Andrea Fraser, Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk, 1989; Official Welcome, 2001/2003, video stills of performances

Andrea Fraser - Professor, New Genres

Andrea Fraser’s work has been identified with performance, video, project-based art, context art, and institutional critique.

Major projects include installations for the Berkeley Art Museum; the Kunstverein Munich; the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion); the Whitney Biennial; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the Kunsthalle Bern; the Sprengel Museum Hannover; the Bienal de São Paulo; and Tate Modern. She has also created performances for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; inSITE, San Diego/Tijuana; and the MICA Foundation, New York. She has performed solo work at the Whitechapel, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues.

Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia; the Kunstverein Hamburg; the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University; the Franz Hals Museum in Haarlem; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. In 2013, a major retrospective of her work was organized by the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, in conjunction with her receipt of the Wolfgang-Hahn Prize, awarded by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig Köln.

Her essays and performance texts have appeared in Art in America, Afterimage, October, Texte zur Kunst, Social Text, Critical Quarterly, Documents, Artforum, and Grey Room. Books include Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003, Dumont, 2003; Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, MIT Press, 2005; and Texts, Scripts, Transcripts, Museum Ludwig, 2013.

Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls (1986-1996); the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997-1998); and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005-2008). 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.

Fraser has received grants from Art Matters, Inc., the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and Anonymous Was a Woman.


E-mail: afraser@ucla.edu