Artist and professor Andrea Fraser has been named chair of the UCLA Department of Art effective today. She will be taking over from professor Hirsch Perlman who has served as chair of the department since 2013.
Fraser’s work is associated with institutional critique, feminist practice, group relations, project-based art and context art. She has worked across a range of mediums including performance, video, installation, sound, and text. Her work has been shown at major venues including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Modern, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Venice Biennale; the Hammer Museum at UCLA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and MUAC UNAM Mexico City; among many others.
Fraser has published essays and performance texts in Adbusters, Artforum, Art in America, Grey Room, October, Texte zur Kunst and other publications. Her books include “Andrea Fraser: Works 1984–2003” (Dumont and Kunstverein Munich, 2003); “Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser” (MIT Press, 2005); “Texts, Scripts, Transcripts” (Walther Koenig Verlag and Museum Ludwig Cologne, 2013); and “Andrea Fraser” (Hatje Cantz and Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2015).
Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group, The V-Girls, the project-based artist initiative Parasite, the cooperative art gallery Orchard, and Artists Political Action Network. She was also co-organized Services, a “working-group exhibition” that toured to eight venues in Europe and the United States with Helmut Draxler. Fraser serves on the Hammer Museum’s Artist Council as well.
Fraser has received numerous accolades in recognition of her distinctive work including grants from Art Matters, Inc., the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Anonymous Was a Woman and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She was the recipient of the 2013 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, awarded by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig Köln, and the 2016 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, awarded by the Austrian Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung.