The artist, writer, and UCLA professor Andrea Fraser has been named chair of the UCLA Department of Art in the university’s School of the Arts and Architecture, effective today. She takes the reins from Hirsch Perlman, who has served as chair of the department since 2013.
Fraser’s work is most closely associated with institutional critique, spread across a range of mediums including performance, video, installation, sound, and text. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Modern, London; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Venice Biennale; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American of Art, where she staged the work Down the River in 2016; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Modern Art in New Yorkwhere she most recently performed as part of Louise Lawler’s retrospective “WHY PICTURES NOW” last yearamong many other venues.
Fraser has published essays and performance texts in Artforum, Adbusters, Art in America, Grey Room, October, Texte zur Kunst, and other publications. Her books and monographs 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. Additionally, Fraser is a member of the Hammer Museum’s Artist Council. The artist has received numerous accolades, 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.