Astria Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, performances and live music events for art spaces, festivals, and publications internationally, including The Liverpool Biennial 2004, PS1, Eyebeam, Museo Rufino Tamayo, The Kitchen, Participant Inc, The 50th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and Exposition Chicago 2014, as well as for non-art spaces such as roller-skating rinks, ferry boats, elementary schools, sports bars, and rock clubs. In the last fifteen years she has presented 300 shows in 10 countries.
She co-edited Sports, the latest issue of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, which is currently launching with a series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings, and other events at locations including the Wexner Center for the Arts, KADIST, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and San Francisco Cinematheque.
Suparak was the director and curator of the Pratt Institute Film Series and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery she curated Alien She, a traveling exhibition on the impact of the global punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl; Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men, the first survey of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group; and Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, which explored sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production; among other exhibitions. She currently teaches in the Graduate Fine Arts 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.
Suparak’s 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, Art21 Magazine, The Getty blog, VICE Magazine‘s Noisey, Boing Boing, The Exhibitionist, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, and Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents. She edited The Yes Men Activity Book and co-produced the publication New Art/Science Affinities. Her curated videotape, Some Kind of Loving, produced by Joanie 4 Jackie, is part of the collections of The Getty, Saint Louis Art Museum, and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Suparak has advised various art organizations and served on numerous juries, boards, and panels, including Creative Capital, the Alpert Awards, the Mike Kelley Foundation, and the Brooklyn Museum.