Curatorial Research Bureau

Curator Constance Lewallen and Art Historian Dore Bowen speak about their new book, Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters (UC Press, 2019), the first publication to solely take up Nauman’s corridors and architectural installations. The book explores the significance of these bodies of works—in particular their physical, perceptual, and psychological exertions on and manifestations in the viewer-participant. Further, the relationship of these works to Nauman’s overall practice and other work of this period, including that of James Turrell, Paul Kos, and Robert Morris, is investigated.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will also hold a book launch for Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters January 30.


Call + Response is an open invitation to Bay Area 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.

Artist Bios

Dore Bowen

Dore Bowen explores the relationship between photography, politics, and human experience to write alternative histories of contemporary art. Her book Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, with Constance M. Lewallen, is forthcoming from University of California Press. Other publications include “Une Belle Banalité: Dan Graham” in Culture et Musées (forthcoming); “On the Site of Her Own Exclusion: Strategizing Queer Feminist Art History” in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories; “This Bridge Called Imagination: On Reading the Arab Image Foundation” in Invisible Culture; and “Imagine There’s No Image (It’s Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction” in The Companion to Art History Since 1945. She has received fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art, The Clark Art Institute, the Camargo Foundation, and the Getty Research Library. She is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at San José State University.

Constance Lewallen

Constance Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where first she was MATRIX curator and subsequently senior curator who organized many major exhibitions. These include Joe Brainard: A Retrospective (2001), The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm 1968-1978 (with Steve Seid) (2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007; State of Mind: New California Art ca. 1970 (with Karen Moss) (2011). All of these toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, Mind over Matter, was presented at BAMPFA in 2016. Lewallen is author of 500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House and co-author of Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, both published by UC Press.