A multi-media art exhibit of work by native American students at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in the Isabell Percy West Gallery, on the Oakland Campus, February 25 - March 15 1978.
The CCA Library Exhibitions Program presents Advent of a Form, by CCA graduate student
Carolina Magis Weinberg, which proposes a reconsideration of space in terms of its geometrical
potential. In a play of scale, the two walls, floor, and ceiling of the library’s store front become
the axis of a Euclidean space, making the X, Y, and Z dimensions visible. The image operates
then as a map of itself. In this way, the temporal quality, elemental in the understanding of
Euclidean space, will be considered literally as the form morphs throughout the number of days
of the exhibit. Explained succinctly with homophones in French, the form will go from début to
debout, from its origin to its standing position. Additionally, display vitrines extend this form
into the space of the library. The project will be morphing and changing week after week, until it arrives at its final form on December 12th.
You've Got to Turn it Around' is a two part installation featuring work by Danielle Genzel and Beryl Bevilacque. Both artists use glitch and error in their practice to explore personal or familial archive.
In 'You've Got to Turn it Around' Bevilacque appropriates unintentional recordings which her mother captured while attempting to photograph a subject at the other end of her device. The artists writes "We cannot see what she attempted to record in the moving image, but we can see her emotional reactions to those events." Bevilacque continues, "This angle looks like a video chat, but in those cases, the cell phone user engages with another person. Our engagement here is single channel."
Similarly in work titled 'Reduction' Genzel deconstructs her family archive through analogue and digital agents,'searching for action around the edges'. Genzel writes "Through the use of these digital tools I aim to both clarify and distort the read of a single image." Genzel continues," I see this as a moment of comparison…
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Shaghayegh Cyrous, a visual artist from Tehran, Iran initiated the Lost Art Project upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. Feeling lost after moving halfway across the globe, she began the project as a way to build connections and allow others to reflect on their own identity by engaging with the persian rug, a symbol of her own identity. Cyrous grew up knowing the importance of the persian rug to her community- a symbol of beauty and art, a useful object in the home, and an heirloom passed down for generations, she felt her connection to the rug grow more important to her practice. After 3 years, the Lost Art Project has now generated over 5,000 images and travelled to over 20 countries and territories including Tunisia, Palestine, Norway, and Indonesia.
For this exhibition Shaghayegh Cyrous painted a phone booth located just outside the California College of the Arts Meyer Library, encasing it in patterns and symbols she has often painted on her rugs. In the storefront display case, a rug frame…
The CCA Libraries Exhibition Program presents Lessons of Darkness by CCA faculty member Emily McVarish. Lessons of Darkness is inspired by the French baroque musical genre leçons de ténèbres. These settings of the Lamentations were performed during Holy Week on the days separating the commemoration of Christ’s death from the celebration of his resurrection. During tenebrae services, candles were progressively extinguished, leaving the church and its attendants in darkness.
The exhibit includes McVarish’s book Lessons of Darkness, one 22-minute film, a binder of source materials, and Music With Words: A Composer’s View, by Virgil Thomson, an inspiration to the artist.
Recognizing the archive as resource, Jacqueline Francis, Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Visual & Critical Studies (VCS), taught the graduate seminar “Digging Deep: Research in the Archive” in the Spring 2018 semester. Students met with San Francisco-based historians E.G. Crichton and Chris Carlsson, and
with visiting speakers Sara Ahmed and Gabriel Menotti as well. The class toured prominent public collections: Letterform Archives, the Prelinger Library, the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Maritime National Park, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Short writing assignments described these experiences. Students also read and responded to influential theoretical writings that discuss the ways that archives construct and preserve the concept of knowledge. Final projects were generated from close study of archival documents
and curious objects.
What does it look like when you apply the craft of Interaction Design to thelibrary experience? MFA IXD students from Year 0 have created public projects that engage us in new ways to approach inquiry. Developed by Professor Maria Mortati, this exhibition asks what happens if you invert how we search, browse, select? Where do you begin, or better yet, how? What can the role of play ... play? What are the histories and futures as we merge campuses? As they have explored ways to for you to more richly engage with this incredible resource, their work suggests new design protocols for the library experience.
Kim Anno’s Art Lab students explore an expansion of the function of the library as a site for art and
design using research elements, codes, signs, and images present in the library itself. How does the pursuit of knowledge include studio practice?