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CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces new location and spring

Since it was established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts has become one of the leading art institutions internationally and within the United States through its exhibitions, artist residencies, publications, and public programs. The Wattis Institute is pleased to announce its relocation to a new building. With this new facility, the Wattis is positioned to expand its visitorship and host even more programs devoted to art, culture, and creativity on a local, national, and international level. Many of its initiatives are designed in close relationship with the academic programs of California College of the Arts, of which it is a part.

The new CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts gallery space.

The new building, renovated by the architect Mark Jensen, is located at 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets) in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. It has 10,000 square feet of space for exhibitions, public programs, education, and performances.

The inauguration of the new building on January 22, 2013, will coincide with the openings of the exhibitions Claire Fontaine: Redemptions and The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens.

The Paris-based collective artist Claire Fontaine was the fall 2012 Capp Street Project artist in residence. As the culmination of her residency, Claire Fontaine will present the exhibition Redemptions in the front Wattis gallery. Redemptions is a single artwork—an installation of thousands of cans in plastic bags—that radically transforms the space. The work has an oppressive, almost threatening presence. Redeemed from their status as trash, the cans take on an unexpected beauty. They allude to the liquids that have now disappeared inside multitudes of unknown bodies, and to the comings and goings of vagrants, homeless, and unemployed people who collect these empty shells for their redemption value. Claire Fontaine will be also be producing a limited-edition work on the occasion of her residency.

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens is the fourth and final installment in the Wattis Institute series The Way Beyond Art. The exhibition will present the five-channel video installation Hearsay of the Soul (2012) by the acclaimed filmmaker and artist Werner Herzog. It will be the West Coast premiere of this work. The Wattis will present an accompanying program of weekly talks by CCA Film faculty and Bay Area artists and programmers focused on today’s rapidly evolving media landscape. These presentations will expand the content of the exhibition, further develop the research around these topics, expose students and audiences to a wider breadth of moving-image practices, and incorporate a multitude of voices and perspectives.

About the CCA Wattis Institute
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area.

About the Wattis Institute Limited Edition Program
The Wattis Institute’s edition program offers limited releases by seminal international artists, including John Baldessari, Walead Beshty, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Roman Ondák, Catherine Opie, Paulina Olowska, and Mario Ybarra Jr. The Wattis series of limited editions affords an opportunity to collect works by some of today’s most significant established and emerging artists. For direct sales and additional information please contact Micki Meng, Wattis Assistant Director, at [email protected] or 415 703 9521. Proceeds directly support the ongoing realization of the Wattis exhibition program.

New Gallery Location!
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Kent and Vicki Logan Gallery
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco CA 94103-5130
T 415 551 9305

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