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Insert Pithy Title Here: 35 Years of CoCA

COCA COMES HOME TO PIONEER SQUARE

On View: September 1-October 1, 2016

In 1981 Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) had its first exhibition by James Turrell in a popup space in Pioneer Square and have exhibited in the arts-focused neighborhood multiple times throughout their 35 year history.  In February, they happily returned to Pioneer Square with CoCA PS35 for a successful 6 month run in the Good Arts Building as a temporary popup space until the intended use for Cherry Street Coffee’s new location coming in 2017.  As luck would have it, another space opened up right around the corner in the famous artist denizen, the Tashiro-Kaplan Building, and CoCA snapped it up.  With steady growth due to strong Board support and leadership by Executive Director, Nichole DeMent, the organization is ready to put down roots and continue to present world-class contemporary art to Seattle locals and out of town visitors. On September 1 at 6pm they will open their doors to their new home at 114 3rd Ave South.

To celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary and the grand opening of the new space, Archivist Joel Irving, MLIS; Project Director Anna R Hurwitz and DeMent dug deep into the CoCA Archives to create an exhibit featuring posters and images from CoCA’s creative past. “Insert Pithy Title Here: 35 Years of CoCA” includes recently discovered slides capturing the 1982 installation of CoCA’s first exhibition featuring Turrel’s “A Series of Light Installations;” the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten on the CoCA stage in 1986 and a huge stack of Nam June Paik’s “Video Babies” installed (with some controversy) at the newly built Broadway Market  as part of CoCA’s 1989 exhibition season. The poster exhibit features lots of retro 80s and 90s graphical elements with original designs by local art legends Art Chantry and Ellen Forney among many others. Gallery visitors will be able to participate in the CoCA Archives Project by helping to identify audience, artist and locations in dozens of unmarked slides. Is that you with that big hair and leather jacket?

“Insert Pithy Title Here: 35 Years of CoCA” opens September 1 as part of Pioneer Square Artwalk.  Doors open at 6pm with a special private party for members only from 8-9:30pm. In addition to entrance to this private event, member benefits are vast including the free Online Members’ Directory for artist members. More info on member benefits and sign-ups can be found at http://www.cocaseattle.com/join.

At 8pm, CoCA will host a special private event sponsored by Sparkle Donkey Tequila featuring an informal discussion at 8:30pm with CoCA Archives Project Director, Anna R Hurwitz.

“Bring a wad of cash,” as stated on the poster from Black & Blu Ball in 2000: copies of original posters and select catalogs will be on sale to help support CoCA. Big thanks to 4Culture for their generous and thoughtful funding of the CoCA Archives Project which is helping to preserve, catalog, and share the cultural heritage of one of Seattle’s most iconic arts organizations.  Note that all original artifacts have been digitized to protect fragile materials.

 

"Insert Pithy Title Here: 35 Years of CoCA"

On View September 1-October 1, 2016

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-6pm
114 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104,

Tashiro Kaplan Building

 

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