Instructors

The Alternative Art School is a new kind of art school reimagined for our connected world. We offer an online art school taught by world-renowned artists and scholars from around the globe. This is a list of all the artists, curators, and scholars who have taught at TAAS. Instructors do not teach every semester. See our Courses page to see our current offerings.

Janine Antoni

Janine is a visual artist who was born in Freeport, Bahamas in 1964. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Antoni has been featured in numerous international biennials including documenta14, the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Kwangju Biennial, the Prospect.1 Biennial in New Orleans and the SITE Santa Fe Biennial. Antoni is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1998), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (2011), Creative Capital Grant (2012), and Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2014).

Her most recent major exhibition, I am fertile ground, was presented at The Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn, NY in 2019. Antoni currently resides in New York and is represented by Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco.

Kenneth Bailey

Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. His interests focus on the research and development of design tools for marginalized communities to address complex social issues. With over three decades of experience in community practice, Bailey brings a unique perspective on the ethics of design in relation to community engagement, the arts, and cultural action. Projects he has produced at ds4si include Action Lab (2012- 2014), Public Kitchen (2011-2018), Social Emergency Response Center (SERC, 2017), People’s Redevelopment Authority (2018), and inPUBLIC (2019). Bailey was recently a Visiting Scholar in collaboration with University of Tasmania and also a founding member of Theatrum Mundi NYC with Richard Sennett. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Bennington College. His new book (co-authored with DS4SI) is entitled “Ideas—Arrangements–Effects: Systems Design and Social Justice” (Minor Compositions, 2020).

Yael Bartana

Yael Bartana’s films, installations, and photographs explore the imagery of identity through political imagination. Taking as a starting point national consciousness and traditions, in her work, she focuses on ceremonies, public rituals, and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation-state. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Bartana’s work has been shown in numerous leading museums and biennials: Jewish Museum Berlin (2020, 2017), Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018, 2016),  Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2017),  Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2015), Petzel Gallery, New York (2015), Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2015), 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo (2014), 19th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney (2013), PAMM, Miami, (2013), Walker Art Center, Pittsburgh (2013), Carnegie International (2013), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2012), Secession Vienna, Vienna (2012), 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011).

Tania Bruguera

(b. 1968, Cuba) is an artist and activist whose performances and installations examine political power structures and their effect on society’s most vulnerable people. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics.

Bruguera has received many honours such as the Robert Rauschenberg Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Prince Claus Fund Laureate and her work has been extensively exhibited around the world, including the Tate Turbine Hall Commission and Documenta 11. Her work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Van Abbemuseum, Tate Modern, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.

She holds an M.F.A. in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as well as degrees from the Instituto Superior de Arte and the Escuela de Artes Plásticas San Alejandro in Havana, Cuba. She has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and from her alma mater (SAIC). Tania is a faculty member at Harvard University.

Cassils

CASSILS is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils’s art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle, and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations.

Cassils has had solo exhibitions at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC; Institute for Contemporary Art, AU; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; MU Eindhoven, Netherlands and many more. They are the recipient of a 2020 Fleck Residency from the Banff Center for the Arts, a Princeton Lewis Artist Fellowship finalist (2020), a Villa Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (2019), a United States Artist Fellowship (2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship, a COLA Grant (2017) and a Creative Capital Award (2015). They have received the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, California Community Foundation Grant, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award, and their work has been featured in New York Times, Boston Globe, Artfourm, Hyperallergic, Wired, The Guardian, TDR, Performance Research, Art Journal, and many more.

Michael Clemmons

Curator & Visual Artist at The Colored Girls Museum and the acting director of Temple University’s Center for Community Partnerships and Development.

With 30 years of experience in community engagement and project development, Clemmons builds and coordinates strategic partnerships and facilitates programming for the university.

In his art practice, Clemmons creates mix-media paintings, ceramic sculptures, and installations, referencing timeless landscapes, West African, and personal iconography.

Educated at the University of the Arts, Temple University, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Clemmons’ work is represented in collections all around the world.

Mel Chin

Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. From 1995-1998 he formed the collective the GALA Committee that produced In the Name of the Place a public art project conducted on American prime-time television. In 2018 he filled New York’s Times Square with, Wake, on the ground, and Unmoored, in the air, creating an experiential portal into a past maritime industry and a future of rising waters.

He is the recipient of many awards, grants, and honorary degrees including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2019, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller (b. 1966 in London; lives and works in London) studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Sussex University.

Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his work ‘Memory Bucket’ and represented Britain in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He has been producing projects over the past two decades which have influenced the conventional map of contemporary art. He began making artworks in the early 1990s, often showing them outside conventional galleries.

Deller has exhibited extensively worldwide with selected solo exhibitions including: ‘Wir haben die Schnauze voll’, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2020); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); ‘The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular’,  ‘English Magic’, British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013), touring to William Morris Gallery, London, ; ‘Joy in People’, Hayward Gallery, London (2012),  ‘It Is What It Is:  New Museum, New York (2009),  ‘Procession’, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009); ; ‘Folk Archive’ with Alan Kane Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Barbican Art Gallery, London (2004); and ‘Unconvention’, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff (1999).

Mark Dion

Mark Dion

Mark was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology, and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences.

Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos, and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature.

Dion has held major exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, and the Tate Gallery in London. He’s been featured by PBS in their series Art21.

Vashti DuBois

Prior to creating The Colored Girls Museum (TCGM), Vashti DuBois held leadership positions at a number of organizations over the span of her 30-year career in non-profit and arts administration. DuBois’ work focused primarily on issues impacting girls and women of color at organizations such as The Free Library of Philadelphia, Tree House Books, the historic Church of the Advocate, the Children’s Art Carnival in New York City, the Haymarket People’s Fund in Boston, Congreso Girls Center and The Leeway Foundation.

In 2015, DuBois opened TCGM to “honor the stories, experiences and history of Colored Girls throughout the African Diaspora.” It is the first memoir museum of its kind offering visitors a multi-disciplinary experience in a residential space. TCGM initiates the ordinary object, submitted by the colored girl herself, as a representative of an aspect of her story and personal history which she finds meaningful.

Dubois was awarded the Arts and Business Leadership Award for Outstanding Dedication to Women and Girls of Color, and providing agency and visibility for the practices and histories of artists often excluded from the canon.

Aaron Gach

Aaron’s diverse artistic practice consistently addresses public concerns, social politics, and power dynamics. Inspired by studies with a private investigator, a magician, and a ninja, he established the Center for Tactical Magic in 2000. This collaborative authoring framework is dedicated to the coalescence of art, magic, and creative tactics for encouraging positive social change.

Although the collaborations take many different forms, the work is largely the result of creative partnerships with a wide array of individuals and organizations, including hypnotists, biologists, engineers, activists, nurses, military intelligence officers, journalists, radical ecologists, former bank robbers, security experts, street vendors, community organizers, and many others.

His work has been presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Hayward Gallery, London; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo, Spain; Deutsches Theater, Berlin; and a major public commission for the City of Toronto. In addition to teaching at TAAS, Aaron Gach has taught courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Stanford University, the SFAI, and CCA.

Gridthiya Gaweewong

Gridthiya co-founded Project 304, a non-site / nonprofit art organization based in Bangkok. She received her MAAA (Arts Administration), from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL in 1996. Her curatorial projects have addressed issues of social transformation confronting artists from Thailand and beyond since the Cold War. Gridthiya has curated various regional and international exhibitions including Hidden Agenda (1996), Alien(gener)ation (2000 – 2003 in Bangkok, Khonkaen and Chiangmai), Under Construction, Tokyo Opera City Gallery and Japan Foundation, Forum Japan (2003), Bangkok Experimental film festival(1997- 2002), Temporary Insanity by Pinaree Sanpitak, and many more.

She co-curated with regional curators including, the 4th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, December 2005. Gridthiya co-curated with Rirkrit Tiravanija on Saigon Open City, Ho Chi Minh City in 2006 and with David Teh on Unreal Asia, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2010). Her recent project, commissioned by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, is a travel exhibition of Apichatpong Weerasetheakul’s The Serenity of Madness, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiangmai (2016). Currently, she lives and works as an artistic director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.

Tiago Gualberto

Tiago is an Afro-Brazilian visual artist who incorporates themes in his work such as the relationship between memory and history, the social uses of language, and narrative erasure. Since 2004, he has focused his artwork on questioning his place and identity as a visual artist, reflecting on the historical perpetuation of exclusion and violence forced upon people with whom he relates. He maintains a deep interest in the politics of overcoming barriers in Brazil for artists.

He is also a researcher at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo, where he lives. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and studied Textile and Fashion Technology at the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of São Paulo (EACH-USP). Gualberto has participated in several group shows both in Brazil and abroad.

Miguel A. López

(Lima, 1983) is a writer, researcher, and Co-director, and Chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. He is co-founder of the independent art space Bisagra, active in Peru since 2014. In 2016, he received the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

His work also focuses on queer re-articulations of history from a Southern perspective. He has published in periodicals such as Afterall, ramona, Manifesta Journal, e-flux Journal, Art in America, Art Journal, and The Exhibitionist, among others. His recent books as author and editor include Robar la historia. López is co-founder of the independent art space Bisagra, active in Lima, Peru, since 2014.

Daniel Meir

Daniel Meir (b. 1972, in Haifa Israel) is a Tel Aviv-based sound designer and sound artist,  specializing in sound design and original music for video art, documentaries, film, and theater.

He works with critically acclaimed video artists, filmmakers, and musicians from around the world. Notably, he has collaborated on works that have been featured in the Venice  Biennale, among Academy Awards nominated films, and a Cannes Festival-winning film. His work can be heard daily in cinemas, museums, and exhibitions worldwide.

In addition, He is the co-founder and director of Halas Radio, an experimental internet radio station sponsored by The Israeli Center for Digital Art.

Carlos Motta

A multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter-narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities.

Motta’s work has been presented internationally at venues such as The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.

Motta organized a symposium and performative event (with Matthias Sperling) co-commissioned by Electra and Tate Modern Film, which premiered in February 2013 at Tate Modern’s The Tanks in London. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008, and received grants from Art Matters in 2008, and NYSCA in 2010.

Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul. An internationally renowned sociocultural initiator and conceptual artist, Öğüt consistently seeks out collaborators from outside of the art world, finding unique ways to grapple with complex social issues ranging from migration to civil unrest with a sense of humor. He works across different media and has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Wei-Ling Contemporary, Van Abbemuseum, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Chisenhale Gallery; Berkeley Art Museum; and Kunsthalle Basel. He was included in group exhibitions including the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008).

Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Trevor Paglen

Paglen’s work has had one-person exhibitions at Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Frankfurter Kunstverein, and Protocinema Istanbul, and participated in group exhibitions the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and numerous other venues.

He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan.

In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist.” Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

Marinella Senatore

(Italy, 1977). Trained in music, fine arts, and film, her practice is characterized by public participation, initiating a dialogue between history, culture, and social structures. Rethinking the role of the artist as author and the public as recipient, Senatore’s work merges forms of protest, learning theatre, oral histories, vernacular forms, protest dance and music, public ceremonies, civil rituals, and mass events, reflecting on the political nature of collective formations and their impact on the social history of places and communities.

Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including: Bienal of Sao Paulo ; Manifesta 12; Centre Pompidou; Kunsthaus Zurich; MAXXI Museum; Castello di Rivoli; Palais de Tokyo; Schirn Kunsthalle; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; High Line, NY; Berlinische Galerie; Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen; Faena Art Forum; Bozar, BXL; Queens Museum; Petach Tikva Museum; Sandretto Re Rebau- dengo Foundation; Serpentine Gallery; CCA Tel Aviv; and many more

Hito Steyerl

Hito is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her prolific filmmaking and writing occupies a highly discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy, and politics, constituting a deep exploration of late capitalism’s social, cultural, and financial imaginaries.
Solo exhibitions include K21, Düsseldorf (2020), the Park Avenue Armory, New York, Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); Kunstmuseum, Basel, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2018); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); the Art Institute of Chicago; E-flux, New York (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2010)

A selection of her essays, published in various places, are summarized in four books: Die Farbe der Wahrheit (The Color of Truth; Vienna: Turia Kant, 2008), The Wretched of the Screen (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012), Beyond Representation (Berlin 2016), and Duty Free Art – Art in the Age of Planetary Civil Wars (London: Verso, 2017 / Zurich: Diaphanes, 2018).

Nato Thompson

Nato Thompson

Nato is an author, curator, and what he describes as “cultural infrastructure builder”. He has worked as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary, and Creative Time as Artistic Director and as Curator at MASS MoCA.

Thompson organized major Creative Time projects including The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others.

He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life (2017).

Nato Founded the Alternative Art School in 2020.

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Mario is a founding member of the artists’ collective Slanguage. His work has been featured in a number of institutional exhibitions, including Alien Nation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Uncertain States of America, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, as part of the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Ybarra curated a ten-year survey of graffiti art at the Inshallah Gallery in Los Angeles, commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. He is a guest lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Theresa Rose

Theresa lives and works in her beloved hometown, Philadelphia, PA, as an artist, educator, and arts organizer. Her passion for the city fuels the content of her studio and curatorial practice. Rose’s mixed-media works on paper pay tribute to the complex beauty found in the urban environment. Her curatorial work equally uses the urban landscape as a site for play and social possibility. From testing the urban soil and offering free soup, (Futurefarmers’ Soil Kitchen) to new forms of economy in the culturally dense 9th Street Market (Jon Rubin’s 9th Street Stock Exchange), her projects continue to explore the possibilities of urban life.

Rose earned a BA in Art Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is also a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher. Her work has been part of exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial, Institute of Contemporary Art, The Print Center, Little Berlin, Crane Arts, and Seraphin Gallery.

Mia Yu

Yu is Beijing-based art historian, curator, and educator. Yu was the winner of the Yishu Award for Critical Writing on Contemporary Art in 2018, the recipient of the Tate Asia Research Travel Fellowship in 2017, and the winner of the CCAA Art Critic Award in 2015.

She is on the jury committee for the Hyundai Blue Prize For Emerging Curators, Art 021 x Porsche Art Award and Art Nova Award. As an adjunct professor, Mia Yu has lectured at China Art Academy, China Central Art Academy, Xi’an Art Academy, and Peking University.