Curatorial Practice News

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Jaime Austin and Dio Mendoza work on the CANCION Courtyard, ZER01 / San Jose Mariachi Festival

Jaime Austin, who graduated last spring from the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, has had a paper accepted to the prestigious Media Modes Graduate Student Conference, which will take place on November 14 at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of the 24 presenters, Austin is the only one from a West-coast school. The others are all current students or recent alumni from highly respected graduate programs in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Andrew KudlessView slideshow 

Mutants, fictional bodies, animate architecture: these are among the provocations offered by Sensate: Bodies and Design, an exhibition currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that reflects recent debates about what bodies are and how they are met and mirrored by design. It replaces traditional references to the body with approaches that admit greater complexity, nuance, and uncertainty.

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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mike Bianco in front of his newly renovated Airstream, near the WaypointView slideshow 

I imagine Mike Bianco (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) planting a flag in the ground in Marfa, Texas, like some kind of Arctic explorer. It's not the greatest metaphor—Marfa has been an art destination for decades, after all. But Bianco's decision to head there, of all the possible places, to establish a gallery and residency program makes him a great example of CCA's curator alumni, who are relentlessly staking out new territories.

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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Organized by the nine graduating students in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts will reveal The Secret of the Ninth Planet from April 24–May 24, 2009, at two San Francisco venues simultaneously: Queen's Nails Projects (3191 Mission Street) and Photo Epicenter (26 Lilac Street).

An opening reception is planned Friday, April 24, from 7–11 p.m. at each location with a shuttle running between.

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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Julian Myers, associate professor, Curatorial Practice and Visual Studies programsView slideshow 

Scholar, critic, and curator Julian Myers, PhD, associate professor in the Curatorial Practice and Visual Studies programs, has been selected as a grantee for the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, a first-of-its-kind program "aimed to honor and encourage writing about art." Julian's proposed book project, Mirror-Travel in the Motor City, is one of 27 projects awarded a portion of the $635,000 total grant.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Leigh Markopoulos

Stephen Beal, provost at California College of the Arts (CCA), has announced the appointment of Leigh Markopoulos as chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, effective January 2008. In this position she will oversee the administration of the program, including the hiring and supervision of staff and faculty, program development and assessment, curriculum development, and recruitment of prospective students in coordination with CCA staff and faculty. She will replace current chair Kate Fowle, who was recently appointed international curator at the new Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, which opened on November 5.

Beal comments, "We are very fortunate to have Leigh in this position. She has tremendous experience in the presentation of international contemporary art, the creation of publications and other visual materials, and day-to-day gallery management. We look forward to the leadership she will bring to our very dynamic program."

Adds Lawrence Rinder, dean of the college, "Leigh's broad knowledge of the curatorial field, her international network, and her strong commitment to education combine to make her the natural next leader of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice."

Markopoulos has been director of Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco since 2005. Exhibitions she curated there include the group shows Allusive Moments and Furnishing Assumptions. From 2002 to 2005 she was deputy director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, where she helped organize several important international group exhibitions, including Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art; A Brief History of Invisible Art; Monuments for the USA; Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video; and Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice since 2003, when she moved to the Bay Area. Prior to that Markopoulos worked at Serpentine Gallery in London, where she organized solo exhibitions featuring Brice Marden, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Flavin, and Chen Zhen. She also served as exhibition organizer at Hayward Gallery in London.

Markopoulos comments, "I'm delighted to take on this new role at CCA as chair of Curatorial Practice. The program has already established itself as a front-runner in the field, with an incredibly strong faculty and enthusiastic students. I look forward to working with them to build on the program's well-deserved reputation for innovation and intellectual rigor."

Markopoulos serves on the boards of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Creative Growth Art Center in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Southampton.

About CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice was established in 2003 as the first of its kind on the West Coast. It offers an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture and seeks to extend the current European and North American academic focus on traditional museum and gallery exhibitions, exploring the impact of artist-led initiatives and other efforts that take place outside conventional venues. Core faculty members include curators from Bay Area museums and galleries, including the CCA Wattis Institute. Although the program is relatively new, its alumni have already found success in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Mexican Cultural Institute in New York; MUCA-Roma in Mexico City; Rooseum in Malmö, Sweden; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Raimundas Malasauskas is a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, and he coproduces CAC TV and So-Called Records.

Malasauskas participates in various social events, including carnivals, business meetings, counseling sessions, dinners, and rehearsals. He investigates eventology, tele-action and con-art. He has conducted interviews with a range of people, including George Maciunas, Seth Siegelaub, Rammelzee, Darius Miksys, and Tino Sehgal, and he has written about Missy Eliot, leisure, and time machines. He has recently presented BMW (cocurated with Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy and Alexis Vaillant, CAC Vilnius / ICA London, 2005).

For the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters, Malasauskas will be working with the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice in the Exhibition Project Classes. For further information on these classes and other events relating to the Curatorial Practice Program, see

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Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions, a long-term presentation consisting of 50 displays, each approximately one month long, coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Each month's display will examine one of the 50 American states, in alphabetical order by state name. Americana will be on view from September 5, 2007, to May 31, 2012, in the Mary Augustine Gallery on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

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