Past Public Program

Case in Point: Strategies for Urban Engagement

Artis and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art presented a panel discussion in the “Case in Point” series, focusing on unique programming strategies for specific urban engagement. Taking Sao Paulo, Brazil, Providence, Rhode Island, and San Francisco, California as case studies, three international curators shared research and curatorial projects that were tailored to their local contexts.

Jamilee Lacy presented the Providence College Galleries’ ongoing series, “Many Cities, One Providence,” an exhibition exchange program about the distribution of city-specific themes. The series stems from an avid interest in cultivating relationships with artists, scholars and arts communities from around the world in order to draw connections between the city of Providence and other international urban contexts, and to provide Providence audiences idiosyncratic glimpses of innovative contemporary artists working in cities around the world.

Tobi Maier cofounded in 2015 the exhibition space SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo, Brazil. He presented the space and its activities while contextualizing it in his research on the history of apartment galleries.

Meg Shiffler presented several past and future projects that she organized at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery that highlighted local communities or sociopolitical circumstances such as the yearlong engagement (exhibitions and public programs) around the fact that San Francisco is a “Sanctuary City” and is defiantly refusing to comply with the Trump administration’s request for personal documents related to its immigrant populations.

The event was held in English and moderated by Susan Caraballo, a Miami-based arts manager, producer and curator.

All the participants on this panel were part of the 19th Artis Research Trip to Israel.



Susan Caraballo is an arts manager, producer, and curator based in Miami. She has worked with countless arts organizations and individual artists since 1996, and her primary interest lies in interdisciplinary performance-based work, spanning dance-theater to performance installations.

Jamilee Lacy is the director and curator of Providence College Galleries in Rhode Island. Before relocating to Providence, Lacy worked in Chicago as a curator of education at Northwestern University and independently as an arts writer, curator, and founding director of Twelve Galleries Project (2008 – 2013). She has also worked as a writer and the managing editor for Bad at Sports, a leading international arts journal and podcast, and is currently producing (with Meg Onli) Remaking the Black Metropolis: Contemporary Art, Urbanity and Blackness in America, a forthcoming research survey and digital archive. Formerly, she was the inaugural curator-in-residence for Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; a curatorial writer for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois; and a curatorial associate for the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also written for Flash Art, Umelec Magazine, Art 21 Online and Art in America Online.

Tobi Maier is a curator and writer based in São Paulo, where he was an associate curator for the 30th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo (2012). Previously, he worked as a curator at Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main (2006–2008) and at Ludlow 38 in New York (2008–2011). He holds a MA Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London and is currently undertaking PhD research in the department of Poéticas Visuais at the Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo. He contributes to a variety of journals and lectures frequently. In early 2015 he co-founded the exhibition space SOLO SHOWS in downtown São Paulo.

Meg Shiffler is a San Francisco-based curator, writer and educator. In 2005, she assumed the role of Gallery Director for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco. Founded in 1970, the SFAC Gallery makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect the regional diversity and position of Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. Shiffler is also a faculty member of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she instructs students pursuing advanced degrees in Urban Studies, Exhibition and Museum Studies, and History and Theory of Contemporary Art. Since 2010, she has been a columnist for SFMOMA’s Open Space blog. Her column, I don’t drink coffee, so let’s have a beer…, is structured around creating posts collaboratively with other cultural producers including artists, fashion designers, writers, theorists, architects, graphic designers, etc.