Ginger Brooks Takahashi

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Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Born (1977-07-26) July 26, 1977 (age 43)
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. 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. [1]


Takahashi received her BA from Oberlin College. She also participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.



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." [2] The project ran until 2006 and in 2003 it featured an issue of LTTR in the collection.[3]


Takahashi co-founded the feminist genderqueer artist collective and annual literary journal, Lesbians To The Rescue (LTTR) with Emily Roysdon and K8 Hardy in 2002.[4]


Takahashi's multimedia practices include painting, installation work, and crafts. One of her most notable works is An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail, (2004–present), a continuing series of quilting forums. Participants stitch on Takahashi's all-white quilt, and have been organized in community spaces such as homes, galleries, gardens, and other public settings. [5]

Some of Takahashi's recent 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.[6]

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[7][8] in connection to the "When Women Rule The World: Judy Chicago in Thread" exhibit also at the Textile Museum of Canada.[9]

In 2009 and 2010, Takahashi was one of several artists that took part in the arts-based initiative, Queer Pier: 40 Years.[10] Queer Pier coincided with the 10 year anniversary of FIERCE, an organization that builds leadership among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.[11] Takahashi facilitated a screen printing workshop to create images that showed the contributions made by FIERCE in community organizing at the piers.[12]

Grants, awards, and residencies[edit]

  • 2009: Artist-in-Residence, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY [13]
  • 2009: Artist-in-Residence, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY [14]
  • 2008: Studio Residency, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY[15]
  • 2005: Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY [16]


  1. ^ "Ginger Brooks Takahashi". Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "BOOKMOBILE PROJECT". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE Project Collection 2003". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL". Brooks Takahashi is Here. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Biography". New G:Class Museum. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ She Will Always Be Younger Than Us, The Textile Art Museum of Canada, retrieved June 9, 2019
  9. ^ When Women Rule The World: Judy Chicago in Thread, The Textile Art Museum of Canada, retrieved June 9, 2019
  10. ^ Lax, Thomas J. (2013). "Queer Pier: 40 Years". Art Journal. 72 (2): 106–113. doi:10.1080/00043249.2013.10791041.
  11. ^ "About FIERCE | FIERCE". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Ginger Brooks Takahashi". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ AIRspace Alumni. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  14. ^ Featured Artist Project 2009 Artist-in-Residence Workspace Spotlight (2010). Retrieved Jan. 21, 2020.
  15. ^ Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  16. ^ Retrieved January 21, 2020.

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