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Edgar Arceneaux

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Edgar Arceneaux, Zora Arceneaux Holding Her Vice President Kamala Harris Blue Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Studio Edgar Arceneaux, 2021 (artwork © Zora Arceneaux; photograph provided by Edgar Arceneaux)

Born in 1972, Los Angeles–based artist, director, writer, and organizer Edgar Arceneaux received a BFA from the ArtCenter College of Design and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Arceneaux constructs drawings, installations, and video and film works as complex arrangements of association that examine adjacencies and points of contact between implausible relations. He directed his first play at the Performa biennial in New York in 2015 and was awarded the Malcolm McLaren Award. Arceneaux received the prestigious Mike Kelley Foundation Award in 2019 and the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship in 2020.

He has participated in the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, Florida; Artpace San Antonio; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta; and Fachhochschule Aachen, Germany. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland. His work is in major museum collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is an associate professor of art for Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California.