Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Denim, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and muslin, 30 x 60 inches, 2016*Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis

Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Denim, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and muslin, 30 x 60 inches, 2016
*Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis

Replacing Place

Artists: Nan Curtis, Sammie Cetta, Beth Campbell, Amanda Curreri, Rashawn Griffin, Ruben Garcia Marrufo
Curated by MK Guth
Anytime Dept., 4120 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Opening: Nov 10, 7-10pm

Replacing Place looks at artists whose work derives from a particular location, physical, cultural or psychological. This group of artists address place as an expanded field where inspiration of a unique site, moment in time, or psychological state evolves, shifts, collapses and spreads into something new. Temporal, spatial, narrative, and physical modifications reshape the work into something in relation to the catalyst site, but different, an echo, offering new meaning in connection to aspiration, memory, longing and desire.

 

..WE CAN NOT LIVE ON CLAMS ALONE..., 2013-ongoing

..WE CAN NOT LIVE ON CLAMS ALONE…, 2013-ongoing

My Arms are like Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!

Group exhibition curated by Derek Franklin, Sept. 15, 2017–July 1, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 15, 5-8pm
The Carnegie, Covington, KY
Artists include: Amanda Curreri (Cincinnati), Rob Halverson (Portland/ LA), Kristan Kennedy (Portland), Ramondo Love (Cincinnati), Lydia Rosenberg (Cincinnati), Jason Carey Sheppard (New York), Sayak Shome (Cincinnati), Rebecca Steele (Cincinnati), Emily Weiner (New York).

In addition to the artwork in the photo (above), I will host two events during the run of the show: CLAMS Dinner, Oct 26, a sign-up dinner of mussels inspired by Italian American anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti (sign-up is now full) & Mussels Dinner (Scene II, Act I), Sunday, Nov 12, 7pm. Come prepared to be someone else for the evening!

 

 

Wallet Bags (Flame Red, Royal Blue, Jade Green, Jet Black), Fabric, thread, and zippers, 9 x 6 inches each, (also shown: Daughters of Bilitis advertisements and The Ladder magazine covers)

Wallet Bags (Flame Red, Royal Blue, Jade Green, Jet Black), Fabric, thread, and zippers, 9 x 6 inches each, (also shown: Daughters of Bilitis advertisements and The Ladder magazine covers)

Manifesto Show

October 7–November 4, 2017
Opening reception: Oct. 7, 7-10pm
Closing reception: Nov. 4, 7-10pm
Nook Gallery, Oakland, CA
Artists: Serena Cole, Shannon Finnegan, Yetunde Olagbaju, Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle, Amanda Curreri, Kevin Demery, Leila Weefur, Jay Katelansky, Zach Ozma, McKenzie Toma, Sarah Rara

 

 

Homohime (detail), 72 x 48 inches, 2017

Homohime (detail), 72 x 48 inches, 20

Traveling Fellowship Award 2017

I’m honored and excited to be a recipient of a School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellowship Award. I’ll be traveling to Japan to research historical textiles (garments and banners), printing and dying methodologies, and learn more about funeral rites and rituals. At the end of the Fellowship year, one of the 10 fellows will be awarded an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston is my hometown, the MFA my stomping ground, so this award hits close to home!

 

 

Aid to Individual Artists Award 2016 

Summerfair, an Ohio-based arts organization, has just announced the recipients of their 2016 AIA Award. I’m looking forward to using the award towards  studio infrastructure and production.  This will enable me to do more extensive experiments with fabric dyeing, printing and garment (de)construction.

 

 

Giovanni's Room, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic, rabbit skin glue on cotton on panel, 24 x 19 inches, 2016

Giovanni’s Room, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic, rabbit skin glue on cotton on panel, 24 x 19 inches, 2016

Eff

Solo Exhibition, June 24–July 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri, June 24, 6-9pm
Romer Young Gallery
, San Francisco, CA

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:  Eff – shorthand for effigy and also short-shorthand for the colloquial “f,” as in fuck – leads these new works in a summoning of states of passion, self-possession, and responsive activity.

While some works in the Eff series are direct tributes to actual individuals (track star Flo Jo, poet/activist Adrienne Rich, activist/librarian Barbara Gittings), the works in this exhibition focus less on individuals and more on states of being. Colorfully loud and wall-based, the works employ textile processes such as dyeing, printing, masking, patterning, negative and positive image construction, garment construction and re-construction. Traditions of Icon painting serve as an underpinning for these works to be (about) ways of being in the world.

Formal relationships in the works test out metaphors of margins and centers. Time-shifts are evoked in works that are “branded” – much like a tattoo on skin – with logos and dates that span a past and future timeline. In some works an ancient Neapolitan symbol for protection is employed in the service of this time-travel (much in the way a medium asks for protection when dealing with the spirit world). This looking backwards is not motivated by nostalgia but rather by a need for models, comrades, and a wider understanding for dealing with our current troubling times. Curreri’s is a dialogic practice creating conversation between and beyond the works, viewers, and within actual and constructed feminist, radical, and queer historiographies.

 

Stables at Verde Valley School

Sedona Summer Arts Colony Residency

July 2016
Artist in Residence, Sedona Artists in Residence / Summer Colony Program, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (inaugural invitational residency, Bay Area Artists Cohort)

 

 

CLAMS dinner, Rochester Art Center, 2016

CLAMS dinner, Rochester Art Center, 2016

The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics

January 22–May 8, 2016
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

Solo Exhibition and Special Collaborations with Erik Scollon, Llewelynn Fletcher, and ERNEST

Opening Reception, Jan 22, 6:30 – 9 pm

Art as Social Activism: An Intergenerational Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls and Amanda Curreri, 7:30 pm

CLAMS dinner event, Mar 18, 7-9pm

Eff (Purple), Acrylic on dyed fabric, 48 x 36 inches, 2015

Eff (Purple), Acrylic on dyed fabric, 48 x 36 inches, 2015

 

 

Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility, the Book from ERNEST on Vimeo.

Demos Publication Available 

As part of an artist residency at c3:initiative in Portland, OR, ERNEST worked with Container Corps to create a publication as one part of our larger artwork, Demos, dealing with the nearby empty Wapato Correctional Facility.  The publication is 31 pages long, and contains 5 original essays. Includes contributions from Ace Lehner, Sarah Fontaine, Ernest Jerome DeFrance, Pete Brook, Dan Gilsdorf, and ERNEST. Available here at c3:initiative and at Printed Matter NYC.

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Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility

September 18–November 22, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 6:30–8:30pm
Press Preview: Friday, September 18, 4:30pm
Wapato Roundtable: Saturday, September 19, 11am-1pm

Two-years in the making, with the support of c3:initiative in Portland, OR, Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility opens on Fri, Sept. 18!  As part of a working-group called ERNEST, I have been making a multi-pronged artwork investigating a jail site in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland. Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility is comprised of a video, publication, a print edition (printed in collaboration with Pacific Northwest College of Arts’ Watershed Press), and a day of public events at the jail.

Demos (pronounced “day-moss”) conjures early Athenian concepts of both “village” and “People” (Δῆμος). Equally, demos can be read to connote more modern concepts of the “demo,” or mix-tape, as well as the shorthand vernacular for demolition. As a collaborative group intent on testing and enacting forms of radical democracy, demos refers to local participatory engagement, keeping methods experimental and provisional, while harnessing the power of generative de(con)struction.

Coyotes, ERNEST’s unlikely interlocutors at Wapato, burrow beneath the fenced perimeter of the jail to come and go as they please. Coyote, and an unrelenting sense of frustration, leads Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility in a transformation of the specifics of Wapato Jail into a platform for challenging conversation and collaboration. The video component acts as conjurer, the publication as a platform for voices ranging in depth and breadth, and the event component will create an opportunity for experiencing the jail on-site as well as stimulating discussion around the issues it brings up for various members of the community.

c3:initiative: 7326 N. Chicago Avenue in St. Johns | Portland, OR 97203
Hours: Friday–Sunday noon–5pm and by appointment
Public Information: 971-267-2340 | info@c3initiative.org

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Video still from ‘Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility,’ 2015

 

 

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Variable Proportions: School of Art Faculty Exhibition*

DAAP Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH
Aug 31–Oct 4, 2015
*I’ll be hosting an event, CLAMS, on Sept 24, 7pm; an intimate dinner of mussels & discussion inspired by anarchy. RSVP to me or in the gallery.

 

Younger than George

12 Painters in their 20s and 30s
Co-curated by Gallery Director, Julia McEvily, and Donna Napper, Curator and Director of Education, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
July 22 – Sept 5, 2015
Reception and birthday party: Wed, July 22, 5:30—7:30pm
George Lawson Gallery, 315 Potrero Ave. San Francisco, CA

SARA BRIGHT, AMANDA CURRERI, REBECCA GOLDSTEIN, MICHAEL KINDRED KNIGHT, ERIN LOREE, HEATHER GWEN MARTIN, KATRIN MAEURICH, JACOB MELCHI, JENNY SHARAF, BRANDON SHIMMEL, LAINA TERPSTRA, ZHIYUAN WANG

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‘Calm Lunatics,’ Acrylic on raw wood panel, 2015

 

 

 

 

Lecturers

Currently in production, I’ve been commissioned to produce a video lecture that’s part of a new bilingual (Spanish and English) series organized by Pablo Guardiola.  My lecture, Blue Flowers, will focus on the semiotics of color through the lens of Julia Kristeva.

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Some False Moves

May 29–June 29, 2015
Opening reception: May 29, 7-9pm
Present Co., 254 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Subway: L train to Montrose Avenue
Exhibition Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-6pm and by appointment

some false moves is a group exhibition derived from a curatorial prompt. Artists were asked to respond or choose affinities to the exhibition’s title with new or recent works. “some false moves” was extracted from a text-based work by Richard Long, a British sculptor and land artist.

Alexandre Brandão, Amanda Curreri, Jennifer Grimyser, Zerek Kempf, Yeni Mao, Lance Rautzhan, Max Stolkin, Angie Waller, Robin Winters, Audra Wolowiec

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 Trap the Line

May 15–30, 2015
BBQ & Music: Sat, May 16, 3pm
330 40th Street, Oakland, CA
Group exhibition with Amanda Curreri, Collin McKelvey, Steuart Pittman, Joni Marie Theodorsen, Alexander Cheves, Walter Logue, Connie Goldman, Brian Caraway, Joshua Churchill and Paul Clipson

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‘Ouch Oui,’ Acrylic on dyed fabric on wood panel, 2015

 

Not Much to Look At

Jan 30-Mar 6, 2015
Panel Discussion: Feb 21, Sat, 2pm
This is a show of commissioned ugly paintings. Cast your vote for the ugliest painting throughout the run of the exhibition.
Royal Nonesuch Gallery4231 Telegraph, Oakland, CA

 

 

CODEX Book Fair & Symposium

Feb 8–11, 2015
Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California

I’ll be showing Wild Patience*, from SPLITS, no. 1. SPLITS is a publication that my collaboration with choreographer/dancer/healer Sara Shelton Mann and visual artist Lauren McKeon (editor).

 

SPLITS is a publication created by Lauren McKeon to support new collaborations between visual artists and dancers. The first issue, themed around FAILURE, is a collaborative project between choreographer Sara Shelton Mann and visual artist Amanda Curreri.
*My printed fabric contribution is called Wild Patience after poet Adrienne Rich. It is meant to hold Sara’s writings who I immediately came to respect and learn from during our collaboration; Wild Patience also unfolds into a mobile painting, a scarf, or a furoshiki to offer an expandable and undefinable relationship of function and form.
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ERNEST contributes to Hour After

January 15, 5-8pm
“Join us after work for a chat in the warmth of amber lights, a happy hour special, and the release of “The Hour After Reader” – a 28 page, limited edition booklet created by Carrie Hott, printed by Colpa Press and supported by Interface Gallery.

The reader includes some images of the research that helped to inform the work created in the exhibition, as well as selections and contributions from other local and beyond after-hours workers including Luca Antonucci, BONANZA, Sofía Córdova, Aurora Crispin, ERNEST, Ian Dolton-Thornton,Brett Goodroad, Pablo Guardiola, Emily Hunt, Cybele Lyle, Martin Machado, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Emma Spertus, Stairwell’s, Laura Steenberge, and Cassie Thornton.”

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ERNEST in Portland

Dec 11–15, 2014
ERNEST returns to Portland for our Wapato Correctional Facility video shoot & for our second meeting for a collaboration with PNCA’s Watershed Press. Part of our two-year residency with c3initiative, we’re creating a video, publication/print edition, and public event all slated to launch in Fall 2015.

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SPLITS, No. 1

If you like small publications, SPLITS no. 1 is having a release party this Oct 30, Thurs, 7pm.

I’ve been working on my contribution to this issue and can’t wait to see it in action. It’s called Wild Patience, yes after AR, and is part furoshiki, part soft-book-binding, and part whatever you deem it to be when you come get yours.  Lauren McKeon is the mastermind behind the publication and she’s partnered me with choreographer Sara Shelton Mann. The book is FREE and supported by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant.
SPLITS, no. 1,  Release Party
Thursday, Oct. 30, 7pm
Interface Gallery, 486 49th Street Oakland, CA
Mock-up for the design for 50 yards of fabric printing. More images soon!

Mock-up for my design for 50 yards of screenprinted fabric that will become the binding for SPLITS and Sara’s poems.

 

Bay Area Now 7: Disruption Clinic

Blue Flowers, Amanda Curreri
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

Sept 7, Sun. 12–6pm
Sept 10, Wed. 12–6pm
Sept 11, Thurs. 12–8pm

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Curated by Bean Gilsdorf with clinics by: Lauren Marie Taylor (Aug 27, 28, 29), Whitney Lynn (Aug 30, 31, Sept 3), Kristina Lee Podesva (Sept 4, 5, 6), Amanda Curreri (Sept 7, 10, 11),  Double Zero (Sept 12, 13, 14).

 

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Proximities 3: Import/Export

Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014
Reception: Thurs, Feb 6, 6-8:45pm

Glen Helfand, curator, has tackled this three-part exhibition series head-on, and I hope to do the final show in the series proud. In addition to the installation of Double Barbershop Poles, I’ll be coordinating an ongoing and undisclosed performance with 20 performers and hand-made scarves throughout the run of the exhibition.

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Clockwise from top left: Jalen and Angela, group photo!, Binta, Susanna and Maysha, Ali, Robin, Hannah’s feet, Erik and Ace’s backsides.

 

 

 

/SLASH/

June 20–July 28, 2014
Opening Friday, June 20, 6–9pm
Romer Young Gallery, SF
Group exhibition: Amanda Curreri, Bruno Fazzolari, John Herschend, Peter Kirkeby, and Josh Podoll

 

 

Landlessness

April 19–May 18, 2014
Opening: April 19, 6-9pm
Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Queens, NY
Group Exhibition curated by Carrie Hott


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Sochi Reel-Time

Thurs, Feb 27, 7pm
c3 initiative, 7326 N. Chicago Ave, Portland, OR
Join ERNEST and c3: initiative for Sochi Reel-Time, a group conversation about the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. ERNEST members will call in via various locations and present short clips of interest from the Games. This year’s Olympics have become a platform for cultural and political dissent. Clips will be followed by a group discussion around themes of national competition, physical performance, costuming, teamwork, gay rights, politics, democracy, and pedophilia. Open to the public.

 

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Johnny Weir rocking his official Sochi commentary for NBC.

 

 

ERNEST Introductions
December 7, 2013 – March 22, 2014
c3 initiative, Portland, OR
CLOSING EVENT Mar 22
Collaborative exhibition with new working group, ERNEST.

ERNEST, Chaky Chaky 8am, 2013

ERNEST, Chaky Chaky 8am, 2013

 

 

New American Paintings
No. 109, Pacific Coast Edition, juried by Janet Bishop ,Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA

 

Silence, Action, Not Words! P04, Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, 40 x 34 inches, 2013

Silence, Action, Not Words! P04, Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, 40 x 34 inches, 2013

The Aunque
Solo Exhibition
Jan 11 – Feb 16, 2013; Opening Reception: Fri, Jan 11, 6-9pm
Performance: Wed, Jan 30, 7pm
Romer Young Gallery, 1240 22nd Street, SF, CA

Here are some links for recent press on The Aunque:
Art Ltd Magazine, Art PracticalColpa Press’ Gazzetta 11, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, 7×7 Magazine, Curiously Direct/ARTCARDSArtBusiness

 

Video still from Prime Time, looped video

Video still from Prime Time, looped video

 

Traditional Materials Workshop in Italy
September 2013,  I was fortunate to teach a traditional materials painting workshop (gesso, gilding, tempera, and caesin) for three-weeks in Spannocchia, Florence, and Venice!

 

SFSU Students and Martin Wong Gallery joined forces with The Aunque; we had a great reading and interpretations of  Jean Genet in the Aunque, November – December 2012.

Jean Genet in the Aunque script for performance, 2013

Jean Genet in the Aunque script for performance, 2013

 

Here are a few articles from my summer residency at Royal Nonesuch Gallery:
East Bay Express, Art Enthusiast, KQED

Thank you to those that came and were a part of Jean Genet in the Aunque on Aug 24!

Jean Genet in the Aunque performance, August 2012, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

International Incheon Women’s Biennale
October 1-30, 2011
Incheon, Korea
Invited by curator José Ruiz, I was able to return to Korea in Sept/Oct 2011. I presented and performed a site-specific artwork, Double Barbershop Poles, that investigates shared US/Korean underground codes. Based in my complicit and complicated relationship with Korea, DBSP is part instigation, part exorcism, and part love-letter to Korea.

Video still of Rescreening of KBS's Cancelled "Daughters of Club Bilitis", video, 60 minute loop2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

Video still of Rescreening of KBS’s Cancelled “Daughters of Club Bilitis”, video, 60 minute loop
2011 International Incheon Women’s Biennale, Incheon, Korea

 

See Matt Sussman’s SF Guardian year-end arts review that mentions my exhibition, Occupy the Empty.

 

Color & Color was part of a group exhibition this summer, Dramatic Chromatic. The perfect occasion to launch the latest issue, C&C#3, Red&Green!
Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO, May 18 – July 7 , 2012

 

Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art + Words
LaMaMa Galleria, NYC

 

I was honored to be selected as one of the 2010 SF Guardian‘s Goldie Award Recipients.

 

Shadowshop at SFMOMA
Stephanie Syjuco invited me to participate in her “mom and pop shop” on the fifth floor of the SFMOMA.
I exhibited a new work, Afghanistan Insert, a series of rebranded mugs with primary source image-inserts of the Afghanistan landscape and graffiti from the military bases there.
Also available were issues of Color & Color #0 and #1
November 2010 – April 2011
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In and Out of Context
Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair and Art Practical hosted a fun panel discussion with five SF/LA artists including myself and Katie Grinnan, Drew Heitzler, Conrad Ruiz, and Zachary Royer Scholz.
You can read the transcript at Art Practical.

 

 

Color & Color #2 (Black & White)
SF LAUNCH PARTY
Dec 9, Thurs., 8pm onwards
Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
133 Turk at Taylor, SF
with DJ Bus Station John
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Occupy the Empty
Solo Exhibition, June 11 – July 10, 2010
Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
**Check out what people had to say about Occupy the Empty:
SF Guardian
Art Practical
Art Business
And Swedish journal, Tidningen Re:Public

Occupy the Empty, partial gallery view (L to R): Pearl Necklace, Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time), Last Words, and Jury Box, 2010

Occupy the Empty, partial gallery view (L to R): Pearl Necklace, Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time), Last Words, and Jury Box, 2010


 

Color & Color #1 (Yellow & Purple)
This issue’s pages by: Luke Butler, Audrey Hynes, Lindsay Jesse, Cybele Lyle, Ali Naschke-Messing, Nyeema Morgan, Paul Morgan, and Marci Washington.
Co-edited by Erik Scollon and Amanda Curreri.
Available here!

 

 

 

Three Pieces
P.P.O.W. Gallery, 511 W 25th Street, New York, NY
***Event photos from PPOW

 

Involved, Socially
Group exhibition curated by Michelle Blade with works by Amanda Curreri, David Horvitz, Mark McKnight, Jessica Williams and Christine Wong Yap.
August 6 – September 7, 2009
Triple Base Gallery, 3041 24th Street, San Francisco, CA
***See the SF Chronicle and Stretcher.org reviews!! And find images from the show here

Leveller, Enamel on floor mat, 2012/2009

Leveller, Enamel on floor mat, 2012/2009

 

 

Joe’s Biscotti Recipe
Brooklyn Utopias

October 2, 2009 – January 22, 2010
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY

Joe's Biscotti Recipe Cookbook, 2009, Edition of 30, color xerox booklets mailed to contributors, Brooklyn Historical Society

Joe’s Biscotti Recipe Cookbook, 2009, Edition of 30, color xerox booklets mailed to contributors, Brooklyn Historical Society