Wattis Institute News

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

“Void California: 1975 - 1989” organized by the students in the class of California College of the Arts 2016 Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies, along with professor Julian-Meyers Szupinska at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, looks at the work of Punk artists from the period between the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan’s first bid for the presidency. Inspired by the “new-wave cultural research” of V.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Laura Braun

CCA Wattis // Wang Bing : Three Portraits = Three videos by documentarian Bing. It is early in the year, but definitely this is so far the best thing I’ve seen. Bing takes his task seriously, crafting portraits to suit the subject no matter how difficult they might be to produce (or exhibit/see). Each of the three works would be a highlight in any group show – it’s hard to pick a favorite. This is multiplied by the near impossibility of seeing it all as there is at least 19 hours of footage here.

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

Wobensmith relayed the anecdote last Friday at Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art. It was a panel discussion tied to Void California, a thesis exhibition curated by California College of the Arts graduate students in Curatorial Practice.

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

I can hear you now: painting show, schmainting show. But these are no ordinary paintings. Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens shows new work, books, sounds and hand-printed wallpaper at the Wattis Institute. Often monumental in scale, Owens’ paintings are strange, unexpected and always totally their own. This show is a treat for San Francisco. FREE!

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

Neither site-specific nor autonomous, his artwork needs a site to be operative, but it is made to be operative anywhere. Moving between the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, where some of the heating circuits were first shown, a rented Airbnb apartment in New York, and Kunsthalle Basel, it localizes eddies of disorder within each of these different systems by accessing their global orders of flow and circulation.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

Stanlee Gatti has raised millions, feted celebrities, and was a regular item in Herb Caen's column. He's still making parties for the rich and famous. But now he's getting his own night.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Laura Braun

With their program of unorthodox shows, director Anthony Huberman and curator Jamie Stevens have established this Potrero Hill kunsthalle-style gallery as the center for contemporary art in the Bay Area.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Laura Braun

A final element of this exhibition is a program of films and videos selected by the American artist Lucy Raven (b. 1977, lives and works in New York). Raven is familiar with Wang Bing’s films and has spent a significant amount of time in China making her own work. Having also lived in Oakland (and taught at CCA) from 2010 to 2013, she is familiar with the local context and can reflect on how it might resonate with aspects of Wang Bing’s films.

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2014 (oil, Flashe, and silkscreen ink on linen)

A new body of work by Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens will debut at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts from April 28 through July 23, 2016. Curated by Wattis Institute director and chief curator Anthony Huberman, the exhibition presents a selection of mixed-media works on canvas, artist books, and hand-printed wallpaper installations that were created for the presentation and will fill the entire 4,000-square-foot exhibition space, marking the artist’s first solo institutional show in the United States since 2004.

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun

Tonight is the opening reception for Void California: 1975-1989, an exhibit that surveys punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 80s. Encompassing zines, photography, collage, video montage, and documentary film, from contributors like Ruby Ray, Negativland, Raymond Pettibon,Search & Destroy, and many more. Celebrate the show’s opening this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts on Kansas Street in San Francisco.