School of Art
“Maverick curator,” artist, and writer Raimundas Malašauskas was born in Vilnius. He has been described by Metropolis M magazine as the one curator who knows how to give new meaning to the concept of the “exhibition,” developing his projects with a high level of playfulness, unpredictability and wit.
From 1995 to 2006, he worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, and curated Black Market Worlds, the IX Baltic Triennial, at CAC Vilnius in 2005. From 2007 to 2008, he was a visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco; from 2007 to 2009 he was also a curator at Artists Space, New York. Malašauskas has curated the exhibitions Sculpture of the Space Age, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); Into the Belly of a Dove, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2010), and Repetition Island, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010), and worked as one of the agents for Documenta 13. In 2013 he curated oO at the Lithuanian and Cyprus Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy. His most recent projects include Fusiform Gyrus at Lisson Gallery, London, UK and the 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, titled Se o clima for favorável, Si el tiempo lo permite. His other recent exhibition projects, Hypnotic and Clifford Irving, are in progress.
In 2007, Malašauskas co-wrote the libretto of Cellar Door, an opera by Loris Gréaud produced in Paris. In 2012, the book Paper Exhibition, Selected Writings by Raimundas Malašauskas was published, a “book that belongs to no one and is not needed by anyone,” as Malašauskas put it, as “16 readers had been invited to add, comment on, correct and leave their mark boldly in the margins, or way at the back, as another means of carefully replaying these words written by someone else.”
ART: Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish decent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was eighteen to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Her work layers influences drawn from her Crow background, daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected ephemera and conjured histories that are both real and imagined. Through her photographs and sculpture new universes are built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low with their own language of symbols created from such seemingly disparate sites as HUD houses, rez cars, three legged dogs, powwow culture, proliferative indigenous commoditization, and Red Star’s personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation. The work represents an insider/outsider view that is wrath with complexity and contradiction, its most salient attributes. Red Star’s unruly approach examines a cross section of American cultures and their very consumption while also being a meditation on her own identity. Exploring the intersection between life on the reservation and the world outside of that environment, Red Star thinks of herself as a cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.
Her work has been shown at Helen E. Copeland gallery, Bozeman, MT, The Fondation Cartier L’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, The CSULB gallery, Long Beach, CA, Research & Development, Chicago, IL, The Museum Tower at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, And/Or gallery, Dallas, TX, The UCLA New Wight gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The L.A. Municipal Art gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The Domaine De Kerguehennc, Brittany, France, The Hudson D. Walker gallery, Provincetown, MA, The Plush Gallery, Dallas TX, The Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England, The Luckman gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and The Volitant gallery, Austin, Texas.
ART: Victoria Fu is a visual artist who received her BA from Stanford University, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, and MFA from CalArts.
Fu’s installations place appropriated stock media footage against abstracted backgrounds transferred to video from 16mm film. Often projected on a multi-layered surface, they operate in a visual arena that dissolves boundaries between projected light and image, representation and abstraction, narrative and form.
Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; New York Film Festival, New York, NY; Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua; University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, Irvine, CA; among others. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and is a 2013-14 grantee of the Art Matters Foundation. Fu co-founded and directs ART OFFICE’s The Moving Index. She lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego, where she is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego.
ART: Nao Bustamante is a multimedia and performance artist from California. She holds a BFA/MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (specifically, the New Genres department). Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, though she is a visiting member of the CalArts faculty this spring semester.
Bustamante's at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Her project under the working title Personal Protection is described as a time-travel tour of the role of women in combat through wearable sculptures, performances and videos that explore these questions, bringing history into a contemporary context.
“My illustration of women soldiers (fighting as women, not gendered as men) in historical wartime will provide a framework in which to consider our current psychological framing of war,” Bustamante said.
Bustamante has presented in galleries, museums, universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at Outfest in Los Angeles and Mix in New York City among other festivals. Bustamante has been published by the Theatre Communications Group in the book, Out of the Fringe, as well as the Theatre Drama Review, published by the MIT Press.
In 2000 she received the GLBT Historical Society Arts Award. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow.