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Department Chair and Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio, UCLA Department of Art



Andrea Fraser has been identified with institutional critique, feminist practice, group relations, project-based art, and context art. She has worked in performance, video, installation, sound, text, and a range of other mediums.

Major works include projects for the Berkeley Art Museum (1992); the Kunstverein Munich (1993); the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion, 1993)); the Whitney Biennial (1993, 2012); the Generali Foundation, Vienna (1995); the Kunsthalle Bern (1998); the Sprengel Museum Hannover (1998); the Bienal de São Paulo (1998); the Tate Modern (2007) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2016).

She has created performances for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1986); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1989); the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (1991); inSITE, San Diego/Tijuana (1997) ; the MICA Foundation, New York (2001); Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles (2012), and Prospect, New Orleans (2014). She also has performed solo work at the the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Volksbuene, Berlin; and the Whitechapel, London and other venues.

Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia (2002); the Kunstverein Hamburg (2003); the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University (2007); the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem2007); and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University (2010). Major retrospectives of her work have been organized by the Museum Ludwig Cologne (2013); the Museum der Moderne Kunst Salzburg (2015); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona with the MUAC UNAM Mexico City (2016).

Her essays and performance texts have appeared in Adbusters, Afterimage, Artforum, Art in America, Critical Quarterly, Documents, Grey Room, October, Social Text, Texte zur Kunst, and other publications. Her books include Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003 (Dumont and Kunstverein Munich, 2003); Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser (MIT Press, 2005); Texts, Scripts, Transcripts (Walther Koenig Verlag and Museum Ludwig Cologne, 2013); and Andrea Fraser (Hatje Cantz and Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2015).

Andrea was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls (1986-1996); the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997-1998); the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005-2008); and Artists Political Action Network (2016). She was also co-organizer, with Helmut Draxler, of Services, a “working-group exhibition” that toured to eight venues in Europe and the United States between 1994 and 2001.

Andrea has received grants from Art Matters, Inc. (1987, 1990, 1996), the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (1990), the New York Foundation for the Arts (1991), the National Endowment for the Arts (1991), Anonymous Was a Woman (2012) and Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2017). She was the recipient of the 2013 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, awarded by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig Köln, and the 2016 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, awarded by the Austrian Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung.

Quotes Edit

  1. ""...the correspondence between making political donations and serving on museum boards is very strong...Do private, non-profit arts organizations funded and governed by wealthy patrons serve to legitimise government by and for the wealthiest members of society?" —2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics, May 4, 2018

Links Edit

  1. Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account, The Art Newspaper, August 8, 2018
  2. ‘It’s Important to Be Specific About What We Mean by Change’: A Talk With Andrea Fraser, Artnews, December 13, 2016
  3. Andrea Fraser with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, The Brooklyn Rail, April 6, 2016