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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Way Beyond Art 2: Wide White Space
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Paperback, 146 pages, $17

To see more pages from the book visit the official Wide White Space website.

Edited and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book investigates graphic design's evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. It features notable designs (in full color) and essays by Project Projects and CCA faculty members Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Brett MacFadden, Emily McVarish, and Scott Thorpe.

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Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens
January 22, 2013–February 16, 2013

Claire Fontaine: Redemptions
January 22, 2013–March 30, 2013

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will begin the year 2013 in a new exhibition space. It has departed from its current location on Eighth Street in San Francisco and is moving its Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries to a building recently acquired by CCA at 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets). The building, newly renovated by the architect Mark Jensen, contains galleries as well as event space. The event space will be used by the Wattis and CCA.

The first shows in the new galleries, opening January 22, 2013, are Claire Fontaine: Redemptions; and an exhibition of Werner Herzog's Hearsay of the Soul, titled The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens.

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Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, is getting a new exhibition space for the holidays. The Institute's Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries are moving from San Francisco's Eighth Street to a newly acquired building on Kansas Street.

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Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) maintains quite the hectic travel schedule. This fall she made a trip to Bergen, Norway, to participate in the Kunstindustrimuseum's Material Information exhibition, and afterward she headed to the 9th Shanghai Biennial as a participant in the San Francisco pavilion. She's exhibited work and created site-specific installations throughout the United States and eight other countries; right now you can see one of her works, The fall without the fruit, at the CCA Wattis Institute's When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes exhibition, on view through December 1, 2012.

Abdalian's work has evolved dramatically since her years as an undergraduate at Tulane University, where she focused on painting and printmaking. While at CCA she developed an entirely new way of working that is sculptural, and profoundly site specific. A new piece doesn't begin until she researches the place where it will be located. Visually and historically, her installations engage in dialogue with their viewers and -- ideally -- disrupt their typical interaction with a particular place.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, Calif., August 8, 2012--The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: A Restoration / A Remake / A Rejuvenation / A Rebellion (script and display by Jens Hoffmann, based upon an original exhibition by Harald Szeemann) September 13 through December 1, 2012, 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, September 13, from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition is a sequel to, and reevaluation of, the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. The new show brings together 82 international contemporary artists who follow, in various ways, the legacy of Szeemann’s iconic exhibition. The artists will present both existing and newly commissioned works. The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, and installation images from the 1969 show. This new exhibition does not make a distinction between what is past and what is present, but rather considers When Attitudes Become Form as a living past.

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Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 by Allison Byers

ON a brisk Saturday morning in April, a group of young architecture students from Bologna, Italy, walked down a white granite promenade in the St. Johann neighborhood in Basel, Switzerland, to take in 14 “starchitect”-designed buildings that have sprung up in recent years. An opaque glass structure by Yoshio Taniguchi resembled a floating box. A soaring Frank Gehry design of contorted cubes stood just beyond. And over near the large Richard Serra sculptures, a Tadao Ando building converged into a razor-sharp triangular edge.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Allison Byers

We asked the top art curators in the state to help us pick the 10 California artists who are on the rise. On the panel were Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA), Jens Hoffmann (Director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Rebecca Morse (Associate Curator, MOCA, LA), Jill Dawsey (Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), Eli Ridgway (Owner of Eli Ridgway Gallery in SF), and Craig Nelson (Director of Fine Art Painting, Academy of Art University). Now, find out who made the cut.

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Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

If you've ever imagined plunging into a Mobius strip, I have just the exhibition for you: "Architecture in the Expanded Field," at the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Shanghai Biennale has announced the curators for its 2012 edition. The chief curator, Qiu Zhijie, is a professor at the School of Inter-media Art of China Art Academy, as well as the director of Total Art Studio and a member of the supervisory team in the Art and Social Thoughts Institute. As an artist, Qiu has exhibited in the 53rd Venice Biennale and the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, and has been featured in solo shows at the Haus of World Culture in Berlin and the Ullens Contemporary Art Center in Beijing.

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Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

In the 1930s and '40s, the federal Farm Security Administration ran a photography program headed by Roy E. Stryker to document the plight of rural farm workers affected by the Great Depression. It launched the careers of many extraordinary photographers, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Gordon Parks.

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