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Alexandro Segadephoto of Alexandro Segade

Assistant Professor



Alexandro Segade is an interdisciplinary artist whose experimental projects span video, performance, theater, music, writing, drawing, and comics. Often working in art collectives, Segade uses collaboration to question constructions of group identity and transgress divisions between artistic disciplines. Segade’s multimedia work, inflected with mythic world-building and genre play, offers spectacular explorations of a queer utopia tempered by a critically radical ambivalence.

Since 2000, Segade has worked with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon in My Barbarian, a performance art collective whose work theatricalizes entanglements of class, gender, race and sexuality. 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 at Participant Inc. (2009), The Goethe Institute (2014) and The New Museum (2016); the Hammer Museum (2010), and Human Resources (2012), and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2013), which represents the group; as well as Museo El Eco, Mexico City (2010); Gallery 400, Chicago (2014); 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). My Barbarian has been written about by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, interviewed by Andrea Fraser in Bomb, and discussed in Cruising Utopia by Jose Esteban Muñoz. My Barbarian is the subject of a survey exhibition opening at the Whitney Museum in October 2021.

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), The High Line (2019), in NYC, Espacio Odeon in Bogota, Colombia (2017), DD55 Gallery in Cologne, Germany (2017), and Rogaland Kunstcenter in Stavanger, Norway (2015). Segade’s sci-fi performances set in a speculative state of 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 NYC, 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, NY (2017), Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2011); and LAXART (2010), REDCAT (2010) and the Broad Museum (2017) in LA.

Segade’s collaborative work has received awards from Art Matters (2008, 2010), Creative Capital (2012), Foundation for Contemporary Art (2013), the Mike Kelly Foundation (2016), and the United States Artists Fellowship (2018). He has participated at residencies including the Park Avenue Armory (2018-19), Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Recess Session, and Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Segade’s graphic novel, The Context, was published by Primary Information in May 2020, with spinoff comics published in issues of Artforum, and a commission from Creative Time Comics 2020. Segade has published writing on over-looked 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), Keywords in Comics Studies (NYU Press), and Comic Velocity: HIV & AIDS in Comics (Visual AIDS).

Segade served as co-chair of the Film/Video Discipline in the MFA at Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College, from 2014-2020; Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College Department of Art and Art History, New York, where he taught New Genres; and assistant professor of art at Cornell University from 2020-2021. He received a BA from UCLA in 1996, and an MFA from UCLA in 2009.

Born in San Diego, California, Alexandro is Gen X and LatinX and has an X tattoo because the X-Men are his favorite.