Curriculum Vitae

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WORK EXPERIENCE (selected)

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INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Oakland, CA
Co-Curator with Brett Kashmere, A Non-Zero-Sum Game, 2018 – Present
A seven-month series focuses on sports and culture. The art exhibitions, film programs, discussions, readings, commissioned projects, and other events are part of the publication SPORTS, edited by Suparak and Kashmere, and take place in galleries, cinemas, sports bars, bookstores, and on rooftops.

  • ARTISTS AND PRESENTERS: Hanif Abdurraqib, Santiago Alvarez, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Kevin Blackistone, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kavitha Davidson, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sarah Hotchkiss, Ezekiel Kweku, Nicolas Lampert, Ameer Loggins, Gao Mingyan, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, Lillian Schwartz, Collier Schorr, Hank Willis Thomas, Carmen Winant, Lisa Young, Zhang Qing, among others
  • VENUES (selected): Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Kadist, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco; Claremont Colleges, CA; University of California, Santa Cruz; Gene Siskel Film Center with Conversations at the Edge, Chicago

Co-Editor with Brett Kashmere, Issue #7/8: SPORTS, 2016 – 2017
The first volume of its kind, this double issue examines the intersections of sports, politics, popular culture, experimental media, and performance in the context of residual and contemporary media practices. This collection of original essays, interviews, artwork, analyses, historic documents, a guide to sports in experimental media, and selected reprints features 41 contributors including artists, writers, critics, scholars, historians, and athletes from multiple generations.

  • CONTRIBUTORS: Haig Aivazian, Christina Battle, Rosie Casals, Rebecca Cleman, Jason Concepcion (@netw3rk), Sally Dixon, Howard Fried, Brian L. Frye, Leo Goldsmith, Isla Hansen, Germaine Koh, Karen Kraven, Pasha Malla, Tara Mateik, Hazel Meyer, Cait McKinney, Ayanah Moor, Jeff Parker, Leila Pourtavaf, Risa Puleo, Rachael Rakes, Amy Sadao, Jon Sueda, Martine Syms, Geo Wyeth, Kim Ye, Tanya Zimbardo, among others
  • COLLECTIONS (selected): Library of Congress, SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, and the libraries of Yale University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dartmouth, CalArts, Oberlin College

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Adjunct Professor, MFA Program, Fine Arts, 2018
Adjunct Professor, MA Program, Curatorial Practice, 2017

Joanie 4 Jackie, Portland, OR; New York; Los Angeles, CA
Contributing Editor
, joanie4jackie.com, 2016 – 2018
Curator, Co-Star Tape #3: Some Kind of Loving, 2000
Served as curator, event programmer, tour booker, distributor, and historian of this influential underground film network for female filmmakers created by artist Miranda July. Organized and edited the comprehensive archive website joanie4jackie.com, launched in conjunction with the 2017 announcement of The Getty’s acquisition of the project archives.

  • ARTISTS (Some Kind of Loving): Peggy Ahwesh, Stephanie Barber, Jane Gang, Jennifer Reeder, Karen Yasinsky
  • EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS (selected): Looking at Music 3.0, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pandaemonium Biennial 2001, Lux Centre, London; Festival MIX Monterrey, Mexico; The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; CalArts, Valencia, CA; Pitzer College, Claremont, CA; L.A. Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles; Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, CA; San Francisco Cinematheque at the San Francisco Art Institute; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

Independent Curator, 1999 – 2006, 2014 – Present
Curated exhibitions, screenings, performances and live music events for institutions and festivals across ten countries, as well as for unconventional spaces like roller-skating rinks, ferry boats, elementary schools, sports bars, and rock clubs.

  • ARTISTS (selected): John Akomfrah, Skip Arnold, Daniel Barrow, Math Bass and Wu Tsang of Marriage, Shary Boyle, Lynne Chan, Patty Chang, Animal Charm, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harrell Fletcher, David Gatten, Mariam Ghani, Jacqueline Goss, Dara Greenwald, Kathy High, Peter Hutton, Miranda July, Jeremy Laing and Will Munro, Jason Lazarus, Christian Marclay, Patrick Martinez, Bjørn Melhus, Ayanah Moor, Matthias Müller, Takeshi Murata, Chadwick Rantanen, Shannon Plumb, Seth Price, Jennifer Reeder, Jon Rubin, Jon Sasaki, Guy Sherwin, Sonic Youth, Phil Solomon, Kirsten Stoltmann, Jesse Sugarmann, swoon, Garine Torossian, Naomi Uman, Steina Vasulka, Alex Villar, many more
  • ART SPACES, FAIRS (selected): The Kitchen, PS1, Eyebeam, Participant Inc., Smack Mellon, New York; The Liverpool Biennial 2004, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), England; Museo Rufino Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; FotoFest Biennial 2004, Houston; Space 1026, Vox Populi, Philadelphia; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY; Expo Chicago 2014
  • MEDIA ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, FILM FESTIVALS (selected): Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2004, Germany; Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; La Cinémathèque québécoise, Montréal; MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York Underground Film Festival, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York; Outfest 2003, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; Doclands Documentary Festival 2001, Dublin; Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg; Independent Film Show 4th Edition 2004, Napoli; CRASH: Arte Audiovisual Alternative Festival, Mexico City, Festival MIX Monterrey 2005, Mexico; San Francisco Cinematheque, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco; Aurora Picture Show, Houston; Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin; Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
  • ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS (selected): Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Concordia University, Montréal; Texas A&M University, College Station; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven, CT;  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Columbus College of Art and Design, OH; Ithaca College, NY; GirlsFilmSchool at the College of Santa Fe
  • MUSIC VENUES (selected): The Knitting Factory, New York; WFMU (at Smack Mellon), Brooklyn; The Horse Hospital, London; 4AD, Diksmude, Belgium; Paradiso, Amsterdam, Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Director and Curator, 2008 – 2014
Responsible for the vision, curatorial programming, stewardship, and management of the three-floor, 8,000 square-foot contemporary art gallery. Built a reputation for insightful, incisive, and timely exhibitions of interdisciplinary work that expand notions of art and culture. Staged 26 international group and solo exhibitions and produced commissions and four touring exhibitions that traveled to 13 cities. Organized 98 public programs including lectures, discussions, workshops, screenings, performances, panels, book launches, vaccine clinics, bike tours, and culinary events. Hosted residencies for artists, writers, designers, and an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship. Forged partnerships with 60 organizations including The Andy Warhol Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, FACT Centre in England, and Carnegie Museum of Art. Programming covered topics such as science and technology, economics and labor, immigration, urban planning, geography, health and design, sustainability, collaborative working, popular culture, and social movements.

Managed media relations, marketing, and social media, resulting in positive press coverage from over 200 outlets, including The New York Times, Artforum, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Rhizome, Wired, Design Observer, Fast Company, Art in America, FOX News, CBC, CBS, Salon.com, and Architect Magazine. During this term the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that the gallery was “moving full throttle into a leadership role among university and alternative galleries.”

The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Inaugural Director and Curator, 2006 – 2007
Oversaw the foundational year of the university’s first contemporary art gallery and conceived and developed all programs and services. Curated and organized 20 solo and group exhibitions of emerging and accomplished artists as well as screenings, performances, lectures, and other events. Commissioned regional artists to create installations for an adjacent street-level window gallery.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Intern Assistant, Department of Film and Media, 2001
Assisted in administrative aspects and served as artist liaison for the BIG AS LIFE: A HISTORY OF 8MM Film Series curated by Jytte Jensen (MoMA) and Steve Anker (San Francisco Cinematheque).

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Director and Curator, PRATT FILM SERIES, 1997 – 2000
Presented close to 100 programs of film, performance, and live music. The New York Press wrote, “curator Astria Suparak rounded out the week with Wednesday avant-garde film screenings at Pratt, spun with a superlative curatorial taste that combined a savvy political consciousness and sexy indie-rock-style showmanship without ever losing crucial nerd cred,” and said the series was one of three which “brought back New York’s edge as cinematic tastemakers in the avant-garde realm.”

  • ARTISTS (selected): Vito Acconci, Chantal Akerman, Alex Bag, John Baldessari, Craig Baldwin, Sadie Benning, Stan Brakhage, Chris Burden, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Abigail Child, Shu Lea Cheang, Bruce Conner, Ximena Cuevas, Valie Export, Fischli and Weiss, Hollis Frampton, Su Friedrich, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Barbara Hammer, Gary Hill, Zhuang Huan, Ken Jacobs, Mauricio Kagel, Mike Kelley, Lewis Klahr, Kurt Kren, George Kuchar, Chris Marker, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paul McCarthy, Linda Montano, Tony Oursler, Charlemagne Palestine, Chris Petit, Yvonne Rainer, Jennifer Reeves, Marlon Riggs, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Jack Smith, Jan Svankmajer, Leslie Thornton, Andy Warhol, and many more.

New York Film-maker’s Cooperative, New York, NY
Intern Assistant, for Director M.M. Serra, 1999
Film Curator, Personal Selections Series, PLAYGIARISM, 1999

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
AskMe Volunteer, SENSATION: YOUNG BRITISH ARTISTS FROM THE SAATCHI COLLECTION, 1999

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CURATORIAL PROJECTS

MUSEUM, GALLERY, AND ART FAIR EXHIBITIONS (selected)

  • POWER FORWARD, 2018
    Curated for VisArts, Rockville, MD
    The artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world.

    • ARTISTS: Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney and Hazel Meyer, Gao Mingyan, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, Zhang Qing
    • DISCUSSANTS: Kevin Blackistone, Kavitha Davidson
    • FILMMAKERS: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Hušman, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Lisa Young
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  • EXPO VIDEO, 2014
    Curated for EXPO CHICAGO (International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art)

    • ARTISTS: John Akomfrah, Skip Arnold, Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus, Adam Magyar, Takeshi Murata, Jennifer Reeder, Michael Robinson, Alyson Shotz
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  • ALIEN SHE, 2013
    Co-curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss
    The first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of the global punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. The Huffington Post writes “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.” Selected as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum and the “#1 Exhibition of 2015” by the OC Weekly.

    • ARTISTS: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, Stephanie Syjuco
    • TOURING VENUES: Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft, with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival 2015
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  • THE PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL, 2011
    Curated for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
    An unprecedented collaboration among several local art institutions, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum, and the largest survey ever conducted of contemporary artists connected to the Pittsburgh region. Suparak’s section was described by Hyperallergic as “a visually and conceptually stunning exhibition that reinvigorates awareness of the problems that afflict the world today. Through its redefinitions of place and space and trespassing of disciplinary boundaries into economics and science, the biennial contributes to the larger conversation going on within the major currents of contemporary art.” Accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalogue.

    • ARTISTS: Justseeds; Lize Mogel, Sarah Ross, and Ryan Griffis; subRosa; Temporary Services; Transformazium
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  • WHATEVER IT TAKES: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, 2010
    Co-curated by Jon Rubin and Astria Suparak for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
    The first major gallery exhibition to present sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production, bridging the assumed gap between sports and the arts. Featured in The New York Times (#1 Most Emailed NYT sports article over two days), selected as a City Paper Staff Pick for “Best of Pittsburgh 2010: Best Crossover Art Exhibit,” and covered by ESPN and The Associated Press.
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  • KEEP IT SLICK: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men2008
    The first solo exhibition and survey of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group. Dubbed “the most prescient show of the year” by Paper City Magazine, “a timely acknowledgment of the work of […] two of the great social satirists of our time” by Art Papers, and selected as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum. Accompanied by a full-color publication, The Yes Men Activity Book

    • TOURING VENUES: DiverseWorks, Houston; Abandon Normal Devices: Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, with Art & Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University and FACT, England; Pacific Northwest College of Art with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival 2008, Portland; Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago
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  • YOUR TOWN, INC.: Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen2008
    Curated for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
    An exhibition that investigates how communities are changing in the shadow of corporate real estate.

    • TOURING VENUE: Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University
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  • COME ON: Desire Under The Female Gaze, 2007
    Curated for Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY
    The Post-Standard described it as “provocative, original work that is sure to grab your attention and occasionally push you to the edge of discomfort” and The Fanzine writes, “Suparak was exceedingly capable of creating a context for challenging and new work.”

    • ARTISTS: Jo-Anne Balcaen, Juliet Jacobson, Rachel Rampleman
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  • EMBRACING WINTER, 2007
    Curated for Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY
    Syracuse is the perennial winner of the Golden Snowball Award, for the most snowfall in New York State. Embracing Winter celebrates this crystallized precipitation as the key to a delightful set of activities, and as an ephemeral filter to make ordinary surroundings new again. “Bracingly witty and cunningly curated… This is one of the cleverest shows I’ve seen in these parts” —  Director of the S.U. Goldring Arts Journalism Program.

    • ARTISTS: Janet Morton, Bruno Munari, Takeshi Murata, Collin Olan, Lisa M. Robinson, Rudy Shepherd
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  • FAUX NATUREL, 2006
    Curated for Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY
    These artists explore the territory delineated by the destruction of the natural world, with all its attendant themes. Entropy, redemption, apocalypse, the fall from grace, the temptations of commercial culture, and the relationship between science and magic all emerge as motifs. Canadian Art Magazine writes, “Tidily curated by Warehouse’s director, Astria Suparak, the exhibition sported a neat division between works that strove for broad, dramatic statements about our confused and contradictory relationship to the non-synthesized world and works that offered a more contemplative, even muffled response to nature’s overbearing, symbol-loaded presence.”

    • ARTISTS: Alex Da Corte, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Nick Lenker, Annie MacDonell, Allyson Mitchell, Andrea Vander Kooij
    • TOURING VENUES: Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Québec

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SCREENINGS, SYMPOSIA, EVENTS (selected)

  • EXPANDING THE FIELD: Sports & Politics Discussion Series, 2018
    Organized by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere for INCITE: Sports
    This three-part conversation series took place in art and film spaces nationally and featured acclaimed journalists, academics, and cultural producers on topics including recent athletic protests, gender and religion in sports, concussions and health issues, and labor and exploitation.
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  • THE NATION’S FINEST, 2018
    Organized by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere for INCITE: Sports
    This touring program, covering five decades of artists’ video and film, deconstructs the athlete body and how it is used for national, political, and social agendas and re-crafted by artists.
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  • DON’T CALL ME HONEY: Fierce Women of Film, 2016
    An 11-part series programmed by Vera Brunner-Sung, Jennifer Lange, Laura Larson, April Martin, Astria Suparak, et al. for Wexner Center, Columbus
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  • CONTESTATIONAL CARTOGRAPHIES SYMPOSIUM, 2010
    Organized by Astria Suparak and Golan Levin (The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry) for Carnegie Mellon
    A three-day symposium introducing the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research and, in so doing, help us “read between the lines” of the world around us. It includes lectures, workshops, a panel, salon, and artist tour of the related exhibition, Experimental Geography.
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  • QUANTUM LEAPS, 2006
    Curated for Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
    This touring program of new videos, a mini-exhibition, and a performative introduction catalogues heroes, compresses history, and hallucinates futures. Here it is possible to amalgamate eras, to break out of social and gender constraints, and to cobble together a fantasy lineage.
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  • TROUBLE: Hollywood Viewed by the Avant-Garde, 2005
    Co-curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere for the exhibition INDUSTRY: Recent Works by Richard Kerr at La Cinémathèque québécoise, Montréal
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  • HOW TO BE A CANADIAN2004
    Co-curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere for Eyebeam’s “Panorama Series,” New York
    Utilizing artistic reenactment, telepathetic aesthetics, manual animation, performance, and a grab bag of low-end high technologies, these videos question traditional representations of (Canadian) identity and gender. Accompanied by annotated maps of Canada, Canadian-to-American dictionaries, and other red-and-white themed souvenirs.
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  • LET’S GET TESTED2004
    Curated for Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Oberhausen’s 50th Anniversary, Germany
    Playfully adapting public space into personal games, these artists look at architecture, videogames, biology, schoolwork, history and even their own memories with fresh eyes and twitchy fingers. Often sincere, sometimes willfully naive, they project a new optimism and the ability to self-amuse and re-imagine.
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  • ELUSIVE QUALITY, 2004
    Co-curated by Astria Suparak and  Lauren Cornell for “Explosion LTTR” and LTTR Art Journal #3, Participant Inc., New York
    The touring program, which exhibited for a month at the Liverpool Biennial, champions the realities of failure in relation to fantasies of athletic, sexual, and political mastery. Together, the works make for a powerful aesthetic of the undone.
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  • BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE: Live Musical Improvisation to Films, 2001, 2004
    Co-curated by Braden King and Astria Suparak, Europe and Texas
    Seven musicians (from Wilco, Smog, Catpower, Calexico, Dirty Three, Gastr del Sol) improvise live to new sequences of the film program arranged nightly by the curators on a six-country tour.

    • COMMISSIONS: Jem Cohen, Christopher Wilcha, Grant Gee, Julie Murray, and Garine Torossian, among others.
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  • ADOLESCENT BOYS, AND LIVING ROOMS, 2003 – 2004
    Curated for Museo Rufino Tamayo’s “Panoramica Series” and Yale University School of Architecture’s “Moving Landscapes, Capturing Time” festival
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  • LOOKING IS BETTER THAN FEELING YOU, 2002
    Curated for Ladyfest, San Francisco (Opening Night) and Washington D.C.
    The program toured to 13 cities and exhibited for 10 weeks at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, becoming one of their most successful daytime screenings (average daily attendance).
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  • DIRGES AND STURGEONS, 2001
    Curated for Anthology Film Archives, New York
    Touring to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada, the video program was presented in locations as varied as artist-run spaces and microcinemas in living rooms and basements, bars, universities, galleries, and movie theaters.
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  • KEEP IN TOUCH!, 2002
    A NEW ROMANTIC T.V. SOUND, 2001
    SEX ON THE FRITZ, 2000
    Curated for The New York Underground Film Festival, New York
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  • VERTIGO-GO: DJ/FILM BENEFIT, 1999
    Co-programmed by WFMU Freeform Independent Radio and Astria Suparak at Smack Mellon Arts Complex, Brooklyn
    The 9-hour event included film and light installations, live film and music performances, and curated programs of film and video. Over 1,000 people were in attendance.
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  • BROKEN MUSIC, 1999
    Curated for The Knitting Factory, New York

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LECTURES, PANELS, PRESENTATIONS (selected)

2018
Panelist, “Museums, Curatorial Practice, and Social Justice,” Art & Action symposium, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
Visiting Critic, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Speaker, “Radical Possibilities: A Workshop Dedicated to Feminist Filmmaking,” UnionDocs, Brooklyn
Visiting Speaker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Visiting Critic, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

2017
Visiting Speaker, UC Davis
Visiting Speaker, San Francisco State University
Visiting Speaker, Interdisciplinary Studios: Physical Education, CCA, San Francisco

2016
Visiting Artist and Scholar, Ohio University, Athens

2015
Panelist, “I Will Resist With Every Inch and Every Breath: Punk and the Art of Feminism,” Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn
Presenter, “The Exploding Museum: A Conversation Between Astria Suparak and Jen Delos Reyes,” Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago
Presenter, Darling Foundry, Montréal
Presenter, “Art and Conversation with Lisa Sigal and Astria Suparak,” Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh

2014
Panelist, Visual & Critical Studies Forum, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Diverse Discourse Lecture Series, DiverseWorks, Houston

2013
Art & Social Practice Lecture Series, Portland State University, OR

2012
Speaker, People’s Conference (part of People’s Biennial, curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2007
Guest Critic, MFA Candidates Final Reviews, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

2006
Lecture and Studio Visits, Visiting Artist Series, NYU, New York
Guest Lecturer and Collaborator: Screenprinting Project, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Guest Critic, Video Feedback, Aurora Picture Show, Houston
Paradigm Lecture Series, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Guest Lecturer and Studio Visits, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2004
Visiting Faculty, GirlsFilmSchool at The College of Santa Fe
First Video Fund Studio Visits, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg
Visiting Artist Series, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus

2003
Workshop, “Alternative Exhibition,” Street Level Youth Media, Chicago
Guest Lecturer, “New Genres,” San Francisco Art Institute
Guest Lecturer, “Video Culture,” School of Visual Arts, New York

2002
Guest Lecturer, “Experimental Strategies in Video,” Harvard University, Cambridge
Guest Lecturer, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Moderator, “Horns and Halos,” P.O.V.’s Mingle with the Maker Series with HBO’s 5th Annual Frame by Frame documentary showcase, The Screening Room, New York
Guest Lecturer, “Transmedia and Performance Art,” University of Texas, Austin
Visiting Artist, “The Exhibition Process,” University of Arizona, Tucson
Visiting Artist, “Text and Media,” School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Visiting Artist, “Moving Image Production,” Amherst College, MA
Guest Lecturer, “Experimental Video and Multimedia,” Temple University, Philadelphia

2001
Visiting Artist, University of Washington, Seattle
Guest Lecturer, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Panelist, Nomads and Homesteaders Symposium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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BOARDS, COMMITTEES, JURIES (selected)

2018
Panelist, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia

2017
Panelist, Artist Project Grants, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles

2016
Juror, The Alpert Award in the Arts, Santa Monica, CA
Panelist, Creative Work Fund Grant, San Francisco
Selection Committee Member, Afronaut(a) & VIA Festival, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh

2015

Juror, Propeller Fund, Threewalls and Gallery 400, Chicago
National Juror, Neddy Artist Awards, Seattle

2014
Juror, Investing in Professional Artists Grants, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation

2013
Consultant, Creative Capital Foundation Artist Retreat
Juror, The Alpert Award in the Arts, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Juror, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowships
Downtown Public Art Juror, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh

2010
Juror, BOOM: The 18th Juried Exhibition of work by Northern California Artists, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Juror, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland
Juror, SUPERGIRL Film Competition, NEXUS Foundation, Philadelphia

2009
Board Member, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh (2009 – 2012)
Juror, Unnatural Rubber exhibition, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Juror, Migrating Forms Festival, New York

2008
Advisory Board Member, Aurora Picture Show, Houston (2008 – 2012)
Juror, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore

2007
Founding Member, City of Syracuse Public Art Commission, NY
Reviewer and Recommender, Media Arts Grants, Creative Capital Foundation
Awards Juror, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pittsburgh

2005
National Nominating Committee Member, The Program for Media Artists (Rockefeller and Ford Foundations), Film and Video Fellowships, USA
Awards Jury Member, The 16th Annual Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
Judge, “La Crème de la Crème” Awards, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montréal

2004
National Nominating Committee Member, The Program for Media Artists (Rockefeller and Ford Foundations), USA

2003
Juror, Media Arts Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus

2001
Awards Jury Committee Member, New York Underground Film Festival

2000
Programming Committee, Mix Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York

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EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS, PRESENTATIONS OF SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE ARTIST PROJECTS (selected)

  • Frank Haines, Jerry the Marble Faun, Astria Suparak, curated by Margaret Tedesco (2nd floor projects), Luggage Store Annex, San Francisco, Sept. 8 – Oct. 14, 2017
  • Showcase Selects, organized by Lexington Film League, with work by Derek Lamb, Ben Russell, Astria Suparak, Tony Wu, Jennifer Reeves, Jodie Mack, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Penny Lane and Jessica Bardsley, and others; 21c Museum, Lexington, KY, Aug. 30, 2016
  • Women Inc. Lexicon, a collaboratively written lexicon of neologisms by Women Inc., a feminist working group of artists, writers, curators and academics.
  • GOALS, an installation by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere.
    • EXHIBITIONS: Adobe Books Gallery, San Francisco, Jan.–Feb. 2018; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, May 15 – Aug. 15, 2015
  • LTTR, a feminist genderqueer artist collective that produced an annual art journal and series of performances, screenings and collaborations. Projects include artist multiple Diagrams from Waiting in issue 2 and curated screening Elusive Quality for issue 3.
    • EXHIBITIONS: Here We LTTR, curated by Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, May – Sept. 2015; The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, curated by Berin Golonu, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, March – June 2008; Locally Localized Gravity, curated by Jenelle Porter, Elyse Gonzales, and Naomi Beckwith, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. – March 2007; Exile of the Imaginary: Politics Aesthetics Lovecurated by Juli Carson, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Jan. – April 2007; The ‘F’ Word curated by Elizabeth Thomas, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006
    • COLLECTIONS: Generali Foundation, Vienna; Fales Library at NYU, New York; MoMA special collections, New York: Lesbian Herstory Archives, New York; Stichwort Archiv der Frauen- und Lesbenbewegung, Vienna; Bildwechsel, Hamburg; MAKE, Goldsmith’s Women’s Art Library (London)
  • The Unprofessionals, curated by Lindsay Sampson, Nov. 16 – Dec. 18, 2003
    • SCREENINGS: Cinema Borealis, hosted by Discount Cinema, Chicago; Squeaky Wheel Media Resource Center, Buffalo, NY; Garfield Artworks, hosted by Jefferson Presents, Pittsburgh; The Gezellig Space with Radio Bean, Burlington, VT
  • Sunset in the City of Godcurated by Brian Frye, with films by Francois Boue, Bradley Eros, James Fotopoulos, Bruce McClure, Steve Polta, Astria Suparak; Nomads and Homesteaders Conference, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 1, 2001
  • Yet, there we are (a place not like home), curated by Ken Miller, with films by Jem Cohen, Bill Daniel, Danny Plotnick, Jennifer Reeder, Greta Snider, Astria Suparak; Anthology Film Archives, New York, January 25, 2001
  • Eternal Return: 15 Films About Death, or There and Back Again, with films by Lee Ellickson and Stuart Sherman, Jeanne Liotta, Guy Sherwin, Astria Suparak; Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York, Dec. 11, 2001
  • Architectural Gardens, curated by Brian Frye and Jennifer Fieber, with films by Vincent Grenier, J. Hoberman, Lee Krist, Astria Suparak; Firefly Cinema outdoor screening, Community Garden, New York, Aug. 13, 2000
  • Exploration and Discovery, The State Capitol Governor’s Council Room, Sacramento, 1997
  • Painting Now, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1995

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PUBLISHED WRITING AND ART (selected)

BOOKS, JOURNALS, ONLINE PROJECTS

ESSAYS, ARTICLES, CATALOGS

  • Behind the Scenes and On the Stage with Joanie 4 Jackie,” THE GETTY: The Iris (February 2, 2017). Written by Astria Suparak.
  • “Plastic Pearl Necklace” and “Lunar New Year,” WOULD BE SABOTEURS TAKE HEED (2016). Written by Astria Suparak. Edited by Audrey Chan, Carol Cheh, Connie Ho, Emi Kuriyama, and Soyoung Shin. A project of Decolonize L.A. and supported by Human Resources Los Angeles.
  • “Six x Six,” THE EXHIBITIONIST: Journal on Exhibition Making, #11 (2015). Written by Astria Suparak, Gianni Jetzer, Sarah Demeuse, et al. Edited by Jens Hoffmann. Reprinted: THE EXHIBITIONIST Journal on Exhibition Making: The First Six Years (2017)
  • Come On: Rachel Rampleman,” BABY’S ON FIRE (Buffalo, NY: Linoleum Press and CEPA Gallery, 2015). Written by Astria Suparak. Edited by Joel Brenden, David Mitchell, and Sean Donaher. Other contributors include Paul Pfeiffer and Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, among others.
  • Alien She: An Exhibition Exploring Riot Grrrl’s Impact,” VICE Magazine: Noisey (March 7, 2014). Written by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss.
  • Riot Grrrl, Redux,” BOING BOING (Nov. 6, 2013). Written by Ceci Moss and Astria Suparak.
  • 2011 PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL exhibition catalogue (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 2011). Written by Dan Byers, Eric Shiner, Astria Suparak, and Adam Welch.
  • In Pursuit of Northern Lights: Tracking Canada’s Living Cinema,” LIVE CINEMA: A CONTEMPORARY READER (San Francisco: San Francisco Cinematheque, CA, forthcoming). Written by Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak. Edited by Thomas Beard.
  • Beyond Notes: On Music, Improvisation and Film, and Writing,” OFFSCREEN FILM JOURNAL (April 2003). Written by Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak.
  • Blood, Sweat, & Tears: Four experimental moviemakers. Elisabeth Subrin, Naomi Uman, Miranda July, Diane Nerwin,” HEEB MAGAZINE (2003). Written by Astria Suparak.
  • A  New Romantic T.V. Sound,” THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE (2002). Written by Astria Suparak. Edited by Miranda July.
  • Peggy Ahwesh,” CINEMATEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CATALOGUE (Austin: 2001). Written by Astria Suparak.
  • “Only Loved at Night,” SOME KIND OF LOVING (Portland, OR: Joanie 4 Jackie, 2000). Written by Astria Suparak.

INTERVIEWS

PUBLISHED ARTWORK

  • GRAFFITI WOMEN: STREET ART FROM FIVE CONTINENTS (New York: Abrams Books, 2006). Written by Nicholas Ganz. Pull-out spread includes two works by Astria Suparak.
  • “What Is Sex?,” LICKETY SPLIT #3 (Montréal: 2006). Project by Astria Suparak.
  • “American Girls,” BLACK DIAMOND MAGAZINE (UK: White Diamond Projects, 2004). Project by Astria Suparak.
  • Diagrams from Waiting,” LTTR Feminist Art Journal #2: Listen Translate Translate Record (Brooklyn: LTTR collective, 2003). Edited by Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Emily Roysdon, K8 Hardy. Multiple by Astria Suparak.
  • I NY (New York: 4 am press, 2003). By Kelly Burns. Two pages feature work by Astria Suparak.

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PRESS (selected)

See Press tag for specific coverage of exhibitions, events, and publications.

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GRANTS, AWARDS, HONORS (selected)

2015
Winner, “#1 Exhibition of 2015” for Alien She, OC Weekly
Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

2012
Nominee, The Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award, Independent Curators International (ICI)
Winner, “Best of Pittsburgh: Culture and Nightlife” for 2011 Pittsburgh BiennialCity Paper

2011
Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, Alcoa Foundation

2010
Curatorial Research Fellowship awarded to Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, The Andy Warhol Foundation
Winner, “Best of Pittsburgh: Best Crossover Art Exhibit” for Whatever It Takes, City Paper

2006
Winner for “the presentation of smart, contemporary art by local, national and international artists,” The Syracuse Post-Standard
Travel Grant for Media Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

2002
Experimental Television Center Grant to attend the 48th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

2001
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship to study and work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

2000
Outstanding Service to Pratt Institute Award for Pratt Film Series, Brooklyn
Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

1999
Outstanding Program Board Chair Award, Department of Student Activities, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

1998
Outstanding Cultural Program Award for Pratt Film Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

1996 – 2000
Talent Search Tuition Scholarship to study Fine Arts, awarded for four consecutive years, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Various merit scholarships, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

1996
California Arts Scholar, Governor’s Medallion, State of California’s highest distinction for artistically talented students

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FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES

2019
Inaugural Curatorial Fellow, Sync at Radio Athènes, Athens, Greece

2018
Curator-in-Residence, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
2018 Mentoring Curator, VisArts, Rockville, MD

2016
Artist-in-Residence, Grand Central Art Center, City of Santa Ana and California State University, Fullerton

2015
Laureate, Curator Residency of the Americas, Darling Foundry, Conseil des arts de Montréal
Core Visiting Artist, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben, WI

2010
Fellow, NAMAC (The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture) Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations

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COLLECTIONS OF CURATED FILM COMPILATIONS (selected)

  • The Getty, Los Angeles
  • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
  • FACT Centre, Liverpool, England
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
  • University of California, San Diego, Library Collection
  • University of Iowa Libraries, Monographic Acquisitions, Iowa City
  • Concordia University Library, Montréal
  • Syracuse University Library Collection, NY
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Johns Hopkins University Library, Baltimore
  • University of Georgia Library, Athens
  • Kenyon College Library, Gambier, OH
  • Oberlin College Library, Oberlin, OH

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SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY (selected)

  • Design Review Committee Member, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2010
  • Board Member, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh, 2009 – 2012
  • Committee Member, Carnegie Mellon School of Art Lecture Series, Pittsburgh, 2009
  • Advisory Board Member, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, 2008 – 2012
  • Founding Committee Member, City of Syracuse Public Art Commission, NY, 2007
  • Film Festival Advisory Board, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Juror, LINKS Teen Art Competition, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY, 2007
  • Advisor and Jury Member, Public Arts Task Force, City of Syracuse Department of Economic Development, NY, 2007

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EDUCATION

2006 Museum Studies, Syracuse University, NY
2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Highest Honors), Drawing, minor in Art History, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1998 16mm Film Production (Summer Program), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1997 Film Studies (Summer Program), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY

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