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Executive Director

Email: b***@***.edu
Local Address:  Oakland , California , United States
The Lab San Francisco

Employment History


  • M.A. , Art History
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Dreaming up ideal art worlds: New Art Economy Summit and Potluck Saturday, July 23rd | The Present Group Journal, 11 Nov 2010 [cached]
Dena Beard, MATRIX Curatorial Assistant at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
• Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum || Contact •, 24 Sept 2007 [cached]
Dena BeardCuratorial/Development Associate
Merchant Profile Page, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
THE DISQUIET Bay Area Currents 2014 Selections by Dena Beard, Assistant Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive July 8 - August 8, 2014 Artists' Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-8pm Artists' Talk: First Friday, August 1, 6.30pm The Disquiet brings together work by eight artists who reveal 'undercurrents' in Bay Area art. An open call to artists collected over 200 submissions that Dena Beard reviewed online before participating in studio visits with finalists. In applying her curatorial gaze to this grand sweep of Bay Area art, Beard identifies the shared artistic pursuit of freedom via creative processes that unnerve and disorient. She says, "The Disquiet stages a subtle drama between the gallery and the world outside. Eight works are cast together in darkness as components of a single identity, the exhibition, but they resound with discordant voices. Purged from the artists and transferred into objects, they form an alien landscape. Featured Artists: Michael Berens Benjamin De Kosnik Angela Hennessy Takeshi Moro George Pfau Tamra Seal Kate Short Elizabeth Sims About the Juror: Dena Beard is Assistant Curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Call for Entry: Bay Area Currents at Pro Arts Gallery — Due: April 16, 2014, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Dena Beard is the assistant curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She has organized exhibitions with D-L Alvarez, Lutz Bacher, Anna Halprin, Desirée Holman, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, as well as working on projects with Martha Colburn, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Ahmet Ogut, Trevor Paglen, Emily Roysdon, Tomás Saraceno, and Tris Vonna-Michell, among others. At Bay Area alternative spaces she curated the Lending Library series and Taking Up Room on the Floor.
Interview with the Lab executive director ... [cached]
Interview with the Lab executive director Dena Beard
For 30 years The Lab has served as a cultural landmark for experimental and avant-garde music in San Francisco as an 'alternative multidisciplinary art space'.
On August 1st, former Berkeley Art Museum assistant curator Dena Beard took the reins as executive director. We checked in with Dena about her philosophy of how to bring the space back to its roots while acknowledging its history, her thoughts on art patronage in the age of tech gentrification, and turf dancing.
Dena Beard: I worked with Trevor Paglen pretty soon after I started at the [Berkeley] Museum, under the oversight of curator Elizabeth Thomas.
Dena Beard: I've had the privilege of working on over 50 projects with a few different kinds of art spaces.
Dena Beard: We hope to do more of that!
Dena Beard: I'll be bringing in a more diverse program. There will be one or two very well selected sound shows a month, through Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and other outlets, but there will also be strong exhibition program featuring 3-4 large-scale artist commissions per year, interspersed by film/performance/literary events. Next year I hope to launch the exhibition program, which will present 3-4 large scale commissions by artists who work on-site, in residence, for 2 months prior to actually showing the finished work. The point is that the process is as important as the product-I want audiences to be inspired by new ways of working, not just the thing itself.
"the culture of experimental music has been tightly configured around the white male perspective, and the bro culture at shows can still be overwhelming, and a bit ridiculous"- Dena Beard
White Fungus: Will there be major or minor differences from what we know of the Lab?
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Dena Beard: The space will undergo a major renovation-I want to knock down the walls and ceiling, clean up the floor-returning The Lab to its original raw identity as a union meeting hall.
Dena Beard: Great art problematizes capital, either directly or indirectly, and sometimes that isn't what people who aspire towards capital want to see.
Dena Beard: I love it that you've noticed this!
Dena Beard: Keeping the work alive means constantly introducing new voices-especially those lie outside the scene.
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