Christian L. Frock is an independent curator, writer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on the role of artists in social justice and public life. Invisible Venue, the alternative curatorial enterprise she founded and has directed since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in the public realm, online and in the built environment. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian US, Hyperallergic, KQED Arts, Public Art Dialogue, San Francisco Chronicle, and SFMOMA Open Space, among other publications. Her 2014 two-part “Priced Out” essays for KQED, focused on new technology wealth and the displacement of artists, were included in Ben Davis’ | artnet news “The Most Important Art Essays of the Year.”
Frock has organized numerous interventions and site-specific commissions, including projects with EMERGENCY U. S. A. | Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, Oakland Main Public Library, and Mills Art Museum, among others. She has presented public talks for Bay Area Society for Art and Activism, Berkeley Art Center, Kansas City Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts, Palo Alto Art Center, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in addition to appearing on the radio and in various podcasts. She is presently visiting faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies, California College of the Arts and San Francisco Art Institute. Chronicle Books released Frock’s first book, titled “Unexpected Art,” in March 2015. In June she will be in conversation with writer Rebecca Solnit at the Bay Area Book Festival. She is presently organizing a historical survey exhibition and accompanying publication, titled “Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now,” to be presented at Mills Art Museum this fall. Her work is archived on www.invisiblevenue.com and www.visiblealternative.com.