Curatorial Practice News

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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Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Jessica Silverman opened her first art gallery while still a curatorial student at the California College of the Arts. Now she's one the brightest stars on the San Francisco art scene.

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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

But the new world of independent, grant-enabled curating meant Fowle didn’t have to stay in England, and she soon headed across the pond. In 2001 she cofounded the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and served for six years as the program’s chair.

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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media byMartin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate. The artist, who died in 1999 of complications from AIDS, was moderately recognized in his own lifetime, but has been experiencing a recent escalation of attention, peaking perhaps in Julie Ault’s curation of some of his work into the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

That could also more or less be the thesis of “Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden," currently up (through April 18) at the Wattis Institute in San Francisco. Organized by members of the Curatorial Practice program at the California College of the Arts, the modest but wide-ranging show brings together some 150 pieces, both works by the artist and previously unseen ephemera. It shows an overlooked side of a major figure, but also, through his story, offers a glimpse of the now-passed creative world of 1960s and 70s counterculture that formed him.

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today’s show: “Martin Wong: Painting Is Forbidden,” which is on view at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco through April 18, 2015. It was curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, and—to quote the news release—presents “writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage” by the great Martin Wong (1946–1999).

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden is a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) curated by the California College of Art’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, Class of 2015. The exhibition encompasses writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage.

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Martin Wong at CCA: For something in a completely different creative register, see “Martin Wong: Painting Is Forbidden” at the Wattis Institute of California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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