Joseph Del Pesco

Joseph Del Pesco is a curator, writer and publisher. Since 2009 he has been Director, and in 2016 became International Director of KADIST (Paris and San Francisco). At KADIST, Del Pesco established a fast-paced program of weekly events that position art as a vehicle for discussion about social and political issues internationally, and started the first residency for international art magazines. Previously he was adjunct curator at Artists Space, New York. As an independent curator he has organized exhibitions, projects and publications at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; The Banff Centre; Articule, Montreal; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the UC Davis Museum among others. In 2015-16 he was in residence at SOMA in Mexico City, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, The Luminary in St. Louis and ArtPort in Tel Aviv. His recent short stories about speculative museums have appeared in Art21 Magazine and White Fungus magazine. Previously, he has contributed writing to the catalogue for SFMOMA’s exhibition Six Lines of Flight, as well as Manifesta JournalX-TraNEROFillip, and SFAQ. 

Del Pesco was the recipient of The Islands Spring 2017 arts writing residency program held in collaboration with Art Metropole.