Selected Past Projects | 2009-2016


Installation view, Jill Magid: The Proposal, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute. Photo by Johnna Arnold.

Jill Magid: The Proposal | San Francisco Art Institute | 2016

I managed all curatorial aspects of this complex new commission over two years, supporting the production of a feature film and managing the exhibition’s tour to various venues including Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City) and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Publication, Sternberg Press, 2016.

Energy that is all around | San Francisco Art Institute | 2013

This exhibition highlights the studio-based practice of five Mission School artists, featuring little-seen works and rare ephemera. I coordinated all curatorial logistics including loans, shipping, cataloging hundreds of pieces of ephemera and over 50 paintings, and producing a series of public programs; I organized the exhibition’s tour to NYU’s Grey Gallery and was editor for a 120-page catalog published by Chronicle Books.

Participating artists: Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri

Installation view,  ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND , Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute. Photo by Johnna Arnold.

Installation view, ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute. Photo by Johnna Arnold.

David Horvitz,  Public Access (Shelter Cove) , 2011

David Horvitz, Public Access (Shelter Cove), 2011

david horvitz | adobe books backroom gallery | 2011

Brooklyn-based David Horvitz's diverse projects utilize the internet (blogs, Twitter, email) and the postal system as tools of connection and expansion. For Public Access, a multi-level project that began in January 2011, and first exhibited at SF Camerawork, he travelled North along the West Coast, photographically documenting his presence at beaches from Mexico to Oregon and posting the images on the locations' corresponding Wikipedia pages. Also on display in the gallery is the work Untitled (Twins), 2011. The artist framed seven pairs of photographs taken of the ocean during the Public Access project. Over the course of the exhibition, one photograph from each pair will be gifted to nearby businesses and other locations, effectively expanding the exhibition to include the community surrounding Adobe Books. In his practice, Horvitz reaches out to the electronic community and far-flung geographical communities as well to build relationships both lasting and fleeting.

Download my interview with David Horvitz.

Download the full Public Access publication by David Horvitz and Ed Steck.

James benning: Cabin Project | California College of the Arts | 2009

Cabin Project is a component of NAIL V, a publication by the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.

Curated by Arden Sherman and Katie Morgan.

From July, 2007 to January, 2008, and April to June, 2008, filmmaker James Benning constructed replicas of two cabins that have played pivotal roles in American history. The first is an exact reproduction of the cabin Henry David Thoreau built at Walden Pond in Concord, MA, in 1845. The second structure is a reproduction of Ted Kaczynski’s cabin he built in the Lincoln, Montana woods and where he was eventually arrested, after a lengthy and expensive FBI investigation, for his part in a deadly bombing campaign.

Inspired by Boris Groys' text "The Loneliness of the Project," NAIL V is an exploration of the process of self-imposed isolation in the service of a major (or minor) project--artistic, scientific, literary, or otherwise. Benning's cabin replicas, a long-term project carried out primarily in isolation, in turn refer to the "loneliness" of two other "projects:" the life's work of Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski.  

James Benning,  Ted Kaczynski Cabin , completed June 2008

James Benning, Ted Kaczynski Cabin, completed June 2008