Department of Art Hires Alexandro Segade

August 4, 2020

Interdisciplinary artist Alexandro Segade has joined the Department of Art as an assistant professor, effective July 1. Segade's projects span video, performance, writing, drawing, and comics, using collaboration to question constructions of group identity.

With these concerns in mind, Segade collaborates in art collectives, makes exhibitions and installations, directs movies, and performs live. Segade's multimedia work, inflected with mythic world-building, offers spectacular explorations of queer utopias continually undermined by radical ambivalence. 

"Our department is thrilled to have Alexandro Segade join us this fall," says Michael Ashkin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art. "As an artist, writer, teacher, and public intellectual, Alex brings remarkable resources to the department and college. Beyond his extensive and influential work as both a solo and collaborative artist with My Barbarian, he brings a wide range of interdisciplinary practices as well as theoretical and communitarian interests that will greatly enrich the experience of our students."

Since 2000, Segade has worked with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon in My Barbarian, a genre-defying performance art collective. My Barbarian has presented work in museums, including MoMA (2012), LACMA (2015), MoCA LA (2009), and SFMoMA (2010), as well as festivals, galleries, and public spaces internationally. The group has had solo exhibitions in New York City at Participant Inc. (2009), The Goethe Institute (2014), and The New Museum, (2016). Elsewhere, My Barbarian has exhibited at Hammer Museum (2010) in LA, Human Resources Los Angeles, (2012), and Vielmetter Los Angeles (2013), which represents the group, as well as Museo Experimental el Eco (2010), Gallery 400, University of Illinois–Chicago (2014), and Yaffo 23, Jerusalem (2015).

My Barbarian was included in two Performa Biennials (2006, 2008), two California Biennials (2004, 2006), the Biennale de Montréal (2008), the Baltic Triennial (2009) and the Whitney Biennial (2014). The collective has been written about by Hilton Als in The New Yorker, interviewed by Andrea Fraser in Bomb, and discussed in the book Cruising Utopia by Jose Esteban Muñoz. Recent projects with the collective A.R.M (Alexandro Segade, Robbie Acklen, Malik Gaines), which explores gay cultural forms, have been presented at the Whitney Museum (2017) and The High Line (2019) in New York City, Espacio Odeon in Bogota, Colombia (2017), DD55 Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2017), and Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway. Segade's collaborative work has received awards from Art Matters (2008), Creative Capital (2012), Foundation for Contemporary Art (2013), the Mike Kelly Foundation (2016), and the United States Artists Fellowship (2018).

Sci-fi performances set in a speculative state called Clonifornia — including "Future St," "Replicant vs Separatist," and "Boy Band Audition" — have been presented at the Park Avenue Armory (2018) and Judson Church (2013) in New York City; the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, Oregon (2013); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2011); Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson (2017); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2011); and LAXART (2010), REDCAT (2010) and the Broad Museum (2017) in LA. 

Segade has published writing on overlooked artists of the AIDS era, feminist performance art, the intersectionality of LatinX representation, and the political imagination of science fiction fan culture in Artforum, Yale Theater Journal, and Queer (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art). Segade's graphic novel The Context was published by Primary Information in May 2020. He is the cohost and coproducer of the podcast Super Gay! 

Segade served as cochair of the Film/Video discipline in the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College M.F.A. program from 2014 to 2020, and distinguished lecturer at Hunter College Department of Art and Art History. He received a B.A. from UCLA in 1996, and an M.F.A. from UCLA in 2009. 

Segade was born in San Diego and lives in New York City. 

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