Kick off the new year and celebrate the launch of Anxy’s Masculinity Issue with YBCA and Anxy Magazine in an evening exploring masculinity with featured panelists, cocktails, and thoughtful conversation.

YBCA and Anxy invite you to an evening of conversation about masculinity—how it shapes power, perception, relationships, and identity. What does non-toxic masculinity look like? How can we help these new concepts grow and flourish? Through a panel discussion, we will explore our ideas of masculinity, the effect it has on our mental health, and the role we play in shaping its future.

Panelists include contributors from Anxy’s Masculinity Issue: Bay Area author and staff writer for The Atlantic Alexis Madrigal, Australian photographer from New York City Justin J Wee, and San Francisco psychologist Samantha Smithstein. Moderated by Anxy’s Editor In Chief, Bobbie Johnson, with Q&A to follow.

One of our 2018 YBCA 100 honorees, Anxy is a magazine that explores personal narratives and mental health through an artful and creative lens. Their latest issue looks at the relationship between masculinity and our inner worlds.

Enjoy free gallery admission, our monthly Artist to Artist conversation with Bay Area Now 8 artists Carrie Hott and David Bayus, a special exhibition of Justin J Wee’s photography from the Masculinity Issue, and DJ Primo Pitino spinning all night long.


5 PM: Doors open, free access to galleries, cash bar available
6:30 – 6:50 PM: Artist to Artist Conversation in galleries with David Bayus and Carrie Hott
7 – 8 PM: Anxy Masculinity Discussion in Screening Room

Ticket Info

General Admission*: Free

General Admission + Anxy conversation (conversation at 7 PM): $10

YBCA Members at all levels: $8 with promo code

*Includes access to art galleries, Artist to Artist conversation and bar

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Speaker Bios

Bobbie Johnson
Bobbie Johnson is the editor-in-chief of Anxy Magazine, and senior editor at MIT Technology Review. His journalism has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, AAAS, Association of British Science Writers, and more.

Samantha Smithstein
Samantha Smithstein, author of “Not All Men” in Anxy No.4: The Masculinity Issue, is a writer, photographer, and psychologist. She is a columnist for where she has had over 1.7 million reads and has been published in many print and online publications. She was selected to participate in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop and the Juried Writer’s Conference Lit Camp. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are in a number of private collections. Her psychology private practice of over 20 years is in San Francisco, CA.

Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal, writer of “Instagram Man” in Anxy No.4: The Masculinity Issue, is a journalist in Oakland, California. He’s a staff at The Atlantic. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of Fusion and and a staff writer at Wired. He’s been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Technology, Science, and Medicine and an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Justin J Wee
Justin J Wee, photographer behind the “No One Way” portrait series in Anxy No.4: The Masculinity Issue,is a queer, yellow photographer based in New York City by way of Australia and Malaysia. His editorial, still life, and reportage work has been published by Broadly, Nylon, Paper, Huffington Post, and Anxy, and in 2018 he was one of Refinery29’s featured ‘Artists in Residence’ at 29Rooms in NYC. He is also one half of creative duo Special Sauce, and is a community chef for creative collective Nomadique, and Communion, a not-for-profit queer-only dinner gathering in Brooklyn that he co-founded. You can find him online at, or on Instagram @djdumpling.

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