We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Falcone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I started a project called Bed & Breakfast in 2012. While B&B is a curatorial platform and alternative exhibition space, my new baking business is tied it. Through hosting exhibitions, installations, performances, happenings and meals, Bed & Breakfast seeks 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. With that said, it was only natural for my food-focused business to tie into B&B, rather than become it’s own separate entity. It’s more clear than ever how much we need to nurture one another, how much we could all use a treat here and there, how much we need each other. Making food for my peers and through word of mouth and Instagram, their peers too, has sort of softened the hard edges of this Pandemic for me. Ultimately, I’d like for Bed & Breakfast to do this for the community it’s serving. The end goal for Bed & Breakfast is for the program to exist on a piece of land where we can continue with the type of programming that B&B is known for, but also add a functioning Bed & Breakfasts for guests to book and stay in, as well as an artist residency, youth programming, and small dining facility, and more. The end goal for this project is for B&B to exist for a community, rather than just within one.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Everything has really been put into Bed & Breakfast at this point. You could call it Social Practice Art or you could call it Curatorial Work. To me it both depends on the project, but also just doesn’t matter to me. With that said, most of my frustrations are around granting and the difficulties I face receiving funding without being able to check off a clear box. A lot of it I enjoy doing, but there’s so much work you sort of despise doing that needs to get done in order for you to get to the real meat. I think that’s true for everyone’s practice. I only overcome any of these challenges by pushing through them. Maybe this is simplifying the systemic issues that make it hard for artists with no cushion to survive in the first place, but I finally figured out that sometimes all you can really do is keep doing *it.* I want my communities to know that I’ll always work hard to make what I do accessible to them. I want to feed all of my people and theirs with art and food. Everyone should be able to walk into a cultural institution and feel safe and welcome, but unfortunately many don’t. That’s not an accident and I never want to be a Gatekeeper. B&B was conceived during a time when I was very young and very disturbed by what the “art world” was trying to groom me into, who and what it wanted me to place value upon, and who was given access to the museums and galleries that were employing me. Bed & Breakfast has always been and will always be about the ways real and radical hospitality can build communities where everyone feels comfortable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would make sure I pre-ordered a meal (and the perfect wines to pair it with) from Lasita. We’d get special lattes from Blume & Bloom and take a walk around Echo Park Lake, where we can drop off some soil and seeds to the amazing community garden founded by Paige Emery. (Since this interview the police have destroyed the community garden during their sweep where they displaces the houseless community that has been living at the park since the beginning of the pandemic.) I can’t deny my bestie a couple hours at the Museum of Jurassic Technology! Of course, we’d take a drive to whatever beach looks emptiest in Malibu and grab some lunch at Malibu Seafood. I’m really fantasizing here now, because when the world opens back up, all I wanna do is get sweaty on the dance floor and see lots of live music. There are so many cute places to drink, but my number one for a special occasion is an overpriced cocktail in the rotating, (perfectly?) outdated Westin Bonaventure bar. I would definitely splurge on a special cup shaped like the building for them to take home! I can get lost for hours walking through the building and thinking about the ways the Post Modernism failed us, but at least gave us this building to wander through and around. On a nice day, we’d go to the Schindler House (I’d give them a pretty good tour, as an ex employee of the non-profit) and dream of the early-LA, when West Hollywood was rural. For our last dinner together, I’d make sure I source the best ingredients to make them whatever their favorite meal is and eat and drink outside for hours on a perfect L.A. evening.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For the last couple of years, my biggest inspiration has been my partner. He’s prolific and focused, almost all of the time. Spending so much time with him during a global pandemic, has really highlighted how much it takes to stop him (I haven’t seen how much it takes to stop him yet and suspect I never will..) You can hear his music on all streaming platforms under YUNGMORPHEUS. I just finished June Jordan’s ‘Civil Wars,’ recommended by artist Nikita Gale as part of the Women’s Center for Creative Work and CARLA’s Book Club. It’s an incredibly inspiring read and I’m looking forward to digging into all of Jordan’s work. There are so many people who have informed what and how I do, especially with Bed & Breakfast. I couldn’t possibly name them all but they’re in the work.
baked goods photos by Janelle Ketcher