Wattis Institute News

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.

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).