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Pop-Up Art Installations

Curated State promotes Bay Area artists through alternative venues and projects.  Since the beginning of 2019, our business shifted to exclusively developing pop-up art shows featuring local artists in a variety of locations around the city: galleries, art buildings, empty storefronts and regular venues including Avenue in Bernal Heights. In the decade that Curated State has existed, we have designed, handled, installed and managed nearly 100 discrete art exhibits showing the work of hundreds of artists. 

In 2019 we collaborated with two local organizations to develop and implement two artist residencies: the first was in partnership with Gardenville Station featuring the work of David Aaron Smith, a Death Valley artist working with found objects to create portraits of Bayview activists and community workers.  The second, in collaboration with Spike Kahn of the Pacific Felt Factory, sponsored a new residency with Mozambican photographer Amilton Neves Cune.  In 2020, Curated State partnered with Renée DeCarlo of The Drawing Room to curate "Nail Fetish," a solo show by Tom Seligman, former Director of Stanford's Cantor Center.  

In response to the economic dislocation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued working with The Drawing Room to activate windows and vacant storefront space through art and multi-disciplinary experiences.  Our goal is to engage new audiences while strengthening neighborhood communities through thought-provoking and relevant curation, artistic process and dialogue, and also to heighten the human experience - both that of artist and audience. 

Our projects have most recently included the activation of 780 Valencia, a 6000 sq. ft site in the Mission District, where we launched 8 exhibitions over 16 months (2022-23) focusing on climate change, women's rights, the challenges of the COVID pandemic, and economic and political upheaval.  These exhibitions represented hundreds of local visual and performing artists, including San Francisco youth, and attracted thousands of visitors.  We're continuing to collaborate at The Drawing Room's current location at 210 Clement St., and are always in search of new spaces for art.  

For more information, please email Courtney, or call at 415.254.4754