Canyon Cinema Mungo City of Disappearances Ben Kinmont In Protest

Canyon Cinema Pop-Up
December 2013

Mungo Thomson
Wall, Window or Bar Signs
Kadist Art Foundation
September 2014

City of Disappearances
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art
co-curated with Elizabeth Neilson
Fall 2013

Ben Kinmont Bookseller
Kadist Art Foundation
September 2012

In Protest
co-curated with Constance Lewallen
Berkeley Art museum


Joseph del Pesco

The paintings are vanishing into the walls; but they will be marvelous walls. In turn, the walls will vanish into the landscape, but the view will be ecstatic. And after that the viewer will vanish into the view. A.W.

Keywords: curator, writer, coordinator, collaborator, publisher, producer, organizer, researcher, presenter, host.

As founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation‘s venue in San Francisco (in 2010), del Pesco established a fast-paced program of weekly events that identified art as a point-of-departure to talk about global social issues. Working with a network of guest curators and in partnership with area museums, del Pesco positioned Kadist S.F. as key voice in contemporary art in San Francisco. While at Kadist he prototyped the first residency for international art magazines, curated events and exhibitions with leading artists, and helped the foundation acquire dozens of artworks.

Prior to Kadist he developed a year-long experimental school-without-walls called the Pickpocket Almanack with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 2007 to 2009 he was adjunct curator at Artists Space in New York. In 2006 he was a curatorial fellow at the Banff Centre, Canada (returning in 2009 to lead a month-long residency) and in 2008 he traveled to Italy for a residency with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino, Italy). Prior to 2006 he worked as Assistant Curator at the Art Museum at UC Davis.



A society for the production of secrets, The Secret Society held a one-night meeting at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive. The traveling Bitter Valise, a bar inside of a suitcase (homemade amaros) for artists who’ve received rejection letters. The international version of the Pickpocket Almanack at Artissima.

The Anecdote Archive Issue #1, Issue #2 and Issue #3 identifies ‘word-of-mouth’ as important to the distribution of non-object-oriented ideas in art. Letterpress posters delivered to politicians, State of the Arts was produced collaboratively in think-tank discussions with artists. An exhibition traveling from Articule (MontrĂ©al) to PNCA (Portland) to the Nelson Gallery (UC Davis), Black Market Type & Print Shop surveyed lettering by contemporary artists.

An exhibition at Artists Space (NYC), On Being An Exhibition borrows Michael Asher’s Situational Aesthetics as a point-of-departure. At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francsico), Collective Foundation re-formats the alternative space model. In Geneva Switzerland, an exhibition of Project Placement. A video program brought to private homes (in Banff, Canada) Domestic Multiplex. The YouTube Commentary Project invites artist to reflect on existing videos.



Wall, Window or Bar Sign (12 Step) on the work of Mungo Thomson. Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk about the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Artist Highlight: Holly Herndon for SFAQ magazine.

Bay Area Art and the (Counter) Culture of Silicon Valley for the exhibition Six Lines of Flight. Interview with Anthony Discenza for Open Space blog. Also on Open Space, a conversation with Sean Dockray. An interview with Chris Sharp about opening Kadist in San Francisco. Download the Pacific Limn ebook, a project by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries and Kadist.

Conversation with Marisa Jahn about her book Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices. Specters of San Francisco Magazines was a report about the history of art related periodicals in the SF Bay Area, as a framework to talk about the present (in 2010). Kadist Art Foundation in Paper Magazine. An interview in Fillip magazine about the Collective Foundation.

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