Chloë Bass

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Chloë Bass
Chloe Bass meets with New York Arts Practicum participants.jpg
Chloe Bass meets with the New York Arts Practicum
Born1984 (age 34–35)
EducationBrooklyn College, Yale University
Known forSocial Practice

Chloë Bass (born 1984) is an American conceptual artist who works in performance and social practice.[1] Bass's work focuses on intimacy.[2] She was a founding co-lead organizer of Arts in Bushwick from 2007-2011, the group that organizes Bushwick Open Studios.[3][4][5] She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Social Practice at Queens College, CUNY, and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Brooklyn College.[6][7] Bass is also a regular contributor to publications like Hyperallergic.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Bass was born and raised in New York City in 1984, living on the Upper West Side. She moved to New Haven to pursue a BA in Theatre Studies at Yale University in 2002. While at Yale there were two labor strikes, including a dining hall workers' strike, which strongly affected Bass's undergraduate experience, and influenced her later involvement with organizing.

She completed her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media from Brooklyn College in 2011.[9]


Bass moved to Bushwick in 2006, after her undergraduate degree programme. In Bushwick she became a co-lead organizer of Arts in Bush-wick from 2007-2011, and helped to organize Bushwick Open Studios, a project of which she is now critical, saying that "ultimately the damaging effect [of BOS] has been greater than the fun."[9] While living in Bushwick, Bass worked to register the area's voters and, as a result of a displacement mapping project, gained a seat on Community Board Four, which she held until 2012. In 2011, she moved to an apartment in Bed-Stuy, where she currently lives.[9] In 2014 she was the Create Change resident for The Laundromat Project in Bed-Stuy, creating a work called "The Department of Local Affairs". For this work she collected information in the form of writing, drawing, and conversation by and for locals, examining what this looked like in contrast to information collected by companies for advertising or tourism.[9]

Her ongoing eight-chapter project exploring individual social interactions, The Book of Everyday Instruction, has been presented at the Modern Art Museum and other venues.[10] Chapters from this work have included creating poetic installations in bathrooms and inviting gallery goers to smell jars of spice.[11][12] Her work has been exhibited at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,[13] Cooper Union,[14] The Bronx Museum of the Arts,[15] the Neuberger Museum of Art,[16] the Knockdown Center,[17] and Momenta Art,[18] amongst other venues. She is the recipient of residencies at The Laundromat Project,[19] Bemis Center,[20] Triangle Arts Association,[21] and Lower Manhattan Cultural Counsel (LMCC) Workspace residency,[22] and was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.[23]


  1. ^ Schwendener, Martha (2014-02-07). "A Review of 'Dear Diary: Update on All' in Purchase". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Chloë Bass". AMLIT. September 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  3. ^ "An Excerpt from Making History Bushwick". Arts in Bushwick. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ "Escaping from the Art Market - The L Magazine". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  5. ^ "Making History Bushwick". Arts in Bushwick. 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  6. ^ "Social Practice Queens | Faculty and Staff". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  7. ^ "Studio Faculty". Queens College Art Department. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  8. ^ "Chloë Bass – Hyperallergic". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  9. ^ a b c d "Chloe Bass - Cities for People, Not for Profit: Gentrification and Housing Activism in Bushwick, NY". Cities for People, Not for Profit: Gentrification and Housing Activism in Bushwick, NY. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  10. ^ "The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Four: "It's amazing we don't have more fights."". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "A Langston Hughes Short Story Inspired a Contemporary Art Exhibition". Creators. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  12. ^ "How Art Making Is a Type of Management". Hyperallergic. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  13. ^ "Once More, with Feeling". EFA Project Space. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  14. ^ "WOUND: mending time and attention | The Cooper Union". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  15. ^ "Bronx Calling - Exhibitions - The Bronx Museum of the Arts". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  16. ^ "Dear Diary: Update All". Neuberger Museum of Art. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction". The Knockdown Center. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  18. ^ "history". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  19. ^ "Chloë Bass | The Laundromat Project". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  20. ^ "Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts : Exhibitions : Exhibitions : Urban Design Lab". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  21. ^ "ALUMNI". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  22. ^ "Chloë Bass - Lower Manhattan Cultural Council". Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  23. ^ "Chloë Bass – Rema Hort Mann Foundation". Retrieved 2018-01-11.

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