Jordan Stein is a curator based in San Francisco with an interest in under-sung art histories, expanded exhibition models, and linking the past and present through the varied presentation of critical artworks, archives, and ideas. He operates Cushion Works, an on/off space for exhibitions and events, serves as programs curator at KADIST, and has independently organized exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Artists Space, Yale Union, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, San Francisco City Hall, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Matthew Marks Gallery, and more.
Jordan is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary collaborative group Will Brown, which realized over three dozen exhibitions and programs in their Mission District storefront from 2012–2015 before working parasitically with other organizations. With Will Brown, he is the author of Bruce Conner: Brass Handles, and with Jason Fulford is the editor of Where to Score, a collection of hippie-era classified advertisements. He has taught at Williams College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and California College of the Arts.
Press for recent projects at KQED, The Williams Record, Everglades City Mullet Rapper(!), Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Yorker, New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and San Francisco Chronicle.