Wattis Institute News

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Bay is busy this weekend! Although we might see some rain around the area, there are plenty of things to do over the next few days in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, both indoors and out (at your own risk).

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Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Laura Braun

When San Francisco underground filmmaker and Other Cinema impresarioCraig Baldwin watches Ant Farm’s “Media Burn” (1975) or Jonathan Reiss and Survival Research Laboratories’ “A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief” (1988), he doesn’t simply see a swooping finned “dream car” crashin

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Laura Braun

OPENING RECEPTION: From CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice comes Void California, an exhibition of punk-media like zines and sound collages from the subcultures of 70's and 80's California. The reception is open to all and you can learn more about it hereWattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 360 Kansas Street, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Free

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.

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