Bay Area Now 9 Exhibition through May 5

January 31, 2024 • Posted by Design Bay Area

Presented by YBCA now through May 5, 2024

Bay Area Now 9 is the ninth iteration of YBCA’s signature triennial exhibition highlighting artists working throughout the Bay Area’s nine counties. Each BAN is an attempt to answer the question: What are artists making, thinking, dreaming about right now? Central to BAN—and to YBCA as an institution—is the investment in and platforming of the vibrant creative communities which surround us. Featuring over 30 multidisciplinary artists—a nod to YBCA’s upcoming 30th anniversary—the exhibition features numerous new commissions spanning our campus.

Forgoing a preconceived theme for this year’s BAN, the Curatorial + Exhibitions Team took over one hundred artists into consideration and conducted dozens of studio visits under the advisory of YBCA’s inaugural Curatorial Counsel. The resulting selection of artists demonstrates a focus on materials and subject matter that often collapse time and place, bringing us closer to our personal and collective ancestry as a site for healing and regeneration. Honoring intimacy—connections with oneself, friends, and family—is a driving motivation. Taking an analytical approach to the Bay Area’s built and natural landscapes, artists observe, interrogate, and ponder notions of infrastructure, industry, and interconnectedness.

But these are just suggestions—we invite you to define BAN9 on your own terms.

Exploring the notion of convening as a creative discipline, the exhibition will be contextualized and expanded through film screenings, workshops, artist talks and activations, performances, ceremonies, communal meals, public art, and more—developed with the Curatorial Counsel. 


Purchase Tickets Here

General Admission: $9*

*Free admission for Youth, Students, Educators, Seniors, Military Personnel, and more.

BAN9 All-Access Pass: $30

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited access for one person to BAN9 exhibition from October 6 through May 5, 2024. Excludes events in the Forum and the Theater.
  • Access to exclusive all access pass-only events.
  • Discounts to select YBCA events, merchandise and special programs.
  • Ability to apply $30 pass to upgrade to a YBCA membership prior to May 5, 2024.
  • Pass is valid for one individual and cannot be transferred or shared.

Employees of other museums with current valid staff ID receive free general admission for themselves and one guest.*

*Entry ticket must be obtained onsite at YBCA’s Ticketing desk.


Indira Allegra
Michael Arcega
Sholeh Asgary
Ashwini Bhat
Nyame Brown
Craig Calderwood
Jeffrey Cheung
Lenore Chinn
Arleene Correa Valencia
Jillian Crochet
Janet Delaney
José Figueroa
Heesoo Kwon
Masako Miki
Golbanou Moghaddas
Courtney Desiree Morris
Paz G
Tracy Ren
Trina Michelle Robinson
Muzae Sesay
Nicole Shaffer
Shirin Towfiq
Peter Simensky
Charlene Tan
Christine Tien Wang
Leila Weefur
Chelsea Ryoko Wong
Doris Yen
Connie Zheng


Bay Area Now 9 is curated by Martin Strickland, Director of Curatorial Initiatives, and Fiona Ball, independent curator; under the artistic leadership of Amy Kisch, Head of Art + Public Programming; and developed with the inaugural YBCA Curatorial Counsel of curators, artists, activists, and cultural workers working across the Bay Area’s creative disciplines and communities: Erina AlejoGina BassoJason BayaniMina GirgisCandace HueyJosé Ome Navarrete MazatlAay Preston Myint, and Lehua Taitano.

The BAN9 YBCA project team also includes Yoni Asega, Manager of Exhibition Design; David Tim, Head Preparator, Project Design; Bella Manfredi, Senior Preparator, Multimedia + Graphics; O Soo Vegh, Exhibition Project Manager + Registrar; Rea Lynn de Guzman, Manager of Public + Educational Programs; Flavia Mora, Public + Educational Programs Coordinator; and Cori Lucas, Community + Program Event Manager.

YBCA is grateful to the preparator team who made this exhibition possible: Isaiah Acosta, Amy Bergstein, Micha Dudgeonwood, Owen Goodwin, German Hoyle, Calvin Jones, Linden Julien-Lehr, Lauren Kenwood, Benjamin Leon, Maren Mouhanna, Éamon McGivern, Christian Neill, David Prigge, and Kelsey Westphal.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by the City and County of San Francisco, MacKenzie Scott, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), #StartSmall, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Marilyn Conrad Trust, New England Foundation for the Arts, California Arts Council, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, William G. Irwin Charity Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Gaia Fund, Office of Mayor London N. Breed, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Headlands Center for the Arts, ICA San Francisco, Bay Area Mind and Music Society, GitHub, Harvey and Leslie Wagner Foundation, McNabb Foundation, Raymond James Charitable, Savant Group Charitable Foundation, The Building Works, Fremont Group Foundation, and YBCA Members.