Wattis Institute News

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 by Laura Braun




January 23-March 29, 2014


San Francisco, Calif., December 18 -- The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Codex January 23 through March 29, 2014, in the Wattis Institute galleries, located on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Laura Braun

Two of the strongest shows to open this Fall illuminate the work of two of the Bay Area's most thoughtful and talented curators, Joseph del Pesco and Natasha Boas. In "City of Disappearances," a haunting and provocative collection of works at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, del Pesco and London-based co-curator Elizabeth Neilson explore the conceptual and personal narratives created by the City - with a capital C.

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Enter City of Disappearances slowly; it will take a moment, but your eyes will begin to adjust to the dimness of your new environment and you’ll likely find yourself quizzically wandering toward Martin Boyce’s sculptures. In Our Love Is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea, and the Hours, 2002, branching neons delicately tower over a bench one could not physically sit on, astride a misshapen trashcan through this park-like installation.

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Currently on view at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco is the group exhibition “City of Disappearances“. The exhibition imagines a transposition and exchange of the living-imaginary of London conjured in Sinclair’s book with the fictions and myths of San Francisco. This conceptual and metaphorical exchange will be followed by a real one as the exhibition travels to London in 2014, where it will be renamed “Infinite City” after Rebecca Solnit’s almanac of San Francisco.

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hunt's love for the arts eventually led her to San Francisco's California College of the Arts, where she earned a Masters degree from the Curatorial Practice program. Upon graduation in 2011, she relocated to the City of Angels for a position with LAXART and swiftly fell for her new home base.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Even before Potrero flats began cementing itself as a gallery hot spot, some art lovers had come to the neighborhood occasionally to see exhibitions at the Hosfelt Gallery or at nearby nonprofit venues such as Southern Exposure and the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art. But the rush of novelty of the new galleries' shows on the Saturday of the four (five, counting Wolf's) concurrent openings brought a great crush of visitors.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

"City of Disappearances"
City becomes object in this group exhibit at CCA Wattis Institute. The show focuses on the concept as material, site, and situation for the modern lived experience and presents artists such as Michel Auder, Slater Bradley, Martin Boyce, and Kelley Walker. Works come from the collections of the Kadist Art Foundation (in SF and Paris) and the Zabludowicz Collection (in London, NYC, and Finland). See the city like you've never seen it before, and ponder its implications.
When: Through Sat. 12/14

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

"Words and Places" was not really a solo exhibition; the curators, CCA's graduating curatorial studies students, included videos by other artists that anchor Adnan's life in her three native cities.

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Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

This Saturday, four new gallery spaces open their doors within steps of each other on Utah Street and Potrero Avenue -- Jack Fischer, Catharine Clark, Brian Gross, and George Lawson join pioneer Todd Hosfelt in inaugurating this new arts district (Todd Hosfelt opened his space on Utah street late last year). And just a stone's throw away is California College of the Arts' new Wattis Institute space on Kansas Street and Yves Behar's fuseproject art gallery, fused space, on 16th St.

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

New kids on the block—Catharine Clark, Brian Gross Fine Art, Jack Fischer, George Lawson, and Jessica Silverman/Yves Behar collab FUSED—join long timers like Steven Wolf Fine Arts and the SF Center for the Book in a veritable gallery row. (Check out Nathalie Pierrepont's blog about the inaugural shows at these newbies here.) The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Creativity Explored round out the artistic offerings in the 'hood.

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