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.
The old space closed December 1, and is being converted into a center and exhibition space for the college's students. The new building was renovated by architect Mark Jensen, known for his work with the sculpture garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is of a similar size (around 5000 square feet) to the institute's old home, but boasts vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light.
The new space is scheduled to open Jan. 22, 2013, with two shows: "Claire Fontaine: Redemptions," and "The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens," a presentation of Werner Herzog's four channel digital projection Hearsay of the Soul, which debuted at this year's Whitney Biennial. In previous years, the annual "The Way Beyond Art" show has featured work in disciplines such as architecture and graphic design. "Claire Fontaine" will be followed in late February by “Cinematic Moments” the first in a series of three Kadist Curatorial Fellowship exhibitions collectively titled “The Order of Things.”
The California College of the Arts, founded in 1907, opened CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. The institute is known for its exhibitions, lectures, publications and the Capp Street Project residency program, an experimental art space for art installations first established in 1983. The Institute's big move follows on the heels of the October departure of director Jens Hoffmann, who accepted a post at the Jewish Museum, New York. The CCA Wattis expects to hire a replacement early next year.