Wattis Institute News

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

There was an air of easy, breezy, SoCal comfort during the opening of the new Oliver Peoples boutique on Maiden Lane in San Francisco. The bustling event, hosted by Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, benefitted the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.  Guests came out to experience the chic new 800 square-foot store, shop the eyewear – including the highly anticipated Isabel Marant par Oliver Peoples collaboration sunglasses – and meet Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte and Founder & Creative Director Larry Leight.

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

On March 13, SoCal-based eyewear designer Oliver Peoples celebrated the opening of its Maiden Lane boutique in downtown San Francisco. In-demand Southern California architect Marmol Radziner fashioned the 800-square-foot space, showcasing his distinctive design aesthetic in every facet of the boutique. Art advisor Sabrina Buell and designer/entrepreneur Yves Béhar hosted the store opening in honor of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oliver Peoples’ Creative Director Larry Leight and the Los Angeles-based eyewear line’s CEO David Schulte joined Amanda Hearst to launch the company’s first boutique in San Francisco on Thursday, March 13. The gathering, hosted by Sabrina Buell and Yves Béhar and benefiting the California College of the Arts‘ Wattis Institute for the Contemporary Arts, marked the second occasion that the eyewear line drew Hearst to Northern California over the past few months.

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Curator Jens Hoffmann is known for for his playful, thoughtful engagement with the history of exhibition-making. In 1999, he collaborated with artist Maurizio Cattelan to stage a fake biennial in the Caribbean—“The Sixth International Caribbean Biennial,” even though there had been no previous five—for which the artists most prevalent in that decade’s proliferating international biennials were essentially invited to go on vacation to St. Kitts.

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

In just the past year, a flurry of Union Square boutiques have wisely focused their opening fanfare on either a shopping benefit or a direct donation to a fundraiser - including Ferragamo for Mid-Winter Gala, Ghurka for ZooFest, Oliver Peoples for CCA Wattis Center, Chanel/Bottega Veneta/Carolina Herrera for CPMC Foundation and Prada for S.F. Ballet.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

This modestly scaled, highly variegated exhibition presents a salon of 48 works (drawings, photographs, prints and videos) that examine ideas about the book.

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Codex” is the current group exhibition located in the front gallery space of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, conceived and by artist and book collector, Pierre Leguillon during his residency at the Kadist Art Foundation in 2011. Using the residency as a departure point, Leguillon curated “Codex” along with students from the Fine Arts Department of Haute école d’art et de design (HERD) in Geneva, Switzerland and the California College of the Arts. The gallery installation seems to mimic a giant open book with a dust jacket.

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

The Pryor tour ended up revealing as much about the venues in which art is displayed as it did about the artwork on view. At the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Ms. Kidwell told me, “I felt as though the crowd was beholden to the space.” Oakland “was another matter altogether. We did that show in Solespace, a shoe store/community space. It is an exhibition space—they’d had an opening just the night before the show—but they host performances all the time. The crowd was there to laugh and enjoy the show, and it felt great! It was hot and fun.

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

With a series of give-it-all-ya-got Barry Bonds-like swats of a bat, the 30th anniversary of the Capp Street Project was celebrated by artists, art students, art patrons and art lovers Tuesday night. The project, founded independently by Ann Hatch and since then having come under the umbrella of the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute, was designed to provide residencies for artists creating installations.

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Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

See what you missed, or relive the festivities!

Leah Garchik described it as a "rip-roaring party" in her SFGate post. She was referring to the party held in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Capp Street Project, a residency-and-exhibition program for installation artists supported by the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.