The Way Beyond Art
Starting in the spring 2010, the Wattis Institute will launch a series of exhibitions, titled The Way Beyond Art, that will focus on one of the non-fine arts programs available at CCA, whether architecture, design, writing, illustration, media arts, or visual and critical studies.
Through The Way Beyond Art, each program at CCA will be encouraged to expand the possibilities for their own discipline through the participation of forward thinking artists, designers, architects, writers, scholars and other creative practitioners. Similarly, this program does not only intend to offer opportunities for creative voices from diverse fields within the CCA community to come together, but also looks forward to stimulating unconventional conversations around contemporary cultural production today.
The Way Beyond Art refers to the title of a book written by the visionary German art historian Alexander Dorner who advocated in the early 20th-Century for a closer dialog and relationship between different artistic disciplines. Most well known is his collaboration with constructivist artist El Lissitzky, with whom Dorner created the famous Abstract Cabinet (1927) at the Landes Museum Hanover, Germany. The Abstract Cabinet was a space that explored a new form of multidisciplinarity produced by juxtaposing art, fashion, design, film and literature in one uniquely created space.
Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator's Forum.