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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

“Words and Places: Etel Adnan,” organized by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, is an impeccably timed exhibition, a gift to those of us who wanted to learn more about Adnan after encountering her paintings and tapestry at last summer’s Documenta.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has named Jens Hoffmann as its senior adjunct curator, reports Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press. He will concurrently work as director of exhibitions and public programs at the Jewish Museum, New York. In this new role, Hoffmann will also be responsible for the curatorial program at MOCAD, which includes two to three exhibitions per year.

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"Three hours of sitting in a chair and kissing my girlfriend seemed like an amusing thing to get paid for," muses Susannah Magers (MA Curatorial Practice 2011), reminiscing about the work-study position that she’ll probably always remember as one of the oddest jobs of her career.

Between 2007 and 2012, Magers and dozens of other CCA undergrad and grad students got paid by the college to serve as interpreters of artworks by the contemporary art phenom Tino Sehgal. The Sehgal artworks were presented one at a time, continuously over those six years, at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, in conjunction with its regular exhibition programming. The participating students all had to audition, and then, if selected, went through a rigorous training and worked many hours a week for the 12-week duration of the piece.

Often the works called for interactions with gallery visitors that were deliberately disjunctive -- somewhere between pranksterism and institutional critique -- and surprising to many attendees, who showed up expecting a nice, sedate gallery experience rather than some kind of live intervention.

For some of the students it was a thrilling brush with fame in the form of an international art star. For others it was just another (albeit pretty out-there) work-study gig. A few finished their first day in tears. And many came away from the experience with their own artistic or curatorial practice forever changed.

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Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

It’s been a busy year for Mr. Huberman so far. Currently the director of CUNY’s Artist’s Institute, he was named director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco last month, and will take on the job in August. He has previously served as curator of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and SculptureCenter in Long Island City.

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Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Huberman is a Geneva-born curator and writer who is currently in New York, where he is the founding director of The Artist's Institute. He takes up a new job as director of the CCA Wattis Institute, in San Francisco, in August.

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Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

Anthony Huberman has been named director of the San Francisco CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, reports Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer.

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco has hired a new director, Anthony Huberman, the founding director of the Artist’s Institute, New York.

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

San Francisco’s CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announced today that it has selected curator Anthony Huberman as its new director. Mr. Huberman, who will start in the role in August, is currently director of New York’s Artist’s Institute, a CUNY–Hunter College project on the Lower East Side that has presented rich programming based on the work of a different contemporary artist each semester, including Rosemarie Trockle, Jimmie Durham and Haim Steinbach. He launched the institution in 2010.

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Anthony Huberman has been named the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Anthony Huberman Named Director of CCA Wattis Institute

Anthony Huberman, director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, has been named the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, it was announced today by Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Huberman will be responsible for the development and presentation of exhibitions and public programs in venues on CCA’s San Francisco campus, including the college’s new facility on Kansas Street, which includes the Logan Galleries and a dynamic event space. Huberman will start at CCA in August 2013.

Huberman succeeds Jens Hoffmann, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from November 2006 to November 2012. Hoffmann recently was appointed a deputy director at the Jewish Museum in New York.

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