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Susannah Magers

Oakland, CA

A Bay Area, California native, Susannah Magers is an independent curator and writer, based in Oakland, CA. Recent curatorial projects include the 2016 exhibition Amanda Curreri: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, which was also presented as part of a panel at the Oakland Museum of California, during Open Engagement 2016—POWER, an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art.

Current projects include guest curating Political Birthdays at Downtown Oakland project space Dream Farm Commons––a group show featuring artists Jessalyn Aaland, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Artemisa Clark, Virginia Broersma, Weird Allan Kaprow, Mary Beth Magyar, Mary Tremonte, Sarah Hotchkiss, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Grace Rosario Perkins, and Christine Wong Yap––and call to action emphasizing visibility, agency, and collaboration as resources, sites of inquiry, and tools. 

She is also co-curating the forthcoming group exhibition, Material Futurity, with Jehra Patrick, Director and Curator, Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Material Futurity features recent work by Diedrick Brackens (Los Angeles, CA), Jeffrey Gibson (New York, NY), Sahar Khoury (Oakland, CA), Grace Rosario Perkins (Albuquerque, NM and Bay Area, CA), Anna Luisa Petrisko (Los Angeles, CA), Chris Bogia (Queens, NY), Jade Yumang (Vancouver, BC, Brooklyn, NY, and Chicago, IL).

She is also guest editing an upcoming issue of Sinister Wisdom (the oldest surviving intersectional lesbian literary and art journal in the United States) on the theme of transfer in contemporary lesbian and queer art. She also manages the Instagram account for Sinister Wisdom. Recent experience includes working as the Deputy Director and Curator of Contemporary Art at Rochester Art Center, and as Interpretation Manager for the site-specific contemporary exhibition about global human rights, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Prior, she was a co-director of the Oakland, CA alternative arts and project space, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, which supports emerging and mid-career artists in the Bay Area with an emphasis on experiential and experimental programming. 

Magers has curated shows throughout California in San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz, and in Minnesota.