Curatorial Research Bureau Program to Launch in September at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The Curatorial Research Bureau’s inaugural exhibition, a Marianne Wex show, will open on September 4.


The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the California College of the Arts will join forces to launch what they’re calling the Curatorial Research Bureau, a space within Yerba Buena’s San Francisco campus that will host CCA’s Curatorial Practice graduate program. The Curatorial Research Bureau will open its doors to the public on September 4, when it will launch a show about Marianne Wex’s 1979 book Let’s Take Back Our Public Space—the first in a series of exhibitions titled “Case Studies,” in which books and related ephemera are showcased.

In addition to its exhibitions programming, the Curatorial Research Bureau will be home to a bookstore and the site of various talks and seminars put on by the Curatorial Practice program. Some programs will be open to the public, in an attempt to convene both members of the local art world and Curatorial Practice students.

“We’re really thinking about place and context, and how important context is for curating,” James Voorhies, the chair of the Curatorial Practice graduate program, told ARTnews in a phone interview. The point of launching CRB, he continued, is to bring students into conversation with members of the Bay Area art world. “I’m really excited about bringing people together from disparate spaces, like the academy, SFMOMA, and the Bay Area art scene.”

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