Symposium Speaker Bios - “Artists Respond" A Symposium

Judith Bernstein

Since graduating from Yale School of Art in 1967, Judith Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. Steadfast in her cultural, political and social critique for over fifty years, Bernstein first garnered attention in the early 1970’s for her monumental charcoal drawings of penis-screw hybrids, early incarnations of which were exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery; the Brooklyn Museum; and MoMA P.S.1. Recent solo exhibitions include Money Shot at Paul Kasmin Gallery (2018), Cabinet of Horrors at The Drawing Center (2017), and Judith Bernstein: HARD at The New Museum (2012). Judith is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recipient; she lives and works in New York City.

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Julia Bryan-Wilson is the Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of three books—Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (2009); Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, 2016); and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (2017), which won the Frank Jewett Mather Award, the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize, and the Robert Motherwell Book Award. She was recently appointed consulting curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

Thomas Crow

Thomas Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. While Director of the Getty Research Institute, he initiated the Pacific Standard Time research and exhibition project devoted to art from southern California. He previously held chairs in art history at Yale and the University of Sussex in the UK. His recent books include The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930-1995 (2014); No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art (2017); and Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art (2018).

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Harry Gamboa Jr. is a photographer, painter, video artist, and writer. He is the founder and director of the international performance troupe, Virtual Vérité (2005-2017) and a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the Los Angeles-based performance group. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain Bordeaux, France; De Appel, Amsterdam; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria; Le Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM), Mexico City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is a faculty member in the Photography and Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.

Rupert Garcia

Rupert Garcia's prints, posters and paintings have been addressing urgent issues of our time and challenging notions of folk and high art for over five decades. He served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed during the Vietnam War in Ubon, Thailand from 1965-66. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Arts Institute (1993) and is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University. His work is held in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Hans Haacke

Born in Cologne, Germany in 1936, Hans Haacke has lived in New York City since 1965. From 1967 to 2002, he taught at The Cooper Union. Haacke has exhibited internationally for over five decades, participating in five iterations of Documenta, the Whitney Biennial, and the Biennials of Venice, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Gwangju, Sharjah, Mercosul, and Lyon. In 1993, Haacke shared with Nam June Paik the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale. He has had numerous solo museum exhibitions, including a major retrospective of his work, Hans Haacke: Castles in the Air, at the Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in 2012. His sculpture Gift Horse, created for Trafalgar Square in London in 2015, is currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Katherine Markoski

Katherine Markoski is a lecturer in art history at The Catholic University of America whose research focuses on postwar American art. Since receiving her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, she has held positions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Washington College, and she is currently at work on a book exploring the significance of notions of community to artistic practice at Black Mountain College.

Mignon Nixon

Mignon Nixon is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at University College London. Her current book project is Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam.

Chon Noriega

Chon A. Noriega is a professor of cinema and media studies and director of the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA. He has published books on media, visual art, and performance, and is editor of the award-winning book series A Ver: Revisioning Art History. Noriega is consulting curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Home—So Appealing, So Different (2017-18), Asco and Friends: Urban Portraits (2014), L.A. Xicano (2011-12), Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement (2008-10), Just Another Poster: Chicano Graphic Arts in California (2001-03), and Revelaciones/Revelations: Hispanic Art of Evanescence (1993). Noriega is currently completing a book length study of artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz.

Fred Ritchin

Fred Ritchin is Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography. Previously he was Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he co-founded the Photography and Human Rights Program. He is author of many books, including After Photography (2008) and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (2013), and has written the history of Magnum Photos in In Our Time: The World As Seen By Magnum Photographers (1989).

Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women. Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. A major retrospective of her work, Martha Rosler: Irrespective, is on view through March 3at The Jewish Museum, New York. Her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst, and her book of essays, Culture Class, which deals with the role of artists in cities and gentrification, was published in 2013 by e-flux and Sternberg Press and was recently translated into Spanish by Caja Negra. Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn.