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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes
CCA Wattis Institute, 2013
Office Binder, 278 pages, $40/$75 (regular/special edition)

The CCA Wattis Institute's fall 2012 show, curated by Jens Hoffmann, was a sequel to the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form curated by Harald Szeemann for the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. This catalogue, designed by Graphic Design faculty Jon Sueda of Stripe/SF, follows the "office binder" format of the original catalogue, and also features works that are interventions directly into the book. The special edition includes a set of three posters by the Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha, and the regular edition has one of the three posters.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Western Roads
Grind Show Editions, 2013
Paperback, 172 pages, $14

Western Roads is a semiautobiographical tale of wanderlust, friendship, and murder by CCA alumnus Michael Walsh (Individualized Major 1995). The story follows Walsh and his confederate, Othello Bolen, who flee Minneapolis after an incident in St. Paul. They meet a few years later in California and boil toward the climactic finish. The work is experimental and urgent, like a bebop jazz solo. It depicts the multifarious characters Walsh meets while rambling, his hatred of institutions and societal control, his struggle with depression, and, above all, his insatiable desire to "see what's out there, "to move," whether it be by hitchhiking, train hopping, or driving a dilapidated Mustang. "The tar roll was my sanctuaire. My Muse. My mentor. Passage to the bright midnight's pageant of actors, scenes -- and I got to play a part."

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Opposite of Work
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 136 pages, $14

Chad Sweeney says of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's second book of poetry, The Opposite of Work: "These intimate, honest poems labor toward a personal mythology where the return to Eden is a psychic process, 'erotic as a mind working,' of engaging the fallen world and body with casual grace and equanimity where 'divinity pervades even the slightest of acts.' These poems render a taut surface in time, registering the movement of sensation as it happens in continuum Bergsonian durée, 'the holiest of thoughts as you are / thinking them' -- not as performative gesture but poetry's necessary work of inquiry-toward-restoration-in-making. Behm-Steinberg desires nothing less than a heaven in language."

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. At CCA he teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2012
Paperback, 136 pages, $45

Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty) designed this exhibition catalogue for the de Young's Real to Real exhibition. The featured work, organized thematically, ranges from rare black-and-white photographs by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand to luscious, eye-popping work in color by William Eggleston, Andreas Gursky, and Stephen Shore.

Celebrating photography's fundamental fluidity and diversity through roughly 100 works, authors Kevin Moore (who served as an adviser to Trevor Traina in shaping his collection) and Julian Cox (founding curator of photography and chief curator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) explore the collection's range from early documentary to more recent conceptual art. Real to Real examines the preoccupation in pictures with everyday "reality," excess, spectacle, and loss.

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Eleven Eleven is a biannual journal of literature and art produced by the MFA Program in Writing and other members of the California College of the Arts community.

We're excited to announce Eleven Eleven Issue 14 is now available.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers
HOW books, 2012
Paperback, 297 pages, $29.99

David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty), the author of this book, is currently a Principal Designer at frog, a global innovation firm, where he helps to guide the research, strategy and design of novel products and services for some of today's leading companies and nonprofit organizations.

He says: "Fellow designers: In your career you may have been like me: Trying to keep projects on the rails and clients happy. Digging through blogs for useful advice. Wondering if there was a better way to handle all of the demands of being a design professional and running a creative business. The wisdom contained in this book will help you become a stronger businessperson and better plan your career path as a design leader.

"This book was born from in-depth interviews with a slew of successful designers, studio directors, project managers, and client service professionals across a wide range of creative industries. It contains the business secrets I needed most when I started as a designer 16 years ago."

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

"Vanya Da Dua" Glimpses of a Lost World: An American Boy in the Liberian Bush
CreateSpace, 2012
Paperback/ebook, 176 pages, $33

Erik d'Azevedo (MFA 1976) authored this window into the intimate daily lives of tribal peoples in the interior of the West African country of Liberia in a time before everything was changed by 20 years of civil wars. It is more than the experiences of American children living in the midst of a foreign culture; it is an in-depth glimpse into the deep interior of a region almost unknown to most people. Many of the indigenous villagers and their children had never before seen a white person. This journey chronicles the stories of a six-year old boy, and his personal relationship with the children he befriends, and his integration into a culture he embraces.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Square Book 2012
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 66 pages, $40.95/$23.95

Kenneth "Kip" Bryant (MFA 1976) recently retired from how he made a living and has put together this book to documents things he did in 2012.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
Gibbs Smith, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $50

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) describes how architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. His work has appeared in Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, California Home & Design, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written several books, including San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Institutions by Artists
Fillip Editions, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $20

Visiting scholar Kristina Lee Podesva edited this book, which includes texts by CCA alumni Peta Rake (MA Curatorial Practice 2012) and Ola El Khalidi (MA Curatorial Practice 2012). Artist-run initiatives in North America provided a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and questions. In making such spaces available, artist-run initiatives have operated alternately as flash points for heated debates and controversies, as well as platforms for social understanding and remaining for their audiences. The book presents a collection of texts addressing the performance and promise of contemporary global artist-run centers and initiatives within the historical contexts that saw their emergence. Texts address centers in Amman, Jordan; Brisbane, Australia; Vancouver; Zurich; Tokyo; and Barcelona. The book is published as part of Fillip's ongoing Folio Series, which presents anthologies of new and previously published questions on international contemporary art.

Podesva organized an international conference of the same name as the book. Sessions of the conference are available for viewing at The Curatorial Practice alumni involved were Peta Rake (2012), Ola El Khalidi (2012), Matt Post (2009), and Chris Fitzpatrick (2009).

Reports on the conference: