Nicole Lavelle

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Place Talks

PLACE TALKS (2015–2021) was a series of visual lectures that took place at (and in collaboration with) the Prelinger Library in San Francisco.

Bay Area artists, writers, designers, architects, archivists, librarians, and other curious people shared talks on location-related topics, illustrated by content from the library's collection.

We packed the library every month. Everyone brought snacks, stayed late chatting, and we raised funds for speaker stipends by passing the hat.
I founded PLACE TALKS in 2015 within the Artist-in-Residence framework at the Prelinger Library.

Starting in 2016 I co-organized with Charlie Macquarie

Megan Shaw Prelinger and Rick Prelinger were integral project collaborators. They offered more than a space: they created a context.

A full archive is available at