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Communities and Institutions: A Conversation

The Circle and the Square,  Suzanne Lacy, performance and video installation (2016, 2017). Photo by Graham Kay.

The Circle and the Square, Suzanne Lacy, performance and video installation (2016, 2017). Photo by Graham Kay.

Sat, Apr 20, 2019
12–2 pm
(free and open to the public)

Students of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at CCA present a public panel discussion examining the roles and responsibilities of curators in building communities and audiences. Panelists Deena Chalabi, Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Lian Ladia, and Megan Steinman will address how curators cultivate and incorporate the voices of a community in their practice, how new communities are created through commissioned art initiatives, and what it means to engage various kinds of communities as an institution. This panel will take the form of a conversation, encouraging active participation, whether that be asking questions or sharing comments surrounding this theme of community and curating.

The panel is conceived specifically in connection to the forthcoming exhibition Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here (Apr 20–Aug 4, 2019), organized by SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Deena Chalabi is an independent curator and writer. She is the former Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As co-curator, with Dominic Willsdon of Public Knowledge, the multi-year partnership between SFMOMA and the San Francisco Public Library supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she worked with artists, library staff and multiple communities to develop collaborative projects that explored the changing Bay Area and the impact of art and ideas in public life today.

Lian Ladia is a curator and organizer. She is currently working on the research and presentation of Filipino American Bay Area Artist Carlos Villa's works at the Singapore Biennale 2019. Her curatorial collaborative, Planting Rice was also invited to lead the public program of the exhibition at the National University of Singapore. She is also an organizer at the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) working on community planning and engagement projects on social equity and art and culture empowering immigrant families in the SOMA.

Daniela Lieja Quintanar is a curator at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and works between Los Angeles and Mexico, emphasizing contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life.  She is part of the curatorial team of the MexiCali Biennial 2018–19, and was recently awarded the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship.

Megan Steinman is an independent curator, writer, and producer with over 20 years of experience in the arts, entertainment and culture industries. She is currently the Director of The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Megan holds a Master of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art. She has organized exhibitions, art installations and events at institutions around the world, including Dolby Gallery, Museo Pecci Milano, Sonos Studio Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, District Berlin, ICA Boston, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Megan has written for several artist publications and exhibition catalogs, including Edges of the Experiment by Marie-Josè Jongerius (2014, Fw: Books Amsterdam) and Dance/Draw at ICA Boston (2011, Hatje Cantz).

Earlier Event: April 17
Reviewing Design Book Review
Later Event: April 25
Allan deSouza