Director of Artist Initiatives
Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar who takes a queer and feminist approach to reproductive labor and language. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Tate Modern, Athens Biennale, Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Galerie Maria Bernheim, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Participant Inc, Art in General, and SculptureCenter. Her writing and interviews have appeared in October, Artforum, The Cut, e-flux, Art in America, Whitechapel Documents in Contemporary Art: Practice, Art Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, Women & Performance, and The Brooklyn Rail among other publications. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP), Recess Critical Writing Fellow, A.I.R. Artist Fellow, and Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantee.
In addition to her artistic practice and scholarship, Shvarts has worked extensively in artist education, professional development, and cultural philanthropy. She cofounded the Arts Research Collective (ARC), an incubator for experimental and socially engaged arts education; developed queer theory curriculum as faculty for the Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Artist Fellowship; and was a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Shvarts has lectured and taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University, Pratt Institute, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, among other places. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design. Shvarts holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University.