bio

A.K. Burns (b. 1975) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Burns is a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow through the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she will develop an ongoing project, Negative Space, a cycle of multi-media installations. The opening episode A Smeary Spot, 2015 debut at Participant Inc, NY in the Fall of 2015. A new iteration will be exhibited at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, September 2016. The work was initiated with the generous support of a Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award and additional support for this work is being provided through the Education Department's Spring 2017 Research & Development Season at the New Museum, where Burns is currently in residence. Current solo exhibitions include Fault Lines at Callicoon Fine Arts, on view through April 9th, and Shabby but Thriving at the New Museum through April 23rd, 2017.

Earlier work includes the 5-channel video, Touch Parade (2011), which was exhibited at the Sculpture Center, the Artist’s Institute, at the International Center for Photography as part of A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, all in New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and at TAG in The Hague, Netherlands. Burns’ collaborative work with A.L. Steiner, a feature length video, Community Action Center, has screened at numerous venues internationally including the Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art and the Andy Warhol Museum in addition the artists took the work on European and U.S. Tours. Several of Burns’ video works are distributed through Video Data Bank. Additionally works are in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The International Center for Photography, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Burns is a founding member of W.A.G.E (Working Artists in the Great Economy) an artists’ advocacy group that developed W.A.G.E certification through a series of public forums produced in conjunction with Artists Space—launching the program in 2014. Burns also co-founded and co-edited Randy, an annual trans-feminist arts magazine from 2010-2013, releasing a compendium publication in June 2016. Additionally, Burns maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with her partner Katherine Hubbard, producing installations, video and sculptures exhibited at Recess, Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and staging The Poetry Parade, a series of live literary intervention at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Learn more about A.K. Burns at the artist's website