I am an artist in video, performance, installation and community-generated projects. I use these diverse media to interrogate the social imaginaries of American culture and how constructions of gender, race, class and progress operate in our shared myths, public rituals and private desires.
Most recently my work has been shown at the Grand Central Art Center (solo, curated John Spiak), MCA Denver (solo, curated Elissa Auther), Greenleaf Gallery (solo), LAND (Nomadic Division), the Museum of Contemporary Art Utah, Art Center College of Design, Navel LA, Angels Gate Cultural Center, the Oakland Museum of California, High Desert Test Sites, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (curated Jane Mulfinger), Autonomie Gallery, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. I recently was the recipient of the Inaugural Pieter Performance Grant for Dancemakers.
Recent community-generated projects include Hole in Space (Oakland Redux), a public video commission commissioned by The Great Wall of Oakland in collaboration with artist Ellen Sebastian Chang, which was recognized as the “Best Public Art Installation” in the Bay Area in 2015. As finalist for The Field Experiment Atlanta 2016, I was commissioned to make new sound and video installations exploring Atlanta’s charged racial history. That year, I was also awarded the Media Design Practices Summer Research Residency at Art Center with interaction designer Elizabeth Goodman for Gunworlds, a project mapping the intractable world of the gun debate.
I have received funding, awards and recognition from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the NEA, the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Contemporary Collectors, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theater Bay Area, the Puffin Foundation, and the Bay Area Critics Circle. I was an NEA/TCG Emerging Director Finalist, an Altvater Fellow with Cornerstone Theater Company, and have been selected for residencies with the University of Minnesota Theater and Dance Department, Hothouse at the UCLA World Arts and Culture Department, Asylum, CounterPULSE, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. From 1998-2008, I wrote and directed original devised theater, creating new works in New York, rural Mississippi, San Diego, the SF Bay Area, and Los Angeles.
My writing has been published at The LA Review of Books, This American Life, Notes on Looking, The Frame at KPCC, ACID-FREE, The Awl, InDance Magazine, Theater Magazine, and an anthology, CRuDE, published by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges. I also co-translated two novels by Israeli writer David Grossman, Be My Knife and Someone to Run With, for Farrar Straus & Giroux. I co-host the weekly art and politics podcast, The Sauce.
I teach art at the university level, and have taught graduate critique, undergraduate honors critique, video and performance at UC Santa Barbara, ArtCenter College of Design, and UC Irvine, among others. I have a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from UC Irvine. Please feel free to contact me at mayagurantz at gmail dot com.