Mark Tribe

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Mark Tribe
Mark Tribe
Born 1966
San Francisco
Nationality USA
Education Brown University, University of California, San Diego
Known for Conceptual art, installation art, video art

Mark Tribe (born 1966, San Francisco, California) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City.[1] He is the founder of Rhizome, a not-for-profit arts organization based in New York City.[2]

In 2013, he was appointed chair of the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.[3] Formerly, he was Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University,[4] Director of the Digital Media Center at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Williams College.[5] He is the author of The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of Historic Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010)[6] and the co-author of New Media Art (Taschen, 2006).[7] He received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California in 1994 and an AB in Visual Art from Brown University in 1990.[8]


Tribe's drawings, performances, installations and photographs often deal with social and political issues.[6] His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.;[9] Momenta Art in Brooklyn, New York;[10] Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Los Angeles, California;[11] and DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas.[12] His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum in New York City;[13] the Palais de Tokyo in Paris;[12] the Menil Collection in Houston;[14] Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris;[15] SITE Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico;[16] the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, California;[17] Museo de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia;[18] Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey;[19] and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts.[20]

In 1996, Tribe founded Rhizome, a not-for-profit arts organization that supports and provides a platform for new media art.[21] Tribe has curated exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and inSite_05 in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.[22]

Selected Projects[edit]

  • Plein Air: large photographs of virtual landscapes (2014)
  • Posse Comitatus: dance performances and video installations exploring the American milita movement (2012)
  • Rare Earth: a series of large photographs of landscapes found in combat video games; a series of videos shot at a militia training ground in Upstate New York; and a reference library containing books on landscape, militias, and video games (2012)
  • The Dystopia Files: an archive of video clips depicting public interactions between police and protesters in North America since 1999 (2009 - 2011)
  • Chinoise A: a remake of a scene from J-L Godard's "La Chinoise" (1967) in which a radical student contemplates bombing a university (2009)
  • Port Huron Project: remakes of historic protest speeches (2006 - 2009)
  • Revelation 2.0: an online art project commissioned by Computer Fine Arts (2003)
  • Revelation 1.0: an online art project commissioned by Amnesty International (2002)
  • StarryNight: an alternative interface to’s text archive (1999)
  • Traces of a Constructed City: an online art project for Computer Aided Curating (1995)
  • Carpark: a site specific public art project for inSITE '94 (1994)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bryan-Wilson, Julia (January 2008). "Sounding the fury: Julia Bryan-Wilson on Kirsten Forkert and Mark Tribe". Artforum International. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Mirapaul, Matthew (April 2, 1998). "Art Site Takes Plunge Into Not-for-Profitability". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "SVA announces appointments of Steven Henry Madoff, Mark Tribe and New MA in Curatorial Practice | Art & Education". Art & Education. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Randy (July 28, 2007). "Giving New Life to Protests of Yore". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mark Tribe Will Chair Fine Arts MFA at SVA - News - Art in America". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Charta Art Books - Mark Tribe". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "New Media Art". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mark Tribe | P.S.1 Studio Visit". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Mark Tribe's "Plein Air" at the Corcoran, Reviewed". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Mark Tribe - Reviews - Art in America". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Port Huron Project videos on view at LACE". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  12. ^ a b "Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe - Posse Comitatus". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  13. ^ Ruiz, Alan (2016). "Uneven Development: On Beirut and Plein Air". 
  14. ^ "Mark Tribe: The Port Huron Project". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Que faire ? Art, film, politique | Dario Azzellini". Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  16. ^ Armitage, Diane. "Agitated Histories". THE magazine. 
  17. ^ "Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, New Contemporaries V and Sounds of Jazz Loft". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  18. ^ Malone, Micah. "MDE11 at Museo di Antioquia". Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  19. ^ Tim, Maul, (2015-05-01). "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s". Afterimage. 42 (6). ISSN 0300-7472. 
  20. ^ Davis, Mark. "A Dense Web: The 2010 DeCordova Biennial". Artscope. 
  21. ^ Wolf Lieser. Digital Art. Langenscheidt: h.f. ullmann. 2009. pp 146-147
  22. ^ Taylor, Claire (2014). Place and Politics in Latin American Digital Culture: Location and Latin American Net Art. New York: Routledge. pp. 125–126. ISBN 0415730406.