MA Curatorial Practices & the Public Sphere

Wed, Feb 20
Hauser & Wirth Tour: 5pm
Panel Discussion: 6pm

Hauser & Wirth LA and the
Roski Arts District Studios

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Hauser & Wirth Tour: 5pm

Gracie Dixon and Rachel Keller, Hauser & Wirth staff and Roski MA alums will present a tour of the exhibitions Piero Mazoni: Materials of His Time and Annie Leibovitz The Early Years, 1970 - 1983: Archive Project No. 1.


Panel Discussion: 6pm

A few blocks away, at the new USC Roski Arts District Graduate Design studios, guests are invited for an informal discussion on curatorial practices with several Roski MA alumni.

Participants include: Gracie Dixon (Hauser & Wirth), David Frantz (Palm Springs Art Museum), Rachel Keller (Hauser & Wirth), Heber Rodriguez (Armory Center for the Arts), Megan Steinman (The Underground Museum) and Consuelo Velasco Montoya (California African American Museum).



Gracie Dixon is the Head of the Front Desk department at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.  She received her BA in Literarture and History at Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from USC Roski’s Curatorial Program in 2016. Her area of focus in graduate school was public art, specifically projects that focused on urban sustainability. After graduating, Gracie worked on CURRENT:LA WATER for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and at Roski, before moving into the gallery world.  


David Evans Frantz is Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Previously, he was the curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Frantz co-curated with Mia Locks Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (2011) for the Getty’s PST L.A., 1945–1980. He also co-curated with Ondine Chavoya Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.(2017), a collaboration between ONE Archives and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles for PST: LA/LA. 


Rachel Kelleris the Education Assistant at Hauser & Wirth, where she supports the gallery’s education and community outreach initiatives through organizing programming with community partners including: Cal State Los Angeles, Art + Practice, Cal Arts, and SciArc. She also helps foster new relationships between the gallery and neighboring organizations in Los Angeles. Rachel holds a BA in Art History from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere from USC Roski School of Art and Design. 


Consuelo Velasco Montoya, who works in design, education, and social practice, is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the California African- American Museum. Previously, she was Program Manager and faculty in the MFA Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design and also worked on public art projects for the LA Metro Art. Chelo has an B.A. in fine art from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. 


Heber Rodriguez is a Los Angeles-based arts administrator, independent curator, and writer whose research areas include Art and Technology, Internet culture, and experimental sound practices with an emphasis on Latin America and its corresponding diasporas. Rodriguez recently became Exhibition Program Production Manager at the Pasadena Armory Center of the Arts. He received his MA at in Curatorial Studies at Roski in 2015. 


Megan Steinman, currently the Director of The Underground Museum in Los Angeles,is an independent curator, writer, and producer with over 20 years of experience in the arts, entertainment and culture industries. Megan holds a Master of Public Art Studies from the USC  Roski School of Art and Design. Prior to graduate school, she was the Creative Director for Capitol Records. From 2000-2004, Megan was the chief researcher, producer and artist liaison for photographer Annie Leibovitz’s book “American Music.”