Curatorial Research Bureau
Students of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts and the Curatorial Research Bureau (CRB) in San Francisco 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 and encourages active participation, whether that be asking questions or sharing comments surrounding this theme of community and curating. Audience members are also invited to submit their own questions by emailing

The panel is conceived specifically in conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here (April 20–August 4, 2019), organized by SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

Featuring Panelists

Deena Chalabi

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

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

Daniela Lieja Quintanar (Mexico City, 1984) 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

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).

About CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

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.

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

Related Event

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here Opening Night Party

Celebrate the opening of Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here with an evening filled with art, DJs, dancing, and special performances from Youth Speaks, YR Media, and Caleb Duarte with students from N.E.S.T., the Fremont High School Newcomer Educational Support and Transition Program.

Get Tickets