Living & Working: Jakeya Caruthers & Xandra Ibarra

Living & Working

Living & Working: Jakeya Caruthers & Xandra Ibarra

By Art Practical Editors May 15, 2019

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? Living & Working is a multi-platform column focusing on the experiences and strategies from those who continue to live and work in the Bay Area.

Living & Working is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Living & Working: Jakeya Caruthers & Xandra Ibarra
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00-7:00pm
The Growlery's Kitchen
235 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? The art world is inundated with stories from the community and media about artists being displaced in the face of great wealth disparity, a crushing housing crisis, the lack of sustainable employment in the arts, and a threatening decrease in exhibition and funding sources. Living and Working consists of a multi-author column, a video series, and live events where artists and cultural workers answer the question “How do you live and work in the Bay Area?”

For our live event series, we invited artists to speak to a specific location or site that holds significance to their practice or experience living in the Bay Area. Join Jakeya Caruthers and Xandra Ibarra in the Growlery’s kitchen to commemorate the many conversations had in each other's kitchens.

Jakeya Caruthers is a Research Fellow in Stanford’s Program in African and African-American Studies. A Cultural Studies Scholar, Jakeya's current and forthcoming work include an article examining curiosity as a radical black feminist feeling as well as a larger project exploring digital observational humor which unsettles the ground of black public memory by replacing black aesthetic traditions of subtext with hyperlinguistic supertext.  This fall, she joins the faculty of Berea College as Assistant Professor and Chair of African American Studies."

Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist who works in performance, photography, video, and sculpture. Her work often addresses abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender and queer subject. She has been awarded The Queer|Art Award for Recent Work, the Art Matters Grant, NALAC Fund for the Arts, ReGen Artist Fund, and the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award. Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo (Colombia), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), The Broad Museum (LA), CITRU-Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico), and Joe’s Pub (NYC) to name a few. In 2018, Ibarra co-curated a year-long feminist performance art series entitled EN CUATRO PATAS with Nao Bustamante at The Broad Museum (LA). For more info visit:

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