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Jordan Stein is an independent curator, author of Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo’s Estocada and Other Pieces (Soberscove Press, 2021), and founder of Cushion Works, an exhibition space in San Francisco’s Mission District. His practice aims to link past and present through the varied presentation of critical—and often overlooked—artworks, histories, and ideas. He has realized exhibitions with a array of artists and institutions, including Brian Belott’s RHODASCOPE: Scribbles, Smears, and the Universal Language of Children According to Rhoda Kellogg, San Francisco City Hall (2020, organized with Lindsey White); Gene Beery: Transmissions from the Logoscape Ranch, Bodega (New York, 2020, organized with Nick Irvin); Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts, Artists Space (New York, 2018); Earache, Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco, 2018); Miyoko Ito: MATRIX 267, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2017); So I traveled a great deal…, Matthew Marks Gallery (New York, 2017, organized with Vincent Fecteau); Lutz Bacher: The Secret Garden, Yale Union (2016, organized with Robert Snowden); Let Us Celebrate While Young Lingers and Ideas Flow, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2016); and more. Cushion Works has realized projects with Zarouhie Abdalian, Troy Chew, Carissa Rodriguez, and others. Stein is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary collaborative group Will Brown, which realized more than three-dozen exhibitions and programs in their San Francisco storefront before working with other organizations. With Will Brown, he is the author of Bruce Conner: Brass Handles, and with Jason Fulford is the editor of Where to Score, a collection of hippie-era classified advertisements.
An illustrated presentation by Glass, house founder Jordan Stein.read more »
Dead Center of Gravity examines the way certain tendencies in minimal, abstract, and experiential art practices have been translated and understood via photography.read more »