Wattis Institute News

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.

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

In 1998, 15 years after Ann Hatch founded the Capp Street Project, a residency-and-exhibition program fpr installation artists, California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts took the Project under its wing. The 30th anniversary of Capp Street’s founding was celebrated on Tuesday with a rip-roaring party conceived and thrown by the Wattis team.

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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

With art fair season kicking off in just a few weeks, New Art Dealers Alliance has also recently released its list of exhibitors for the third edition of its New York art fair. 2014 NADA New York will take place in Basketball City on Pier 36 again, and it will run from May 9-11. Featuring over 80 international galleries from 13 countries and a bulk of galleries from New York, this year's event boasts even more names than last year's.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

With Armory Week just around the corner, and relentless weather patterns that remind us we’re still in the throws of winter, what better time than now to start getting excited for the summery art bonanza that is Frieze Week New York. Once again, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) will set up shop at Pier 36’s Basketball City on Manhattan’s East Side with NADA New York, from May 9-11. This year’s fair — the third New York edition — brings over 70 galleries from 31 cities and 13 countries.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Art fair season is almost upon us. Two short weeks from now, the Armory Show, the ADAA Art Show, Independent and a number of satellite shows will arrive in the city, and then, in May, Frieze New York makes its third run on Randall’s Island.

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