Nancy Popp

(b. 1971, Los Angeles, California)
Lives and works Los Angeles, California

Nancy Popp is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates performances, videos, drawings and photographs. Her work draws upon the rich traditions of durational, corporeal performance and political intervention to explore relations between body as site, the context of site that envelopes the body, and the constant fluctuations that connect the two. She frequently engages architectural and public space, wrestling with political and social boundaries of geography and identity through risky, playful and often confrontative interventions. 

Popp’s interest lies in creating ruptures between sites of body and place that call forth the physical psychological and social limits of both, critiquing interior and exterior architectural spaces as nested systems of power and order and puncturing and perforating their rigid boundaries to reveal and inhabit new spaces. Through these actions and installations she upends gendered spatial codes and power hierarchies via the insertion of a body and its unique experience, assertion of presence, interactivity and playful response to site.

Popp’s projects have been exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial (Parallel Projects), the Manifesta 9 Biennial, the 2014 Dallas Biennial, the Getty Center, the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Rowan University, SUNY University in New York, as well as galleries in Los Angeles, Düsseldorf, Belgrade, and Tijuana. She is a recipient of a 2011 California Community Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship and a Lucas Artist Fellowship from Montalvo Arts Center. She holds degrees from Art Center College of Design and San Francisco Art Institute.


2007 MFA, Photography/New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1997 BFA, Fine Art, Photography, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
1992 Fine Arts, California State University, Northridge, California

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2016 Mason Line Hammocks, Side Street Projects, Pasadena, California
Zona Maco, Klowden Mann, Mexico City, Mexico
2014 Nancy Popp, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
Inside/Outside, Lynden Sculpture Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2013 Strung Broad, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, California
2011 A Little Louder: Performance in Conversation, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2010 Nancy Popp/Moment Trigger, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California
2009 Untitled (Street Performances), the contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (forthcoming)
2016 Sahara Nights, Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Lawn Ornaments, Outside Gallery, Los Angeles, California
New Performances
, Christine Wang Studios, Los Angeles, California
Feed the Weed
, NewTown 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Pasadena, California
Second Sight: New Representations in Photography
, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
2014 Dallas Biennal (DB14), Dallas, Texas
Thaumatrope: A Visual Dialogue, First Street Gallery, Claremont, California
Project LALO, studio 1:1, London, UK, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, California
I+We (in collaboration with Robby Herbst), Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
2013 Ground Truths, Luckman Gallery, CSU Los Angeles, California
Occupy the Museum, Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California
Narrative Space, Venice Arts Center, Los Angeles, California
Confusion is Sex #3, Sepulveda Dam Recreation Center, Los Angeles, California
Come In, We’re Open, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California
Mexicali Biennial 3, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
2012 Nothing Comes Out of the Ground Straight, curated by Rebecca Niederlander, Andi Campognone Projects, Pomona, California
Spirit Resurrection Performance Night, LA Goes Live, Los Angeles
Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles California
Hotel de Immigrantes, curated by Tomesz Wendland, Poznan Biennial, Poland, Manifesta 9, Belgium
Spirit Resurrection, Pacific Standard Time Performance Art Festival, Black Box, curated by Liz Glynn, Los Angeles, California
2011 Trespass Parade, curated by Emi Fontana, West of Rome Projects, Los Angeles California
Parallel Projects, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), sponsored by Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California and PASAJist, Istanbul
Irrational Exhibits 8, curated by Deborah Oliver, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Narratives of the Perverse II, curated Tom Jancar and Maya Luhan, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Acting Out, curated by Stuart Horodner, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassbro, New Jersey
TBA: A Group Video Exhibition in Seven Parts, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2010 Crisscrossing, curated by John O’Brien, Kellogg Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
Obsession Obsessive Obsessed, Summercamp Project, Los Angeles, California
PERFORM! NOW! 2nd Annual Performance Festival, Chinatown, Los Angeles, California
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers: an Evening of Re-Performances, curated by Carol Cheh, PØST, Los Angeles, California
Security, curated by Serena Wellen and Stephanie Ellis, Root Division, San Francisco, California
Performing Public Space, curated by Janet Owens-Driggs and Matt Driggs, Casa Del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico
2009 Three Women, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, California
Practicing Moving, Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Schoolhouse, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, California
eros/thanantos, PØST, Los Angeles, California, Project Space Kreuzberg, Berlin
Claim, South Seattle Community College Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Leave the Capital, Root Division, San Francisco, California
Favorite This!, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California
Emergence Enchanted, Phantom Galleries, The Pike at Long Beach, California
Video Cocktail, College Art Association, Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California
2008 Documental, Nüans and Pilot Projekt, Düsseldorf, Germany, Chapman University, Orange, California
Overflow, a re-interpretation of Allan Kaprow’s FLUIDS, The Getty Museum and MOCA, Los Angeles, California
The Audacity of Desperation, Independent Media Center, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, PS 122 Gallery at DEMO
Space 122, New York, New York, Sea and Space, Los Angeles, California
LAAGAFBLA08 (with the LA Art Girls), Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles, California
Northwest Passages, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2007 Grounded!, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
Boys for Girls (with the LA Art Girls), Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California
PINK! (with the LA Art Girls), Arena One, Santa Monica, California
Drip Event, for George Brecht, PawnShop Gallery, Los Angeles, California
SFAI Vernissage, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California
The Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2006 Draw A Line and Follow It (with the LA Art Girls), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California
Irrational Exhibitions 5, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
An Evening of Short Performances, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Travertine (with the LA Art Girls), The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Dancing Convention, Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon #29, Los Angeles, California

Lectures and Panels

2016 Self Organized Education as a Call to Action Workshop, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Artist Lecture/Panel Discussion, UERJ, Galeria Candido Portinari, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
2015 Visiting Artist Presentations/Workshops, Chandler School, Pasadena, California
artWorxLA, Guest Artist Visit/Lecture, Tri-Community School, Los Angeles, California
2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Institute of California, Hollywood, California
Artist Lecture- Dallas Biennial (DB14), The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Visiting Artist Lecture, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin
Visiting Artist Lecture, School of Art and Art History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
I+We (in collaboration with Robby Herbst), Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
Visiting Artist, Photo and Media Studies, CalArts, Valencia, California
2013 LA Art Girls- Performance and Discussion, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California
2012 Art, Technology and Impact, MindShare 50 Conference, The Hub, Los Angeles, California
Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art, Otis College of Art and Design, Public Practices Program, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, California
Performing Space (Panel Chair), College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, California
2011 Untitled (Street Performances), Pasajist Independent Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Imagining Equality: Women’s Art and Activism (with the LA Art Girls), Bellarmine Forum, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
2009 Untitled (Street Performances) Public Lecture Series, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Displacements in Architectural Space (paper/performance), Performance Studies International Conference #15, Zagreb, Croatia.
Untitled (Street Performances) Public Lecture, the Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia
College Art Association Conference, Torture, Extraordinary Renditions, and the Aesthetics of Invisibility (Panel Chair), Los Angeles, California
2008 Visiting Artist Lecture, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany
G(jest)tures in the City: Building Bridges in the City and Beyond, University of Baltimore, Maryland
Trade Talk: The LA Art Girls discuss OVERFLOW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
2007 Visiting Artist Lecture, Graduate School of Art, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
2006 Works in Progress (with the LA Art Girls), Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California
Torture and the Arts (panel, video screening), Torture and the Future Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara
String Theory, Following the Threads of Feminism (with the LA Art Girls), Strange Angels, KBCH Radio, California State University, Long Beach
2002 Visiting Artist, Graduate School of Art, University of Redlands, California

Curatorial Experience

2011 Curatorial Advisory Panel, Interviewer, Pacific Standard Time- Los Angeles Goes Live, 1970-1983, Los Angeles, Califonia
Contemporary Exhibitions, Curatorial Advisory Panel, Interviewer
2008 Curator, Violations and Obfuscations, 2002-2007 (video screening), Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, California, as part of Habeus Lounge, James Gallery, City University New York Graduate Center
1998 Assistant Curator, Jim Shaw: Everything Must Go, 1974-1999, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg and Musée d’Art and Moderne et Contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland, assistant to curators Noellie Roussel and Fabrice Stroun (catalogue) (through 1999)
1997 Assistant Curator, Splice, Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, California (catalogue)

Awards and Grants

2016 Artist-in-Residence, Despina Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Lynden Sculpture Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (through 2014)
2012 Creative Capital- Selected Applicant, Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts
2011 Creative Capital- Selected Applicant, Film/Video and Visual Arts
Lucas Artists Fellow, Montalvo Arts Center, Sarasota, California
California Community Foundation, Emerging Artists Grant

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