Kate Pocrass

Kate Pocrass

Kate Pocrass will use the Hammer Calendar, the museum’s magazine, as an art space, debuting an insert this fall in which she will reveal the little known details of Hammer staff and visitors.

Biography

Kate Pocrass resides in San Francisco, California. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her MFA degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She produces both independent and collaborative projects dealing with pedestrian culture and social sculpture. She draws on the anonymity of daily experience, reveling in common moments that unwittingly happened upon us each day. She develops systematic interaction through socially attuned and ephemeral projects in the public sphere. Her work is often encountered outside the gallery via hotlines, bus tours, audio tours, and participatory websites.

She has been awarded two Cultural Equity grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission to help self publish the books Mundane Journeys and Mundane Field Guide to Color. She is a recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation 2008 Eureka Fellowship. She has exhibited work at Southern Exposure, Rena Bransten Gallery, AIA, Spanganga, Pond, New Langton Arts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, University of California at Davis, Nelson Gallery, Artists Space in New York City, Foundation De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Rooseum in Malmo, Sweden, and participated in the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. 

Public Engagement and AIR were established in 2009 thanks to a James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund grant. Via AIR, artists examine and respond to fundamental museum issues related to the visitor experience in an attempt to deepen the Hammer’s connection with its guests.