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Los Angeles, California, USA
Known forsocial practice
Notable workBroodwork (2009), It's About Time (2011)
AwardsImagine Ireland for Culture Ireland, Pasadena Art Alliance Grant

Broodwork is a "social practice based in Los Angeles", founded in 2009 by visual artist Rebecca Niederlander and architect Iris Anna Regn, that explores the intersection between creativity and family life.[1][2] Notable participants include individuals from various creative fields, including poet Elizabeth Alexander, writer and documentarian Alain de Botton, author and Families and Work Institute founder Ellen Galinsky, sculptor Tim Hawkinson, and architect Greg Lynn.


Broodwork's projects are often experiments in interdisciplinarity that investigate using one methodology to explore another.[3]

As a social practice entity, outside of curatorial installations, the creative output of Broodwork consists mostly of events, actions, and conversations. While adults are their primary audience, Broodwork's projects, particularly workshops and installations, are often designed for the two distinct audiences of adults and children, which is atypical for a contemporary art entity whose nature is not wholly pedagogic. Some of Broodwork's events involve parent-child interaction.

Exhibition History[edit]

Broodwork has presented several major exhibitions since 2009, at venues including the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Trajector Art Fair (Brussels), and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. These exhibitions range from large group exhibitions featuring many artists, to smaller, thematic projects featuring 3-4 artists. In exhibitions, Broodwork acts in diverse roles as curator, artist organizer, and artist. Typical for a social practice entity, some of Broodwork's projects have also been realized in non-gallery/museum spaces and via radio, or do not involve any object-making practice at all.

Non-Exhibition Activities[edit]

Broodwork has acted as an advisor and collaborator to other entities and projects including the Architecture and Design Museum, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Social Practices Art Network (SPAN). Their articles for the Herman Miller Company's LifeWork Blog[4] are demonstrative of the group's ongoing participation in a public dialog of work-life balance issues.

Founders Niederlander and Regn have represented the practice and the practice's themes at academic conferences, such as Feminist Art Project's 2014 sister conference to the College Art Association annual conference and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Colloquy Series.[5][6][7]


Broodwork's organizational structure includes four advisors: artist and Museum Director Tibbie Dunbar, Families and Work Institute founder Ellen Galinsky, artist-educator Asuka Hisa, and Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) founder Phillip Yenawine.

Within Broodwork's own projects, collaborating artists and creatives vary from project to project, with many artists participating in multiple projects. Due to Broodwork's emphasis on family, several collaborators have participated alongside their partners or spouses. Below is a complete listing of the collaborators who have participated in Broodwork projects since its inception:

  • Aeolab
  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Abira Ali
  • Jillian Armenante
  • Hadley Arnold
  • Peter Arnold
  • Iwan Baan
  • Jennifer Bass
  • Juliette Bellocq
  • Andrew Berardini
  • Barbara Bestor
  • Lauren Bon & Metabolic Studio
  • Corinne Van der Borch
  • Alain de Botton
  • Leonardo Bravo
  • Jemima Brown
  • Edgar Bryan
  • Andrew Byrom
  • Jim Campbell
  • Joyce Campbell
  • Rebecca Campbell
  • Jamison Carter
  • Dallas Clayton
  • Elise Co
  • Annie Coggan
  • Kim Colin (Industrial Facility)
  • Alan Compton
  • Laura Cooper
  • Alex Couwenberg
  • Clare Crespo
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Alice Dodd
  • Heidi Duckler
  • Laurence Dumortier
  • Tibbie Dunbar
  • Don Durfee
  • Tim Durfee
  • Ann Faison
  • Felicia Filer
  • Finishing School
  • David Fletcher
  • Laura Gabbert
  • Matt Gagnon
  • Ellen Galinsky
  • Norman Galinsky
  • Lance Glover
  • Dan Goods
  • Jan Greenberg
  • John S. Hall
  • Tim Hawkinson
  • Health and Beauty
  • Sam Hecht
  • Garnet Hertz
  • Asuka Hisa
  • Brian Hohlfeld
  • Seonna Hong
  • Steven Hull
  • Florian Idenburg
  • Leigh Jerrard
  • John Kaliski
  • Alla Kazovsky
  • Jung Hyang Kim
  • Soo Kim
  • Alan Koch
  • Sandra Jordan
  • Rebecca Kneubuhl
  • Dan Koeppel
  • Brandon Lattu
  • Jing Liu
  • Greg Lynn
  • Gabriel Mann
  • Ilaan Egeland Mazzini
  • David McDonald
  • Zoe Melo
  • Marcia Mihotich
  • Christine Moore
  • Pat Morton
  • Dave Muller
  • Cara Mullio
  • Eric M. Nelson
  • Mark Newport
  • Natalie Nguyen
  • Rebecca Niederlander
  • Christoph Niemann
  • Eamon O'Kane
  • Laura Owens
  • Nikita Pashenkov
  • Danica Phelps
  • Mike Pierzynski
  • Eli Pulsinelli
  • Project Food LA
  • Laura Purdy
  • Iris Regn
  • Lucas Reiner
  • Katrina Rivers
  • Jules Rochielle
  • Gregory Roth
  • Michael Rotondi
  • Kati Rubinyi
  • Rebecca Rudolph
  • Jaime Rugh
  • Jeff Rugh
  • Kati Rubinyi
  • Michele Saee
  • Julia Salazar
  • Carina Schott
  • Michelle Segre
  • Shawn Seymour
  • Mohamed Sharif
  • Linda Taalman
  • Nick Taggart
  • Tony Tasset
  • Colin Thompson
  • Nina Tolstrup
  • Yoshimi Tomida
  • Jane Tsong
  • Nina Tolstrup
  • Denise Uyehara
  • Staci Valentine
  • Kiino Villand
  • Mark Vallianatos
  • Nicole Walker
  • Amanda Walter
  • Waterlab ArKIDtecture
  • Patty Wickman
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Renee Dake Wilson
  • Michael Worthington
  • Yi-Hsiu Yeh
  • Alexis (Weidig) Zoto


  • Broodwork: It's About Time OTIS College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, California. 2012.[8]



  1. ^ Loveless, Natalie (2013). "Book Review: The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein" (PDF). Studies in the Maternal. 5 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ Arieff, Allison (July 18, 2011). "Beyond the Cubicle". New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ Cochran, Jessica. "Motherhood and the Exhibitionary Platform: Considering the Implications of Maternity Through the Curatorial Lens" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Herman Miller LifeWork". Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  5. ^ "TFAP@CAA: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association Annual Conference 2014". Rutgers University. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Abstract: Motherhood and the Exhibitionary Platform: Considering the Implications of Maternity Through the Curatorial Lens" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  7. ^ Ubas, Ace. "Listen to Colloquy: Parenthood in the Art World". Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Broodwork: It's About Time Catalog". OTIS College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 30 January 2014.

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