Wattis Institute News

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA San Francisco campus hosts numerous events and exhibitions open to the public.

The California College of the Arts is proud to present an all-star line-up of public programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. From across the college, CCA is proud to welcome the inaugural Creative Citizenship Fellow and alumnus Hank Willis Thomas; award-winning writer M. NourbeSe Philip; Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director Yance Ford; renowned San Francisco graffiti artist Barry McGee; and more. The following is a selection of CCA’s upcoming events and exhibitions:


Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Jackpot! CCA Wattis Institute 20th Anniversary Celebration. Design by Nate Padavick.

To Celebrate CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts 20th Year, We are Throwing a Big Party!

CCA Wattis will be transformed into a game show set with games based on all of your old favorites: Price is Right, Family Feud, and other classics, with Emcee Chris Sams as Arty McDeal and DJ Irwin Swirnoff spinning dance music all night. Join us for an evening of music, food, dancing, game shows, and prizes!

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Léonie Guyer, Gift, 2006 (installation detail), collection of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY

San Francisco-based artist Léonie Guyer (b. 1955, New York City) creates paintings, drawings, and books that are intimate in scale and minimalist in sensibility, yet are also expansive, idiosyncratic, and deeply nuanced. Consisting mostly of abstract shapes, some of her works are painted on wooden panels or marble fragments, others are drawn on paper, and others are painted directly onto walls in site-responsive installations.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

The Nave—a grand hall located in CCA’s iconic academic building in San Francisco—provides a dramatic, versatile space to showcase large works of art and group exhibitions.

The California College of the Arts is proud to present a robust line-up of public programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. This fall, CCA will have a number of affiliated events for the much-anticipated Global Climate Action Summit, including the official launch of the award-winning Architectural Ecologies Lab, which exemplify the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Adam Linder, Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity, 2014, duration variable, two dancers and a writer. Pictured at Sydney Biennial.

The Wattis Institute launches its 20th anniversary year with the exhibition Adam Linder: Full Service, a survey exhibition of five choreographic works by Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney, Australia; lives and works in Los Angeles). The exhibition is on view at the Wattis Institute from September 8 through September 29, 2018, with performances taking place all day, every day, during open hours. A precise schedule appears below.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Video documentation of NIC Kay’s pushit!! [exercise 1 in getting well soon], Judson Memorial Church, 2017.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is proud to present Susanne Kriemann: Canopy, canopy—the first U.S.

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Harun Farocki, ‘Deep Play’ (video still), 2007

Source: KQED Arts


In these parts, art and technology get paired up on the regular, reinforcing the false binary the very words have come to represent. On art’s side: artists, affordable housing, the city’s creative soul. And for technology: tech workers, the housing crisis, venture capitalism run rampant. But Wattis director Anthony Huberman has managed to turn this old and tired juxtaposition into an exhibition that looks at technology not as a local industry, but as a group of machines — objects, devices, systems and infrastructure.

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Candy Jernigan, Untitled (vessels) , c. 1990-1

Continuing to introduce important artists to Bay Area audiences, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Patrick Jackson: KNOW YER CITY, a commissioned mixed-media installation by the Los Angeles–based artist; and Candy Jernigan: A Couple of Pencils and Some Paper, an exhibition focusing on the late artist’s drawings and works on paper. The two concurrent solo exhibitions are free, open to the public, and on view June 1 through July 29, 2017.

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Laura Braun

Underneath everything, there’s dirt. Most of the time, we regulate and contain it. We cover it up with floors, roads, buildings, even entire cities. When it spills, we sweep it up—it’s as if we were hiding or repressing it.

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