Rujeko Hockley
Rujeko Hockley

Rujeko Hockley is a San Diego-based writer, curator, and student. She received her B.A. in Art History from Columbia University in 2005. Since 2009, she has been pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego where she specializes in modern and contemporary American art, with a particular focus on neo-avantgarde practices, social movements, the African diaspora, and critical race art history. Hockley recently co-produced an exhibition catalogue on artist Mike Calway-Fagen with the artist, and is a frequent contributor to STUDIO, the magazine of The Studio Museum in Harlem, among other publications.



WHAT INSPIRES ME: The past, the future, family and friends, enthusiasm, beach vacations, a well-turned phrase, dancing, adventures, reading, traveling, Hurungwe and Essex, people loving what they do, and anything that makes the heart swell - art, music, dance, a movie, a conversation, grandparents, a clear blue sky, a memory, kids at recess, a delicious meal, seeing someone you love, a pop of bright color, warm nights, getting the giggles.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: The dog park in Balboa Park, and further afield, Julian, CA, the pie capital of the world.

FAVORITE WRITERS: So many, but to start (in no particular order): Octavia Butler, Roald Dahl, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, David Mitchell, Joan Didion, Kobena Mercer, Toni Morrison, Esi Edugyan, James Tiptree, Jr., Zadie Smith, David Levi Strauss, Zora Neale Hurston, E. E. Cummings, George Orwell, Anne Carson, Daphne du Maurier, Emily Dickinson, Arundhati Roy, Fred Moten, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler again.


PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Silence, or the ‘Oscillating Fan’ setting on my WhiteNoise app.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Constant sunshine, SRO Lounge, Point Loma, Izakaya Masa, The Pearl Hotel, desert flora and fauna, the canyons, Black’s Beach, and Double Break.

Recent Articles
Home Venues in San Diego County: How to Make Friends and Influence Culture
Home Venues in San Diego County: How to Make Friends and Influence Culture
In recent years, San Diego has seen an efflorescence of private homes re-imagined as galleries, music venues, and experimental project spaces.
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