Curatorial Practice News

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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Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 by Allison Byers

Silverman launched her original Dogpatch gallery five years ago while simultaneously earning her master’s in the curatorial program at California College of the Arts. “I was totally nuts,” she admits, “but I’ve always been a risk taker. That’s why I work with unknown artists.” Her eye for overlooked talent has earned her a reputation as one to watch at international art shows—a rarity for a Bay Area–based dealer.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
SFMOMA, 2013
Paperback, 40 pages, $9.95

Three of the four winners of the 2012 SECA Art Award are CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) is an alumna, Josh Faught is on the Textiles faculty, and Jonn Herschend is a former faculty member and visiting artist. The award, given every two years by SFMOMA, honors Bay Area artists.

This SECA exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005), documentation of the commissions, and illustrations of previous work.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Fujiko Nakaya: Over the Water
The Exploratorium, 2013
Paperback/PDF, 48 pages, $4.95/free

The Exploratorium’s new location on a major civic promenade has inspired Over the Water, an annual program of large-scale temporary artworks for the public space. The inaugural project was a special site-specific installation by the Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. This accompanying catalogue illuminates the scientific, art historical, and architectural contexts for Nakaya's use of the ephemeral medium of fog in her creation of "soft sculptures."

The lead essay is written by Leigh Markopoulos, chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. Curatorial Practice faculty member Marina McDougall commissioned the work and the book, and contributed an essay, and previous Curatorial Practice faculty member Henry Urbach also contributed an essay.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hunt's love for the arts eventually led her to San Francisco's California College of the Arts, where she earned a Masters degree from the Curatorial Practice program. Upon graduation in 2011, she relocated to the City of Angels for a position with LAXART and swiftly fell for her new home base.

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Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist

Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Sarah Hotchkiss at Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party, September 2013

HI WELCOME TO A SUSPENDED FUTURE COVERED IN MOONDUST AND GLORY

Reading these provocative and humorous words on the computer screen doesn't do justice to the phrase as it was originally delivered: hanging in four perfect, upside-down arches, weighted by nothing more than the elegant tug of gravity, from the ceiling beams of the Nave on CCA's San Francisco campus. The letters were huge cutouts, shiny and red, reminiscent of a "happy birthday" banner.

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Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

"Words and Places" was not really a solo exhibition; the curators, CCA's graduating curatorial studies students, included videos by other artists that anchor Adnan's life in her three native cities.

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Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

DC: How did your experience as a CCA graduate student affect your art and career path, and what do you recommend for aspiring artists interested in these types of graduate programs?

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Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 by Claire Fitzsimmons

Aimee Le Duc (center) with artists Jenifer Wofford and Stephanie Syjuco at the SFAC’s Passport 2012 event

The San Francisco-based curator, writer, and arts administrator Aimee Le Duc (MA Visual Criticism 2003, MFA Writing 2004) resists the concept of the curator-as-itinerant-worker, traipsing around the world, dropping in and out of various local situations.

Rather, you might call her a homegrown talent, with deep roots in a particular place. CCA, the San Francisco arts community, and the city itself have shaped her and her career. And now Le Duc sees her role as galleries manager at the San Francisco Arts Commission essentially as giving back.

"I feel very, very lucky. I've got a network that I use every day, and it includes many teachers and peers I first met at CCA. This network has sustained me, and I now see my role as sustaining it."

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