When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

View of the Kunsthalle Bern by Kender-Shunk, 1969. Photo: Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

September 11, 2012

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes at CCA Wattis​
A Restoration / A Remake / A Rejuvenation / A Rebellion

September 13–December 1, 2012

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
California College of the Arts
Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

T 415 551 9210


Participating artists
Zarouhie Abdalian, Pablo Accinelli, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Jonathas de Andrade, Kathryn Andrews, Nazgol Ansarinia, Nicolás Bacal, Christopher Badger, Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Yto Barrada, Taysir Batniji, James Beckett, Nina Beier, Erick Beltrán, Walead Beshty, Cezary Bodzianowski, Matthew Buckingham, Johanna Calle, Arabella Campbell, Juan Capistran, Mariana Castillo Deball, Etienne Chambaud, Marcelo Cidade, Claire Fontaine, Nicolás Consuegra, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Alexandre da Cunha, Maria Eichhorn, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Cevdet Erek, Annika Eriksson, Lara Favaretto, Aurélien Froment, Simon Fujiwara, Meschac Gaba, Dani Gal, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Alexander Gutke, Jeppe Hein, Emily Jacir, Maryam Jafri, Alicja Kwade, Luisa Lambri, Adriana Lara, Tim Lee, Mateo López, Renata Lucas, Marie Lund, Kris Martin, Vincent Meessen, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jonathan Monk, Shahryar Nashat, Roman Ondák, Fernando Ortega, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Nicolás Paris, Pratchaya Phinthong, Amalia Pica, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, Pablo Rasgado, Nicolás Robbio, Will Rogan, Pamela Rosenkranz, Fabrice Samyn, Kim Schoenstadt, Tino Sehgal, Sean Snyder, Mark Soo, Mateo Tannatt, Ron Terada, Hank Willis Thomas, Jan Timme, Clarissa Tossin, Guido van der Werve, Natasha Wheat, Carey Young, Akram Zaatari

This exhibition is a sequel to, and a reevaluation of, the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, which was curated by Harald Szeemann at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. It brings together 82 international contemporary artists who follow, in various ways, the legacy of Szeemann’s iconic exhibition.

The 1969 show brought together new tendencies in the art known today as Postminimalism, Arte Povera, Land art, and Conceptual art, from Western Europe and the United States. It contributed a great deal to our historical understanding of the art of that time, how exhibitions themselves can influence artists and their works, and also how exhibitions can define art history. It was influential in promoting a wider understanding and acceptance of Conceptual art, as it included many non-material and process-based works.

When Attitudes Become Form has been discussed, researched, and examined in a wide range of essays, books, and conferences; When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes is the first major exhibition it has inspired. The new show will present existing pieces by artists working in relation to the history of Conceptual art as well as newly commissioned works by artists such as Zarouhie Abdalian, James Beckett, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Annika Eriksson, Simon Fujiwara, Jeppe Hein, Jonathan Monk, Nicolás Paris, and Hank Willis Thomas, who will respond directly to the history of the 1969 show and to the site of the new show. With the contemporary artworks installed alongside archival materials, floor plans, and installation images from the 1969 show, this new exhibition does not make a distinction between what is past and what is present, but rather considers When Attitudes Become Form as a living past.

The publication accompanying the new exhibition, designed by Jon Sueda / Stripe, will follow the original “office binder” format of the 1969 publication. It will include a conversation between Jens Hoffmann and Harald Szeemann, conducted in 2002; newly commissioned essays by Constance Lewallen, Christian Rattemeyer, and Julian Myers; and alphabetically arranged pages with artist biographies and images. Like Szeemann’s 1969 publication, it will also feature works that are interventions directly into the catalogue.

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudeswill travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit February 1–March 31, 2013.

Visit wattis.org and cca.edu/calendar for current information concerning related programs, lectures, and events. When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudesis curated by Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis Institute.

About the CCA Wattis Institute
The 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.




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