Jordan Stein is a curator based in San Francisco and the author of Rip Tales: Jay DeFeo’s Estocada & Other Pieces (Soberscove Press, 2021) and Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts, a forthcoming monograph on the singular Japanese-American artist (Pre-Echo Press, 2023).  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.

In 2017, he founded Cushion Works, an exhibition space in the Mission District that focuses on local, emerging, and lesser-known older artists in an effort to support and honor those who have yet to benefit from critical, curatorial, or commercial attention. He has independently organized exhibitions with dozens of artists at venues such as the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Artists Space, Yale Union, San Francisco City Hall, The Glass House, Matthew Marks Gallery, and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, where he formerly served as Curator of Special Projects. He was a Curator at KADIST, San Francisco from 2016–2022.

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. He has taught at Williams College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and California College of the Arts.

Information and press for Rip Tales can be found here and writing on recent projects are at The New Yorker, KQED, The Williams Record, Everglades City Mullet Rapper(!), Los Angeles Review of BooksNew York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and San Francisco Chronicle.