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A Brief History of Bay Area Now: Artists + Curators in Conversation @ YBCA

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Curatorial Research Bureau presents
A Brief History of Bay Area Now:
Artists and Curators in Conversation

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St. in SF
2pm

As YBCA celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, it looks back at the artists and curators who have contributed to its longest-running exhibition, Bay Area Now. The Curatorial Research Bureau hosts a panel of key voices who can speak personally to the triennial’s legacy of resilience, creativity, and connection: Renny Pritikin, Bay Area Now founder and former YBCA curator; Weston Teruya, an Oakland-based artist featured in Bay Area Now 6; Susie Kantor, YBCA associate curator of visual art and Bay Area Now 8 co-curator; and Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED arts writer, Bay Area Now 7 participant, and panel moderator.

Bay Area Now was conceived as an art-based support system focused on local makers. Since then, it has built vital networks for artists and art spaces, and offers not only gallery space but institutional support as a champion of our multi-voice Bay Area arts ecosystem. By examining the histories of local art practices, exhibition making, and institutional evolutions through the lens of Bay Area Now, this conversation offers informative context and a critical look at how our unique artist communities have responded to the challenges of living and creating in the Bay Area over the last two decades.

This program is organized by Qianjin Montoya, a San Francisco–based independent curatorial researcher and graduate of CCA’s curatorial practice program.

Please note that seating inside the Curatorial Research Bureau (CRB) is limited and RSVP via EventBrite does not guarantee entry. Seating is first come, first serve.

Call + Response is an open invitation to cultural producers in fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more who want to connect with Curatorial Research Bureau to insert their ideas into the public realm for dialogue. The format speaks to a long history of democratic participation, projecting thoughts and ideas in public gatherings where speaking and listening—call and response—are equally valued as essential parts of public discourse.


CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is newly relocated to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a dynamic arts institution in downtown San Francisco. The move projects learning beyond the walls of the academy, taking advantage of the rich cultural context of the Bay Area and providing a unique environment for training curators. Graduate seminars are held at YBCA inside the Curatorial Research Bureau, a combined bookshop, academic site, and public program where students intersect with changing book inventories, participate in programs, and meet visiting practitioners from the Bay Area and beyond. CRB is administered by California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice in partnership with YBCA and Bureau for Open Culture, a curatorial initiative forging intersections among art, design, education, and consumer culture while pushing against the traditional ways in which institutions engage audiences.

About California College of the Arts

Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, California College of the Arts is home to a world-renowned faculty of practicing artists and entrepreneurs, and a diverse community of makers that are boldly reimagining the world. Offering 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, and writing, CCA’s creative culture is built around the ideals of interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement.

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s most innovative arts institutions. Founded in 1993 as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens development, YBCA’s work spans the realms of contemporary art, civic engagement, and public life. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

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