April 8, 2013

Anthony Huberman appointed CCA Wattis Institute director; new Wattis gallery

California College of the Arts (CCA)
Anthony Huberman; the new Wattis Institute building.

California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Huberman, currently the director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, as the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. He will start at CCA in August 2013 and will be responsible for the development and presentation of exhibitions and public programs in venues on the college’s San Francisco campus, including the new Wattis Institute space.

The space is in a 10,000-square-foot building recently acquired by CCA at 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets). Newly renovated by the architect Mark Jensen, it houses the Wattis’s Logan Gallery, Wattis staff offices, and an event space.

Anthony Huberman says, “It is a great honor and privilege to join the CCA Wattis Institute. With its new building, the Wattis is starting an ambitious new chapter, and I look forward to working with everyone at CCA to develop an engaging and dynamic program. I have followed the Wattis’s programming for many years, and I am eager to build on its commitment to fostering conversations about contemporary art in San Francisco and introducing audiences to important artists from around the world.”

CCA President Stephen Beal says, “Anthony Huberman has developed some of the most thoughtful and inspired programming in the field and has worked extensively with a broad range of international artists, writers, and curators. In addition to his curatorial vision and expertise, he brings to this position considerable writing, publication, and teaching experience.”

Current and upcoming exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute
The first shows to be presented in the new Wattis Institute gallery were Claire Fontaine: Redemptions (a solo presentation by the Paris-based collective Claire Fontaine) and an exhibition of Werner Herzog’s Hearsay of the Soul. Both opened in January 2013 and were curated by former Wattis director Jens Hoffmann.

Opening soon (and running April 17 through June 29) is Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the thesis exhibition by graduating students in CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan. It will also feature film and video works by Chris Marker, Rabih Mroué, and the Otolith Group, which relate to Adnan’s practice.

About Anthony Huberman
Anthony Huberman is the founding director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, which he opened in 2010 as a project with Hunter College–CUNY, where he is a distinguished lecturer. While there he has worked with artists such as Thomas Bayrle, Haim Steinbach, Rosemarie Trockel, Jimmie Durham, and Jo Baer. Prior to that Huberman was chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007–10), where he organized exhibitions devoted to Richard Artschwager, Elad Lassry, Gedi Sibony, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Nauman, John Armleder, and Olivier Mosset, and initiated The Front Room, an ongoing exhibition series with young artists. He has previously worked as a curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2006–7) and at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York (2003–6), and as director of education and public programs at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York (1999–2003). He has published numerous articles in art periodicals, including Artforum, Afterall, Mousse, and DotDotDot. He was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the CCA Wattis Institute
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area. For more information about the Wattis Institute, visit

New gallery location:
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Kent and Vicki Logan Gallery
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-5130
T 415 355 9670

The Wattis mailing address remains the same:
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

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