Tyler Stallings
Tyler Stallings

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).

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LOCATION: Riverside, California

WEBSITE: http://tylerstallings.com, http://culvercenter.ucr.edu, http://sweeney.ucr.edu

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Stallings/1237297156

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.”

Recent Articles
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Aridtopia's Loop Writing: A Desert Language
Tyler Stallings' Aridtopia is a speculative, utopian community in the Mojave Desert.
Considering Whiteness As Ideology and Not Biology
Considering Whiteness As Ideology and Not Biology
Tyler Stallings revisits the 2003 exhibition, "Whiteness, A Wayward Construction," in light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration
Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration
"Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration" is the first contemporary art exhibition in the country to present an international roster of artists and organizations who are exploring the intersection between artistic production and civilian space travel.
Kent Anderson Butler Reconciles Art and Religion
Kent Anderson Butler Reconciles Art and Religion
Pomona-based video artist Kent Anderson Butler is open about his Christianity and has found a unique path that allows him to keep-the-faith towards both his religious convictions and towards the contemporary art world's secular persuasions.
Hell's Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art
Hell's Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art
A new exhibition at UCR ARTSblock features defunct motorcycle club vests and their colorful club patches that represent a unique form of American folk art.
Representing Revolt: Images of the Mexican Revolution
Representing Revolt: Images of the Mexican Revolution
Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution is an exhibition on view at UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography from November 3, 2012 to January 5, 2013.
Considering the Sound of an Air Conditioner: John Cage and
Considering the Sound of an Air Conditioner: John Cage and "Zen Ox-Herding Pictures"
In honor of the centenary of John Cage's birth, the Pomona College Museum of Art presents the traveling exhibition "John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures".
"Troubling Borders" Brings Southeast Asian Women to Riverside
"Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora," showcases writings and visual works by women of Cambodian, Laotian, Filipino and Vietnamese descent and by women who identify as the often stateless Mien, Hmong, and Cham.
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Secession in the Desert: How Walking through a Mock Iraqi City Led to Aridtopia
Tyler Stallings tours a fabricated Iraqi City on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
An Inland Empire Afterlife: Immortality, Cryonics, and a Giant Marilyn Monroe
An Inland Empire Afterlife: Immortality, Cryonics, and a Giant Marilyn Monroe
Is death the end of life or a gateway to a hereafter? Tyler Stallings examines immortality in the Inland Empire.
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