Wattis Institute News

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Carissa Rodriguez, It's Symptomatic / What Would Edith Say, 2015 (digital C-print mounted on aluminum)

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 10, 2016.

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

Siegel was born in 1974 and grew up in Chicago, where her mother owned a retail business and her father was a psychoanalyst. She earned a BA from Bard College in 1996 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Except for 2003-08, when she was based in Berlin—initially on a DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm residency, later as a Guggenheim Fellow—she has lived in New York ever since. Her works have been screened in major film festivals all over the world and in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK 1972 (2012), produced by the Wattis Institutein collaboration with the Pacifica Radio Archives, performed at San Francisco’s Brava Theater on Oct. 30, likewise follows suit, but it’s a comparatively tame piece — Fraser remains fully clothed. In this one-woman show, she recreates a public radio broadcast of four men discussing their relationship to feminism in 1972, during the height of the second-wave feminist movement.

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Ellen Cantor, Pinochet Porn, 2009 (still from Super 8 film)

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present an exhibition of videos and drawings by Ellen Cantor (1961–2013). The exhibition preview is on December 8, 2015, and runs through February 10, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

For this purported horror film and installation at the CCA Wattis Institute, painter and filmmaker Frances Scholz and sci-fi writer and art theorist 

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Andrea Fraser, 'Little Frank and his Carp', 2001. Courtesy: Andrea Fraser and Galerie Nagel Draxler

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972, a performance by internationally acclaimed artist Andrea Fraser (b.1965, lives and works in Los Angeles), at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District on October 30, 2015, at 7:15 p.m. 

This special performance is produced in collaboration with the Pacifica Radio Archives in Berkeley, from which Men on the Line was sourced. This event marks the conclusion of Pacifica’s large-scale archival project “American Women,” which included the digitization of nearly 1,700 reel-to-reel tapes. Profits from the event will be donated to the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the back room of the CCA Wattis, Julia Heyward’s wild voice in her performance and video, This Is my Blue Period (1977), ran loud over the absorbing refrain of her more poppy music video,Dragging the Bottom (sung with T-Venus, 1984).

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell: Amboy Cinema is a collaborative medium in the way that art often isn’t, so there’s something inherently fascinating about art/film projects that bring together an unlikely group of creative people. Such is the case with this premiere of a promising, potentially bizarre horror/sci-fi/literary/musical hybrid directed by artist Scholz and science fiction writer/art critic von Schlegell.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Xiaoyu Weng (Curatorial Practice 2009)

Xiaoyu Weng's (Curatorial Practice 2009) recent appointment to curate two exhibitions in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is part of the museum's Contemporary Chinese Art Initiative, which was launched in 2013.

Weng was selected as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art along with Hou Hanru as consulting curator. Together the two will curate two exhibitions of commissioned works to advance The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's longstanding commitment to the study and support of contemporary Chinese artists.

Read the press release »

Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA's MA in Curatorial Practice, expressed her delight at Weng's appointment: "Xiaoyu is the first of our students to be appointed to a position at the Guggenheim, and we couldn't be happier.

"We're thrilled that she'll be joining such a fantastic team and working on projects that draw on her experiences and interests -- this appointment is a real tribute to her as a person and a curator."

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

K.r.m. Mooney’s solo show En, Set. at The Wattis Institue consists of eight sculptures—six on the floor, one in the wall and one in the overhead lights—where readymade and fabricated materials mix together into strange, otherworldly hybrids. Made from steel cables, electrical conduit, grafting ribbon, key rings, keys, casts of plants, a pet door and more, the sculptures do not move but somehow feel alive, more like sensing organisms frozen in time than static sculptures.