Curatorial Research Bureau
Curatorial Research Bureau

Issue 8, Apr 2019

A monthly communiqué featuring news on programs, publications, exhibitions, students, and faculty with content and activities threaded together by a guiding theme.


In this issue

“Support”→ Gärten Der Kooperatione-flux Supercommunity→ Spaces of CommoningSupport StructuresDimensions of  CitizenshipCommunity ArtThe Constituent Museum→ Maria Lind→ To Know Herself→  Nancy Lim→ Allan deSouza→ Case Studies—Céline Condorelli: Support Structures→ Kareema Thomas→ Wei Wang→ Qianjin Montoya→ Chris Fitzpatrick


A bookshop, a learning site, an exhibition and public program, Curatorial Research Bureau unites education and consumerism inside a contemporary arts institution, prioritizing context—of art, ideas, people, places, and things—as an active ingredient in the practice of curatorial research.

Curatorial Research Bureau at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is the hub of learning for the California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.


Made possible with funding and support from California College of the Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Produced by Bureau for Open Culture, in collaboration with Motto Books.

This Month

What does support look like? Support comes in many forms and it has different meanings in different contexts and eras. At a moment in the field of contemporary arts—artists, education, institutions, organizations, publishing—when numerous entities speak to and vie for limited audiences and resources, the topic of support is paramount. Finance and infrastructure—money and space—are seen as support. While these are often necessities, support is much more nuanced. Support is community. It is critical reflection. It is administration. It is attention. Frameworks, conversations and questions are forms of support. Support is advocacy and engagement. It is trust, autonomy and confidence. Systems are support, the known constants to use, work around, and advance. Support is time. I know many readers could draw a list of their own. But further to the above: what does support look like? The appearance (or call it aesthetics) of support is the culmination of many factors, more than a singular pillar. None of the above provides equal grounding and many are needed together in order to build, nurture and maintain something, to hold it. The combination of pillars in the end becomes an undergirding where the totality is greater in value than individual pieces for providing conditions for work and practice to be made possible. 

The theme “Support” corresponds with our eighth Case Studies exhibition, which presents the book Support Structures by the French artist Céline Condorelli. Condorelli (in co-production with artist and curator Gavin Wade and designer James Langdon) offers a dense, rich and varied investigation into the ways support manifests and, in turn, Support Structures provides tools—vocabularies, bibliographies, references, archives—that point our attention to and allow us to think through what support looks like. Support Structures is a manual. Case Studies #8 is organized by Orly Vermes, CCA Curatorial Practice graduate student, and Wei Wang, Curatorial Research Bureau Bookshop Coordinator.

James Voorhies, Chair, CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

In the Bookshop


Selected CRB Programs

on View

Case Studies—Céline Condorelli: Support Structures

What does it mean to practice support? How can collective strategies be used to create community and thus a support network? How can we as curators and creative practitioners build and implement support structures within institutions? For our eighth Case Studies exhibition, we selected Céline Condorelli’s book Support Structures as the focal point for studying a range of methodologies and analyses of support in the arts.

California College of the Arts Seminar Highlight


Exhibition Project 2

In this second of a two-part seminar extending over both semesters of the second year of graduate studies in curatorial practice, students focus on the production and final realization of an exhibition and public program for presentation at CCA’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in April 2019. Having developed and refined much of the content during the first semester, this course concentrates on practicalities of form, design, communication, marketing, printed matter, and documentation related to their culminating thesis exhibition. Stewarded by the director of the course and the program’s curator-in-residence, students gain firsthand experience in both conceiving an exhibition and inserting it into the public realm.

From California College of the Arts Curatorial Practice

CCA Student

Kareema Thomas

CRB Administration

Wei Wang


Qianjin Montoya

CCA Alum

Chris Fitzpatrick

On View at Institutions Nearby


de Young museum

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here


California College of the Arts

Lecture: Abbas Akhavan


Ratio 3

Amie Siegel: High Noon

CRB Dispatch Archive

Issue 1, Sep 2018: “Institution”
Issue 2, Oct 2018: “Audience”
Issue 3, Nov 2018: “Place”
Issue 4, Dec 2018: “Corporate Mentality”
Issue 5, Jan 2019: “Counter Education”
Issue 6, Feb 2019: “Distribution as Practice”
Issue 7, Mar 2019: “Design Forward”
Issue 8, Apr 2019: “Support”