Assistant Professor
Photography, Visual Studies

Alex Strada

Alex Strada is a multimedia visual artist, filmmaker, and educator. Through film/video, installation, sound and orality, and social practice, her work explores questions of collectivity, critical legal studies, and political transformation. Her projects are often produced collaboratively and center transdisciplinary engagement with scholars, activists, organizations, and students. 

She has shown her work widely, including at the Queens Museum, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Times Square Arts, NY; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Anthology Film Archives, NY; UnionDocs, NY; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Museum of the Moving Image, NY; Goethe-Institut, NY; MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Listasafn Árnesinga Museum, Iceland; Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania; and Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (forthcoming). Her work has received support from the Graham Foundation, Artadia, New York Foundation for the Arts Women's Fund, New York State Council for the Arts, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and artist residency awards at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Queens Museum, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and A-Z West. Strada is currently serving as the inaugural Public Artist in Residence in the New York City Department of Homeless Services and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Her projects have been featured in the New Yorker, BOMB, New York Times, Artsy, Vice, New York Magazine, and on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.

Whitney Independent Study Program (Studio), Whitney Museum of American Art, 2018-2019
MFA, Visual Arts, Columbia University, 2016
BA, Art and Visual Culture, Bates College, 2010


Selected Awards, Residencies, and Fellowships:

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist-in-Residence (2023-2024)

Graham Foundation Award (2023)

Public Artist in Residence (2022-Present)
New York City Department of Homeless Services and Department of Cultural Affairs
New York, NY 

New York State Council for the Arts, Interdisciplinary Art Grant (2023)

New York Artadia Award (2022)

Queens Museum Year of Uncertainty Artist Residency and Fellowship (2021-2022)
Queens Museum
Flushing, NY

New York State Council for the Arts, Film Grant (2021)   

Technology Immersion Program and Fellowship (2020)
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center
New York, NY

NYC Women’s Fund for Media Artists (2020)
New York Foundation for the Arts/Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Community Artist Engagement Grant (2018) 


Selected Works:

2023  Wu, Simon. “The Museum: A New Social Sculpture.Spike Magazine, 26 Apr. 2023, pp. 52-57.

2022  Schillaci, Trevor. “New York City’s 2022–23 cohort of Public Artists in Residence will develop art projects addressing city issues.The Architect’s Newspaper, 7 Nov. 2022. 

2022  Kinsella, Eileen. “New York Mayor Eric Adams Has Tapped a Team of Four Artists to Help Him Solve Gun Violence, Homelessness, and Other Problems.Artnet News, 4 Nov. 2022.

2021  “Your 28th Amendment?” The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR/WNYC, 8 Dec 2021. (live radio interview) 


2021   “Accessible Amendments.” Montez Press Radio, 25 Oct 2021. (radio segment) 


2020   Wu, Simon. “Probing the Finished Work: Alex Strada Interviewed by Simon Wu.” BOMB, 11 Nov 2020. 


2020   Pietrobono, Kenneth and Lauren van Haaften-Schick. “A kind of step in a flawed system.” 

REDISTRIBUTION, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 5 Aug 2020. (podcast) 


2018   “Midnight Moment.” The New Yorker, 26 Feb 2018, p. 12. (print & online)            


2017   Kaplan, Isaac. “This Artist Is Contractually Binding Her Collectors to Support Emerging Female Artists.” Artsy, 1 Nov 2017.