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Dena Beard

Executive Director

The Lab

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The Lab

2948 16th Street

San Francisco, California 94103

United States

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Employment History

Elín Hansdóttir

Assistant Curator


Assistant Curator




Art History

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Dena Beard, the executive ... [cached]

Dena Beard, the executive director of The Lab, a combination art gallery and performance space that bills itself as "a safe space for dissonance in San Francisco," will also be at the fair. The Lab's programming involves four residencies per year, ranging from artists creating performances on the "machinations of capital" in the alcohol, sugar, and tobacco industries to the history of 21st Century guitar, exploring forms from experimental to folk.

When describing the work she'll bring to the fair, Beard says, "What we try to do is have as much energy and animation in our media presentations as possible.

I spoke recently with Dena ... [cached]

I spoke recently with Dena Beard, Director of The Lab, about this new initiative.

Hence this new initiative at The Lab, in which Beard will be putting her money where her mouth is (pun very much intended). By providing the artists with this sizable stipend and keys to its facilities, The Lab will essentially be paying artists to live and work for a set period of time. And considering The Lab is a nonprofit endeavor without the sizable endowments or top-dollar donors that other arts institutions have, it needs your help to accomplish this goal.
Direct fundraising has a visceral impact, too, on the audiences served by its art, explains Beard. "In many ways, [crowdsourcing] is enormously important for the sense of complicity that we need for the work that we do," she says.
Beard reflects: "Looking at the numbers - we did give more than a third of our budget to artists [in 2015].

So, I talked with Beard to ... [cached]

So, I talked with Beard to find out more about the telethon and why everyone should stay up all night.

Without further adieu, the probably soon to be re-titled Executive Director of The Lab, Dena Beard, answered some of my questions.

Selected Projects | Creative Work Fund - Part 3 [cached]

As the project culminates in 2017, Purnell and The Lab's director, Dena Beard, will implement a series of events at the Lab, including presentations that mix live performances with film screenings.

Interview with the Lab executive director Dena Beard [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.
"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
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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