Conversations with Curators Episode 1 – Kevin Chen

Dan Wolf Community, Featured, Visual Art — By on August 21, 2012 12:36 pm

They used to print the news at 5th and Mission. Technically they still do but that corner is home to so much more these days. What was once the heart of the Hearst news empire has become the future of San Francisco. And the future is now! Home to an amazing array of social entrepreneurs bent on changing the downtown landscape, the Chronicle building now houses organizations such as the Hub Bay Area, 5M, and the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking among others.  Nestled back in the corner of the building is the only arts organization in the complex, the powerhouse known as Intersection for the Arts.

I have been involved with Intersection for over ten years as an artist and a fan. They produce my work, fuel my inspiration, and help me articulate my vision and voice. And I am not alone. They create a communal table where expression, art, and diversity is the fuel that pushes us all into the future. Their staff is populated with curators, community activists, performers, technicians, civic leaders and visionaries that act as the center to niche communities – all whom call Intersection home.

I spent some time exploring their current exhibition Motion Graphics: In and Beyond The Street  (which closes August 25) and then talked with curator Kevin Chen about vision, content and community.

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