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Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA 

When: Oct. 13-March 16 2008

The Oakland Museum of California'sretrospective of California College of the Arts' hundred-year history sometimes reads like what it is -- a sprawling collection of student art. Of course, some of those students are very, very good. And sometimes the viewer gets a little taste of art school history, for example, the display of a chair and table made by Frederick Meyer, the college's founder and first president. A room of early paintings from the school's students, too, gives us a glimpse of the influence of pre-war European painters like Monet, Braque, and Chaim Soutine. The rest of the exhibit focuses on the 1960s through the present, with piercing documentary-art photographs by Larry Keenan and Dale Smith, Harrell Fletcher's "My Graduate Thesis, Pretty Much," a Xeroxed booklet and an extensive explanatory description, and a collapsible stool by Scott Oliver. Through March 16.1000 Oak St., Oakland. MuseumCA.org or 510-625-6873.


— Jakki K. Spicer

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