Tyler Stallings is the artistic director at Culver Center of the Arts and director of Sweeney Art Gallery at University of California, Riverside. He was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum from 1999 to 2006. His curatorial projects focus on contemporary art, with a special emphasis on the exploration of identity, technology, photography, and urban culture. In the past, he has organized Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, Surf Culture—The Art History of Surfing, Re:Cycle—Bike Culture in Southern California; Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map: An Interdisciplinary Response, and Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture. He is currently working on the exhibition Free Enterprise: the Art of Citizen Space Exploration. Most recently, he was part of the curatorial research team and essayist for Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1980, organized by Palm Springs Art Museum as part of the multi-institutional Getty Research Institute initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980. He is also the co-editor of the anthology, Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture (Seattle: Bay Press, 1994).
LOCATION: Riverside, California
WHAT INSPIRES ME: Contemporary Art, Yoga, Kirtans, Animals, Linking to the Universe
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Santa River Bike Trail
FAVORITE WRITERS: Philip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, Rae Armantrout
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Alex Grey
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Krishna Das
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Ease of access to the desert
ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Videos based on experiences in the landscape, produced under the name, “Plant Based Productions.”
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