Existing unofficially since 2013 and fully launching in 2014, Cranium Corporation is a platform for fostering dialogue about art, artists, and exhibitions. It is a consortium that promotes the work of artists and exhibitions that prompt critical conversations about environmental, political, and socioeconomic realities of today.
Through this virtual institute, we explore the varieties of art practices and displays of art and other media. We feature photo as well as text essays, reviews, and criticism by diverse contributors, curated by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción.
Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción, (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) independent curator based in San Francisco, California, founder of Cranium Corporation. His work oscillates between the rigor and structure of research and writing and the design of exhibitions. He privileges collaboration and is a firm believer in art as a tool for education and civics. In 2015 Vázquez-Concepción obtained a Master’s in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts and completed his graduate thesis on Mexican art collective SEMEFO and artist Teresa Margolles, a former member; a historiographical account titled “From Thanatophilia to Necropolitics: On the work of SEMEFO and Teresa Margolles, from 1990-Now.” He has curated exhibitions at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and ÁREA: Space for Projects, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He has also served as editor and curator of Conboca, an online independent cultural criticism platform based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that operated between 2006 and 2014. In San Francisco and Oakland, California, he has contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, and the GLBT History Museum. He has also published reviews in Art Practical and Daily Serving.
He is currently pursuing a second master’s in social sciences education at San Francisco State University. Con mucho orgullo también habla español. You can email him, see his LinkedIn profile, follow his Instagram, or follow him on Twitter.