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How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? 

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Feature-length articles and thematic programming exploring a chosen focus related to visual culture from a wide range of angles.

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In-depth considerations of artists' works through podcasts, profiles, reviews, opinion pieces, and columns organized around a central subject, offering fresh perspectives from West Coast writers. 

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Renowned artists, performers, writers, educators, and curators working contribute enriching and critical analysis of exhibitions and events on the West Coast. 

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Find out what's on view and what events you can't miss! Our events calendar highlights what's coming up and what Picks our editors have highlighted as noteworthy.


Episode 6: The Value of Doing Nothing by Dorothy R. Santos

Episode 6: The Value of Doing Nothing


Dorothy R. Santos speaks with Jenny Odell about exercises in attention, space for refusal, bonding over our experience of an Ellsworth Kelly painting at the SFMOMA, and much more. 

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Episode 39: Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt by Weston Teruya

Episode 39: Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt


Weston Teruya speaks with Honolulu-based artist Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt about her methodologies on understanding the land and de-centering the United States.

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Returning to Prison: Future IDs at Alcatraz by Brian Karl

Returning to Prison: Future IDs at Alcatraz


Future IDs intervenes in the cycle of hollow tourism by inserting the stories of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals into Alcatraz, complicating the site’s own story.

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The Metrics of Backpacks by Victoria Gannon

The Metrics of Backpacks

Living & Working

"The backpacks of my youth were not optimized. They had padded straps and meaningless loops that dangled like ponytails."

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Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park by Sofía Córdova

Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Living & Working

Artist and musician, Sofía Córdova, takes us to the "foot" of the tech empire to talk to us about the intersections of art, climate change, and finding one's community in an apocalyptic Oakland.

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On History and Endurance by Dodie Bellamy

On History and Endurance

Living & Working

"I’m not the first and I won’t be the last writer in whose work San Francisco is more than a place; it infuses the writing to such a degree that it assumes the position of protagonist."

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Living & Working

Art collective, BONANZA, takes us to their favorite dive bar in San Francisco where they gather to drink, dance, and host art events. 

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Episode 38: Leland Miyano by Weston Teruya

Episode 38: Leland Miyano


Weston Teruya speaks with Honolulu-based artist Leland Miyano about his connections to nature and natural materials and his process for the new site specific installation at the Foster Botanical Garden. 

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