Rumors, student publication, Volume 1 Number 2 December 12, 1988 : The official, unofficial, and irregular newsletter of the San Francisco Campus of the California College of Arts and Crafts
"The Theater of the Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism" was exhibited at the Fine Arts Gallery of the University of California, Irvine in April of 1993. Curated by the conceptual artist Charles Gaines, the exhibition showcased the work of African American artists, as well as excerpts of criticism they received from mainstream art critics in publications. The inclusion of this writing displayed how, in the early 1990s, black artists were called to inhabit a mainstream that actively positioned these same artists on the margins. Building from primary research and interviews, this thesis provides a historical account of "Theater of Refusal" and examines the contemporary resonance of this exhibition.
As institutions have increasingly diversified their collections in recent years, there has been a growing interest in the artistic practices of underrepresented artists. This interest has beneficially challenged existing cultural hierarchies and exclusive tendencies of traditional museums and art institutions, putting the spotlight on voices previously unheard. However, it has also produced concerns about the discovery narrative formed around the artistic practices of those artists. This institutional narrative of overlooked, forgotten, or rediscovered artists creates a widespread myth around their practices—in certain cases erasing a richer account of their histories.
This thesis will investigate the general problem of embracing discovery narratives in recent curatorial practice by focusing on one case study: namely, recent interest in Western institutions in the writer and artist Etel Adnan. More specifically the thesis investigates three curators who presented Adnan in Western contexts over the last decad…
Since its founding in 2002, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time (PST) initiative has created a new funding landscape in Southern California. Organized in five-year cycles, each with a particular theme, this periodic structure contributes to institutional scholarship in the region, while manifesting as a massive, decentered program of research, exhibitions, and performances at scores of institutions across an expansive geography.
This thesis investigates the development of the 2017 edition of PST, subtitled LA/LA, which was devoted to research and exhibition around Chicanx, Latin American, and Latinx artists. Funding more than seventy exhibitions at a wide range of Californian cultural institutions, including many that would not otherwise have been able to support exhibitions of this scale and ambition, PST: LA/LA therefore presented a significant opportunity to correct historical exclusions, and to reshape the cultural field for decades to come.
While PST contributes substantially to scholarship in the region…
Images of the Dedication of the Noni Eccles Treadwell Ceramics Center on the California College of the Arts' Oakland Campus on Febuary 21,1973.
Article about CCAC Professor Harry Krell focusing on his acheivements at CCAC and beyond. Includes an image titled "Professor Harry Krell, the Alumni's Man of the Year, addressing the 1970 Founders Day audience in Canyon". Published in the CCAC REVIEW, Winter 1971 issue, p9.
Lucy V. Pierce, Berkeley, California, circa 1918
Article about the Jinks held to celebrate the end of the first term of the school, then called the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, in 1907.
Mural by California School of Arts and Crafts student Lucy V. Pierce for Emerson School, Berkeley, California, 1912