Curatorial Practice News

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Where We Find Ourselves: The exhibition of works in various media that map the mythology of places (by California College of the Arts students Angela Berry, Emmanuel Sevilla, Joshua Peder Stulen, Amanda Walters, Carolina Magis Weinberg and Ying Zou) opens with a reception. [4 p.m., Katz Snyder Gallery. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

As part of the Independent Curators International series "Perspectives in Curating," art historian Terry Smith will launch his second provocative publication by speaking with Kate Fowle (Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Director-at-Large, ICI) and Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, The Jewish Museum). The discussion will be moderated by Leigh Markopoulos (Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts).

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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

My grandparents were serious FLUXUS collectors, and I used to play with the art as a toddler. Then after going to art school, I did a master’s in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts. During the course, I did a residency at the Frankfurt Kunstverein and ran a project space on the side.

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hou Hanru, the artistic director of Maxxi, the museum of contemporary art in Rome, will join the Guggenheim as a consulting curator and Xiaoyu Weng, who was the founding director of an Asian art initiative at the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and San Francisco, will join as an associate curator. Under Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim’s senior curator for Asian art, they will begin work on two shows being planned as part of the museum’s Robert H.N.

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Susannah relocated from Oakland, California and brought a wealth of knowledge with her. She earned a BA in History and a BA in Photography from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, CA. Unlike most of us who discover our flaws through photography, Magers found both her strength and passion.

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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 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, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

I’ve only been here since October, so it’s fairly new. I’m from France originally and have worked at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and was a studio assistant for the French artist ORLAN. I moved to the U.S. in 2012 to study at the California College of the Arts here in San Francisco, and graduated with a Master’s in Curatorial Practice here in San Francisco.

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