Community Leadership Roundtable Series: New Frontiers and Seismic Upheavals in Curatorial Practice

What: Community Leadership Roundtable Series: New Frontiers and Seismic Upheavals in Curatorial Practice

When: Monday, December 5, 6:30–8:30pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission

RSVP Requested: Please RSVP here.

Curators and artists are invited to discuss the changing role of curators. The conversation, moderated by SOMArts Executive Director Lex Leifheit, will begin with a short introduction to the guest speakers, followed by a 45-minute moderated discussion. At 8:00pm the dialogue will shift to include the audience in the discussion. The talk will be preceded by a networking reception from 6:30pm to 7:00pm with a cash bar and light snacks.

Possible discussion topics include: How does curation make innovation possible? How can “under the radar” art makers tap into curatorial platforms to gain visibility and resources? How have cultural shifts affected curatorial practice? How should curator/artists prioritize curatorial responsibilities? What role does technology play?

Please RSVP here.

Guest speakers include:

Lydia Bell (The Institute for Curatorial Practice In Performance at Wesleyan University) is a writer, editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York.  She is a Curatorial Fellow at Danspace Project and a student in the inaugural class of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) brings together artists, curators, scholars, presenters and cultural leaders to encourage innovative and relevant curatorial approaches to presenting time-based art.  The ICPP offers a Professional Certificate Program, an intensive, nine-month, low-residency academic program with instructors from Wesleyan, MoMA, Danspace Project, and the Walker Art Center. For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit

Justin Hoover (SOMArts Cultural Center) is a Bay Area-born artist and curator with expertise in developing collaborative and experimental community-based curatorial projects including event-based performance happenings, site-specific installations and temporal exhibition strategies. In addition to his personal artistic practice, he is Curator & Gallery Director for SOMArts. He received his Master of Public Administration of International Management degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, his Master of Fine Art degree in New Genres Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

He came to curatorial practice through merging his time-based art practice with his administrative and organizational skills.  For five years he directed the Garage Biennale, an alternative space that focused on monthly one-night-only exhibitions in his family’s garage in Pacific Heights.  He has shown his art and curatorial work nationally and internationally in China, Belgium, England, and the U.S.

Owen Levin (San Francisco Jewish Film Festival) Owen Levin has broad experience in the film business, with stints in acquisitions, international sales, marketing, publicity, distribution and production for companies including Miramax Films and The Shooting Gallery. Most recently, Owen worked as COO and Line Producer for Stick Figure Productions, a documentary film and television company in New York. He is delighted to be helping connect quality films and engaged audiences through the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival as Interim Executive Director.  Owen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and is a Masters candidate in Arts Administration at Columbia University.

Pictured above: artists and curators at the Institute for Curatorial Performance Practice. Photo courtesy of Wesleyan University.