Oakland Book Festival, co-curator

May 2017, Oakland City Hall

The Oakland Book Festival is a free, one-day, annual literary event dedicated to urgent issues and important ideas. The 2017 festival hosted over 100 novelists, poets, historians, philosophers, journalists, editors, and activists at City Hall, engaging event goers in panels, interviews, and open debate centered on the theme of Equality. Among those were Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Danielle Allen, Jeff Chang, Arlie Hochschild, Sheryl Oring, Mistah F.A.B, Wendy Brown, Ishmael Reed, Laura Albert and Anthony Marra (and many others).

Selected press: San Francisco Chronicle PreviewEast Bay Express Preview

Anti Lab, co-founder

April–May 2017, Gallery 2301

Anti Lab was an open resource center for creative resistance projects that were anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-patriarchy, anti-transphobia, anti-xenophobia, anti-capitalism, and anti-complacency. It was a space for assembling, for organizing, for educating, for rallying together IRL, and producing aesthetic reminders of our demands: equality, justice, safety, respect.

Selected Press: Creator’s Project, East Bay Express, California Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Wine & Bowties

Luca Antonucci: The Custodian (2×2 Solos), curator

August 2016, Pro Arts Gallery

This body of work by Luca Antonucci’s began as an obsession with forgeries, and matured into a nuanced investigation into notions of authenticity and authorship as they relate to value, both in terms of culture and capital. Probing further, Antonucci interrogates the role of the custodian — the museum conservationist, for example — who is tasked with the impossible challenge of making an artwork last indefinitely but who inevitably alters the work in an attempt at preservation. Through a series of aesthetic riddles, Antonucci dismantles the conceptual pillars that uphold the aura of the “original,” eroding the distinction between the artist and the custodian.

2 x 2 Solos is a series of exhibitions featuring new work from four accomplished emerging Bay Area artists. The program recognizes artistic excellence and supports the freedom to create challenging and noncommercial work.