Science is like the innumerable showering drops of the waterfall, which, constantly changing, never rest for an instant; Art is like the rainbow, quietly resting on this raging torrent. 


In her curatorial work, Arianne generates ideas that inspire new perspectives and cultivate social relationships. Working at the intersection of social practice, science, and phenomenology, Arianne collaborates with artists and non-artist groups to produce projects that invite public participation, often through physical and social engagement.


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StoreFrontLab is a small space for big ideas, a vessel for dialogue and public engagement. Exploring the “storefront” as a place of community, creativity and local industry, SFL supports participatory projects that bridge disciplines and prompt discussion. StoreFrontLab hosts experiments lasting from one day to one month, and take the form of salons, interactive and performative installations, lectures, film screenings, workshops, pop-ups, poetry, and music. Each season, SFL curators identify an important and many-sided concept, unpacking a constellation of thoughts, problems and images communicated through dynamic public programming within the project space.


Yosh Asato, Founder

David Baker, Founder

Arianne Gelardin, Curator

Jacob Palmer, Curator



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Part community living room, part art house, and part greenhouse, Parlor is an experimental hybrid retail concept integrating the work of local artists and designers into its form and function. An uplifting, sensory setting, Parlor invites the community to stop in, meet new people and experience an evolving collection of artwork.

Much like Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD restaurant (SoHo, 1971-1974), Parlor is both a retail business and an artistic “intervention in an urban setting.” Parlor’s low-standing communal table encourages visitors to subtly engage with one another, overhearing fragments of conversation and stealing glances with strangers. Special events—such as live music, artist talks, or film screenings—cultivate more direct engagement.

Kioni Cho + Arianne Gelarin, Co-Founders



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The 5x5 Project 2014 was the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ new temporary public art biennial. DCCAH selected five contemporary art curators to work with five artists each to develop and present exciting temporary art works in public spaces in the Fall of 2014. The resulting twenty-five projects served to activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces and add an ephemeral layer of creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the District. Working together with San Francisco-based curator Justine Topfer, Arianne co-conceived of (home)land, an exploration of national and personal identity. Arianne managed the production of U.S.A.I.R.A.N., by artist Sanaz Mazinani, which was awarded the 2014 Best Public Art Project by Americans for the Arts.

Artists: Marley Dawson, Abigail Deville, Kota Ezawa, Sanaz Mazinani, and Soda_Jerk