Nao Bustamante is DELUSIONAL (on screen)

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:30 pm

631 W2nd Street
Los Angeles CA 90012

From Joan Rivers’ couch to Bravo’s Work of Art, few other artists have spread their hustle across screens quite like Nao Bustamante. In this first-ever comprehensive survey of the artist’s work in film, video and performance documents, Dirty Looks, in collaboration with REDCAT, assembles 25 years of a vital and rambunctious art practice. Playing a variety of televisual modes off of one another—Telenovela, True Crime, Reality TV and Artist’s Video – the program ricochets across media, ruminating on the brown body in an ever-shifting American pop culture landscape, questioning the role of the artist: to probe, exploit, engage and untangle this mess we’re in.

Silver & Gold, HD Video, 11min., 2009
Rosa Does Joan, video, 7min., 1994
Sans Gravity, 1min., 2000
Life Style (with Mads Lynneerup + Eamon Ore-Giron), video, 7min., 2000
Work of Art (“A Shock to the System,” Se. 1 Ep. 04), video, 5min. (excerpt), 2010
The Perfect Ones (with Matt Johnstone), video, 8min., 2006
Fantasy, video, 4min., 1998
A Story, video, 4min., 2005
Tableau, HD Video, 17min., 2013
Untitled #1, video, 4min., 2006
The Chain South, video, 7min., 1994
Reveal, HD video, 7min., 2015

Nao Bustamante is an internationally renowned artist, residing in Los Angeles, California. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. Currently she holds the position of Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves at the Director of the MFA in Art. Her work has been screened and produced at institutions and festivals like The Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, MIX NYC, la Filmoteca de Andalucía and the Centre Pompidou.

Card design: Amy von Harrington