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
Resurrection Machines of Ancient Egypt in San Bernardino and of Ancient Cinema in Hollywood
Resurrection Machines of Ancient Egypt in San Bernardino and of Ancient Cinema in Hollywood
Tyler Stallings explores the remnants and culture of ancient Egypt at CSUSB's Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art and the influence of Egyptomania in Los Angeles.
PASOS: Video Installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke
PASOS: Video Installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke
Marsia Alexander-Clarke is interested in developing silent video pieces similar to notated musical compositions with the use of small fragments of recorded video material.
Reconsidering Fourth of July Fireworks and Independence Day in Light of Cai Guo-Qiang's 'Sky Ladder'
Reconsidering Fourth of July Fireworks and Independence Day in Light of Cai Guo-Qiang's 'Sky Ladder'
New York-based artist Cai Guo-Qiang is known for creating public spectacles with fireworks and using them to create more traditional drawings with a very non-traditional technique based on pyrotechnics.
Levitating the Archaic Mind with Michael Heizer's
Levitating the Archaic Mind with Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Tyler Stallings ruminates on the connections between the archaic and contemporary in Michael Heizer's project "Levitated Mass," which perhaps represents a desire to reconnect with the sacred: the planet itself.
The Idyll-Beast: The Imaginary (Idyll)Wild Child
The Idyll-Beast: The Imaginary (Idyll)Wild Child
Our species' past or future is about an hour's drive, due east from Riverside, in the mountain hamlet of Idyllwild. There, the Idyll-Beast is said to exist -- a creature akin to Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.
The Haunting Howl of Riverside Railways
The Haunting Howl of Riverside Railways
For Tyler Stalling, the whistles of the transcontinental rail lines that trisect Riverside are such dominant sounds that they insinuate themselves into both his waking and dreaming lives.
From Beefcake to Skatecake: Masculinity in the Swimming Pool
From Beefcake to Skatecake: Masculinity in the Swimming Pool
From beefcakes in bikini bottoms to skater bros flipping tricks in empty pools, masculinity is revealed in 20th century photographs.
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