Wattis Institute News

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.

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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.

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

Wattis Institute // K.r.m. Mooney : En, Set = An absolutely stunning solo show of sculptures, easily the best thing I’ve seen in the Bay Area this year. Mooney has transformed the back portion of the Wattis with a ring of fluorescent lights with a group of works coexisting on it, and worked with it as is, laying works on the gallery's rough, stained concrete. The walls were mostly bare save for a small escape hatch of sorts, a pet door whose odd metal construction and exposed workings sit very comfortably within the style of the other objects here.

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

 We are big fans of The Artist’s Institute‘s programmatic focus on a single artist, so we were thrilled to follow the Joan Jonas programming at The Wattis Institute, initiated by Anthony Huberman.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

The first thing to do when coming to see En, Set is to take a breath, pocket your phone and take a look around. Shift your gaze from the walls and look to the floor and the ceiling. Since Anthony Huberman took the helm in the Fall of 2014, the exhibitions at the Wattis Institute have been an exercise in patient art viewing, in approaching the artwork on its own terms. For their first institutional solo presentation, Oakland-based artist K.r.m. Mooney extends that sensibility with a collection of restrained and thoughtful works.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

CMA is the first American museum to add a work by Carissa Rodriguez, artist and director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York, to its collection. It’s Symptomatic/What Would Edith Say is from a series of photographs of artists’ tongues that have detailed diagnoses by Rodriguez’s acupuncturist scrawled across them in black marker. Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) use the tongue’s appearance to diagnose overall internal health, and Rodriguez uses that connection to explore the physical demands of being an artist as well as the play between surface and depth.

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present an exhibition of new work by the UK-born, Berlin- and London-based artist Josephine Pryde (b.1967) May 5 through August 1, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

The first, not insignificant challenge to viewing K.r.m. Mooney’s elusive but rewarding exhibition at the Wattis Institute is to recalibrate your perspective. There is little on the wall in this minimal collection of works made from deceptively prosaic materials. You have to look down, up and around to notice the small monochromatic sculptures that seem perfectly at home on the cool concrete floor. The sculptures are small tangles of industrial materials, works made from wire, cable, electrical conduit and various pieces of hardware arranged in seemingly loose configurations.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

I was thinking about the delicate balance of secrets and messages again earlier this month when I spent some time at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, where Julia Heyward is getting her first monographic survey, “Consciousness Knocks Unconscious,” a finely honed selection of video and performance documentation from 1971 to 1984, curated by Jamie Stevens. (You can feel the weight of the boxes he had to sift through to choose what he chose.)

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