Curatorial Practice News

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Colter Jacobsen. "Waterfall Mask", 2000. Courtesy of the artist.

Students in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice are curating an exciting new exhibition opening at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art on March 15, 2018.

The show, titled Artwork for Bedrooms, draws a new narrative between artists living and working in San Francisco during the years 2000–2008: Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Ajit Chauhan, Veronica DeJesus, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, Alicia McCarthy, and Will Rogan.

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio graduated from CCA with an MA in Curatorial Practice in 2013. Now he has been ranked by Artsy as one of the 20 most influential young curators in Latin America, with shows that "often juxtapose alternate realities, such as combining the pristine idealism of Minimalism and the promise of Modernism with the harsh consequences that sweeping ideologies bring to daily life in cities."

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

"Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden" Exhibition Curated by CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015. Photo by Frank Carrino.

Artsy featured CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice as one of the "15 Leading Art History and Curatorial Master’s Programs in the U.S." alongside programs at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College and more. 

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Laura Braun

Hunt earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has worked at Whitechapel Gallery in London, Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She began her new position at MOCA on March 1.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Laura Braun

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has announced new curatorial staff hires. Amanda Hunt (Curatorial Practice, 2011) was named director of education and public programs and Anna Katz was appointed assistant curator. Hunt began her post on March 1. Katz will assume her responsibilities on May 1.

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Laura Braun

Black Light: The exhibition created by California College of the Art graduate students in curatorial practice addresses the relationship between cultural institutions and black artists.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Laura Braun

Every year, the graduating curatorial practice students at California College of the Arts organize a culminating thesis exhibition of their own choosing. Often, the group looks back, using the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts as a space in which to recontextualize a moment in history through the lens of their particular curatorial conceit.

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Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 by Laura Kenney

On view March 16 through May 14, 2017

San Francisco, Calif., February 14, 2017 — On view at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts from March 16 through May 14, 2017, the exhibition Black Light converts the gallery space into a forum for conversation with a series of free public events that address the relationship between cultural institutions and black artists. 

The project -- a thesis exhibition curated by California College of the Arts’ 2017 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice under the mentorship of late department chair Leigh Markopoulos  and associate professor Julian Myers-Szupinska -- gathers invited artists, art historians, and founders of institutions to share their perspectives through lectures, screenings, and workshops hosted in a purpose-built meeting space in the gallery

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Laura Braun

“I was not as film-savvy as many of the women I met through the project. I began to learn about experimental film and video artists from these women, and I wanted to share this work with the Joanie 4 Jackie audience.

I invited young curators to put together compilations that I called ‘Co-Star Tapes.’ Rita Gonzales (now at LACMA) and Astria Suparak (an independent curator and professor in the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts) each created tapes that included rigorous work by artists like SEMEFO (with Teresa Margolles), Ximena Cuevas and Peggy Ahwesh.