Carey Lovelace

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Carey Lovelace
Born Los Angeles
Occupation Art Journalist, Playwright and Curator

Carey Lovelace is an American art journalist, playwright, curator,[1] and producer based in New York. Lovelace was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Whittier, California. She studied theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy. At California Institute of the Arts, she received a BFA, majoring in ethnomusicology, music composition, and writing; she studied composing with James Tenney, Harold Budd, and Leonard Stein. She toured Europe with the mixed media avant-garde group Simultaneous Arts and Company, which specialized in musical installations in art galleries and museums.[2] In Paris for two years, she studied contemporary music at the Université de Paris VIII (Sorbonne), and attended the composition classes of Iannis Xenakis (Sorbonne) and Olivier Messiaen (Paris Conservatoire). Registered as a Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) composer,[3] Lovelace has had works performed in Los Angeles, New York, Aspen, Paris, Copenhagen, Holland and over KUSC, ORTF, WBAI. She co-founded the Los Angeles Symposium of Women Composers and the Independent Composers Association.[4] A 2010 Andrew and Marian Heiskell Visiting Critic at the American Academy of Rome,[5] she was named Co–Commissioner of the US Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. [6]


The U.S. State Department appointed Lovelace Co–Commissioner, with Holly Block, Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, for the U.S. Pavilion for the 2013 Venice Biennale,[7] with Sarah Sze as the featured artist. In 2010, she curated "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary";[1] with Sharon Kanach. The exhibition traveled to the Center for Contemporary Architecture in Montreal[8] and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art,[9] the Holland Festival, and the Berlin Akademie der Kunst. (Lovelace and Kanach met as students of Xenakis at the Sorbonne.) In 2008, Lovelace curated "Making It Together: Women’s Collaborative Art and Community" at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, exploring feminist visual art and performance collectives of the 1970s.[10]

Art journalism[edit]

Inspired by a workshop by John Cage, she moved to New York City and in 1981 enrolled in New York University’s graduate journalism program, where she received a Master’s degree. Her first article, "Painting for Dollars,” was published in Harpers Magazine.[11] She continued writing about art for publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Art News, Arts, Artforum, Ms., The New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune. She wrote regularly for Newsday from 1994 and 1997 and for Art in America from 2000 and 2009.

In 2003, Lovelace became co-president, with Eleanor Heartney, of the International Association of Art Critics, US Chapter,[12][13] co-organizing a number of large-scale events including the 2005 National Critics Conference in Los Angeles.


In the 1990s, Lovelace returned to an initial interest in theatre, getting an MFA in playwrighting from the Actors Studio Program at the New School. At Ensemble Studio Theatre, she participated in labs under the direction of the late Curt Dempster. She had over 50 performances in theatres across the country. Couples Counseling, developed at EST, was premiered at REDCAT in Los Angeles, and was performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[14] Her work is featured in The Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays: Volume One, edited by William W. Demastes.[15]


In 2009, Lovelace co-founded the theatre company Loose Change Productions, focusing on transcultural theatre and performance that explore new moral and ethical territories. Its productions include Couples Counseling, Red Mother by Spiderwoman Theater, and Honour by Dipti Mehta.[16]


  1. ^ a b Moss, Ceci (13 January 2010). "Interview with Carey Lovelace and Sharon Kanach: Curators of "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary"". Rhizome. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jo Ann (1978). "Concerts". Neworld. Second Second Story Series Press Reviews (Mixed Meters) (2). Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Banks, Jean (Winter 2007). "In Festival: The Second Act Problem" (PDF). BMI Lehman Engel: Musical Theatre Workshop 7 (28): 9. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Carl Stone: Interviewed by Carlos M. Pozo". Angbase (4). 1999. Retrieved 15 September 2014. As for my own organization affiliation, I was one of the founding members and the first president of a Los Angeles musical collective called the Independent Composers Association (ICA). Some of the other founders included Lois Vierk, David Ocker, Carey Lovelace, William Hawley and Carson Kievman. 
  5. ^ "Fellows - Affiliated Fellows - Residents 1990-2010". American Academy in Rome. American Academy in Rome. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ David, Ben (22 May 2013). "Carey Lovelace on Sarah Sze's Venice Biennale Show". Blouin Art Info. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Vogel, Carol (23 February 2012). "Installation Artist Picked for Venice 2013". New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary". The Canadian Centre for Architecture. The Canadian Centre for Architecture. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary". MOCA. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (28 March 2008). "Turning Stereotypes Into Artistic Strengths". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
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  13. ^ "New AICA Presidents". Artnet Magazine. 23 July 2003. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Jack Gilpin Signs On To Cast Of COUPLES COUNSELING, Plays 59E59 Theaters 7/31 – 8/1". Broadway World. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, Volume One (Applause Acting Series)". 
  16. ^ "CAREY LOVELACE on". Retrieved Feb 18, 2014. 

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