An avid collector, Wong left behind a rich archive of papers, objects and ephemera, which complements and sheds light on his own artistic production. At New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2012, artist Danh Vo staged an homage to Wong, presenting objects from the late artist’s massive collection of curios, paintings, antiques, calligraphic scrolls and kitsch. (Wong’s mother had been preserving these varied materials in her home since her son’s death in 1999.) In 2014, the Museum of the City of New York showcased Wong’s vast collection of drawings and paintings by graffiti artists.
Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Laura Braun
Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Laura Kenney
Void California: 1975-1989 is an exhibition that surveys punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 1980s. Encompassing zines, photography, collage, video montage, documentary film, and sound collage, the exhibition presents its artists and musicians as subcultural anthropologists, documenting a world at the brink of disaster.
The exhibition, curated by the 2016 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, is free and open to the public.
Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Laura Braun
One bright September afternoon in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, I found myself sitting at an orange picnic table on a vacant lot the size of several football fields. It might be one of the most valuable empty lots in the United States.
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.]
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).
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.
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.
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).