Residency Period: April 2014
Bean Gilsdorf (born in Philadelphia, PA, 1973; lives in San Francisco) is an artist and writer. Her recent art projects compare systems of history that appear as both individual accounts and as unified public narratives. Her performances explore personal history through improvisation; while more traditional works—objects, videos, and installations—investigate archived historical records by appropriating and manipulating images from mass-market history books.
Gilsdorf’s projects have been supported by grants from the Puffin Foundation and the NW Film Center of the Portland Art Museum, and exhibited at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the American Textile History Museum, and the Holter Museum of Art, as well as exhibition spaces in Poland, England, Italy, China, and South Africa. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2011, and was a 2011-2012 Graduate Fellowship Resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2013 finalist for a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Poland. Gilsdorf is also the managing editor of Daily Serving, an international publication for the contemporary fine arts. Her critical writing and interviews have been published in Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture, Fiberarts Magazine, and Art Practical. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she operates the Bean Gilsdorf Living History Museum.