. Rutter Center, UCSF Mission Bay Campus

Alumni Notes feature many important contributions CCA alumni are making.

The following Alumni Notes are taken from the fall 2008 edition of Glance, CCA's full-color magazine, designed by Sputnik, the college's undergraduate design studio. The semiannual publication provides—among other things—the latest college alumni news: achievements, books published, awards received, and more!

Tell Us About Your Recent Alumni Note

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers from September 2, 2008, through August 29, 2009, in the upper-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is organized by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 2, from 6–8 p.m. On the first Tuesday of every month during the run of the show, there will be a short artist talk at 7 p.m.

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 by Sarah Owens

CCA artists worked with students from Stuttgart, Germany

The Institute for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God started as a pedagogical experiment between California College of the Arts students and learners from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, Germany, to make art while living in a self-organized commune.

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) emerged from the experiment and the result is a collection of mixed-media works: films, altars, songs, performances, truth-tellings, Art God, an idol to which to pray and ask guidance—even a sofa-Jacuzzi—all of which are currently on exhibit at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California, through July 26, 2008.

Artist and CCA Graduate Fine Arts Chair Brian Conley and Berlin-based, teacher-artist (and recent CCA visiting artist) Christian Jankowski initiated the collaborative exhibition by offering a for-credit class, simply titled Commune, that was based on the experience of self-organization, self-agency, and experience in an intensive laboratory-style learning environment.

The students rented a communal house between August and December in 2007 in San Francisco's Ocean Beach neighborhood in which to live and work, without set parameters for their creations. Christian Jankowski loosely supervised the group, often from overseas, offering little direction or discipline. The goal was for students to create art for the exhibition and academic advancement.

Curator and CCA alumna Erin Elder (Curatorial Practice 2007) discusses how Art God materialized: "Participating artist Byung-Chul introduced prayers to the ISR's daily regimen, asking for guidance, support, and authenticity from something called Art God. The group joined him in these strange rituals and within very little time Art God became part of the group's regular vocabulary, showing up in collaborative artworks, conversation, and even public events."

Elder's essay, "793 Possibilities and How to Make Sense of it?," is featured in the exhibition's 450-page catalogue, as are essays by Conley and Jankowski.

The ISR is planning a second exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverin near Stuttgart that opens in August 2008.

For more information and a complete list of ISR participating artists, visit the Richmond Art Center website.

The Richmond Art Center
2540 Bartlett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804


Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Baden-Württemberg
Rectorship of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
Friends of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
The Richmond Art Center
The German Consulate of San Francisco
Lobot Gallery, Oakland