Christen Clifford lives in New York. She is into feminism and sexuality, motherhood, performance art and literary stuff.
This is a picture of me in Red Hook in 2008 by Justine Cooper. I was feeling all pregnant and powerful. But maybe you didn’t want to see me naked. I didn’t mean to offend. Back to my bio:
In the past year or so Clifford has shown work all over New York. AUNTS, Agape Enterprises, PPL and IV Soldiers (Bushwick), Floor 4 Gallery (Harlem), The Itinerant Festival (Queens), The Irondale Theatre (Brooklyn), Grace Exhibition Space (Bushwick) and Postmasters Gallery (Chelsea.)
Her cartoon "My Home Birth" with David Heatley was called “Punk Rock Childbirth ed” by Babble and “Hilarious and uncensored” by Flavorpill.
She is a curator (with Tom Cole) of Experiments and Disorders at Dixon Place and is teaching Performance Art at SUNY Purchase in 2013.
This is a photo of me performing for The M Word book launch at Postmasters Gallery for The M Word opening. Mary Kelly sculpture in foreground. Yay! Clay, ketchup, and glitter. Back to professional me:
Christen Clifford’s solo trilogy (17 Guys I Fucked, BabyLove, and [What I Know About] My Parents’ Sex Life: aka Fuck Me Like It’s 1945) has been shown at The Culture Project, P.S. 122, Galapagos, and 45 Bleecker.
This is the postcard for BabyLove. Photo by Arturio Cubria. And he lent me one of his twins too!
BabyLove premiered in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Mesto Zensk Festival of Art and toured the US and Canada, and later ran for three months Off Broadway at 45 Bleecker and was a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York (5 stars) and New York Magazine. It was also featured in the Slovenian versions of Cosmo and Playboy.
Here I am looking all sulky in Alix Pearlstein’s After The Fall at The Kitchen. Also, I am not naked in this picture! Photo courtesy Alix Pearlstein.
Clifford has collaborated with video artist Alix Pearlstein (The Kitchen, Salon 94, On Stellar Rays), Fluxus artist Douglas Davis (This American Century II at the Whitney), Chloe Bass (The Bureau of Self Recognition) and she was an interpreter in Tino Seghal’s This Progress at The Guggenheim. She is a core member of the feminist art collective the No Wave Performance Task Force. Christen Clifford’s writing has appeared in The M Word: Real Mothers In Contemporary Art, Gotta Have It, The Evergreen Review, Truthdig, Nerve, Salon, Identity Theory, Smith Magazine, Time Out New York Kids and the Huffington Post. As an actor, she appeared at The Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Boston Center for the Arts as well as a little bit on TV. Clifford is the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship and some residencies as well as the Nonfiction Award at The New School’s MFA Writing Program and some Best Of Fringe awards. She is the mother of Felix and Vera and her partner is writer McKenzie Wark.
Our fam in Photobooth at home.
This is a photo of me on The Moth Mainstage that was featured in the New Yorker. Nobody liked my “ironically whiskered” jeans. (Photo: Flash Rosenberg)