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Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Timothy Leary/Electronic Arts, Mind Mirror, 1984

"Radical Software: Art, Technology, and the Bay Area Underground" charts previously unexplored connections between art, technology, radical politics, and the psychedelic avant-garde.

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Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The Moniac, illustration by Max Gschwind

Michael Stevenson, one of New Zealand's most prominent internationally recognized artists, is a 2006 Capp Street Project resident artist at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. His exhibition, "c/o the Central Bank of Guatemala," is the result of his intense investigation into the world's first economic computer and will be on view in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts from November 28, 2006 through March 24, 2007. An opening reception will take place November 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, CCA's spring 2007 writer in residence, has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes proven mastery in the art of poetry. The judges for the award were poets Robert Hass, Fanny Howe, Susan Stewart, Arthur Sze, and Dean Young.

Robert Hass, on selecting Palmer to receive the award, wrote, "Michael Palmer is the foremost experimental poet of his generation, and perhaps of the last several generations—a gorgeous writer who has taken cues from Wallace Stevens, the Black Mountain poets, John Ashbery, contemporary French poets, the poetics of Octavio Paz, and from language poetries.

"He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time," Hass continued. "His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty."

Palmer will give a public reading at CCA in February 2007 as part of the Graduate Lecture Series.

About Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Company of Moths" (New Directions, 2005), which was short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize; "Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988" (2001); "The Promises of Glass" (2000); "The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995" (1998); "At Passages" (1996); "Sun" (1988); "First Figure" (1984); "Notes for Echo Lake" (1981); "Without Music" (1977); "The Circular Gates" (1974); and "Blake's Newton" (1972). He is also the author of a prose work, "The Danish Notebook" (Avec Books, 1999).

Palmer's work, which is both alluringly lyrical and intensely avant-garde, has inspired a wide range of poets working today. Palmer draws on many disparate poetic traditions to create a new voice, a voice that has opened ways to write out of the confines of specific schools of poetry. Palmer has brought his powers of synthesis to his collaborations with artists in several mediums. For over 30 years he has collaborated with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and he created the text for their piece "Danger Orange." Visual artists he has collaborated with include Gerhard Richter, Micaëla Henich, Sandro Chia, Jess Collins, and Augusta Talbot.

Palmer has also translated work from French, Russian, and Portuguese. He edited and contributed translations to "Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain: Twenty Contemporary Brazilian Poets" (Sun & Moon Press, 1997) and "Blue Vitriol" (Avec Books, 1994), a collection of poetry by Alexei Parshchikov. He also translated "Theory of Tables" (1994), a book written by Emmanuel Hocquard, a project that grew out of Hocquard's translations of Palmer's "Baudelaire Series" into French.

Palmer's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

About the Award

The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually by the Academy of American Poets ( to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a stipend of $100,000.

The previous recipients are W. S. Merwin, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Anthony Hecht, A. R. Ammons, Jackson Mac Low, Frank Bidart, John Ashbery, Ruth Stone, Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and Gerald Stern.

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Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Building on its commitment to prepare students for the design challenges of the 21st century, California College of the Arts (CCA) will offer a new architecture class called "Material Choice and Environmental Impact," beginning fall 2006. The class will address the critical assessment skills architecture students need to determine the environmental and social impact of common construction materials.

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Posted on Friday, August 4, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Hannah Gallagher

Two CCA fashion alumni, Amber Clisura ('06) and Hannah Gallagher ('06), were chosen out of hundreds of recent Bay Area graduates to show off their designs in the Emerging Stars runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week.

Returning for its second year, the Emerging Stars runway show features creations by 16 carefully selected Bay Area fashion design students. This year's show, themed Black Orchid, is on August 24 at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center.

Clisura, a native San Franciscan, claims the city is her fashion inspiration.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Fritz Haeg Studio, Bernardi Salcedo Residence, 2006

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Humans Were Here! (Building in L.A.)," an exhibition of work by Barbara Bestor Architecture, Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Fritz Haeg Studio, Taalman Koch Architecture, Francois Perrin and Alexis Rochas. Beginning to make a mark on their city and beyond, these six young and diverse architecture and design practices are part of a large community of architects and designers on the east side of Los Angeles. This exhibition was organized by Sundown Salon.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Yvonne Mouser, Conjoined

California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special juried alumni exhibition at the American Craft Council's (ACC) Fine Craft Show held August 11–13 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The work of six CCA alumni will be featured in this special exhibition.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge


CCA architecture students Patrick Flynn and Joseph Barajas were recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2005–6 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition. Their project, Billboard, is the design for a natatorium and was created in the fall 2005 semester under the direction of faculty members Charles Dilworth and Sarah Willmer.

The competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and is administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Students had the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann, currently director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, has been named as the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, as announced today by Michael S. Roth, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Hoffmann will be responsible for the development of exhibitions and public programs in venues on the college's San Francisco campus, which include the Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries and Timken Lecture Hall. Hoffmann will take up his position at CCA on November 1, 2006, although he will continue his role at the ICA until early 2007.

Hoffmann succeeds Ralph Rugoff, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from August 2000 to May 2006; Rugoff recently was appointed director of the Hayward Gallery in London.

Roth commented on Hoffmann's appointment: "Jens has developed some of the most stimulating and inspired programming in the field of contemporary art. He has worked extensively with a broad range of artists, writers and curators from around the globe. His expertise in the presentation of contemporary art and his considerable teaching, lecturing and publication experience will serve him well in guiding the CCA Wattis Institute. California College of the Arts has become a leading venue for the development of thoughtful, engaging exhibitions and Jens is just the right person to build on the accomplishments of the last several years."

"I'm delighted with my appointment as director of the Wattis," stated Hoffmann, "and I look forward to building on its reputation as a place that can make a difference in the art world. It is a wonderful opportunity to join an institution that embraces both curatorial innovation and critical reflection."

About Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann has been director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London since January 2004. At the ICA he has organized several group exhibitions, including "Artists' Favorite" (2004), "100 Artists See God" (2004–5), "London in Six Easy Steps" (2005), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (2006) and "Alien Nation" (2006). He also has curated solo exhibitions for John Bock, Cerith Wyn Evans, Tino Sehgal, Jonathan Monk and Martha Rosler.

Hoffmann has worked for institutions and exhibitions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Documenta X, Kassel; Portikus Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and he has curated exhibitions for KIASMA—Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kolnischer Kuntstverein, Cologne; Kunstverin, Hamburg; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, as well as a number of institutions in Europe, South America and the United States.

He was co-curator of the 1st Prague Biennial (2003), the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001), and was assistant curator of the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998). As an independent curator, Hoffmann has organized exhibitions since 1998, including "exhibition²," Stockholm (2001); "A Little Bit of History Repeated," Berlin (2001); "A Show That Will Show That A Show Is Not Only A Show," Los Angeles (2002); "The Exhibition As A Work of Art," Rio de Janeiro (2003); "A Walk to Remember," Los Angeles (2005); and "Home of the Free," Chicago (2006).

His most recent publications include "The Next Documenta Should be Curated by an Artist" (Revolver, 2004) and "Perform" (Thames & Hudson, 2005), co-authored with Joan Jonas. He is also one of the authors of forthcoming "Cream 4" (Phaidon, 2007). He has authored more than 100 texts on contemporary art and curatorial practice for art journals and exhibition publications.

He is a lecturer in the curatorial studies program of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also led seminars at art schools and universities around the world, including Art Center, Pasadena; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; California Arts Insitute, Los Angeles; Concordia University, Montreal; Escola de Artes Visuais Do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro; Nuova Academia di Belle Arti, Milan; Royal Art Academy, Stockholm; and University of the Arts, Berlin.

About the CCA Wattis Institute

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of CCA; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

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Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Craig Baldwin, Tribulation 99

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Prophets of Deceit," an exhibition that looks into predictions and prophecies as guidelines to the development of history.
This exhibition explores the significance of messianic and apocalyptic cults as systems restraining social behavior. Rather than announcing unsuspected events, claims of anticipated knowledge tend to administer fear and uncertainty in order to dictate the outcome of the future.

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