- Professional Experience
- Teaching Experience
- Awards, Honors, Grants
- Fellowships, Residencies
- Curatorial Projects
- Creative Projects
- Lectures, Panels, Presentations
- Juries, Selection Committees
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (selected)
INDEPENDENT CURATOR, 1999–2006, 2014–Present
Curated exhibitions, screenings, performances, live music events, and special projects for art, film, music, and academic institutions and festivals across 10 countries, as well as for unconventional spaces like roller-skating rinks, ferry boats, elementary schools, sports bars, and rock clubs.
- ART SPACES, BIENNIALS, FAIRS (selected): The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Eyebeam, Participant Inc., Smack Mellon (New York); The Liverpool Biennial 2004, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) (England); Museo Rufino Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, KADIST (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.); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA); 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, Euro-Mediterranean Arts, (Napoli); CRASH: Arte Audiovisual Alternative Festival, Mexico City, Festival MIX Monterrey 2005 (Mexico); San Francisco Cinematheque, Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco); Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archives; Aurora Picture Show (Houston); Cinematexas International Short Film Festival (Austin); Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
- MUSIC VENUES (selected): The Knitting Factory (New York); WFMU at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn); The Horse Hospital (London); 4AD, Diksmuide (Belgium); Paradiso, Amsterdam, Patronaat, Haarlem (The Netherlands)
- ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS (selected): Harvard University (Cambridge, MA); Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago; Hampshire College (Amherst, MA); Concordia University (Montréal); Texas A&M University (College Station); Massachusetts College of Art (Boston); Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh); Columbus College of Art and Design (OH); Ithaca College (NY); GirlsFilmSchool at the College of Santa Fe; Yale University School of Architecture (New Haven, CT)
- ARTISTS (selected): Haig Aivazian, John Akomfrah, Skip Arnold, Daniel Barrow, Math Bass and Wu Tsang of Marriage, Shary Boyle, Miguel Calderón, Lynne Chan, Patty Chang, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harrell Fletcher, David Gatten, Mariam Ghani, Jacqueline Goss, Kathy High, Peter Hutton, Miranda July, Jeremy Laing and Will Munro, Jason Lazarus, Christian Marclay, Patrick Martinez, Bjørn Melhus, Hazel Meyer, Ayanah Moor, Matthias Müller, Takeshi Murata, Chadwick Rantanen, Nam June Paik, Rajni Perera, Keith Piper, Seth Price, Jennifer Reeder, Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, Nathan Watson), Jon Rubin, Jon Sasaki, Guy Sherwin, Hank Willis Thomas, Sonic Youth, Phil Solomon, swoon, Garine Torossian, Naomi Uman, Steina Vasulka, Alex Villar, many more
INCITE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA, Oakland
Co-Curator with Brett Kashmere, “A Non-Zero-Sum Game,” 2018–19
Developed a year-long series focused on sports and culture consisting of 3 art exhibitions, 8 film programs, 3 discussions, 3 reading events, and a live GIF contest, plus commissioned sports-themed cocktails and a music playlist. Sites included galleries, cinemas, sports bars, bookstores, and rooftops. Part of the publication SPORTS (INCITE Journal).
- 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)
INCITE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA, Oakland
Co-Editor with Brett Kashmere, Issue #7/8: SPORTS, 2016–17
The first volume of its kind, this double issue (350 pages) 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, 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, Dartmouth, Stanford University, California College of the Arts, CalArts, Oberlin College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
JOANIE 4 JACKIE, Portland, OR; New York; Los Angeles
Contributing Editor, joanie4jackie.com, 2016–18
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 screening program and videotape compilation with booklet): 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; Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (CA); San Francisco Cinematheque at the San Francisco Art Institute; Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
MILLER GALLERY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, PA
Director and Curator, 2008–14
Responsible for the vision, curatorial programming, stewardship, and management of the 3-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 4 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 FACT Centre in England, The Andy Warhol Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 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.”
- ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS: Francis Alÿs, AREA Chicago, Bernd and Hilla Becher, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Ginger Brooks Takahashi, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, Tammy Rae Carland, Elizabeth Catlett, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Center for PostNatural History, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Mel Chin, Todd Haynes, Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Justseeds, Machine Project, Gordon Matta-Clark, MIT AgeLab, MVRDV, OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, L.J. Roberts, Philip Ross, SANAA, Alison and Peter Smithson, Deborah Stratman, subRosa, Stephanie Syjuco, Temporary Services, Transformazium, Daniel Tucker, Alex Villar, Yin Xiuzhen, The Yes Men, and the creative work of dozens of international social movements (including civil rights, Black power, and Chicana/o farm worker rights in the United States; democracy in China; anti-Apartheid in South Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women’s rights internationally; the global AIDS crisis; and uprisings and protests for indigenous control of lands and radical social transformation in France), and many more.
THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, Syracuse, NY
Inaugural Director and Curator, 2006–07
Oversaw the foundational year of the university’s first contemporary art gallery (2,000 square feet, 21-foot high ceilings) and conceived and developed all programs and services. Mounted 20 solo and group exhibitions of emerging and accomplished artists, screenings, performances, lectures, and other events. Commissioned regional artists to create installations for an adjacent street-level window gallery. C Magazine wrote of Suparak’s term, “the exhibitions and programs she puts together speak about a range of issues, and her sense of social justice is comprehensive and critical.”
- ARTISTS: Jo-Anne Balcaen, Alex Da Corte, Juliet Jacobson, Annie MacDonell, Bruno Munari, Takeshi Murata, Rachel Rampleman, Rudy Shepherd, and many more
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York
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
Organized 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, The Wooster Group, and many more.
NEW YORK FILM-MAKER’S COOPERATIVE, New York
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
Adjunct Professor, Curatorial Practice, MA Program, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2017, 2021–22
Adjunct Professor, Museum Studies, MA Program, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2020
Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts, MFA Program, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2018
AWARDS, HONORS, GRANTS (selected)
Winner, “#1 Exhibition of 2015” for Alien She, OC Weekly
Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Nominee, The Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award, Independent Curators International (ICI)
Winner, “Best of Pittsburgh: Culture and Nightlife” for 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial, City Paper
Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, Alcoa Foundation
Curatorial Research Fellowship ($50,000) from The Andy Warhol Foundation awarded to Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry to support research by Andrea Grover
Winner, “Best of Pittsburgh: Best Crossover Art Exhibit” for Whatever It Takes, City Paper
Program Stream grant awards for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
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
Experimental Television Center Grant to attend the 48th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship to study and work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Outstanding Service to Pratt Institute Award for Pratt Film Series, Brooklyn
Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Outstanding Program Board Chair Award, Department of Student Activities, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Outstanding Cultural Program Award for Pratt Film Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Talent Search Tuition Scholarship to study Fine Arts, awarded for four consecutive years, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Various merit scholarships, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
California Arts Scholar, Governor’s Medallion, State of California’s highest distinction for artistically talented students
Inaugural Artist in Residence, The Zay Collection of Arab Fashion, London & Dubai
Inaugural Curatorial Fellow, Sync Residency, Athens, Greece
Collaborating Artist-in-Residence, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
Curator-in-Residence, Grand Central Art Center, City of Santa Ana and California State University, Fullerton
Laureate, Curator Residency of the Americas, Darling Foundry, Conseil des arts de Montréal
Core Visiting Artist, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben, WI
Fellow, NAMAC (The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations
MUSEUM, GALLERY, BIENNIAL, ART FAIR, PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS (selected)
“BECOME THE MONUMENTS THAT CANNOT FALL,” 2020
University of San Francisco, CA
Organized with USF’s Thacher Gallery and MA in Museum Studies Curatorial Practicum class. A two-part exhibition featuring Bay Area and Washington D.C.-based art collective Related Tactics: A sprawling, site-responsive public art project viewable from the street and located in 14 storefronts within San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood; and a web-based survey of the group’s work at the intersection of race and culture, in conversation with the creative practices of individual members Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson. The new commission illuminates facets of Black life in the city and explores the state of national politics.
“POWER FORWARD,” 2018
VisArts, Rockville, MD
The contemporary artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world. Accompanied by an illustrated timeline, created for the exhibition, of Washington, D.C.’s NBA franchise and its intersections with civic issues. Public programs included a discussion with sports journalists, a film screening, and a sports poetry reading in a sports bar.
- 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
“EXPO VIDEO,” 2014
EXPO CHICAGO (International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art), IL
- ARTISTS: John Akomfrah, Skip Arnold, Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus, Adam Magyar, Takeshi Murata, Jennifer Reeder, Michael Robinson, Alyson Shotz
“ALIEN SHE,” 2013
Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Co-curated with 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. Accompanied by online projects assembling research from various sources including the public, and a wide range of public programming such as workshops, panels, discussions, musical performances and dance parties, film screenings, and a live roller derby scrimmage.
- ARTISTS: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, Stephanie Syjuco
- ARCHIVES: dumba collective; EMP Museum, Seattle; Interference Archive; Jabberjaw; the Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU; many personal collections
- 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
THE PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL, 2011
Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
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, including the premiere of 4 installations, 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 catalog and a series of artist publications, and public programs including artist talks; deconstruction workshops; a dialogue among artists, scientists, and scholars; a brunch discussion with curators; and a film screening.
- ARTISTS: Justseeds; Lize Mogel, Sarah Ross, and Ryan Griffis; subRosa; Temporary Services; Transformazium
“WHATEVER IT TAKES: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions,” 2010
Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Co-curated with Jon Rubin. 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. Accompanied by a global map of Steelers fan bases and interactive displays created for the exhibition, and public programming consisting of a panel with a professional athlete, an ethicist, and an artist; an artist tour; and a Super Bowl party.
“KEEP IT SLICK: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men,” 2008
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR and Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
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, an educational guide, a workshop, and a film screening.
- 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)
“YOUR TOWN, INC.: Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen,” 2008
Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
An exhibition that investigates how communities are changing in the shadow of corporate real estate.
- TOURING VENUES: Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University; Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery (Pittsburgh)
“COME ON: Desire Under The Female Gaze,” 2007
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.” Public programs included artist talks, tours, and guest curated video screenings.
- ARTISTS: Jo-Anne Balcaen, Juliet Jacobson, Rachel Rampleman
“EMBRACING WINTER,” 2007
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. Public programs included a live projection performance, a film screening, and talks by artists and scientists.
- ARTISTS: Janet Morton, Bruno Munari, Takeshi Murata, Collin Olan, Lisa M. Robinson, Rudy Shepherd
“FAUX NATUREL,” 2006
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); Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery (NY)
SCREENINGS, SYMPOSIA, EVENTS (selected)
“EXPANDING THE FIELD: Sports & Politics Discussion Series,” 2018
INCITE Journal: Sports
Organized with Brett Kashmere. This 3-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.
- SPEAKERS: Hanif Abdurraqib, Kevin Blackistone, Kavitha Davidson, Samuel Hodge, Sarah Hotchkiss, Ezekiel Kweku, Ameer Loggins, Carmen Winant
- TOURING VENUES: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); KADIST (San Francisco); VisArts (Rockville, MD)
“THE NATION’S FINEST,” 2018
INCITE Journal: Sports
Co-curated with Brett Kashmere. 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.
- ARTISTS: Haig Aivazian, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Internet, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, Lillian Schwartz
- TOURING VENUES: Pitzer College (Claremont, CA); University of California, Santa Cruz; San Francisco Cinematheque at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Conversations at the Edge at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago)
“A BEAUTIFUL GAME,” 2018
INCITE Journal: Sports
Co-curated with Brett Kashmere. In this film and video program, artists celebrate athletes’ rebellious streaks and admire their disciplined feats of excellence, amplify fan glee, and visualize the part of athletes not accessible to the public — their interior state.
- ARTISTS: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Hušman, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Lisa Young
- TOURING VENUES: University of California, Santa Cruz; VisArts (Rockville, MD); The Mini Microcinema (Cincinnati, OH)
“DON’T CALL ME HONEY: Fierce Women of Film,” 2016
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
An 11-part series programmed by Vera Brunner-Sung, Jennifer Lange, Laura Larson, April Martin, Astria Suparak, et al.
CONTESTATIONAL CARTOGRAPHIES SYMPOSIUM, 2010
Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh
Organized with Golan Levin (The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry). A 3-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.”
“QUANTUM LEAPS,” 2006
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
This touring program of new videos, a mini-exhibition, and a performative introduction catalogs 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.
“TROUBLE: Hollywood Viewed by the Avant-Garde,” 2005
La Cinémathèque québécoise, Montréal
Co-curated with Brett Kashmere for the exhibition “INDUSTRY: Recent Works by Richard Kerr.”
“HOW TO BE A CANADIAN,” 2004
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York
Co-curated with Brett Kashmere for the “Panorama Series.” 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. Attendees were provided with annotated maps of Canada and Canadian-to-American dictionaries created for this program, and themed souvenirs.
“LET’S GET TESTED,” 2004
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.
“ELUSIVE QUALITY,” 2004
LTTR Art Journal, Participant Inc., New York
Co-curated with Lauren Cornell. 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.
- ARTISTS: Lynne Chan, Mariam Ghani, Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe, Caroline Koebel, Jeremy Laing and Will Munro, Math Bass and Wu Tsang of Marriage, Tara Mateik, Seth Price, Chadwick Rantanen, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson, toyshop
BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE: Live Musical Improvisation to Films, 2001, 2004
Co-curated with Braden King. 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 6-country tour.
- COMMISSIONS: Jem Cohen, Christopher Wilcha, Grant Gee, Julie Murray, and Garine Torossian, among others.
“ADOLESCENT BOYS, AND LIVING ROOMS,” 2003–04
Museo Rufino Tamayo’s “Panoramica Series” (Mexico City) and Yale University School of Architecture’s “Moving Landscapes, Capturing Time” festival
“LOOKING IS BETTER THAN FEELING YOU,” 2002
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).
“DIRGES AND STURGEONS,” 2001
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.
“VERTIGO-GO: DJ/FILM BENEFIT,” 1999
Smack Mellon Arts Complex, Brooklyn
Co-programmed with WFMU Freeform Independent Radio. 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.
“BROKEN MUSIC,” 1999
The Knitting Factory, New York
EXHIBITIONS AND TOURS ORGANIZED (selected)
“IMPERFECT HEALTH: The Medicalization of Architecture,” 2012
Curated by Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montré The edition organized by Astria Suparak at Carnegie Mellon was selected for the “Exhibition of the Year Award: A smart survey of a subject that, unfortunately, we can all take personally” by Design Observer
“INTIMATE SCIENCE,” 2012
Curated by Andrea Grover, Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow for Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, produced by Astria Suparak at Carnegie Mellon. Hyperallergic writes, “Miller Gallery has made a significant contribution to the relationship between art, science and technology with the exhibition Intimate Scienceand the related book New Art/Science Affinities.”
- TOURING VENUES (organized by Astria Suparak): Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), Parsons The New School for Design, New York; Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA; Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
“EXPERIMENTAL GEOGRAPHY,” 2009
Curated by Nato Thompson, ICI (Independent Curators International). Organized by Astria Suparak at Carnegie Mellon
“SIGNS OF CHANGE: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now,” 2009
Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee. Organized by Astria Suparak at Carnegie Mellon.
“29 CHAINS TO THE MOON: Artists’ Schemes for a Fantastic Future,” 2009
Curated by Andrea Grover, produced by Astria Suparak at Carnegie Mellon. Features artists who put forth radical proposals, from seasteads and tree habitats to gift-based cultures, to make the world work for everyone.
“NETWORKED NATURE,” 2007
Curated by Marisa Olson, Rhizome. Organized by Astria Suparak at Syracuse University.
Digital commission, Virtually Asian, HD video, Berkeley Art Center, CA
Billboard commission, Asians have been here longer than cowboys, with Stop DiscriminAsian, For Freedoms, AAPI Solidarity campaign, Los Angeles
Art commission, Seedy Space Ports and Colony Planets: Asian Conical Hats in Cinematic Dystopias, visual essay and collage, Seen Journal of Film and Visual Culture (BlackStar Festival), Philadelphia
Digital commission, Tropicollage, looping video, Other Futures, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Digital commissions, Zay Initiative, London & Dubai, UAE (forthcoming)
EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS, PRESENTATIONS OF CREATIVE PROJECTS
SOLO PROJECTS (selected)
- Asian futures, without Asians, ICA LA and GYOPO; The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2021
- Tropicollage, Other Futures, Amsterdam, online, 2021
- “The option to…,” Berkeley Art Center, CA, online, 2021 (organized by Daniel Nevers)
- “Engaging Creativities,” The Royal Society of Canada, online, 2021 (organized by Ethnocultural Art Histories Research)
- “(pre)existing conditions,” ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art), online, 2020 (organized by Ethnocultural Art Histories Research)
- “Hear Us Now!,” Concordia University, Montréal, online, 2020 (curated by Diane Wong, Tamara Harkness, Chaeyeon Park, and Sarah Piché, with Alice Ming Wai Jim)
- “Printed Publics: Contemporary Art & Design Publishing in the Bay Area,” SFMOMA, San Francisco, 2019–20 (organized by David Senior)
- “Frank Haines, Jerry the Marble Faun, Astria Suparak,” Luggage Store Annex, San Francisco, 2017 (curated by Margaret Tedesco of 2nd floor projects)
- “Showcase Selects,” 21c Museum, Lexington, KY, Aug. 30, 2016 (organized by Lexington Film League, 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)
- “The Unprofessionals,” Nov. 16 – Dec. 18, 2003 (curated by Lindsay Sampson)
- VENUES: 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 God,” Nomads and Homesteaders Conference, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 1, 2001 (curated by Brian Frye, films by Francois Boue, Bradley Eros, James Fotopoulos, Bruce McClure, Steve Polta, Astria Suparak)
- “Yet, there we are (a place not like home),” Anthology Film Archives, New York, January 25, 2001 (curated by Ken Miller, films by Jem Cohen, Bill Daniel, Danny Plotnick, Jennifer Reeder, Greta Snider, Astria Suparak)
- “Eternal Return: 15 Films About Death, or There and Back Again,” Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York, Dec. 11, 2001 (films by Lee Ellickson and Stuart Sherman, Jeanne Liotta, Guy Sherwin, Astria Suparak)
- “Architectural Gardens,” Firefly Cinema, Community Garden, New York, Aug. 13, 2000 (curated by Brian Frye and Jennifer Fieber, films by Vincent Grenier, J. Hoberman, Lee Krist, Astria Suparak)
- “Exploration and Discovery,” The State Capitol Governor’s Council Room, Sacramento, 1997
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS (selected)
- Asians have been here longer than cowboys, For Freedoms billboard, AAPI Solidarity campaign, Los Angeles, 2021 (collaboration by Stop DiscriminAsian)
- GOALS, Adobe Books Gallery, San Francisco, Jan.–Feb. 2018 (installation in collaboration with Brett Kashmere)
- “Public Square,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2017 (project in collaboration with Brett Kashmere)
- Women Inc. Lexicon, Artists Space, New York, April 1, 2015 (project in collaboration with Women Inc.)
- Women Inc. Lexicon, ICA London, May 30, 2015 (project in collaboration with Women Inc.)
- GOALS, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, May 15 – Aug. 15, 2015 (installation in collaboration with Brett Kashmere)
- “Here We LTTR,” Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, May – Sept. 2015 (curated by Maria Lind) (project in collaboration with LTTR)
- “The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, March – June 2008 (curated by Berin Golonu) (project in collaboration with LTTR)
- “Locally Localized Gravity,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. – March 2007 (curated by Jenelle Porter, Elyse Gonzales, and Naomi Beckwith) (project in collaboration with LTTR)
- “Exile of the Imaginary: Politics Aesthetics Love,” Generali Foundation, Vienna, Jan. – April 2007 (curated by Juli Carson) (project in collaboration with LTTR)
- “The ‘F’ Word” The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006 (curated by Elizabeth Thomas) (project in collaboration with LTTR)
See more under the Projects tag
BOOKS AND EXHIBITION CATALOGS (as Author, Editor, Producer)
- INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Issue #7/8: SPORTS (2017). Edited by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere.
- COLLECTIONS (selected): Library of Congress, SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, and the libraries of Yale University, Stanford University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dartmouth, California College of the Arts, CalArts, Oberlin College, New York University
- HALF-FANCY, HALF-JUNGLE (San Francisco: 2nd floor projects, 2017). Written by Astria Suparak.
- 2011 PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL exhibition catalog (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 2011). Written by Dan Byers, Eric Shiner, Astria Suparak, and Adam Welch.
- NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES (Pittsburgh: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, 2011).
- Endorsed by Bust Magazine and Bruce Sterling in Wired and praised as “a significant contribution to the relationship between art, science and technology” by Hyperallergic.
- THE YES MEN ACTIVITY BOOK (Chicago: Columbia College, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, and Feldman Gallery at PNCA, 2010). Edited by Astria Suparak. Includes pull-out poster and cut-out projects.
- COLLECTIONS (selected): Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; University of California, Berkeley, Art Practice collection; Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library; School of The Art Institute of Chicago
- COLLECTIONS (selected): Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; University of California, Berkeley, Art Practice collection; Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library; School of The Art Institute of Chicago
ESSAYS AND ARTICLES (as Author)
- “Asian futures, without Asians,” WHY ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF THE LOTUS? (San Francisco and Berlin: CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press, June 2021). Commissioned and edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Kim Nguyen.
- “Seedy Space Ports and Colony Planets: Asian Conical Hats in Cinematic Dystopias,” Seen journal of film and visual culture (Philadelphia: BlackStar Projects, 2021). Commissioned and edited by Dessane Lopez Cassell.
- “Ordinary Horrors,” University of Illinois at Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog (Chicago: UIC 2021).
- “Total-Body Workout,” FUSEBOX FESTIVAL CATALOG (Austin: 2020).
- “And I’m wary of the present.” THE MUSEUM IS NOT ENOUGH (Berlin and Montreal: Sternberg Press and Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2019). Edited by Giovanna Borasi, Albert Ferré, Francesco Garutti, Jayne Kelley, and Mirko Zardini.
- Meaningfulosity. (Oakland: Wolfman Books, 2019). Edited by Anne Lesley Selcer.
- “A Selective Guide to Sports in Experimental Media,” SPORTS (Oakland: INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, 2017). Co-written with Brett Kashmere.
- “Behind the Scenes and On the Stage with Joanie 4 Jackie.” THE GETTY: The Iris (February 2, 2017).
- “Plastic Pearl Necklace” and “Lunar New Year.” WOULD BE SABOTEURS TAKE HEED (2016). 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). 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). Edited by Joel Brenden, David Mitchell, and Sean Donaher.
- “Alien She: An Exhibition Exploring Riot Grrrl’s Impact.” VICE Magazine: Noisey (March 7, 2014). Co-written with Ceci Moss.
- “Riot Grrrl, Redux.” BOING BOING (Nov. 6, 2013). Co-written with Ceci Moss.
- “In Pursuit of Northern Lights: Tracking Canada’s Living Cinema.” LIVE CINEMA: A CONTEMPORARY READER (San Francisco: San Francisco Cinematheque, CA, forthcoming). Co-written with Brett Kashmere. Edited by Thomas Beard.
- “Beyond Notes: On Music, Improvisation and Film, and Writing.” OFFSCREEN FILM JOURNAL (April 2003). Co-written with Brett Kashmere.
- “Blood, Sweat, & Tears: Four experimental moviemakers. Elisabeth Subrin, Naomi Uman, Miranda July, Diane Nerwin.” HEEB MAGAZINE (2003).
- “A New Romantic T.V. Sound.” THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE (2002). Edited by Miranda July.
- “Peggy Ahwesh.” CINEMATEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CATALOG (Austin: 2001).
- “Only Loved at Night.” SOME KIND OF LOVING (Portland, OR: Joanie 4 Jackie, 2000).
INTERVIEWS (as Author)
- “Whose Speech? Artists, Activists, and Being Heard: A Conversation Between Stephanie Syjuco and Astria Suparak.” Figures of Speech issue, Art21 Magazine (2018)
- “Allyson Mitchell.” QUEER THREADS: Crafting Identity and Community (Los Angeles: AMMO Books, 2017). Edited by John Chaich and Todd Oldham.
- “Conversations: Astria Suparak talks to Marisa Olson.” NY ARTS Magazine (2008).
PUBLISHED ARTWORK, WEB PROJECTS, MISCELLANEOUS (as Artist, Author, Editor, Producer)
- Seedy Space Ports and Colony Planets: Asian Conical Hats in Cinematic Dystopias, Seen journal of film and visual culture (Philadelphia: BlackStar Projects, 2021). Commissioned visual essay and collage.
- Asian futures, without Asians, WHY ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF THE LOTUS? (San Francisco and Berlin: CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press, June 2021). Commissioned visual essay.
- Virtually Asian, Berkeley Art Center, 2021. Commissioned video.
- Wild Parrot Playground, THE HOOSAC INSTITUTE Journal #5, 2020. Public art concept.
- The Urban Legend of Rat Eating, BIPOC Artist Instagram Project, Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group, Concordia University, online, August 2020.
- Sports Music, DEMAND UTOPIAN SPORTS (Oakland: Wolfman Books, 2018). Music playlist in collaboration with Brett Kashmere.
- RIOT GRRRL MAP (2013–16). http://bit.ly/riotgrrrlmap
- RIOT GRRRL CENSUS (2012–16). http://riotgrrrlcensus.tumblr.com Oral history project.
- GRAFFITI WOMEN: STREET ART FROM FIVE CONTINENTS (New York: Abrams Books, 2006). Written by Nicholas Ganz. Pull-out spread includes two pieces by Astria Suparak.
- What Is Sex?, LICKETY SPLIT #3 (Montréal: 2006). Project.
- American Girls, BLACK DIAMOND MAGAZINE (UK: White Diamond Projects, 2004). Project.
- 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.
- I NY (New York: 4 am press, 2003). By Kelly Burns. Two pages feature work by Astria Suparak.
LECTURES, PANELS, PRESENTATIONS (selected)
Presentation, “Asian futures, without Asians,” ICA LA and GYOPO, Los Angeles
Presentation, “Asian futures, without Asians,” The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Presentation (with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer), Living Room Light Exchange Salon (LRLX), San Francisco
Visiting Speaker, Transmedia, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Panelist, “hyper(in)visibility,” Contemporary Calgary and Vancouver Art Gallery
Visiting Critic, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley
Presenter, “Careers in the Arts” panel, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Presenter, Art + Architecture Lecture Series, University of San Francisco
Panelist, “Creative Citizens in Action: A Conversation on Art in Times of Social Distance,” California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Panelist, “Matching Minorities//Doubtful Doubles: A Conversation on Institutionalized Racism, Tokenism, and Inclusion vs. Optics in the Art World,” Common Field Convening, Houston
Visiting Critic, Fine Arts, Parsons, New York
Visiting Artist, Art Exhibitions, San Francisco State University
Visiting Artist and Critic, CalArts, Valencia, CA
Presenter, “What does community resilience look like?,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Speaker, “Curating Feminism,” We Are Here Symposium (part of the Suzanne Lacy retrospective), SFMOMA, San Francisco
Visiting Speaker, Curatorial Practicum, Museum Studies, University of San Francisco
Speaker, A-DASH, Athens, Greece
Visiting Speaker, UC Berkeley
Visiting Critic, San Francisco Art Institute
Lecturer, “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
Visiting Speaker, UC Davis
Visiting Speaker, New Visions for Cinema Programs & Exhibitions Series, San Francisco State University
Visiting Speaker, Interdisciplinary Studios: Physical Education, CCA, San Francisco
Visiting Artist and Scholar, Ohio University, Athens
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
Panelist, Visual & Critical Studies Forum, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Diverse Discourse Lecture Series, DiverseWorks, Houston
Art & Social Practice Lecture Series, Portland State University, OR
Speaker, People’s Conference (part of People’s Biennial, curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Guest Critic, MFA Candidates Final Reviews, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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
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
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
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
Visiting Artist, University of Washington, Seattle
Guest Lecturer, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Panelist, Nomads and Homesteaders Symposium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
JURIES, SELECTION COMMITTEES (selected)
Afronaut(a) & VIA Festival, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh
The Alpert Award in the Arts, Santa Monica, CA
The Andy Warhol Museum (Unnatural Rubber exhibition), Pittsburgh
California College of the Arts (32nd Annual Barclay Simpson Award), San Francisco
Concordia University (“La Crème de la Crème” Awards, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema), Montréal
Creative Work Fund Grant, San Francisco
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowships, Milwaukee
Headlands Center for the Arts (Artists in Residence), Sausalito, CA
The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation (Investing in Professional Artists Grants)
Impakt Festival (16th Annual), Utrecht, Netherlands
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore
Migrating Forms Festival, New York
Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (Artist Project Grants), Los Angeles
Mix Queer Experimental Film Festival 2000, Programming Committee, New York
Neddy Artist Awards, Seattle
New York Underground Film Festival
NEXUS Foundation (SUPERGIRL Film Competition), Philadelphia
Ohio Arts Council (Media Arts Fellowship), Columbus
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pittsburgh
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Exhibitions & Public Interpretation), Philadelphia
The Program for Media Artists (Rockefeller and Ford Foundations), Film and Video Fellowships, USA
Propeller Fund, Threewalls and Gallery 400, Chicago
The Sculpture Center, Cleveland
Southern Exposure (BOOM: The 18th Juried Exhibition of work by Northern California Artists), San Francisco
The Sprout Fund (Downtown Public Art), Pittsburgh
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Exhibition Open Call, 2019), San Francisco
PROFILES, INTERVIEWS, COVER STORIES, OTHER HIGHLIGHTS (selected)
- NEW YORK TIMES, “Pushing Against Hate: Asian-American artists are spurred to activism,” feature by Aruna D’Souza, April 18, 2021
- KQED, “Astria Suparak’s ‘Virtually Asian’ Analyzes Sci-Fi to Argue for Less Racist Futures,” review by Theadora Walsh, March 2, 2021
- LOS ANGELES TIMES, “Riot Grrrls stake a new space in ‘Alien She’”, feature by Jessica Gelt, March 27, 2015
- FAST COMPANY, “Still Rioting After All These Years: ALIEN SHE Spotlights a ’90s Movement That’s Still Influencing Women Today,” Hugh Hart, March 17, 2015
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, “‘Alien She’ at YBCA: Riot Grrrls come of age,” review by Christian L. Frock, Nov. 3, 2014
- ARTINFO, “Alien She Explores Riot Grrrl’s Legacy,” interview with Ashton Cooper, Oct. 23, 2014
- KQED, “‘Alien She’ Exhibit Explores the Connection Between Punk Rock and Fine Art,” review by Matthew Harrison Tedford, Oct. 30, 2014
- ARTFORUM, “Critics’ Picks: Alien She,” review by Chelsea Haines, Jan. 2014
- THE HUFFINGTON POST, “First Riot Grrrl Exhibition Explores The Lasting Impact Of The Punk Feminist Movement,” review by Katherine Brooks, Sept. 28, 2013
- THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE, Exhibitions Initiative Blog, “Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field,” interview by Peter Nesbett, Oct. 2011. Reprinted in PIGEONS ON THE GRASS ALAS: Contemporary Curators Talk About The Field (Philadelphia: The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2013). Edited by Paula Marincola and Peter Nesbett.
- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, “Packers, Steelers fans among NFL’s most rabid: From cradle to grave, fans of Packers, Steelers live and die supporting their beloved teams,” Colin Fly and Joe Mandak, Feb. 2, 2011
Published in ABC News, CBC, CBS, ESPN, Forbes, Fox News, Miami Herald, NBC Sports, NPR, Salon.com, The Seattle Times, SF Examiner, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, Yahoo! News, and outlets internationally.
- ART PAPERS, “Whatever It Takes,” review by Curt Riegelnegg, Jan.–Feb. 2011
- NEW YORK TIMES, “The Steelers at the Intersection of Iron City Beer and Art Basel,” Eric Dash, Sept. 18, 2010
- ARTFORUM, “Critics’ Pick – Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with the Yes Men,” Wendy Vogel, May 18, 2010
- ABC-affiliate WTAE Action News: “Top News Story: Steeler Nation on Display at CMU Exhibit,” Sept. 9, 2010
- “Individual Group Experiences and Unusual Acts of Kindness: An Interview with Astria Suparak, On Touring,” Brett Kashmere, A MICROCINEMA PRIMER: A HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM EXHIBITION IN THE UNITED STATES (Houston: Aurora Picture Show, 2009). Edited by Andrea Grover and Ed Halter. Limited edition. Reprinted at brettkashmere.com.
- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, “Director of CMU gallery charts challenging course,” profile by Mary Thomas, 2009
- RHIZOME, “Interview with Astria Suparak,” by Lauren Cornell, 2008
- PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, “The Miller Gallery’s internationally renowned new curator, Astria Suparak, debuts her first Pittsburgh show,” profile by Bill O’Driscoll, 2008
- C MAGAZINE, “The Politics of Cool: Astria Suparak,” profile by Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Issue 96, Winter 2007
- RES MAGAZINE, “Programmed to Stun: Astria Suparak,” profile by Holly Willis, March 14, 2003
- THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE, “Astria Suparak: Experimental Media Curator as Rock Star,” feature profile by Matt Wolf, 2003
- THE INDEPENDENT, “A New Romantic T.V. Sound: Astria Suparak,” profile by Miranda July, 2002
- ART VOICE, “Looking is Better than Feeling You: Interview with Astria Suparak,” by Jan Nagle, 2002
- TÉLÉRAMA MAGAZINE, “L’underground sur les toits: Le ‘microcinema’ prend son envol sur les buildings de New York,” profile by Laurent Rigoulet, France, 2002
- CRUDELIA MAGAZINE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, “Astria Suparak,” profile, Italy, 2000
OTHER PRESS (selected)
- LOS ANGELES TIMES, “Essential Arts,” Carolina A. Miranda, May 1, 2021
- ARTFORUM, “Asian American Arts Workers Decry White Supremacy In Open Letter,” April 8, 2021
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Asian American Arts Workers Denounce White Supremacy in Open Letter,” Valentina Di Liscia, April 7, 202
- HYPERALLERGIC, “What Can Museums and Art Orgs Do to Counter Anti-Asian Hate?,” Hakim Bishara, March 24, 2021
- BOING BOING, “Watch a supercut of sci-fi movies that use Asian bodies without casting Asian characters,” Janelle Hessig, March 7, 2021
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Seven Asian Women Artists Discuss Racism and Tokenism in the Art World,” Elisa Wouk Almino, July 7, 2020
- National Museum of Women in the Arts Blog, “Art Fix Friday: Shows We Want to See,” July 10, 2020
- NEW CITY, “Art Top 5: June 2020,” Kerry Cardoza, May 26, 2020
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Art Workers Mobilize to Combat Anti-Asian Racism,” Valentina Di Liscia, May 21, 2020
- ARTnews, “Art Workers Band Together to Fight Coronavirus-Related Spike in Racism Against Asian Americans,” Alex Greenberger, May 7, 2020
- HYPERALLERGIC, “A Conversation Series Emerges In Response to Racism During Pandemic,” Elisa Wouk Almino, May 6, 2020
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Live Blogging Discussions of Collective Bargaining and Language Justice in the Arts,” Jasmine Weber, April 25, 2020
- KQED, “THE DO LIST: Sci-Fi is Full of ‘Asian Futures, Without Asians’”, Sarah Hotchkiss, March 2020
- THE ART REPORT, “This Month’s Feature: Asian Futures, Without Asians” March 2020
- THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER, “The Canadian Centre for Architecture gets reflective in The Museum is Not Enough,” Matthew Allen, March 12, 2020
- ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, “A Cultural Institution Analyzes Its Goals,” Cynthia Davidson, February 11, 2020
- NESS Magazine, “The Museum is Not Enough,” October 11, 2019
- CONGRATULATIONS PINE TREE, “Punk Sports (with Astria Suparak),” episode 209, June 14, 2019
- CITY TV, Wave, “Bodies” episode, Aug. 21, 2018
- LAist, “The Coolest Things To Do In Southern California This Week,” July 16, 2018
- CANADIAN ART MAGAZINE, “World Cup Meets White Cube,” Leah Sandals, July 4, 2018
- ARTFORUM, “Woman With A Camera,” Miranda July and Julia Bryan-Wilson, February 2017
- NEW YORK TIMES, “Miranda July Shares Her Vintage Feminist Film Archive,” Mary Kaye Schilling, January 30, 2017
- THE WIRE, “On Site: Alien She,” Geeta Dayal, April 2015
- NEW YORK TIMES, “Fall Arts Preview: Alien She,” Karen Rosenberg, Sept. 6, 2014
- ART PAPERS, “Alien She: Vox Populi, Philadelphia,” review by Becky Huff Hunter, May 2014
- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, “Insider’s Guide to Pittsburgh,” Courtney Balestier, June 1, 2013
- ARTINFO, “A First Look at the Curators Nominated for This Year’s ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award,” Sept. 10, 2012
- GALLERIST NY, “Independent Curators International Announced Nominees for 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award,” Rozalia Jovanovic, Sept. 7, 2012
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Art and Science Get Intimate,” review by Leila Nadir, April 16, 2012
- HYPERALLERGIC, “Globalization, the Environment and the Effects of Media,” review by Leila Nadir, Dec. 3, 2011
- ART LIES, “The Yes Men, Diverseworks,” Regan Golden-McNerney, June 2010
- GLASSTIRE, “The Yes Men at DiverseWorks,” Beth Secor, May 30, 2010
- TEXAS OBSERVER, “The Power of Yes,” Josh Rosenblatt, May 24, 2010
- TIME OUT CHICAGO, “Karma chameleons: The Yes Men step into Big Business’s shoes,” Christina Couch, Sept. 23, 2010
- HOUSTON PRESS, “Corporate Takeover: The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools,” Kelly Klaasmeyer, June 3, 2010
- HOUSTON PRESS, “Top Art Pick: Bigwigs worldwide live in fear of The Yes Men and their hijinks-style activism,” Dusti Rhodes, 2010
- HOUSTON CHRONICLE, “The Yes Men infiltrate DiverseWorks,” Douglas Britt, April 30, 2010
- FINANCIAL TIMES, “Satirical attacks on capitalism,” Emma Jacobs, Sept. 10, 2009
- ART PAPERS, “The Yes Men,” review by John Massier, July/Aug. 2009, p. 60
- FANZINE, “Desire in Syracuse: the ‘Come On’ Controversy,” feature by Yvonne Olivas, Nov. 2007
- CANADIAN ART, “Faux Naturel: The Warehouse Gallery,” review by R.M. Vaughan, Fall 2007
- ARTFORUM, “ON SITE: Repetition and Difference: LTTR,” article by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Summer 2006 (re-produced in Art Practical, December 4, 2013), p. 109-110
- IFC News: Independent Film Channel, “Desperate Blue Staters Learn ‘How to Be A Canadian,’” review by Andrea Meyer, 2004
- NEW YORK TIMES, “Explosion LTTR,” review by Holland Cotter, August 6, 2004, p E35
- LOS ANGELES WEEKLY, “Signal to Noise,” review by Holly Willis, 2003
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE, “Screen Gems: Avant garde gets its due at Video Mundi,” John Petrakis, 2003
- SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN, “Ladies nights, and days: Highlights from Ladyfest,” Alissa Chadburn, 2003
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, “Femme flicks: Festival tries to create community, identity for women in film,” Carla Meyer, July 23, 2002
- CHICAGO READER, “Critic’s Choice: Broken Music,” review by Fred Camper, 2000
- VILLAGE VOICE, “Attack of the Mutants: Tracking the Resurgence of Experimental Film,” J. Hoberman, March 7, 2000
See Press tag for coverage of exhibitions, events, and publications.
COLLECTIONS (CURATED FILM PROGRAMS) (selected)
- Bryn Mawr College
- Concordia University Library, Montréal, Canada
- FACT Centre, Liverpool, England
- The Getty, Los Angeles
- Johns Hopkins University Library, Baltimore
- Kenyon College Library, Gambier, OH
- Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
- Northwestern University, Chicago
- Oberlin College Library, Oberlin, OH
- Saint Louis Art Museum
- Syracuse University Library Collection, NY
- University of California, San Diego, Library Collection
- University of Florida, Gainesville
- University of Georgia Library, Athens
- University of Iowa Libraries, Monographic Acquisitions, Iowa City
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY (selected)
- Stop DiscriminAsian, 2020-21
- Trinh T. Minh-ha Study Group, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2019
- Consultant, Artist Retreat; Reviewer and Recommender, Media Arts Grants, Creative Capital Foundation, 2010
- Design Review Committee Member, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2010
- Board Member, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh, 2009–12
- Lecture Series Committee Member, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh, 2009
- Advisory Board Member, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, 2008–12
- 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
- LINKS Teen Art Competition Juror, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY, 2007
- Public Arts Task Force Advisor and Jury Member, City of Syracuse Department of Economic Development, NY, 2007
2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors, Drawing, minor in Art History, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Syracuse University, NY (Museum Studies)
1998 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (16mm Film Production)
1997 The New School for Social Research, New York, NY (Film Studies)