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Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Allison Byers

William E. Jones, Restaurant, Canton, Ohio, 2011

See also: Wattis exhibition Painting Between the Lines

San Francisco, Calif., September 1, 2011--The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition More American Photographs from October 4 through December 17, 2011, in the Logan Galleries of California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco. The exhibition is curated by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m.

As the United States slowly recovers from its most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Wattis Institute reexamines the well-known 1935-44 photography program of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which employed such iconic artists as Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Marion Post Wolcott. Inspired by their example, the Wattis commissioned 12 contemporary photographers to travel the United States, documenting its land and people. In the exhibition, the new images will be presented alongside a number of photographs by the FSA photographers.

The FSA was implemented as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, a program that sought to create relief, recovery, and reform after the devastating years of the Great Depression. Over a period of almost nine years, headed by Roy Stryker, director of the Historical Section, the FSA employed a number of photographers, tasking them with bringing to light the “third of a nation” that President Roosevelt defined as “ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.” Many of the 250,000 FSA photographs have endured and become iconic. Stryker prepared the photographers with shooting scripts, listing all of the subjects he wanted pictures of for his famous “file”: “chicken dinners,” “18th Amendment,” “corner drug store.” These notes led to incredibly thorough and engaging photographic documentation of American culture and habits in the 1930s and 1940s. The Wattis Institute employed Stryker’s scripts and borrowed from his methodology to brief the contemporary photographers.

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens

California College of the Arts will present its 2011 Graduate Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition from Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 21 (10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily), with an opening reception on May 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibition features works by the nearly 50 artists graduating this spring from CCA’s MFA program. The presentation unfolds throughout CCA’s San Francisco campus, giving visitors an opportunity to tour most of the college. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2011, to be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, at CCA’s San Francisco campus, located at 1111 Eighth Street. The show is juried by industry professionals and features original designs worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door; VIP tickets are $100 and include a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Cochairs Jennifer Morla (l) and Ann Hatch (r) with Jon Leafsted of Gump's

The dress code on the invitation read “Black/Glitter/Glam,” and the 370 guests more than obliged at the Mirror Mirror gala on March 31, held in honor of the 150th anniversary of legendary retail store Gump’s. The sold-out event raised $417,000, with net proceeds earmarked for the California College of the Arts (CCA) Scholarship Fund.

Cochairs Ann Hatch, CCA trustee, and Jennifer Morla, CCA Graphic Design faculty member, couldn’t have been happier with the results. “We are so grateful to Gump’s for selecting CCA as the beneficiary for the gala. Our mutual interest in supporting artists and designers makes us ideal partners. Through the generous sponsorship of Gump’s, we will be able to help many talented and deserving students obtain a CCA education,” said Hatch.

Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Betty Reid Soskin and John Baldessari (photo by Sidney Felsen)

He has been hailed as a pioneer of Conceptual art; she has been honored as Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature for her community activism. California College of the Arts (CCA) will recognize two extraordinary octogenarians—John Baldessari and Betty Reid Soskin—with honorary doctorate degrees at its 104th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Soskin will deliver the commencement address to more than 450 CCA graduates and their families. Baldessari and Soskin will also be honored at a private dinner and participate in the post-commencement reception at CCA’s San Francisco campus.

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Sarah Owens

(film still) Douglas Davis, "The Last Nine Minutes," 1977. Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix

God Only Knows Who the Audience Is: Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM is an exhibition produced by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. The exhibition will run April 21 through July 2, 2011, in the Wattis Institute galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public. There will be a reception event on Thursday, April 21, 2011, from 6-8 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by Sarah Owens

California College of the Arts will present the Craft Forward Symposium 2011 on April 1-3, 2011. The symposium will be held at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Additional programming, including pre-symposium events and the Craft Forward Soiree, will be held at CCA’s Oakland and San Francisco campuses. Registration for the symposium and tickets for the soiree are available now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Renowned San Francisco retailer Gump’s will celebrate its 150th anniversary by opening its doors March 31 for Mirror Mirror, a gala celebration to benefit California College of the Arts (CCA). The festive event features a dinner party and an auction of one-of-a-kind mirrors created by 30 leading artists, architects, and designers, including designer Yves Béhar, architect Mark Jensen, artist Raymond Saunders, and interior designer Kelly Wearstler (see complete list below).

Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Property in San Francisco is adjacent to the CCA campus [photo: Jim Norrena]

California College of the Arts (CCA) has purchased from Greyhound Lines, Inc. a two-and-a-half-acre (approximately 102,000 square feet) vacant lot in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The property, formerly a bus maintenance facility, abuts CCA’s main San Francisco campus building at 1111 Eighth Street and is bordered by 7th, Hooper, and Irwin Streets. The purchase price was $8.4 million.

Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 by Sarah Owens

Given the increasingly international nature of the art world, not to mention culture in general, is it realistic to generalize about the artistic production of a particular geographical region? Route 2: Undisclosed Destination considers this question in the context of the West Coast. The exhibition will take place from February 15 through April 9, 2011, in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, February 15, from 6-8 p.m.