How do borders echo and reverberate as cultural geographies, unsettling space and forcing bodies to move, to organize, and to perform? How do performers and scholars account for and navigate their bordered existence, when traversing them can regularly (re)produce the conditions for both precarious and secure living? What conditions arise amongst bodies, boundaries, and the spaces there in between? The 2018 Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference, In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders, invites  dialogue and debate around artistic work and interdisciplinary thinking.



In 2018, CAA will return to LA for its 106th Annual Conference. The four-day event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24. CAA’s Annual Conference consists of four days and over 300 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, special events, and exhibitions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. As the best-attended international forum in the visual arts, the Annual Conference creates a community of practitioners, scholars, and the general public seeking to learn and connect. 



Pro Arts is pleased to announce somatic significations – a group exhibition, curated by Kara Q. Smith and featuring artists Sofía Cordova, Xandra Ibarra, and Yetunde Olagbaju. The three artists in somatic significations consider the transformative agency of subjectivity through their interdisciplinary practices. Sofía Cordova, Xandra Ibarra, and Yetunde Olagbaju reject, reconstruct, and recover narratives of identity using a wide range of media. Connecting their complex creative processes is an underlying emphasis on performativity. Performance enables the artists to traverse between the internal (personal) and external (environment) to generate new translations of past, present, and future. Works included in this exhibition engage and transcend the corporeal to underscore themes of ritual, identity, and visibility. Taken together they bring forth radical and vulnerable understandings of self, time, and place at a moment when new agency and significations are desperately needed to reconcile a landscape of turmoil and inequity.— Kara Q. Smith, curator

JANUARY 25-26, 2018 – University of Texas, Austin – Glickman Auditorium CLA 1.302B

A Symposium to Celebrate The New LGBTQ Studies Program at UT Austin 

To celebrate the launch of LGBTQ Studies at UT, the program will host a symposium January 25 & 26, 2018 in CLA 1.302B. The symposium’s theme is “Queer Camaraderie” and will feature presentations and performances by Rod Ferguson & Lyndon Gill; Ernesto Martínez & Julie Minich; Josh Guzman & Chad Bennett; Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom) & Laura Gutiérrez; and Kim TallBear and Ann Cvetkovich. Symposium begins Thursday Jan 25, 6pm-9pm, and continues Jan 26 from 9am-6pm.

JANUARY 20, 2018 7:30 & 9:30 – THE BROAD MUSEUM, Los Angeles

CURATORIAL – Opening of EN CUATRO PATAS performance art series: Naomi Rincon Gallardo’s “The Formaldahyde Trip”

En Cuatro Patas continues the exploration of the politicized body, featuring feminist Latinx performance and media artists who ruminate on and fantasize alternative embodiments. The artists featured in this series dissolve boundaries between animal and human while exploring the transformational and pleasurable possibilities of the non-human figure. The series invites artists to take on the corporeality of the abject, the degraded, the non-human, the sub-human—the animal. En Cuatro Patas assumes other positions, realities and political imperatives that imagine a world otherwise. Through a series of four programs that include performance, film and video, artists from Los Angeles and Latin America will come together to mobilize the body through varied interventions. For many of the artists, it will be their first time performing in Los Angeles. En Cuatro Patas will launch in January 2018 as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA organized by REDCAT and will continue throughout 2018.

Written and directed by Mexico City artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip is a cycle of songs and videos dedicated to murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño, performed live with crafty and ornate props, and echoes from Mexican B-side Sci-Fi films of the 60s and 70s. The Formaldehyde Trip weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory and indigenous women’s struggle for their bodies and their territories. The work imagines Bety Cariño’s journey through the underworld where she encounters women warriors, witches and widows, the dual-gendered goddess of death and animals preparing her rebirth party. An axolotl (Mexican salamander) in formaldehyde is the story-teller who agitates between fact, fiction and friction.

JANUARY 18, 2018, 9:00 pm – THE MAYAN THEATER, Los Angeles


LA-based performers Rubén Martínez and Raquel Gutiérrez host VARIEDADES, an interdisciplinary performance that brings together music, spoken word, theater, comedy and the visual arts, loosely based on the Mexican vaudeville shows of early 20th century Los Angeles where Martínez’s grandparents performed in a musical duo—approaching history in an interdisciplinary fashion, with song and comedy and performance art, with political and intellectual and aesthetic depth. The evening, produced and curated by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, features performances by Alice Bag, Nao Bustamante with Dynasty Handbag and Karen Tongson, Rafa Esparza, Selene Luna, Cheech and Natasha Marin, & Dorian Wood. Tickets & info: https://www.redcat.org/festival/variedades

JANUARY 12-14, 2018 – UNTITLED ART FAIR, SF, Palace of Fine Arts


SOMArts will present a multidisciplinary showcase of performers and artists at UNTITLED, San Francisco. Reaching into the vault of performances that have been incubated at SOMArts, we’ll ask some of the Bay Area’s most innovative performance artists to explore queer futures beyond the anthropocene. A hub for experimental and socially conscious art in the Bay Area for over 35 years, SOMArts is thrilled to partner with UNTITLED to bring the cutting-edge of queer performance and visual art to the Palace of Fine Arts.

DECEMBER 7 -10, 2018 – Brickell City Center, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 


Curated by Anthony Spinello and Zoe Lukov, this all-women non-commercial contemporary art fair that aims to give a voice to female artists and break down gender inequality. Artists include Guerilla Girls, Yoko Ono, Liza Cowan, Micol Hebron and Jillian Meyer. Includes Fair Play, The Femmes’ Video Art Festival, and Fair Trade, major public installations and performances. www.fairmarket.art FREE.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 – 4pm at the Cranbrook Art Museum De Salle Auditorium


From 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra’s persona, La Chica Boom, embodied the experience of racial and sexual abjection. Through combined parody and spectacle, Ibarra presented various works entitled spictacles—performances that engaged hyper-raciality and sexuality in order to explore racialized sexuality and queer forms of pleasure. In this lecture, Ibarra will delve into some of the ideological frameworks she draws upon to create and depart from what she calls “spictacles.”

NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – Joe Goode Annex, 499 Alabama, San Francisco


Exploratory performances by Julie Tolentino, Amara Tabor Smith, Laura Arrington, Xandra Ibarra, and Maurya Kerr, developed as part of Tolentino’s year-long Community Engagement Residency.  Followed by a group discussion with the artists, joined by Tolentino’s colleagues, theater director Debra Levine (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Hemispheric Institute for Politics and Performance) and activist Scot Nakagawa (with ChangeLab)This event is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency and part of 2017 Bridge Project, Radical Movements: Gender and Politics in Performance created by Hope Mohr Dance.

OCTOBER 20, 2017 – 11am, Anderson Collection at Stanford University


Vital Signs: Contemporary Performance Art Series is hosted by Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies in 2017-2018 and curated by Los Angeles based artist Cassils. The primary objective of the series is to highlight and showcase underrepresented performance forms such as experimental performance art, durational art, and body art, among others, by artists from communities that remain invisible or underrepresented in mainstream performing arts. Cassils’s curatorial vision is to present established performance artists alongside emerging artists. Each quarter, a pair of artists will visit Stanford for two days (Thursday-Friday). On October 19 and 20th, performance artist and photographer, Harry Gamboa Jr. will be in conversation with performance artist Xandra Ibarra. For more information visit: http://taps.stanford.edu/vitalsigns

OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 17, 2017 – Abrons Art Center, NYC


Using humor to seduce and disarm, the five video works in Let me tell you something you already know poke at conventions of success and failure. Video by Sofía Córdova, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Xandra Ibarra; curated by Christian Camacho-Light and Alexis Wilkinson. For more information visit: http://www.abronsartscenter.org/on-view/exhibits/let-me-tell-you-something-you/

MAY 26, 2017 – Meet at the phantom Esta Noche on 3079 16th Street


Barhop to 5 former beloved queer Latino and Lezzi historic sites in the Mission. I can still hear the music, feel los dedos, smell the sobacos and see the drag queen mugre on the walls of our old neighborhood hang outs EVEN after they resurfaced as sterile establishments. I KNOW you can too… you just need a little motavation.  Let’s invade, resurface, and imprint our titties, besos suicios, and pleasures on the phantom walls of our adored queer nightlife venues and spaces. For more info: goo.gl/vGsIWB

APRIL 28 – JULY 28, 2017 – 
Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale


The Second Edition of Chongqing International Photography & Video Biennale welcomes its grand opening in Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Modern Art on April 28th. The exhibition boasts more than 200 artists worldwide with more than 1,000videos and hundreds of photographs demonstrating human history, western art talents and landscapes. The biennale, with such an array of rich artistic creation is qualified as the “museum of the world, the container of culture.” Ibarra’s video work was selected as part of this exhibition. The exhibition will be up till July 28th. For more information visit: http://www.changjiangart.com

MAY 4, 2017 – Headlands Center for the Arts at the The Lab 


Headlands and The Lab host an evening of presentations that ask: how do we know what we know? The relationship between information and interpretation feels shaky when we are reminded daily that we are living in a moment of post-truths, contested realities, and alternative facts. During this evening, we will meet artists and researchers who explicitly address the production of knowledge as contingent, charged, and often charming. Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist and professor at University of California, San Diego, will show how language and metaphor affect the way we think about everything from fundamentals like time and space, to complex social issues. Artist and anthropologist Adrian Van Allen (AFF ’11) will present her research of scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where they are building different versions of the future through their collections of bird skins, frozen tissue samples, and genomic data. Performance artist Xandra Ibarra (AFF ’14) will detail her latest forays, including the work-in-progress practice she describes as “alternative embodiment.”

Access the ticketing box office here; Headlands Members, RSVP via email to programmanager@headlands.org

Presented in partnership with The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

APRIL 7, 2017 – University of Pittsburg


This film screening and artist lecture is sponsored by Center for Latin American Studies, Humanities Center Professor John Beverly,Year of Diversity, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.  For more information contact: arg93@pitt.edu.

MARCH 29 – APRIL 15, 2017 – Rond-Point Projects, Marseille, France


The exhibition is co-produced with and takes place at Rond-Point Projects, an independent arts space occupying a former pharmacist’s shop in the La Plaine neighborhood of the city of Marseille. A series of videos by Jody Wood, Kambui Olujimi, Kerry Downey, Sand E. Smith, Ana Maria Gomes, Dania Reymond, Kumi James, Mathieu Abonnenc, Fayçal Baghriche, and Xandra Ibarra. Exhibited at different scales — the installation tries to think moments of encounter between the body and the work in a way that mirrors our everyday encounter with representations of violence.  Three cycles, each composed of three or four artists, are planned over the course of the late winter and early spring 2017. The exhibition is a research project held in common, a threshing floor, with both video and interviews between us. One evening of performance or debate will be planned in conjunction with each cycle of the project. For more information visit here.

MARCH 7, 2017 – 6pm at Counterpulse, 80 Turk Street, SF, California

MATCHBOX SALON with artists Marpi & Xandra Ibarra

Matchbox is a monthly salon, a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas and seeding new cross-disciplinary collaborations. CODAME and CounterPulse have selected digital artist, Marpi, and performance artist, Xandra Ibarra,  to have a an evening discussion on insects: real, imagined, and simulated. From evolution to ecdysis, what can we learn about simulating creatures virtually and performatively? In Marpi and Ibarra’s investigations of each other’s practices, the artists have found winding interest overlaps around symmetry and behavior as programming. Expect an evening of curious and critical inquiry into these ideas through the lens of bugs and creatures. Free event, please register here.

sfmoma_openspace_robbiesweenyphotoFEBRUARY 4, 2017 – SF MOMA Open Space Panel at Counterpulse, 80 Turk Street, SF, California


Artists Annie Danger, Xandra Ibarra, Monique Jenkinson, Rhodessa Jones, Keith Hennessy, Brontez Purnell, Helen Shumaker, Amara Tabor-Smith

New York is one epicenter of HIV/AIDS in America. The other is San Francisco. As a bicoastal collaboration with Danspace Project, whose Platform series Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now ran October 13th through December 19th, and in partnership with CounterPulse, SFMOMA’s Open Space gathers an intergenerational group of artists to explore various themes, questions, histories, and lineages as they relate, directly and obliquely, to the impact HIV/AIDS continues to have on dance and performance in the Bay Area and beyond. The afternoon event, which features Annie Danger, Xandra Ibarra, Monique Jenkinson, Rhodessa Jones, Keith Hennessy, Brontez Purnell, Helen Shumaker, and Amara Tabor-Smith, will include discussion, screenings and performative moments. Audience members are free to come and go as they please, and are also encouraged to visit the Lost and Found series on Open Space for related content.

[Photo: Amara Tabor-Smith, performing at the West Wave Dance Festival. Photo: Robbie Sweeny.]


JANUARY 27, 2017 – Tisch School of the Arts, 12th floor, 721 Broadway, New York City


Artists Candice Lin and Xandra Ibarra; Mel Chen (UC Berkeley) C. Riley Snorton (Cornell), Aime Bahng (Dartmouth), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers), Mark Rifkin (UNC), Ivan Ramos (UC Riverside)

The Department of Art & Public Policy and NYU Tisch School of the Arts sponsor a symposium pairs recent work in critical indigenous and race studies with disability and queer theories. We will work through important provocations by recent humanists and artists who have turned to the formation of the New World in order to better understand our contemporary moment. These turns force us to account for a deeper sense of history, along with the aftermath of colonization, enslavement, resource extraction, and the disablement of bodies/communities. We will explore how to imagine new world orders and futures. What is the responsibility of the humanities and the arts to move forward with the reverberations of the New World? What new world orders can emerge by contending with the “old” New World? Event is free to the public, please register