"[Our docent] was a wonderful teacher - he curated an experience and made it fun and interesting because his own enthusiasm for the art was infectious. He had great patience and skill in explaining complex, abstract ideas to us as complete novices."
Inside the Museum
A native to the Bay Area, Justin Charles Hoover is a practicing visual art, curator and an avid student of Kung Fu. He holds bachelor degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master Degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master Degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Middlebury Institute at Monterey. Since 2004 Hoover has worked as a museum curator and gallery director, developing communities and empowering audiences through exhibitions, public programs, festival and special events. These range from conventional white wall shows, to black box screenings, popup happenings and art in alternative contexts. Hoover has performed, curated, and exhibited at numerous venues around the world including the 2016 Sculpture Quadrenniale Riga, Latvia; 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale as an artist featured in the US Pavilion (Design Action for the Common Good); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among other venues.
Stephen Albair is an artist and part-time college teacher of Art History and Design. He earned a BS in Education, an MA in Fine Art and an MFA in 3-D Design for Illinois State University and has worked in academia for over 25 years. He has held several positions as a visiting artist in many locations throughout the United States and Nova Scotia Canada. Originally from the East Coast, he moved to San Francisco 27 years ago from New York City, where he lived for 10 years. Stephen has traveled extensively spending much of his time in Asia where he has exhibits his artwork.
Larissa Archer is an internationally published art critic, dancer, actor, and native San Franciscan. She has a BA from St. John’s College (the “Great Books” Program) and an MA in classical theater from University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Daughter of Masha Archer, founder of the San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe, she performs with Fat Chance Belly Dance under the direction of her mother’s former student, Carolena Nericcio, and recently established her own company, San Francisco Bellydance Theater. Her art criticism has appeared in Frieze, Hyperallergic, Art Practical, the Huffington Post, Zyzzyva, the Rumpus, the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, and others. She also co-founded and moderates Strange Developments, a quarterly public panel discussion series with local artists, and curates and emcees LuLu’s Bomb Sundays, a variety show featuring local visual, literary, and performance artists.
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