Julia Steinmetz is a performance studies scholar, contemporary art writer, visual artist and performer. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Performance and Performance Studies MFA Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Julia holds a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2017) and an MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts (2002). She is a Deep Listening Certificate holder (2016), having trained under composer Pauline Oliveros.
Her dissertation project Transformational Aesthetics: Relational Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Performance focuses on mechanisms of psychic, interpersonal and social transformation in the work of Adrian Piper, Pauline Oliveros, Cassils, Yishay Garbasz, Michael Asher, Andrea Fraser, and a selection of collaborative pairs and groups. This project is the basis for a book manuscript, currently in progress.
Julia’s scholarly work as appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, GSQ: A Journal of GLBT Worldmaking, E-misférica, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, in which she also co-edited the special issue Feminist Landscapes. Her performance text “Mamaist Manifesto” was published in the recent volume Queer (MIT Press Documents of Contemporary Art). Julia’s work as a contemporary art writer has appeared in the form of exhibition catalogue essays for artist Cassils’s solo shows at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and MU (Eindhoven), and she has been a guest blogger for Art21.
She is co-founder of the Los Angeles performance collective Toxic Titties, with whom she has performed and exhibited at LACE, REDCAT, USC Center for Feminist Research, the Hammer Museum, CoCA Seattle, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Art in General, Art Basel Miami Beach, Whitechapel, MUCA Roma (Mexico City), Ex-Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Schnitt Austellungsraum (Cologne), and MUMOK(). Her collaborative film and video work has appeared in international film festivals including Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Viennale International Film Festival, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City), and on the DVD compilation First Person. Her work has been reviewed in Tema Celeste, the LA Times, LA Weekly, Rhizome, Wired, Black Book, MASKA, and she has been interviewed for National Public Radio, the Utne Reader, and the Journal of the National Women’s Studies Association, as well as in numerous academic publications.
Julia has received funding from the New Radio and Performing Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; she was a finalist for the 2016 Creative Capital Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant. She is an active member of the American Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association, College Art Association, and Performance Studies International.