Curatorial Practice News

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Much has already been written of Steven Leiber’s unique contribution to the artistic landscape of the Bay Area — from the collection and dissemination of arts-related ephemera, as an educator at California College of the Arts and as a generous tour guide of his own basement archive. For those of us who didn’t have the luck of forging a personal relationship to Leiber before he passed away in 2012, a recent publication attempts to give form to his wide-ranging influence and enduring legacy.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ruijun Shen of GuangDong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, and Xiaoyu Weng of Kadist Art Foundation, which has offices in Paris and San Francisco, the group exhibition is also a site to bring together three public art spaces and curators around a shared interest — though not in the forms one might first associate with the concept: traditional Chinese landscape and Bay Area figurative painting.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Chris Fitzpatrick (born 1978 in New York) has been the director of the not-for-profit contemporary art centre Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, since 2012. After receiving an MA from California College of the Arts in 2009, he gained recognition for developing unconventional exhibition formats, often experimenting with the temporality of exhibitions.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

It fits that, as the page turned and Leiber died of cancer in 2012, 14 of the artists he helped and educated as an instructor at the California College of the Arts returned past favors by contributing to “Artists & Editions,” a limited edition of 35 boxes, the proceeds of which go to the Steven Leiber Scholarship fund at CCA.

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

Hunt has an M.A. in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts, and has curated widely in Los Angeles and elsewhere. “I’ve truly enjoyed being a part of the close-knit West Coast creative community,” she said in a statement released to press, “but I am thrilled to be returning to New York to serve the vital and expanding mission of the Studio Museum under Thelma Golden’s leadership.”

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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

What does “The Invisible Hand” mean to you?

For Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and alumna Xiaoyu Weng (MA Curatorial Practice 2009), who were invited to participate in the 2nd Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) Biennale in Beijing in February, it meant, above all, opportunity.

About the CAFAM Biennale

The CAFAM Biennale is an international tour de force that, in this second edition, put the focus on curatorial education. As curatorial practice becomes more recognized in China, CAFAM officials took the opportunity to showcase the ways in which other schools teach curation as a discipline.

“This biennial was an enlightened attempt to bring international and national art to Beijing and to allow students to participate not only through lessons, but as interns, et cetera, in the event’s organization,” explained Markopoulos.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Zachary Royer Scholz

Curated by Joyce Grimm (MA Curatorial Practice 2006), the exhibition Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries Into the Beyond at San Francisco’s Manresa Gallery features four artists of different faith backgrounds who are all affiliated with CCA.

The artists -- Lynn Marie Kirby (Film faculty), Taraneh Hemami (MFA 1991, now Diversity Studies faculty), Ali Naschke-Messing (MFA 2007), and Cara Levine (MFA 2012, now Sculpture faculty) -- have each produced evocative individual projects that invite reflection on religious practice and experience within contemporary life.

Housed within the active Catholic parish of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius Church, Manresa Gallery is a unique project (and a surprising one, to many) that allows local and international contemporary artists to directly explore intersections between art and religion.

The resulting exhibitions expand the boundaries of both spiritual and artistic endeavor, and aim to generate far-reaching dialogue within a broad and diverse community.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Pritikin has been a senior adjunct professor in the curatorial practices graduate program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco since its inception in 2003. He has lectured widely and has served on numerous grant panels and exhibition juries including work with the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, and San Francisco Arts Commission. 

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jessica Silverman has, in a very short time, become one of the most talked-about young dealers in the world. She opened her gallery in 2008 after finishing an M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies at the California College of the Arts and quickly made a name for herself. Within a year of opening, she was already participating in significant art fairs such as NADA Miami and FIAC. Silverman has a knack for identifying new talent, including Hugh Scott-Douglas, who was recently taken on by LA powerhouse Blum & Poe, and Dashiell Manley, who will appear in the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 by Allison Byers

Following graduation, she stepped through the looking glass to enroll at California College of the Arts, where she received her master's degree in curatorial practice.

Once again, she couldn't wait to experience the art world in real time. She opened her second gallery in Dogpatch while writing her thesis on collecting.

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