Curator with The Black Aesthetic

Editor In Chief A/V of Art Practical


2016 MFA Studio Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2012 BA, Television, Film & Media Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

2009 Howard University, Washington, D.C., Communications Studies

Teaching Experience

2018-19 Guest Lecturer, New Genres Department, San Francisco Art Institute

2015-16 Teaching Assistant, Advanced Video, Fine Arts Department, Mills College



  • The Growlery SF

  • Little Paper Planes

  • ACRE Residency


  • Kala Fellowship & Artist Residency

  • E.M. Wolfman Gallery & Bookstore Residency

Exhibitions & Screenings


  • Noise + Thirst Screening, Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art, Buffalo New York

  • Between Beauty & Horror, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Between Beauty & Horror Performance with Elena Gross, The Lab San Francisco, CA


  • Looking At What We Don’t Want To Look At, BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY

  • Futurescape Spells Project, Billboard on 40th St.and Markets St., Oakland, CA

  • Elemental curated by Zoe Samudzi, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Take Actions: A For Freedoms Exhibition curated by Hank Willis Thomas, CCA Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Womxn on Womxn, curated by Essence Harden, The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Added Value: Revaluation Station, curated by Stephanie Syjuco and Related Tactics for SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

  • Division of Labor, Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA

  • Emerging Visions, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at UC Santa Cruz, CA

  • Noise + Thirst, The Growlery SF, San Francisco, CA


  • SF Center For the Book, Degrees of Innovation, San Francisco, CA

  • Berkeley Art Museum, Black Life, Berkeley, CA with Christian Johnson

  • SF Arts Commission, Passports 2017, San Francisco, CA

  • Nook Gallery, Manifesto, Oakland, CA

  • Betti Ono, Black Women Over Breathing, Oakland, CA

  • Kala Art Institute Fellowship Exhibition, Berkeley, CA

  • R/SF Projects, BYOB, San Francisco, CA


  • Arts Benicia, Paper Cuts 2016, Benicia, CA

  • SoMarts, Night Light, San Francisco, CA

  • Mills College Art Museum, Mills College MFA Exhibition, Oakland, CA

  • Embark Gallery, Encounters: Portraits & Identity, San Francisco, CA

  • Southern Exposure, Declarations for the New Year, San Francisco, CA


  • Betti Ono Gallery, Polythetic, Oakland, CA

  • International Black Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

  • SOMArts, Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

  • Smack Mellon Gallery, RESPOND, Brooklyn, NY



  • Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund

  • East Bay Community Fund


  • Kala Fellowship Award

  • Hung Liu Award


  • Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation



  • “Color Theory”, edited Maya Gomez and Vreni Castillo by published by Wolfman Books

  • “This Is Not A Gun: Set of Keys”, Published by Montez Press (Forthcoming)

  • “The Underbuilt” collaborative essay with Caroline Sinders and The Black Aesthetic for After The Internet, Living Room Light Exchange Publication THREE

  • Essay on Asma Kazmi, for “deep-time construction” exhibition by Contemp+orary & Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (Spring 2018)

  • “Copper” essay with The Black Aesthetic for Black One Shot on ASAP Journal

  • “The Dialectics of Black Space” in The Black Aesthetic Season II Publication

  • “Blackberry Archives” an ongoing interview column for the Wolfman Books NEW LIFE  Quarterly

  • “Can You Think of an Ordinary Blackness?”, The Black Aesthetic Season One Publication



  • “Futurescape Spells Project Brings Public Art Installation to Oakland Billboards” by Sannidhi Shukla for East Bay Express

  • “East Bay Sees a Slew of New Print Publications in 2017” by Janelle Bitker for East Bay Express


  • “Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves” by Janelle Bitker for East Bay Express


  • “Death Grips”; a Black film dossier for Film Quarterly, Vol. 71, Number 2, by Michael Boyce Gillespie on my film DEAD NIGGA BLVD.


  • Spaces Together: Alternative Sites for Bay Area Arts by Sophia Wang for The Brooklyn Rail

  • KQED: A Reclamation Of Power For Black Women in Oakland, on Black Women Over Breathing, Betti Ono

  • Artists Putting Their Stamps on Polk Street’s ‘PASSPORTS’, on SF Arts Commission Passports by Sam Whiting for the SF Chronicle

  • CONGRATULATIONS PINE TREE EP. 130: POETRY WITH LEILA WEEFUR; Podcast hosted by Kate Rhoades and Maysoun Wazwaz

Selected Lectures, Performances, & Panels


  • Out of the Vault: Radical Shorts introduction, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

  • Reflections on Black Materiality: A Series of Viral Lectures by The Black Aesthetic, in conjunction with the Center for Emotional Materiality at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

  • Introduction: Hollywood Shuffle for SFMOMA’s Modern Cinema “Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood”, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

  • Deep-Time Construction: a panel discussion with Gelare Khoshghozaran and Leila Weefur by CCA Wattis Institute

  • SF Art Book Fair, Artist Lecture for Real Time and Space, with Macon Reed at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA

  • The CSU East Bay Forum presents: Leila Weefur, Multimedia Graduate Program at California State University East Bay

  • The Poetry Center presents The Black Aesthetic with contributors Shah Noor Hussein, Christian Johnson, and Ismail Muhammad, reading and in conversation at SF State, San Francisco, CA

  • The Black Aesthetic at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; organized by Jeffrey Skoller

  • Panel Organizer; Black Prominence: The Vision and Re-Vision of Art & Leadership; with Jamillah James (ICALA), Maria Jensen(SOMArts), Linda Harrison(MoAD), & Essence Harden, Art Practical


  • Panel Moderator; When and Where I Enter: with Angela Hennessy, Elena Gross, & Jacqueline Francis; In conjunction with Hennessy’s exhibition at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

  • Panelist; Text/Talk in conversation with Lukaza Branfman Verissimo and Jay Katelansky, moderated by Zoe Samudzi

  • Black Printed Matter; in conversation with Sam Vernon, E.M. Wolfman Books, Oakland, CA

  • Panelist; Imagining America: Let’s Get in Formation for a New Revolution of Art and Politics, in conversation with Suzette Min, Ala Ebtekar, Weston Teruya, & Michele Carlson, UC Davis

  • Earth and Reveries Artist talk with Erin McElroy, Weston Teruya & Leila Weefur, Kala Art Institute Berkeley, CA

  • Panel Moderator; Equity in Arts Education Summit; Murphy & Cadogan 2017 at SOMArts Gallery, San Fancisco, CA

  • Panel Moderator; DEATH VALLEY COVERED IN FLOWERS, Panel with Tosha Stimage, Elena Gross, & Angel Rafael Concepcion Vasquez at City Limits Gallery

  • Lecture; Empathy and Otherness; Radical Art Theory Talk at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

  • RADAR January Queer Reading Series with Leila Weefur, Andrea Abi-Karam, GabrielleGlancy, & Carolina De Robertis

  • Panelist; MoAD Stories presents Revolution | Exploring Black Femininity & Empowerment; Red Poppy House, San Francisco, CA

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