San Francisco underground art and culture scene
Curatorial lecture by Natalia Ivanova Mount
Wednesday, Nov. 6th 2019, 7 p.m.
Institut für Kunst im Kontext
Universität der Künste Berlin
Einsteinufer 43-53, 3. Stock
Natalia Ivanova Mount is a dynamic cultural organizer and sociologist of art with extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, development and strategic partnerships. She has organized numerous exhibitions and site-specific projects, experimental theatre productions, sound-based performance, film, radio, and public programs and events. Originally from Bulgaria, Mount lived in New York, where in the early 2000, she co-founded FLUX Art Space – a pioneering nonprofit organization that commissioned and produced long-term art projects, claiming the intersection of art, technology, and civic engagement. In 2010, Natalia launched the first radio station in Central New York, Redhouse Radio, that aired exclusively arts and culture programs. During that time, she was also the Executive Director of Redhouse Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary space and residency program, located in Syracuse. In the beginning of her career, Natalia worked at MoMA PS1 and the Clocktower, both located in NYC. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS where she is actively engaged in the co-creation of Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS model in Oakland. Mount is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards in recognition of her contributions to the art and culture field. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice, MA in Art Market, and MBA in Media Management.
Pro Arts COMMONS is a multi-use space for the expanded field of art, debate, experimentation, and collaboration. We house exhibitions, symposiums, experimental music and film programs, literary events, reading groups, assemblies and community events, workshops and short-term residencies. We are local commons-centric network of autonomous organizations, collectives and individual artists and commoners. Currently, Pro Arts COMMONS is a home to Pro Arts Gallery, Projects Kalahati, RATSKIN Records, Safer DIY Spaces, Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, CounterFlicks, and Opalescent.
Images: 01. Double Blind by Finishing School - public intervention, "Pro Arts @ the commons" program at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
02. Economusic by L.M. Bogad - performance, "Pro Arts @ the commons" program at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
03. DEPARTMENT OF DREAMS, HOPES, AND FEARS by L.M. Bogad, "Pro Arts @ the commons" program at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
04. NASA, NorCal Artists Seeking America - public intervention, "Pro Arts @ the commons" program at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
05. "The New Situationists" exhibition, 2017, curated by Natalia Mount, Pro Arts Gallery
06. Pro Arts collage and its commons slogan