As we launch Curatorial Research Bureau (CRB)—entangled, enmeshed, and tied as it is to California College of the Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, two Bay Area institutions—we find the theme of “institution” especially fitting for our inaugural CRB Dispatch. Indeed, the push and pull, stops and starts that have brought us to this opening of CRB logically impart both the concept and reality of institution to our first issue of Dispatch.
Furthermore, our graduate students in curatorial practice will now, for the first time, bear witness to and participate in the institutional infrastructure of YBCA as an integral part of their pedagogical experience with CCA. We will regularly be immersed in a physical space that is a combined learning site and bookshop with inventory provided in part by Berlin-based Motto Books.
The books, graduate seminars, exhibitions, and public programs highlighted here are considered through the lens of institution, and within that sweeping theme we think about the accumulative impact of social, arts, community, education, and political institutions that shape our understanding of the world, one another, and the production of knowledge.
James Voorhies, Chair, CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice