Wattis Institute News

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

In Women in Dark Times, Jacqueline Rose discusses the paintings of Charlotte Salomon, a German-Jewish artist who generated hundreds of autobiographical semi-abstract gouaches during two years in exile from the Nazis, before she was killed at Auschwitz. Rose is interested in Salomon as a figure for a shadowy, ambiguous feminism, one of material, bodily terror and unstable yet entrenched politics. Rose’s Salomon is a useful paradigm for understanding the work of Ellen Cantor.

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

San Francisco, Calif., November 5, 2015—The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present an installation of new work by Carissa Rodriguez (b. 1970, New York). Rodriguez is a Capp Street artist-in-residence, and the exhibition marks the end of a three-month residency in San Francisco. Free and open to the public, the exhibition preview is on December 8, 2015, and the show runs through February 13, 2016.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

Ellen Cantor’s exhibition will travel to Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Spring 2016. Fatima Hellberg, artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, is co-curator of the exhibition alongside Jamie Stevens, curator and head of programs at the CCA Wattis Institute.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

An avid collector, Wong left behind a rich archive of papers, objects and ephemera, which complements and sheds light on his own artistic production. At New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2012, artist Danh Vo staged an homage to Wong, presenting objects from the late artist’s massive collection of curios, paintings, antiques, calligraphic scrolls and kitsch. (Wong’s mother had been preserving these varied materials in her home since her son’s death in 1999.) In 2014, the Museum of the City of New York showcased Wong’s vast collection of drawings and paintings by graffiti artists.

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Void California: 1975 – 1989 is an exhibition that surveys punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 1980s. Encompassing zines, photography, collage, video montage, documentary film, and sound collage, the exhibition presents its artists and musicians as subcultural anthropologists, documenting a world at the brink of disaster.The exhibition, curated by the 2016 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, is free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Kenney

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Wang Bing: Three Portraits, an exhibition of three films by Wang Bing (b. 1967, lives and works in Beijing).  This will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

We are all Northern Californian now. Conscious, sustainable, holistic, but with no sacrifice of artisanal luxury from our eco slow-lives. This style of contemporary living—with its ethics and repercussions—is the fulcrum of Carissa Rodriguez’s exhibition “I’m normal. I have a garden.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the final eight years of her life, Cantor was working on the feature-length film Pinochet Porn. Originally a suite of drawings named Circus Lives from Hell (2005), Pinochet Porn is an episodic narrative about five children growing up under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Featuring a cast of close friends and collaborators, and shot in New York and London, Pinochet Porn stages a libidinal critique of the systematic and sadistic destruction of self-expression and experience.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) has added 20 major works of 20th- and 21st-century art to The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women, announced Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. This exceptional gift by Barbara Lee, Vice-Chair of the ICA Board, furthers the ICA’s commitment to building a collection of art that addresses the systemic underrepresentation of woman artists in museum collections. 

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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell premiere Amboy, a new horror film project that interlaces passages of genuine documentary (for instance with Lydia van Vogt, widow of the celebrated sci-fi writer A.E. van Vogt) with carefully scripted and acted sequences that serve the loose narrative arc of the film.

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