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Alicia Chester

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Austin, Texas

Birth year

Lives in
Rochester, NY

Works in
Rochester and Chicago


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2003, BFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2003, BFA
Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 2019, PhD

photo, exhibition/performance, photography, conceptual, performance, video-art, figurative, Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank

Current Projects

Every Acconci in the Video Data Bank is a collaborative project of Alicia Chester and Andrea Slavik to remake every video by Vito Acconci in the collection of the Video Data Bank, working with mostly female artists based in or with ties to Chicago. These seem to be simple enough parameters to explore the intersections of performance and video and to ask: what would it mean to change the gender dynamic and remake Acconci's work forty years later?


Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline
Edited by James Elkins and Kristi McGuire with Maureen Burns, Alicia Chester, and Joel Kuennen (Routledge, December 2012)

This forward-thinking collection brings together over sixty essays that invoke images to summon, interpret, and argue with visual studies and its neighboring fields such as art history, media studies, visual anthropology, critical theory, cultural studies, and aesthetics. The product of a multi-year collaboration between graduate students from around the world, spearheaded by James Elkins, this one-of-a-kind anthology is a truly international, interdisciplinary point of entry into cutting-edge visual studies research. The book is fluid in relation to disciplines; it is frequently inventive in relation to guiding theories; it is unpredictable in its allegiance and interest in the past of the discipline—reflecting the ongoing growth of visual studies.

Recent Exhibits

Alicia Chester participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 a long line
Aug, 2012 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary
Chicago Cultural Center
Feb, 2011 Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Portraits by Women Photographers
Northern Trust Bank
Jan, 2011 Disruptive Stillness
Jean Paul Slusser Gallery
Nov, 2010 PAGES: Book as Medium, Catalyst, Venue
Paragraph Gallery
Oct, 2010 No Place Like Home: Examining Changing Landscapes in Our Lives
Koehnline Museum of Art
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