LAURA NAPIER is an artist and independent curator working in Houston on an artistic research project about the social cultures of the oil and gas industries of Texas. Her work explores the sociology of behavior and place through documentation, installation, and participatory and collaborative performance.
In 2015 she co-curated Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial with Hatuey Ramos Fermín at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2013 she organized Happy Valley, a social performance of the Flint Male Chorus and the Flint City Wide Choir with the Flint Public Art Project in Flint, Michigan, and brought her grandfather’s window cleaning business, Motor City Window Cleaning Co., to Memphis, Tennessee during Memphis Social.
Solo exhibitions include projects at Meetinghouse in Miami, in the Classroom at PS122 Gallery and with the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, and group performances and exhibitions in New York City with Art in Odd Places, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, FiveMyles, HERE Arts Center, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, with No Longer Empty at the Andrew Freedman Home, and NURTUREart; national and international exhibitions, screenings, and performances with the XVII Biennale d’ Arte Citta di Penne in Italy, Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, Flint Public Art Project in Michigan, The Hatchery Art Spaces in California, Memphis Social in Tennessee, MMX in Berlin, and NIV in New Delhi, India, among others. Awards include the BRIO Award, Bronx Council on the Arts; DCA Greater New York Arts Development Fund; the Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Puffin Foundation; Max’s Kansas City; Spark Grant, Idea Fund, DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; and a Swing Space residency with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She studied at Cooper Union (BFA, 1998) and Bard College (MFA, 2007).
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