Tamara Loewenstein is an independent curator and arts administrator based in San Francisco. She has worked at non-profit arts and higher education institutions for nearly a decade. Her practice focuses on the intersection between identity, history, and politics through the medium of arts-based community activism and social engagement. In particular, her interests lie in exploring Jewish identity, immigration, xenophobia, multi-generational trauma, feminism and LGBTQ activism, and the story-telling of these issues through film.

Loewenstein has curated exhibitions and programs in venues throughout San Francisco including the San Francisco Art Institute, African American Arts & Culture Complex, Million Fishes Gallery, The Spare Room Project and Queens Nails Annex. She served as the curatorial consultant in the founding of the gallery at Ruth's Table, an exhibition space at Bethany Center Senior Housing in honor of artist Ruth Asawa and worked as the Curator + Community Arts Organizer of the Urban Share Community Gardening Project. In commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, she commissioned and organized a large-scale public projection by artist Ben Wood for St. Ignatius Church in tandem with its city-wide memorial service. Most recently, Loewenstein curated and organized a three-part film and lecture series, Berlin: In(flux), at the San Francisco Art Institute. The series took up conversations around contemporary immigration and refugee issues through film and artist projects, using Berlin as a case study.

SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE
  • BA + BFA Department Manager, San Francisco Art Institute (2015-2017)
  • Assistant to the President, San Francisco Art Institute (2013-2015)
  • Assistant Curator, Manresa Gallery, San Francisco (2010-2013)
  • Gallery Manager, Manresa Gallery, San Francisco (2009-2010)
  • Outreach Assistant, We Were Here, A Film by David Weissman, San Francisco (2011)
  • Curator, The Gallery at Ruth’s Table, Bethany Center, San Francisco (2009)
  • Curator, Annual Gala Arts Exhibition, St. Mary’s Center, Oakland, CA (2009)
  • Exhibitions Manager, Threads, San Francisco (2009)
  • Exhibition Fellow, California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2008)
  • Curatorial Assistant, Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (2004)
FILM PROGRAMMING
  • Berlin: In(flux), San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2017)
  • Screening of A Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz, Million Fishes Gallery, San Francisco (2010)
SELECTED CURATORIAL WORK
  • Bohemian Rhapsodies, City of San Francisco's 100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute (2015)
  • We Were There, African American Arts & Culture Complex, San Francisco (2010)
  • Taking Root, The Gallery at Ruth’s Table, Bethany Center, San Francisco (2010)
  • The Secret of the Ninth Planet, Photo Epicenter, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco (2009)
  • Cynosure, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco (2008)
  • Base/Basin, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT (2008)
COMMISIONS
  • 9/11 Commemoration, Public Projection by Ben Wood, Manresa Gallery, San Francisco (2011)
  • The Free Farm Mural by Leanne C. Miller, Urban Share Community Gardening Project, San Francisco (2010)
  • Urban Share Community Gardening Project satellite site mural by Bianca Müller of the Kultklecks, Oakland, CA (2010)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Museum Committee Member, GLBT History Museum (GLBT Historical Society) (2013-2014)
  • Gala Committee Member, GLBT Historical Society (2013-2014)
  • Curator + Community Arts Organizer, Urban Share Community Gardening Project, San Francisco (2009-2010)
  • Exhibitions Committee Member, GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco (2009)
EDUCATION
  • MA, Curatorial Practice (2009)
    California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (2006)
    New College of California, San Francisco, CA
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