Asher Hartman

Lecturer | Fine Arts, MFA Fine Arts

Education:

Asher Hartman is a graduate of UCLA (Theater) and CalArts (Studio Art.)

Bio/Affiliation:

Asher Hartman is a transgender visual artist, writer, director, and maker of live performances. His works, which combine strategies of theater and performance art, grapple with social and political issues in an era of chronic crisis. His works are dense, visual, poetic embodied texts infused with clown and cringe humor, evidence of trance and psychic journeying, set in engulfing installations designed to disorient, unnerve, and elicit strong feelings. A great deal of his work was developed with the support of Machine Project in Los Angeles from 2010-2017 and is currently at The Lab in San Francisco and now with The Lab in San Francisco. Asher Hartman is the director and founder of Gawdafful National Theater, a group of visual artists, actors, and performance artists with whom he has created since 2010.

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Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions

Recent Projects:

Gawdafful Performances:

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Past Performance and Theater Works:

Book:

Intuitive-Creative Workshops Conducted by Asher Hartman (Alone and with Haruko Tanaka):

Colleges, Museums, and Universities:

  • Carleton College (2022)
  • C/O Berlin (2018)
  • Crystal Bridges, Arkansas (2018)
  • Philbrook Museum, Tulsa (2018)
  • Gasworks, London (2017)
  • The Pulitzer Art Museum, St. Louis (2016)
  • Perez Art Museum (2014)
  • Real Art Ways, Hartford (2013)
  • Extrapool, Netherlands (2013)
  • The Hayward Gallery, London (2012)
  • The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012)
  • The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh (2012)
  • Many other venues
  • Numerous workshops with Machine Project

Recent Teaching:

Classes and Workshops:

  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • CalArts
  • Art Center
  • Pomona College
  • USC
  • UC Riverside
  • Ox-Bow School of Arts in Michigan
  • The Golden Dome Mystery School

Publications:

Selected Bibliography:

Clients/Employment History:

"Conversations in Contemporary Theater," CalArts, Valenica, California