Curatorial Research Bureau

Frances Richard in conversation with Gwen Allen, San Francisco State University Professor of Art History, and James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about her new book, Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics.


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.


Frances Richard

Frances Richard is the author of three books of poems: Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2012), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012) and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003). She is co-author, with Jeffrey Kastner and Sina Najafi, of Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” (Cabinet Books, 2005), and editor of Joan Jonas is On Our Mind, a volume of essays on the artist (Wattis Institute, 2017); her book-length study Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics appears in 2019 from the University of California Press. She is associate editor at Places journal, and teaches at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Gwen Allen

Gwen Allen is Professor of Art History at San Francisco State University, where she specializes in contemporary art, criticism, and visual culture. She has written extensively about art and design for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, Art Journal, ARTMargins, Mousse, Art in America, Art Papers, and East of Bourneo. She is the author of Artists’ Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art (MIT Press, 2011), and edited the volume The Magazine in the Documents of Contemporary Art Series (MIT Press and the Whitechapel Gallery, 2016).