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I am a writer, curator, and educator, and author of the book Decolonizing Culture (Art Practical/Sming Sming Books, 2017). As Artistic Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California, I organize 6-10 exhibitions and 30-50 residencies with contemporary American and international artists each year. 2017 highlights include Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle: Kentifrica Is…, Sherin Guirguis: My Place is the Placeless, and 2018 solo commissions include Carmen Argote: If only it were that easy… co-produced by 18th Street with REDCAT and the Getty for Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA. I am a Senior Lecturer in the MFA Program at Otis College of Art and Design, and a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association. I work extensively with process-based, public, and participatory art forms, as both a curator and a critic, with a focus on transcultural approaches to technology and the social. I have organized over 50 exhibitions with California-based and international artists over the past decade, notably Sonya Rapoport: Spaces of Life (Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, 2012), Social Fabric (Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2013), and Uncommon Terrain (Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Venice, 2015).

In the past I have taught art history and critical theory at San José State University, College of Marin, and UC Berkeley, and served as a consultant and board member for a variety of cultural organizations. My research focus is transnational futurism, combining media studies, theory of globalization, and critical race discourse with modern and contemporary art history. Recent publications include “Phenomenology of a Cyborg: Biological and Technical Systems in the Art of Juan Downey” (X-TRA, vol. 20 no. 3, Spring 2018), “‘Naked in the Sight of the Object’: Masking, Masquerade, and Black Identity” (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 4, Summer 2016), “Becoming Human: Nam June Paik’s Futuristic Compassion” (X-TRA, vol. 18 no. 1, Fall 2015), “A Brief and Incomplete History of Art and Technology Ventures in the Bay Area 1980-2010” (Afterimage, vol. 41, no. 6, Summer 2014), and “Sonya Rapoport: A Woman’s Place is in the Studio” (Sonya Rapoport: Pairings of Polarities. Terri Cohn, Ed. Berkeley: Heyday, 2012). I am a regular contributor to X-TRA, KCET Artbound and DAILY SERVING, and have been published in Hyperallergic, Leonardo, SF Camerawork Journal, Afterimage, Artillery, The Brooklyn Rail, and Open Space, the blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

I live in Los Angeles, CA, with a husband, two children, and three cats.

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