San Francisco, CA—August 28, 2018—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and California College of the Arts (CCA) announce the launch of the Curatorial Research Bureau (CRB). Located at YBCA, the CRB is a new bookshop, learning site, and exhibition and public program space. The space will be the new home of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, which is chaired by art historian and curator James Voorhies. The move to YBCA repositions CCA’s curatorial practice program outside the traditional walls of CCA’s academy and allows students to take advantage of the rich cultural context of the Bay Area and recognize it as an essential part of graduate studies at CCA. CRB will open its doors on September 4, 2018, with an opening reception on September 27, 2018, at 6pm.
“We’re pleased to be the home of the Curatorial Research Bureau as a point of engagement for our vibrant art community,” remarks Deborah Cullinan, YBCA’s CEO. “As we move toward our 25th anniversary, this powerful partnership with CCA exemplifies our commitment to our local arts ecosystem. We’re pleased to provide a space where students can have access to art in practice with YBCA staff, artists, and CCA faculty to explore big ideas and help shape the future of the artistic landscape here in the Bay Area.”
“California College of the Arts is deeply integrated within the Bay Area cultural landscape—it’s one of the things that makes studying at our college so special,” says Chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice James Voorhies. “The launch of CRB amplifies these connections by projecting our Curatorial Practice program and students beyond CCA’s physical walls, providing them the experience of studying within a dynamic arts institution and, I believe, contributing to the exciting laboratory for the arts at YBCA. We are thrilled to work with YBCA to provide our graduate students this unique opportunity to broaden their perspectives on the field of curating.”
As a space for collective learning, graduate seminars will be held at YBCA inside the CRB with the program’s leading faculty, including James Voorhies, Dena Beard, Claudia La Rocco, Christina Linden, and more. In the space, students will access evolving book inventories, participate in programs, and meet visiting practitioners from the Bay Area and beyond. Students will also be immersed in the institutional infrastructure at YBCA by attending planning meetings with curators and administrators for upcoming exhibitions, programs, and marketing strategies.