Our lobby and galleries will be closed today, Monday 6/17. Please visit for our regular hours.
Join YBCA on the third Thursday evening of each month for free gallery admission, extended hours, and live programming.

This Third Thursday join Nicole Lavelle and Charlie Macquarie of Place Talks as they take over the grand lobby with Common Source, a collection of projects that consider the ways we share space and information in public forums.

Browse the Common Source itinerant library, a collection of books and writing that works to restructure perceptions of public space, and listen as individuals from the Place Talks community—writers, artists, and architects—read short selections from the books on display.


Place Talks is an experimental platform for performative research and a dynamic framework for location-oriented inquiry. It began as a series of visual lectures about location at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco within their Artist-in-Residence program, and was the recipient of an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure.

Nicole Lavelle is an artist and designer who lives in California. Her research-driven, project-based social practice yields experimental essays, visual narratives, and platforms for participation. She studied design at Portland State University and Social Practice at the California College of the Arts. She is a 2016-2017 Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Prelinger Library since 2015. She works at IDEO in San Francisco.

Charlie Macquarie is an artist and experimental librarian, whose creative practice takes the form of the Library of Approximate Location — an ongoing itinerant project engaging with the confounding nature of environmental materiality and its disparate networks in the Western United States through the installation of site-specific libraries. He also works as a digital archivist at the Bancroft Library, and is a library research fellow and librarian in residence at the Prelinger Library.


Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, FREE art, drinks, fun… Get your culture on each month in downtown San Francisco with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood!

YBCA Exhibitions 16-17 are made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and The Creative Ventures Council.

Engagement and Education Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by:
Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Wallace Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Sato Foundation, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

Lead Image: Courtesy of the artists