In my respective positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Walker Art Center, I was in charge of organizing public programs including opening day panels and symposia, artists’ talks, distinguished lectures series, conversations and other discursive programs. Earlier in my career at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, I organized lectures, panels, site specific projects and also worked on performances and a radio series. For a complete list of public programs click here to CV/Biography page.



State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
Opening Day Panels with Curators and Artists,
Performances and Screening


California Conceptualism: Affinities North, South and Beyond

Constance Lewallen in conversation with art historian/scholar Anne Rorimer and artists Paul Kos, and Tom Marioni.

California Performance Circa 1970: Issues and Interventions
Karen Moss in conversation with artists Suzanne Lacy, Bonnie Sherk and Barbara Smith
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Artists’ Performances
Featured Lowell Darling, Get Your MFA Today, James Melchert, reenactment of Following Instructions (1971) and Linda Mary Montano, The Artist is Here.

Screening of Women/Art/Revolution
Lynn Hershman Leeson introduced her new film including more than forty years of interviews with feminist artists, historians, curators and critics.

Pacific Standard Time South
Karen Moss with artists Susan Mogul who presented a new video and Ilene Segalove who screened Mom’s Tapes and conversed with her 90 year old mother.
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15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol
 Photo Opportunity
An in-gallery “photo booth” in which visitors where could take photographs of themselves and display them on the walls and on Facebook, attaining their own “15 minutes of fame.”

Sunday Salons: Contemporary Photography
Karen Moss in conversation with artists JoAnn Callis, Eileen Cowin, and Kim Yasuda

New Art for a New Century, 2000-2010
Conversations with Artists and Critics
Michael Ned Holte with Mark Flores, Carter Mull and Amanda Ross-Ho and Chris Miles with Sean Duffy and Mindy Shapero.


Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Pierce
Opening Day Panel Discussion
Karen Moss in conversation with exhibition catalogue writers Tim Rodgers, Sharyn Udall and Michael Zakian.


Disorderly Conduct at the Haudenschild Garage, La Jolla, CA
A collaborative program with OCMA and the Garage featuring a lecture by Daniel J. Martinez, Martin Kersel’s endurance performance, Breath, and Glenn Kaino’s Burning Boards, a chess performance with candles.

California Biennial

Sunday Salons
A conversation on borders with Andrea Bowers, Sam Durant, Marco ERRE Ramirez and Reverand Salvatierra; artists talks by Mary Kelly, Shana Lutker and Anna Sew Hoy; Edgar Arceneaux and Rodney McMillian, Jed Caesar, Daniel Martinez, Marco Rios and Kara Tanaka.


Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Mid-Century Opening Day Panel
Curator Liz Armstrong with book essayists Beatriz Colomina, Dave Hickey, and Tom Hine.

Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments
Opening Day Panel
Karen Moss with artists Rachel Lachowicz, Tom Marioni, Daniel Martinez and Paul McCarthy.

New Art from Orange County
Moderated by Robert Irwin with Chris Burden, Phyllis Lutjeans, Alexis Smith, and Barbara Smith.

Artists’ Talks
Talks in the galleries with Kim Abeles, Karen Finley, Andrea Fraser, George Herms, Tom La Duke, Babette Mangolte, Kori Newkirk, Al Ruppersberg, Alexis Smith, Mary Woronov, Jeffrey Vallance and Bruce Yonemoto.
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2006 California Biennial Opening Day Panel and Artists Talks
Curators Liz Armstrong, Rita Gonzalez, and Karen Moss with guests Glen Helfand and Jan Tumlir followed by artists talks with Scoli Acosta, Walead Besthy, Shana Lutker, Arturo Romo and Goody B. Wiseman.


California Modern

A Conversation with Ed Ruscha and Joe Goode About the Ferus Gallery
Ed Ruscha and Joe Goode in conversation with Ferus co-owner Irving Blum.

2004 California Biennial Opening Day Symposium and Artists Talks

Artists Matthew Coolidge, Daniel Martinez, and ValDez (Jeffrey Inaba and Peter Zellner) and gallery talks by Libby Black, Mark Bradford, Kim Fisher, Michelle Lopez, Mindy Shapero and Josephine Taylor.

San Francisco Art Institute (1999 – 2004)

McBean Distinguished Lecture/Residency
Rachel Whiteread, 2004
John Baldessari, 2003

Adrian Piper, 2002
Robert Rauschenberg/Walter Hopps, 2000
Each distinguished artist gave a keynote lecture, did studio visits and gave critiques with SFAI students.
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Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s until Now
Karen Moss in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud at SFAI and on-line:

F-Word Symposium
A two-day series of panels and performances on feminism and post-feminist practices with artists and historians.

Telematic Connections: the Virtual Embrace
Organized lecture by guest curator Steve Dietz and two concurrent public symposia: Women, the City and Technology and Curating Byte-Based Art.
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Voices of the Permanent Collection
Artists Dan Graham, Phil Barber, Wing Young Huie

Joseph Beuys Multiples
Opening Day Panel
Curators Anne Temkin and Johannes Matthieson

Beuys Information Office
A series of six gallery talks with multi-disciplinary artists and scholars.

Beuys and America
Lecture by David Levi-Strauss

Diana Thater: Orchid in Land of Technology
Lectures by Geoff Batchen, Peter Verbeek


Writers’ Readings
Feminists Judy Chicago and Rebecca Walker

Visitor’s Voices
Artists talks with Lorna Simpson and Todd Norsten

Beat Culture and New America
Opening Day Panel
Artists Allen Ginsberg, Bruce Conner, George Herms, Hettie Jones

An Evening About Bob Kaufman
Historian Maria Damon and Christopher Edwards

An Evening of Jazz and Poetry
University of Minnesota Jazz Quartet and Amiri Baraka

Backstage at the Walker
Dorit Cypis’ multi-media installation enabled participants to create theatrical interpretations from works in the Walker’s collection.

Photomontages of Hannah Hoch

Cafe Berlin

A twelve-week series of gallery talks and performance related to Dada and Weimar culture.


Brilliant: New Art from London
Artists Jake Chapman, Georgina Starr, Sam Taylor-Wood



National Performance Network Performances and Workshops
Assistant producer for Watchface, an ensemble that incorporated dance, acting and movement.


Territory of Art II
Research associate for radio series with artist collaborators from the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Austria broadcast on National Public Radio.

Research associate for Peter Sellars performance for the new MOCA building on Bunker Hill.
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In the Spirit of Fluxus
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Consultant for an outdoor Fluxus festival and public programs in conjunction with the exhibition
 when it traveled to Santa Barbara.


Project manager for public art program of installations and performance events by 50 artists, co sponsored by Santa Barbara Museum of Art and 40 local businesses.


Museum Architecture in a Post-Modern Age
Photosensitivity: Viewpoints of Modern Photography
As assistant curator organized these public programs in conjunction with exhibition and opening of new museum wing.
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