Wattis Institute News

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Joan Jonas is finally getting her due. As we plunge headlong into the digital age, the visionary work in video and performance by this downtown New York stalwart seems to become only more relevant. She will represent the U.S. in next year's Venice Biennale, but in the meantime you can acquaint yourself with her earlier work in a major survey exhibition at Hangar Bicocca in Milan [opening Oct. 2], plus a series of public events reconsidering her career at the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute in San Francisco [through May 2015].

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

Austrian artist Markus Schinwald likes to start with an already created work and add on. For example, in his first major U.S. show at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, he has retooled Chippendale-style table legs, making them into sculptures that crawl up the walls or wrap around bronze poles. He also buys 19th century paintings and adds things to them – jewelry, braces, head coverings or chains. 

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Anthony Huberman, director of the Wattis Institute at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, has appointed Jamie Stevens curator and director of public programs.

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jamie Stevens has been appointed curator of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, on the California College of the Arts' campus in San Francisco.  Stevens was formerly the curator of London's Cubitt Gallery, an artist-run nonprofit in Islington. There he organized exhibitions of work by Morag Keil, Kristine Kemp, Aaron Flint Jamison and many others. Before Cubitt, Stevens was the exhibitions and events organizer at Chisenhale Gallery, also in London. He starts his new position at the Wattis next month.​

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar recently hosted the opening of the new Oliver Peoples San Francisco Boutique, in honor of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Hosted by Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte with art adviser Sabrina Buell and her partner, Fuseproject founder-designer Yves Béhar, the evening benefited the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

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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.

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