CCA in the Media News

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

Lucky me, last week, i finally got to talk over Skype with Aaron Gach, the founder of the Center for Tactical Magic and a professor at the California College of the Arts. Gach is an artist with the most unusual background.

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 Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

This knockout show combines new and vintage photographs and straddles abstraction and representation. Organized by the artist Aspen Mays, it juxtaposes pictures by Minor White, Man Ray, and Frederick Sommer with works by young newcomers, several of whom make impressive débuts here. John Opera’s big, blue-black cyanotype image of melted venetian blinds has an eerie presence, and Jackie Furtado’s picture of a man’s face in a nearly impenetrable shadow finds an odd echo in a piece by Nick George that suggests a featureless George Condo portrait. Through Aug. 7.

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 Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

 We are big fans of The Artist’s Institute‘s programmatic focus on a single artist, so we were thrilled to follow the Joan Jonas programming at The Wattis Institute, initiated by Anthony Huberman.

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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 Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Sethi comes to Washington from the Santa Fe Art Institute, where he has served as director for the past two years. An artist and teacher, Sethi has worked at the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts, MIT and St. Mary’s College in Indiana. He will begin Oct. 1.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

To say that's an oversimplification of his career is a colossal understatement. Just out with his heavyweight, 421-page biographical/historical tome, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," the famed Oakland poet, playwright and author of 30-plus books is more than the sum of his two current positions as Poet Laureate at the San Francisco Jazz Center, and as lecturer at the California College of the Arts. He's well known for his biting satire and critical works on political culture and social oppression.

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