Jade Gordon

B. 1975, Santa Rosa, CA, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

  • Jade Gordon with My Barbarian
    Photo from My Barbarian's adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's play "Blood on the Cat’s Neck"
    Commissioned by the Goethe-Institut New York, 2014

  • Jade Gordon with My Barbarian
    Mask from My Barbarian's adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's play "Blood on the Cat’s Neck"
    Commissioned by the Goethe-Institut New York, 2014

  • Jade Gordon with My Barbarian
    Studio Shot
    My Barbarian's "Nile-Ism" site-specific performance project and video
    Cairo, Egypt, 2008

  • Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh
    The Stone, 2017-2018
    Cardboard, gauze, gypsum, plastic tape,
    papier-mâché, gesso
    Dimensions variable

  • Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh
    Still from The Open Door, 2016

Biography

Los Angeles based artist Jade Gordon is a founding member of the art collective, My Barbarian. Her collaborative work uses performance to theatricalize social problems and imagine ways of being together. Exploring the legacies of feminist theory, performance art history, political theater and social movements, Gordon makes plays, costumes, masks, puppets, and videos. She has a concurrent collaborative practice with Megan Whitmarsh creating videos, performances, installation and events which engage the community.

Born in Santa Rosa, CA, USA in 1975, Gordon holds an M.A. in Applied Theater Arts from USC. She is also a practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed techniques.

Gordon has presented work as part of My Barbarian in many museums including MoMA, New York, NY, USA; MoCA LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; and SFMoMA, San Francicso, CA, USA; and in festivals, galleries and public spaces, along with projects at the New Museum, New York, NY, USA; and Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA. My Barbarian was included in two Performa Biennials, two California Biennials, the Biennale de Montréal, and the Whitney Biennial. They have received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Creative Capital, Art Matters, and the City of LA, and were the recipient of the 2018 United States Artists Fellowship. Whitmarsh’s collaboration with Jade Gordon “OURCHETYPES” was recently included in the 2018 “Made in L.A.” exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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