These digital exhibitions showcase the diverse and innovative collections curated by the CCA Libraries and the outstanding productions of our students and staff. They are a complement to the physical exhibitions we put on in the Meyer, Simpson, and Materials Libraries throughout the year.
Silence Unseen features work by CCA MFA students Katayoun Bahrami and Trina Robinson. Using film, photography, installation, and other media, these artists explore their shared struggle to inhabit two worlds. Pulled in different directions by their respective familial histories or cultural traditions, their works suggest ways of locating oneself within that space of tension.
Empowered Environmentalism: CCA's E-School
This past year, a group of faculty at California College of the Arts came together to refocus the school’s pathways towards a deeply considered and empowered vision of the environment as something inseparable from social and racial justice. Under the name E-School, this collaborative and the classes they teach ask how artists, designers, writers and architects can find novel opportunities through the legacies of environmentalism, indigeneity, environmental justice, resource ownership, climate justice, circular economies, and Green New Deal, among many other narratives.
This exhibition spotlights the work Juan Huerta Coello, Kirra Hellfritsch, and Jose Ugas. Through sculptural objects and photography, these artists explore the complexities of common emotional and psychological struggles, especially as they relate to one’s identity, and how such internal feelings manifest externally.
Forgotten Ephemera: The Alliance of Figurative Artists
From 1969 through the early 1980s, hundreds of working artists gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side every Friday at meetings of the Alliance of Figurative Artists. Although little has been written about it, the Alliance set a key precedent for artistic development through community organizing, collaboration, and collective growth. This exhibition of archival documents provides a window into the infrastructures built by the Alliance and how they created opportunities to uplift their practices and each other.
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Art in Response to Covid-19, One Year Later
This exhibition' shares work by CCA students made in response to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. In Spring 2020, students throughout the college submitted work to the Libraries’ exhibitions program via an Open Call. A year later, these works resonate with renewed, prescient somberness, for many of them reflect on circumstances that were new or heightened then but have, in the months since, become part of our daily reality.
Safety on the Sidewalk
Inspired by initiatives such as Art-in-Place in Chicago, wherein artists have made public-facing artworks from wherever they are living that can be safely viewed outside during the pandemic, students from Aspen May's Interdisciplinary Critique class made their own version, entitled Safety on the Sidewalk. As students in the class were located all over the world this semester, this far-flung exhibition was visible in locations throughout the Bay Area, other parts of California and the United States, as well as China. Here, we bring the projects together in an online iteration of the exhibition that also serves as a digital archive of the project.
1970-2020 from The Black Studies Institute to Critical Ethnic Studies
In 2020, CCA celebrates a 50 year commitment to the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and the perspectives and experiences of people of color.
The Joy of Life is Doing Things – CCA 100 Years Ago
Looking back at CCA’s foundational decades from the Berkeley years to its beginnings in Oakland, The Joy of Life is Doing Things explores what the founders and the first students were doing: making in the studios, building the campus, creating a community, and laying the foundations of an enduring dedication to craft, industriousness, and community responsibility that we still find present in our institutional culture today.
Onward and Definitely Upward! – CCA 50 Years Ago
1970 marked the middle in a period of exceptional growth and change at the college. As the post-war “baby boomers” came of college age, enrollment nearly tripled over the course of a decade, and CCAC stood as one point in a powerful art resource triangle in the Bay Area with the Oakland Museum of Art and the School of Environmental Design at The University of California at Berkeley. This exhibition, the title of which comes from the Winter 1968 newsletter featuring a campus construction update, looks back fifty years ago, marking this time of incredible growth in size, space, discourse, and reputation.
Community Conversations – CCA 25 Years Ago
The 90s was a decade characterized by cross-cultural dialogue and challenging convention. At the California College of Arts and Crafts, this took many forms—from discussing contemporary social issues through student forums and lectures by visiting artists and activists and an increased emphasis connecting students with working artists, to bringing the community together in the campus’s galleries. Community Conversations explores the 90s at the CCAC and the dialogue happening within the college community during that time.
Making Places — CCA’s Campus History
California College of the Arts has called eight different addresses home across the Bay Area. Making Places explores these campuses, the evolution of their spaces, and the visioning around the changing needs of the community through images, maps, plans, and letters from the college’s archives.
Posters, Periodicals, and Publications — CCA’s Visual Identity by Decade
A historical exploration of the communications pieces produced by our community of talented student, faculty, staff designers.