Ginger Brooks Takahashi

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Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Born (1977-07-26) July 26, 1977 (age 44)
OccupationAmerican artist
Years active2001–present

Ginger Brooks Takahashi (born July 26, 1977) is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York, and North Braddock, Pennsylvania. A self-identified “punk,”[1] Takahashi grew up in Oregon.[2] She co-founded the feminist genderqueer collective and journal LTTR and the Mobilivre project, a touring exhibition and library. She was also a member of MEN (band). Her work consists of a collaborative project-based practice. [3] Takahashi is currently an adjunct professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.


Takahashi received her BA from Oberlin College in 1999. She participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007 and was a resident artist of Smack Mellon from 2008-2009.



In 2001, Takahashi helped co-found the MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project. The project, created by a collective of North American artists and activists, involved touring the United States and Canada in a converted Airstream trailer, which served as an exhibition space, as well as a zine and art book library. The project was dedicated to exploring "the long held tradition of bookmobiles as traveling libraries that promote the distribution of information."[4] The project ran until 2006 and in 2003 it featured an issue of LTTR in the collection.[5]


Takahashi co-founded the feminist genderqueer artist collective and annual literary journal, LTTR with Emily Roysdon and K8 Hardy in 2001.[6] The flexible titular acronym stood for “Lesbians to the Rescue” in the first issue, and “Listen Translate Translate Record” in the second issue. In addition to co-editing the journal, Takahashi also contributed to its contents. For “LTTR #1 - Lesbians to the Rescue,” she contributed screen printed door hangers. For “LTTR #4 - Do You Wish To Direct Me,” she collaborated with K8 Hardy, Ulrike Muller, Emily Roysdon and Lanka Tatersall on an editorial entitled “Pants Down at Noon.” For “LTTR #5 - Positively Nasty,” she contributed an editorial entitled, “I No We Can Reign Here.”

Third Leg[edit]

Takahashi was a member of the artist collective Third Leg along with Onya Hogan-Finlay and Logan MacDonald. The collective presented their project “Welcome to Gayside (2006)” in an exhibition at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2007.[7]

General Sisters[edit]

General Sisters is Takahashi’s collaborative project with artist Dana Bishop-Root. Started in 2013 with the purchase of a storefront north of Pittsburgh, the goal of the project was to become a fully functional grocery store designed and run by and for the surrounding community. The project ended up shifting focus towards anti-fracking and other activist causes that affected the neighborhood. While it now seems unlikely the storefront will open as originally intended, the project continues in the form of a community garden, website, and other projects and exhibitions such as “We Will Open (With You),” 2018 at Williams College of Art. 


Takahashi's multimedia practices include painting, installation work, and crafts. One of her most notable works is An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail, (2004–2013), a series of quilting forums in which participants were invited to stitch “sexually explicit but whimsical images”[8] on Takahashi's all-white quilt. Events were organized in community spaces such as homes, galleries, gardens, and other public settings in New York, LA and Philadelphia. [9]

Some of Takahashi's exhibitions include: "Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy" at Haverford College Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, 2018; "Shared Women" at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2007; "Exile of the Imaginary" at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2007; "Locally Localized Gravity" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2007; and "Alien She" at the Orange County Museum of Art, 2015. She has also presented at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Art Metropole, Toronto, 2007; and with Ridykeulous at The Kitchen, NY, 2007.[10]

In 2009 her work was featured in "She Will Always Be Younger Than Us" at Textile Museum of Canada, along with work from Orly Cogan, Wednesday Lupypciw, Cat Mazza, and Gillian Strong[11][12] in connection to the "When Women Rule The World: Judy Chicago in Thread" exhibit also at the Textile Museum of Canada.[13]

In 2009 and 2010, Takahashi was one of several artists that took part in the arts-based initiative, Queer Pier: 40 Years.[14] Queer Pier coincided with the 10 year anniversary of FIERCE, an organization that builds leadership among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.[15] Takahashi facilitated a screen printing workshop to create images that showed the contributions made by FIERCE in community organizing at the piers.[16]

In 2020, Takahashi participated in Make Our Differences Our Strengths: a billboard campaign and traveling exhibition organized by The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition in Pennsylvania. [1]

Takahashi has also earned acting/performance credit for her role in “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation” (2013), a film directed by Bernadette Paassen that was exhibited at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany in 2013.[2]

Grants, awards, and residencies[edit]


  1. ^ Haynes, Clarity (March 14, 2015). "How We Got Here: Portrait of the Artist as a Queer Feminist". Hyperallergic. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Lax, Thomas J.; Tang, Jeannine; Jackson, A. Naomi; Lines, Parallel; Takahashi, Ginger Brooks; Taylor, Marvin J. (2013). "Queer Pier: 40 Years". Art Journal. 72 (2): 106–113. doi:10.1080/00043249.2013.10791041. ISSN 0004-3249. JSTOR 43188606. S2CID 147362779.
  3. ^ "Ginger Brooks Takahashi". Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "BOOKMOBILE PROJECT". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE Project Collection 2003". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Wagner, Gretchen L (2010). Riot on the Page: Thirty Years of Zines by Women. In Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwatrz (Eds.), Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, pp. 445–461. New York: The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN 978-0-87070-771-1.
  7. ^ "New Territories of Queer Separatism". Art Papers. May 13, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Proulx, Shaun (February 12, 2009). ""Out in the City."". Xtra! Toronto's Gay and Lesbian News.
  9. ^ "AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL". Brooks Takahashi is Here. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "Biography". New G:Class Museum. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Allyson; Sorkin, Jennifer; Quinton, Sarah (2009). When women rule the world: Judy Chicago in thread (with work by Orly Cogan, Wednesday Lupypciw, Cat Mazza, Gillian Strong, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi). Toronto: Textile Museum of Canada / ABC Art Books Canada. ISBN 9780973665697.
  12. ^ She Will Always Be Younger Than Us, The Textile Art Museum of Canada, retrieved June 9, 2019
  13. ^ When Women Rule The World: Judy Chicago in Thread, The Textile Art Museum of Canada, retrieved June 9, 2019
  14. ^ Lax, Thomas J. (2013). "Queer Pier: 40 Years". Art Journal. 72 (2): 106–113. doi:10.1080/00043249.2013.10791041. S2CID 147362779.
  15. ^ "About FIERCE | FIERCE". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ginger Brooks Takahashi". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Office of Public Art Announces Artists for Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative - Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council". Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  18. ^ "Ginger Brooks Takahashi - Artist". MacDowell. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  19. ^ "People". Fire Island Artist Residency. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  20. ^ AIRspace Alumni. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  21. ^ Featured Artist Project 2009 Artist-in-Residence Workspace Spotlight (2010). Retrieved Jan. 21, 2020.
  22. ^ Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  23. ^ Retrieved January 21, 2020.

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