Deena Chalabi is a curator and writer whose work explores questions around memory, difference, individual expression and the relationship between the arts and public life. As the Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2014-2019), she devised and co-curated Public Knowledge, a multifaceted initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that looked at the changing city and knowledge in the digital age, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. Deena also helped to found Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, which opened to the public in December 2010. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley (2019-20) and is working on her first book. She lives in Oakland.