Astria Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally, including PS1, Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City), The Kitchen, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Participant Inc, The 50th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Liverpool Biennial 2004, and Exposition Chicago 2014, as well as for non-art spaces such as roller-skating rinks, elementary schools, sports bars, rock clubs, and ferries. In the last fifteen years she has presented 300 shows in 10 countries.
Suparak was the director and curator of the Pratt Institute Film Series and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. As the director and curator of Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery she curated Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men, the first solo exhibition of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group; Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, which explored sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production; and Alien She, a traveling exhibition on the lasting impact of the global punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, among other exhibitions. She currently teaches in the Curatorial Practice program at the California College of the Arts.
Described as prescient and “visually and conceptually stunning,” Suparak’s work has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Artforum, Rhizome, Fast Company, The Wire, San Francisco Chronicle, and LA Weekly for its innovative curatorial approaches, “savvy political consciousness,” unique contribution to local and larger cultural spheres, and ability to bridge diverse audiences.
Her creative, writing, and collaborative projects have been published, performed, and exhibited at Artists Space (New York), ICA London, Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, The Warhol Museum, The Getty blog, VICE Magazine‘s Noisey blog, Boing Boing, The Exhibitionist, The Independent, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, and Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents. She edited The Yes Men Activity Book, co-produced the publication New Art/Science Affinities, and is co-editing the next issue of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, with the theme of sports. Her curated videotape, Some Kind of Loving, produced by Joanie 4 Jackie, is part of the collections of The Getty, Orange County Museum of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Centre, and the University of California, San Diego. Suparak has advised various art organizations and served on numerous juries, boards, and panels, including Creative Capital, the Alpert Awards, Renew Media/Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, Mike Kelley Foundation, and Brooklyn Museum.