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Meet Jacqueline Falcone of Bed & Breakfast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Falcone.

Jacqueline, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started Bed & Breakfast in 2012 as a bit of an institutional critique, I guess. I had already spent a few years working as an arts administrator at museums, galleries, and various non-profits. I witnessed how inaccessible a lot of these spaces were for many guests (or those too intimidated to enter at all.) B&B was conceived with this in mind-to serve as another (there are others!) alternative space for guests to feel more welcome to experience the works at whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Most importantly, it’s about making the guest feel comfortable in the first place. My curatorial practice is focused around hospitality more than anything else.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing worth it ever is, right? I suppose the obvious answer is funding. I could expand on that, but it’s boring. I am constantly reminding myself that the work is worth it and that is has a place in the world. I feel really proud of B&B, but everyone has these sort of masochistic/existential moments where you wonder if what you’re doing matters, or not. This sort of circles back to funding in a way (not very romantic, I know.) I spent years raising money for non-profit institutions and I’m not bad at it. Now that I can legally do that for my own project, I can get a bit stuck. I know how to do the work, but some days I find it really difficult to do so for my own brainchild, rather than someone else’s.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bed & Breakfast – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Bed & Breakfast is a curatorial platform and alternative exhibition space that exists within a personal residence, specifically the bedroom. Through hosting exhibitions, installations, performances, happenings and meals, we seek to blur the line between public and private through a commitment to social interaction as a means to nurture community and collective expression, while continuously addressing the core question of how art, architecture, and hospitality can cross paths.

Currently, I’m focused on our project in the current iteration of CURRENT: LA, which is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the ICA LA. This year’s triennial is focused on food, and I’m excited to be doing a program around solar cooking where workshop participants will learn how to fabricate and cook with solar cookers. We’ve also put an instructional publication together with plans and recipes for a variety of DIY methods, as well as B&B artist contributions to illustrate the energy-efficient (and fun!) process of cooking with the sun.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
It can be really difficult to thrive in a city that’s so expensive and I find myself in survival mode for more of the year than I’d like to be. That takes away from the magic a lot of the time. That said, there’s a lot of magic in LA and I think that it’s an amazing landscape to learn from. I’m also thrilled to be in a city with so much incredible food. I miss Cuban food, though…

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