Curatorial Research Bureau
Curatorial Research Bureau

Programs

CRB is host to free programs that transform the familiar consumer site of a bookshop into bookshop/screening, bookshop/seminar, or bookshop/artist talk. The platform uses consumerism to eschew the private space of academia and public space of exhibition to, above all, forge a learning site where intersections among art, design, education, and consumer culture push against the ways that institutions address audiences.

Four programmatic models—AfterWord, Call + Response, Case Studies, and Open Seminar—serve as primary means to contextualize topics that have our attention as a community.

Summer Hours
Jul
9
to Aug 30

Summer Hours

Jul–Aug, 2019

Due to CRB’s support and affiliation with California College of the Arts, the bookshop operates on an academic calendar and has reduced summer hours.

Jul 1–5, 2019
Closed for 4th of July holiday

Jul 9–Aug 29, 2019
Open Tue, Thu, 12–6 pm

Normal hours and programming will resume in September.

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CRB Archive
Jul
10
to Aug 31

CRB Archive

ongoing

The CRB Archive is available free to CCA students and the public, preserving the institutional memory of CRB.

Now online: Photo documentation of all programs viewable and downloadable from our photo archive and video recordings of selected programs viewable from our video archive.

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chronic freedom: a monument “against dialogue” on the Northern California hippie-grower insurgency
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

chronic freedom: a monument “against dialogue” on the Northern California hippie-grower insurgency

Wed, May 15, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

Berlin-based artist, writer and archivist Scott Holmquist presents chronic freedom, the lead volume in a series of five hand-made artist books that portray a macroscopic history of the back-to-land and marijuana culture in Southern Humboldt County, California, from the late 1960s to 2010.

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Allan deSouza
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Allan deSouza

Thu, Apr 25, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

Artist and writer Allan deSouza speaks with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about his recent publication How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change, which examines the popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught.

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Communities and Institutions: A Conversation
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Communities and Institutions: A Conversation

Sat, Apr 20, 2019
12–2 pm
(free and open to the public)

Students of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at CCA present a public panel discussion examining the roles and responsibilities of curators in building communities and audiences. Panelists Deena Chalabi, Daniela Lieja Quinatar, Lian Ladia, and Megan Steinman will address how curators cultivate and incorporate the voices of a community in their practice, how new communities are created through commissioned art initiatives, and what it means to engage various kinds of communities as an institution.

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Reviewing Design Book Review
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Reviewing Design Book Review

Wed, Apr 17, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

On the occasion of the digital release of the full run Design Book Review, Mimi Zeiger will join founding publishers and editors, Elizabeth Snowden and John Parman, editors Barry Katz and William Littman, and contributor Margaret Crawford to discuss the legacy of Design Book Review and explore the present state and future prospects of design history, theory, and criticism.

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Maria Lind
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Maria Lind

Wed, Apr 3, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

Swedish curator and writer Maria Lind speaks about her curatorial practice, specifically her experience engaging and building diverse audiences at Tensta konsthall in Stockholm where she served as director since 2011 to 2018.

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Céline Condorelli: Support Structures
Apr
3
to Apr 30

Céline Condorelli: Support Structures

Apr 3–30, 2019
(free and open to the public)

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.

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A Brief History of Bay Area Now: Artists and Curators in Conversation
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

A Brief History of Bay Area Now: Artists and Curators in Conversation

Sun, Mar 24, 2019
2–3:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

As YBCA celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, it looks back at the artists and curators who have contributed to its longest-running exhibition, Bay Area Now. The Curatorial Research Bureau hosts a panel of key voices who can speak personally to the triennial’s legacy of resilience, creativity, and connection.

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Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Wed, Mar 20, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

American artist and designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon talks with Vee Moran, co-publisher of Owl Cave Books, and James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about her wide-ranging installation practice and her new books published by San Francisco-based Owl Cave.

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Julia Born: New Forms of Reading / New Forms of Design
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Julia Born: New Forms of Reading / New Forms of Design

Wed, Feb 6, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

Swiss designer Julia Born presents a selection of her publications and exhibitions focusing on how she uses design to propose new narratives and ways of reading. This event is organized in partnership with CCA MFA Design and swissnex San Francisco, with support from Pro Helvetia.

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Yann Chateigné: By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Yann Chateigné: By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape

Thu, Jan 31, 2019
6–7:30 pm
(free and open to the public)

Switzerland-based, French curator and writer Yann Chateigné speaks about research on a forthcoming project that draws connections between 1960s counterculture experiments in the Bay Area, early European avant-gardes, and contemporary Swiss artists and musicians. This event is organized in partnership with swissnex San Francisco, with support from Pro Helvetia.

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Here Is Where I Walk: The Walk as Re-creation in the City
Dec
13
4:00 PM16:00

Here Is Where I Walk: The Walk as Re-creation in the City

Thu, Dec 13, 2018
4–6 pm
(free and open to the public)

In anticipation of her forthcoming book Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes from a Life in the Forest, Leslie Carol Roberts reads from her book, discusses her methodologies and then leads guests out into the the Yerba Buena Gardens to talk about the history and atmosphere this urban ecology.

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Rosa Barba
Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Rosa Barba

Tue, Nov 20, 2018
(by invitation)

*Cancelled due to unhealthy air quality.

Rosa Barba speaks with students, faculty, and other invited guests about her practice as an artist and filmmaker in this invited forum as a follow-up to her conversation at The Lab on November 19 (as part of the Experience It series).

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