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Curatorial Research Bureau presents
Call + Response:
Zoë Ryan - Taking Positions: Making Architecture and Design Exhibitions
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St. in SF
6pm

Zoë Ryan in conversation with CCA’s Dean of Design, Helen Maria Nugent, and James Voorhies, CCA’s Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Exhibitions have long played a crucial role in defining disciplinary histories. They mark pivotal moments in time, articulate points of urgency, suggest future directions, and document the environment in which new narratives or arguments unfold. Today, the fields of architecture and design, spurred by a multitude of cross-cultural and global conversations, are opening up to new definitions, ways of working, and design and production processes. This talk will explore the changing role of architecture and design exhibitions and how they position and exchange ideas.

Call + Response is an open invitation to Bay Area cultural producers in fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more who want to connect with Curatorial Research Bureau to insert their ideas into the public realm for dialogue. The format speaks to a long history of democratic participation, projecting thoughts and ideas in public gatherings where speaking and listening—call and response—are equally valued as essential parts of public discourse.

About Zoë Ryan

Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her projects include the exhibition In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury, to open in 2019. In 2017, she co-curated Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute and edited As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History. In 2014, she curated the second Istanbul Design Biennial. Ryan has taught graduate seminars at the School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is newly relocated to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a dynamic arts institution in downtown San Francisco. The move projects learning beyond the walls of the academy, taking advantage of the rich cultural context of the Bay Area and providing a unique environment for training curators. Graduate seminars are held at YBCA inside the Curatorial Research Bureau, a combined bookshop, academic site, and public program where students intersect with changing book inventories, participate in programs, and meet visiting practitioners from the Bay Area and beyond.

About California College of the Arts

Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, California College of the Arts is home to a world-renowned faculty of practicing artists and entrepreneurs, and a diverse community of makers that are boldly reimagining the world. Offering 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, and writing, CCA’s creative culture is built around the ideals of interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement.

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s most innovative arts institutions. Founded in 1993 as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens development, YBCA’s work spans the realms of contemporary art, civic engagement, and public life. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

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