Curatorial Practice News

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

So I didn't really know her, but she told our mutual friend Carrie Brownstein, 'Hey, there's a curatorial practice program at California College of the Arts.' And Carrie said, 'Call Audrey!' So I guess you could say, if Miranda July and Carrie Brownstein hadn't told me, I wouldn't have gone to grad school. But I almost didn't make it through.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds. 

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Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

“Void California: 1975 - 1989” organized by the students in the class of California College of the Arts 2016 Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies, along with professor Julian-Meyers Szupinska at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, looks at the work of Punk artists from the period between the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan’s first bid for the presidency. Inspired by the “new-wave cultural research” of V.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art announces the appointment of Patricia Cariño as the new Curator and Director of Public Programs for the prominent South Bay arts institution. Cariño comes to the ICA from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, where since 2015 she was the Public Programs Coordinator and a Development Specialist.

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

Wobensmith relayed the anecdote last Friday at Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art. It was a panel discussion tied to Void California, a thesis exhibition curated by California College of the Arts graduate students in Curatorial Practice.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

The magic of being punk is that it licenses a certain freedom from social norms. Thinking back to the moment when I realized I could just do what I wanted still feels as freeing and uplifting now as it did back then. The power and drive that freedom inspires on full display in the show Void California: 1975-1989, curated by CCA’s graduating curatorial practice class at the Wattis Institute.

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun

Tonight is the opening reception for Void California: 1975-1989, an exhibit that surveys punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 80s. Encompassing zines, photography, collage, video montage, and documentary film, from contributors like Ruby Ray, Negativland, Raymond Pettibon,Search & Destroy, and many more. Celebrate the show’s opening this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts on Kansas Street in San Francisco.

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Bay is busy this weekend! Although we might see some rain around the area, there are plenty of things to do over the next few days in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, both indoors and out (at your own risk).

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Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Laura Braun

When San Francisco underground filmmaker and Other Cinema impresarioCraig Baldwin watches Ant Farm’s “Media Burn” (1975) or Jonathan Reiss and Survival Research Laboratories’ “A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief” (1988), he doesn’t simply see a swooping finned “dream car” crashin