“This is a pretty interesting experiment in real-time […] It’s heartening to see such a keen and engaged audience. Lee, Suparak, and Delos Reyes have set up a really successful platform for exchange.” – Hyperallergic
Essay and illustrated presentation on how white filmmakers envision futures inflected by Asian culture, but devoid of actual Asian people. A visual analysis of 40+ years of American science fiction cinema.
Co-published by Centre Canadien d’Architecture and Sternberg Press, this book is a result of collective reflections on architecture, contemporary social concerns, institutions, and the public.
A giant playground for the feral parrots that live in cities.
This exhibition is about living with history in the here and now and the distillations we carry into the future. These artists are meticulous researchers, utilizing chemistry, botany, math, religion, politics, and bureaucracy. They explore possibilities, capture turmoil and fallow periods, track displacement and migrations.
In a special extended interview, Syjuco and Suparak discuss the roles of speech and protest in contemporary art.
Government cable TV show interview with Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere, focused on INCITE Journal: Sports and related exhibitions and events.
A history of the team and how it intertwines with civic issues, particularly: gun laws and violence, business and labor, real estate and gentrification, race, and class.
Three-part series with journalists, academics, and cultural producers covering topics like athletic protest, concussions and health issues, and labor and exploitation.
The film and videomakers amplify fan glee, silliness, and irreverence, and provoke a rival team’s fanbase. These artists celebrate athletes’ rebellious streaks, and admire their disciplined feats of excellence.
“Artists and curators program soccer-related art for gallery spaces—and kick around ideas about politics and power in the process”
The artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world.
A playlist of official and adopted team theme songs, rapping by professional athletes, music made for sports films, and sports-themed pop songs from the past six decades. Musical styles range from choral groups with orchestras, rousing anthems, and advertising jingles, to disco, soul, rock, hip hop, pop, and R&B.
A deconstruction of the athlete body – how it is used for national, political, and social agendas, and how it is viewed and re-crafted by artists.
This year-long series of art exhibitions, film programs, discussions, commissioned projects, and other events took place in galleries, cinemas, sports bars, bookstores, and on rooftops from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
The first volume of its kind, this double issue examines the intersections of sports, performance, popular culture, and experimental media. Features 41 contributors including artists, writers, critics, scholars, historians, and athletes.
Custom-made, embroidered sweatband to wear to any sport event! Or while sporting. Or as a conversation starter in a non-sports setting.
An illustrated experimental essay on authenticity, postmemory, appropriation, and racial and ethnic identity (and recent cases in the art world and beyond). KQED described the commissioned chapbook as “finely wrought words.” On view at SFMOMA through Summer 2020.
“Queer Threads is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.”
“Throughout the last twenty years, my relationship to Joanie 4 Jackie has evolved from spectator to fan, consumer, event programmer, tour booker, distributor, historian, and curator.” – Suparak
“The project, and our friendship, also shaped my own interest in feminist, alternative, and amateur production.”
“Here, July takes us through the evolution of Joanie 4 Jackie through artifacts from the archive, highlighting its videos, early inspirations and influence.”
The complete archives of the influential underground film network for female filmmakers has been acquired by The Getty and is now viewable online. A selection of videos will be available on the Criterion Channel beginning in 2020.
“We are hungry for the kind of nuanced history of feminism that Alien She proposes… The exhibition situates riot grrrl as one touchstone in the multi-stream evolution of the radical personal and political communities that artists continue to build today.”
“Throughout Alien She, there is a spirit of resistance, one in which we can all join. Curators Suparak and Moss have pulled together a show that unravels the depiction of riot grrrl as a solely music genre. They have turned it into a living, historic archive—and it’s pretty impressive… Alien She demonstrates the fluidity of the movement and its resonance in the contemporary digital world today.”
“Alien She puts the creative process and the importance of community at the forefront.”
Journal on Exhibition Making
A lexicon of neologisms coining new words for a new age, one marked by advances in omnipresent technology and mass surveillance; a privatization of art, culture, and education; as well as a continued struggle with intersectional issues.
An installation superimposing the goals of six major sports.
“Alien She contributes to this history by not only illuminating but furthering the Riot Grrrl struggle to achieve visibility and equality for people of all genders—in the art world and real world alike.”
“Alien She is a testament to the power of young people motivated to spreading a message. It also reflects how artists evolve after discovering their power in the midst of a large, international youth movement.”
“Alien She traces the lineage of the movement from its roots to its current incarnation as a platform for social justice in a world muddied by prejudice of all kinds.”
“Bold and anti-authoritarian in its approach, but complex and varied in its politics and aesthetics.”
“We want to show how Riot Grrrl is really a social movement that has global reach and encompasses a lot of creative forms.”
“This complex exhibition, one of the best this year, explores the Riot Grrrl feminist movement…, some of the key artists it spawned and the technological arc of 20-plus years of radical artworks.”
“By emphasizing the impact of riot grrrl on artists creating radical and subversive work, Alien She does justice to the movement and honors its ethos.”
“We spoke… with co-curators Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss about examining the movement’s legacy, combing through the Riot Grrrl archive, and Miranda July’s app.”
Videos selected from over 140 galleries of The International Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art.
“Through this broad focus on community, channeled and multiplied through a diversity of accessible communicative media, Alien She asserts that Riot Grrrl’s power is very much in the present.”
“Alien She curators Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss have exhaustively pulled together a comprehensive exploration into the feminist punk rock movement… The riot grrrl scene runs deep both in terms of the other art it inspired and the ethos and attitude it bred.”
“the exhibition never sinks into nostalgia—rather, its tone channels the unapologetically personal attitude of Riot Grrrl.”
“Alien She is superbly designed, comprehensive and approachable… [It] resounds riot grrrl’s, and feminism’s, hold on contemporary life.”
The exhibit provides a view into the passion and diversity of the original Riot Grrrl movement, and highlights how these ideas have broadened and evolved in the work of contemporary artists.
Published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, this is a book of interviews with curators talking about their influences, aspirations, and challenges.
“Alien She captures the irrepressible legacy of riot grrrl and avoids reverting to a nostalgic reflection on better days. Instead, it uses the movement as a platform from which a new generation can explore the feminist and queer issues”
“The collected artworks reflect on, challenge and continue feminist critiques of the ’90s, evoking the diversity of identities and senses of self-determination that have sprung forth in the years since.”
This exhibition provides a view into the passion and diversity of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, and highlights how these ideas have broadened, evolved and mutated in the work of contemporary artists.
An online, collaborative project tracking Riot Grrrl chapters across the world, from 1991 to the present.
The Miller Gallery at CMU, directed by Astria Suparak, is the “Art Place” to visit in Pittsburgh, as selected by Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner in The Wall Street Journal.