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Chloë Bass

American, born 1984

Photo: Ross Collab, courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address where patterns of intimacy hold together and break apart as group sizes expand, beginning with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011–13), moving to a recent study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015–17). She is currently working on Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place (2018–22), an investigation of intimacy in the immediate family and will continue to increase her scope until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Bass has held numerous fellowships and residencies: she is a 2020–22 Faculty Fellow for the Seminar in Public Engagement at the Center for Humanities (CUNY Graduate Center) and a 2020–22 Lucas Art Fellow at Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including in recent exhibitions at The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, Germany, among many others. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens/Social Practice CUNY with Gregory Sholette.