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Cinematic Moments is the first exhibition in an annual series tit led The Order of Things drawn from the Kadist Art Foundation Collect ion. The exhibition aims to break down the structure and production of cine ma—specifically film\, an important facet of California culture—into stages that are normally obscured. Cinematic Moments asks what type of kno wledge an exhibition is capable of producing\, particularly as an explorati on of the workings of a preexisting form of production—a form that is direc tly related to the culture of its California surroundings. Cinematic Mom ents is constructed as an architecture that invites the viewer to step inside a moment in time.

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The exhibition begins with a small book by the artist John Miller\, who is based in New York and Berlin. His works\, which range from painting to installation\, are often critical yet humorous reca pitulations of images and sets from iconic American films and television pr ograms. The book\, titled Cinematic Moments\, was originally self-pu blished in 1979 and has since been reprinted. It is a series of prosaically written descriptions of moments Miller deems cinematic. Often no longer th an five sentences in length\, the descriptions range from a solicitous inte rnal monologue to illustrations of specific visual scenes and emotional sta tes. They are often mundane\, yet strikingly real. Miller’s book collides i ndividual moments such as scenes from a film\, one negative after another\, through simple juxtaposition.

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The exhibition takes Miller’s approach as a guiding structure\, juxtaposing artworks as individual parts in a mise-e n-scène. The featured artworks are arranged in three sections\, each center ed on a passage from Miller’s book. The text passages and the artworks in e ach section aim to describe a stage of cinematic production. In “Pre-produc tion\,” the viewer is asked to step inside an environment meant to stimulat e creative thinking. Here the works describe the processes of storyboarding \, character development\, and the abstract and at times concrete spaces of idea formation. “Production” offers a glimpse into the building of a film. The works take on myriad characteristics of projects that recontextualize objects\, casting them in their cinematic roles as props. In this section t he artworks in play defy their component parts and become the objects they represent\, enacting the trompe l’oeil of a set designer. “Post-production\ ,” commonly known as editing\, is the process by which films are composed f rom their component parts. This third section offers a series of elliptical and at times false narratives built through works that describe the transl ation of ideas through objects\, sometimes questioning the very nature of n arrative itself.

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The exhibition ostensibly explores three components of time—past\, present\, and future (or before\, during\, and after)—as repres entative of filmmaking’s behind-the-scenes production stages of idea format ion\, instrumentation\, and organization. But the final product\, the film\ , a narrative written to captivate and inspire\, is withheld from the viewe r\, thus overturning the standards of American spectacle-based culture. Par adoxically\, Cinematic Moments offers the viewer not a finished prod uct but the possibility of a glimpse inside a mechanism of creative product ion.

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Cinematic Moments was curated by A. Will Brown. Brown receiv ed his master’s degree in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in 2012\, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and psycholo gy from Goucher College. Brown’s recent curatorial projects include On A pology at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francis co\, (2012)\; re-PRESENT: A Research Day at the Luggage Store Galler y in San Francisco (2011)\; Hay Fever at the Oakland Museum of Calif ornia (2011)\; Fluxus Now at Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco (20 11)\; and La Folie at Triple Base in San Francisco (2012).

DTEND:20130330 DTSTAMP:20140421T052517 DTSTART:20130301 GEO:37.7647373;-122.4035493 LOCATION:CCA Wattis Institute\,Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries 360 Kansas St reet (between 16th and 17th streets)\nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Order of Things: Kadist Fellowship Show: Cinematic Moments\, Ma uricio Ancalmo\, Erick Beltrán\, David Berezin\, Yoan Capote\, Abraham Cruz villegas\, Nathaniel Dorsky\, Haris Epaminonda\, Hans-Peter Feldmann\, Char les Gaines\, Ryan Gander\, Loris Gréaud\, Jiří Kovanda\, Benoît Maire\, Kok i Tanaka\, Ian Wallace\, Haegue Yang UID:260012 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130301T200000 DTSTAMP:20140421T052517 DTSTART:20130301T180000 GEO:37.7647373;-122.4035493 LOCATION:CCA Wattis Institute\,Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries 360 Kansas St reet (between 16th and 17th streets)\nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The Order of Things: Kadist Fellowship Show: Cinematic Moments\, Ma uricio Ancalmo\, Erick Beltrán\, David Berezin\, Yoan Capote\, Abraham Cruz villegas\, Nathaniel Dorsky\, Haris Epaminonda\, Hans-Peter Feldmann\, Char les Gaines\, Ryan Gander\, Loris Gréaud\, Jiří Kovanda\, Benoît Maire\, Kok i Tanaka\, Ian Wallace\, Haegue Yang UID:260013 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR