Alexandra Bell

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Alexandra Bell
EducationUniversity of Chicago, Columbia University
Known fortext art, printmaking, public art

Alexandra Bell (born 1983) is an American multidisciplinary artist.[1][2] Bell is known for her Counternarratives project of super-sized New York Times articles edited to reveal biases and assumptions about race and gender.[3] She is a 2018 Infinity Award recipient.[4] Bell lives is Brooklyn, New York. Bell received her Masters in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2013.[5]


Bell grew up in Chicago. Her mother discussed politics with her and encouraged critical thinking.[6] A middle school teacher encouraged her to read the Chicago Defender, a black-owned newspaper.[6] Bell studied media, race, politics, and film at University of Chicago, graduating in 2005.[6] She moved to New York in 2005.[7] She worked as grant writer for a syringe-exchange program for five years before applying to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011.[7][8]

Counternarratives series[edit]


Bell's "Counternarratives" series examines media coverage of historically marginalized groups.[1][3][6] Bell describes her work as “..creating a narrative that goes against the dominant narrative put forth by the news”[8]

A Teenager With Promise[edit]

A Teenager with Promise is based on The New York Times articles "Darren Wilson Was Low-Profile Officer With Unsettled Early Days"[9] and "A Teenager Who Was Grappling With Problems and Promise".[8][10] The first article is a profile of Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old, and the second article is a profile of Brown and referred to Brown as "no angel."[10][11]

Olympic Threat[edit]

Olympic Threat is based on The New York Times article "Accused of Fabricating Robbery, Swimmers Fuel Tension in Brazil" about the four American Olympic swimmers who lied about being robbed at gunpoint by men impersonating Brazilian police.[12]

Tulsa Hate Crime[edit]

Tulsa Hate Crime is based on The New York Times article "Tulsa Man, Accused of Harassing Lebanese Family, is Charged With Murder".[13]

Venus Williams[edit]

Venus Williams is based on 'The New York Times article "58 and Still Fussing"[14] about the "contrasting size and placement of two feature articles on tennis players retired player John McEnroe and Venus Williams."[15]


Charlottesville is based on The New York Times article "White Nationalist Protest Leads to Deadly Violence"[16] "deconstructs how The New York Times presented its main news article about the racially charged marches in Charlottesville, Va."[8]

Exhibitions and installations[edit]



  • An unassailable and monumental dignity, CONTACT Gallery Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 21–November 18, 2017[22]
  • Lack of Location Is My Location, Koenig & Clinton Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, November 3, 2017 – January 14, 2018, 2017[23]
  • Hold These Truths, The Nathan Cummings Foundation New York City, November 13, 2017 – March 14, 2018[24]
  • Original Language, Cue Foundation, New York City, September 6 – October 11, 2018[25]
  • 2019 Whitney Biennial - curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta - May 17 – Sep 22, 2019[26]


  1. ^ a b "Alexandra Bell - Racial Bias in News Media". 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  2. ^ Hairston, Tahirah (2017-06-09). "Alexandra Bell Makes Art for the Fake-News Era". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  3. ^ a b Navas, Francisco (2017-05-30). "'It feels important': the counter-narrative artist challenging how news is reported". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ International Center of Photography (February 20, 2018). "ICP Announces 2018 Infinity Award Winners".
  5. ^ Trouillot, Terence (2017-06-01). "How a Trained Journalist Is Using Public Art to Expose Media Racism". artnet News. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  6. ^ a b c d Neason, Alexandria (2017-07-19). "This Brooklyn Artist Is Taking On the Media". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  7. ^ a b Félix, Doreen St (2017-07-31). "The "Radical Edits" of Alexandra Bell". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  8. ^ a b c d Stevenson, Sandra (2017-12-07). "Analyzing Race and Gender Bias Amid All the News That's Fit to Print". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  9. ^ Davey, Monica; Robles, Frances (2014-08-24). "Darren Wilson Was Low-Profile Officer With Unsettled Early Days". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ a b Eligon, John (2014-08-24). "Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ Garcia, Kelsey. "The Powerful Michael Brown Protest Piece That Will Stop You in Your Tracks". POPSUGAR News. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  12. ^ Romero, Simon (2016-08-19). "Accused of Fabricating Robbery, Swimmers Fuel Tension in Brazil". The New York Times. pp. A1, L p.
  13. ^ Hauser, Christine (2016-08-24). "Tulsa Man, Accused of Harassing Lebanese Family, Is Charged With Murder". The New York Times. p. A11, L p.
  14. ^ Lyall, Sarah (2017-07-15). "58 and Still Fussing". The New York Times. p. D1, L p.
  15. ^ a b "Reading Critically: Alexandra Bell's "Counternarratives" | Art21 Magazine". Art21 Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  16. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay; Rosenthal, Brian M. (2017-08-13). "White Nationalist Protest Leads to Deadly Violence". The New York Times.
  17. ^ "Alexandra Bell|Atlanta Contemporary". Atlanta Contemporary. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  18. ^ "Alexandra Bell: Counternarratives | Bennington College". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  19. ^ "Alexandra Bell: Counternarratives | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  20. ^ Bae, Justine (26 February 2018). "Pomona College Museum of Art presents An Artist Talk and Installations by Alexandra Bell" (PDF). Pomona College. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Alexandra Bell: Counternarratives | Spencer Museum of Art". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  22. ^ "An unassailable and monumental dignity at CONTACT Gallery - Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  23. ^ "Koenig & Clinton — Lack of Location Is My Location: Becca Albee, Eleana Antonaki, Kamrooz Aram, American Artist, Alexandra Bell, Lisa Corinne Davis, Torkwase Dyson, Andrea Geyer, Nicole Miller, Aliza Nisenbaum, Dawit L. Petros, Xaviera Simmons, William Villalongo". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  24. ^ "Hold These Truths | Nathan Cummings Foundation". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  25. ^ "Exhibitions". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  26. ^ "Whitney Biennial 2019".

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