About

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 MCA Denver (solo, curated Elissa Auther), the Oakland MuseumHigh Desert Test Sites, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (curated Jane Mulfinger), Autonomie Gallery, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others, and am currently creating a new solo work for the Grand Central Art Center (curated John Spiak).

Recent community-generated projects include Hole in Space (Oakland Redux), a public video commission 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 work for The Goat Farm, exploring Atlanta’s charged racial history.  The same year, I was 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 grants, awards and recognition from 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.

I currently teach in the Art Department at UC Santa Barbara.  I have a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from UC Irvine.  Please check out my blog at tenredhen.wordpress.com.  And feel free to contact me at mayagurantz at gmail dot com.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Maya,

    I would love to email with you about your research surrounding gurus and spiritualists in Los Angeles, as well as your experiences at the ICI in general. I have been looking into the Visualist in Residence program as my work has some parallels to you practice, I thought I might reach out to you. My practice largely surrounds personal experiences growing up amidst the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, a group based in LA and founded by the late John-Roger Hinkins. My father is now the de facto spiritual teacher of the organization and I have just recently began to grapple with how I want to integrate this part of my biography that I have effectively shut out as an atheist into the content of my work. I am really interested in the nature of your research and in learning more about your approach to navigating the evocation of spiritual and occultist practice without necessarily ascribing to any system of beliefs. If you would at all be willing to start a dialogue, please let me know.

    Best,
    Claire

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