LaToya Ruby Frazier
Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow - Class of Spring 2014
Visual Media Artist, Braddock, Pennsylvania; Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries and Photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, where she continues to live and work, as well as in New York City and New Brunswick, where she is an associate curator for the Mason Gross Galleries and teaches photography in Rutgers University’s School of the Arts. Between intimate photography and social documentary, she reports the decline of the once-prosperous steel-producing town of Braddock, whose population suffers from poverty, unemployment, and pollution-related health problems.
Frazier earned her BFA from Edinboro University (2004) and MFA from Syracuse University (2007), then attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007), the Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2009), and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2011). Her 2013 solo exhibitions include "Born By A River" at Seattle Art Museum, "Witness" at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, and "LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital" at Brooklyn Museum, and "Inheritance" at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Museum Biennial (2012); Incheon Korea Biennale (2011); “Commercial Break,” Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); “Aperture Foundation Green Cart Commission: Moveable Feast,” Museum of the City of New York (2011); “Pittsburgh Biennial,” Andy Warhol Museum (2011); “VideoStudio: Changing Same,” The Studio Museum in Harlem (2011); “LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph,” Charlottesville (2011); “Greater New York,” MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2010); “Mother May I,” Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2010); and “GESTURES: An Exhibition of Small Site-Specific Works,” Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh (2009). Frazier’s awards include the Gwendolyn Knight & Jacob Lawrence Prize from the Seattle Art Museum (2013); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts (2013); Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award (2012); Art Matters (2010); the S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award from National Academy Museum (2008); and the Geraldine Dodge Fellowship Award from the College Art Association (2006). She has been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2010) and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2008).
American Academy Project
Framework: Activism, Memory and the Social Landscape
From the outset of her career, Frazier has moved freely among photography, performance, and video. In her Academy project, “Framework: Activism, Memory and the Social Landscape,” Frazier intends to escape the limits of documentary photography and to transpose ordinary speech so that what was silent becomes heard.
At the American Academy, Frazier will also be completing her first book, The Notion of Family, to be published by Aperture Foundation Fall 2014.