Cassie Riger

Born in Rochester, NY. Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education    

MFA, University of California, Irvine, 2013

MA, Humanities, Art History Concentration, University of Chicago, 2005

BS, Honors, Studio Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Awards     

FOCA Curators Lab, 2018, with Mak Kern

NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 2017

Women’s Center for Creative Work Grant, 2016, 2017

Institute for Research in the Arts, University of California, Mini Grant, 2013

University of California, Irvine,  School of the Arts Travel Grant, 2011, 2013

National Art Strategies, Future Leadership Fellowship, 2009

Andy Warhol Foundation, Alternative Exposure Grant, 2008, as part of Right Window Gallery Collective

University of Chicago, Merit Fellowship, 2003

Solo Exhibitions

Cinema Qua. Pitzer College Art Galleries. Curated by Ciara Ennis. September - December 2018
(upcoming)

Early Influences. Northwestern University, Kaplan Institute A.I.R Studio. Curated by John Neff. November 10-23, 2013

Early Influences. Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine. April 27 – May 10, 2013

A Playbook of Silent Fantasy.  Right Window Gallery, San Francisco, CA. May 15 – 31, 2010

Selected Group Exhibitions

PRISMS. Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 2018 (upcoming)

Plan-B International Art Festival, curated by Logi Bjarnason, Sigthora Odins, and Inga Björk Bjarnadóttir.  Borgarnes, Iceland. August 11-13, 2017

Distance Transform, curated by John Espinosa. Agency Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. January 31- March 18, 2014

The Familiar Unfamiliar, curated by Manual History Machines Collective. Area near 29 Palms Marine Base, CA. October 19-20, 2013

UCI MFA 2013. For Your Art, Los Angeles. June 26- July 10, 2013

Artists Books and Cookies. Ooga Booga, Los Angeles. June 30, 2013

Queer Pile Up.  Presented by Darin Klein & Friends, For Your Art, Los Angeles. November 26 – December 1, 2012

Curatorial Exchange, curated by Doug Harvey, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA. September 8 - October 20, 2012

Boom! 2012 Southern California MFA Invitational. Presented by Den Contemporary and Launch     Productions at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA. July 27- August 24, 2012 

In Search of the Miraculous, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, February 23 - March 9, 2012

Performances

MESHES. Presented at Plan-B International Art Festival, curated by Logi Bjarnason, Sigthora Odins, and Inga Björk Bjarnadóttir.  Borgarnes, Iceland. August 13, 2017

3-2-1 Contact. Presented in The Familiar Unfamiliar, curated by Manual History Machines Collective. Area near 29 Palms Marine Base, CA. October 19, 2013 

A Playbook of Silent Fantasy. SOMARTS, San Francisco. May 2010 

A-verbal. Collaboration with Amanda Davidson. Poets Theater, Small Press Traffic. California College of Art, San Francisco. January 2009

Lectures, Teaching, and Panels

Visual Arts Panelist, Los Angeles Arts Commission. March 23, 2016.

Visiting Artist Lecture, Foundations of Visual Art taught by Alice Clements. May 21, 2015.

Visiting Artist, Otterbein University, Performance and Materials for the Camera, April 2, 2014

Visiting Artist Lecture, Northwestern University, Introduction to Contemporary Art, November 11, 2013

Gallery Talk: Matt Morris & Cassie Riger in Conversation, Northwestern University, Kaplan Institute A.I.R Studio, November 10, 2013

Summer Institute for the Gifted UCLA, Instructor: Digital Photography, Creative Writing (2012-2014)

University Instructor: Video Production, University of California, Irvine (2013)

University of California Irvine, Art Department Teaching Assistant (2010-2012)

Curatorial Projects

PRISMS, co-curated with Mak Kern. Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 2018 (upcoming)

Fall 2012 Video Screening Series, co-curated with Bryan Jackson. Video Studio, Department of Art, UC Irvine, September-December 2012

The Analog Hole (Or “Abundance”), solo exhibition by John Neff. Right Window Gallery, San Francisco, CA. May 9 – May 31, 2009

Right Window Fourth Wall: Looking But Not Touching, performance series. Right Window Gallery, San Francisco, CA. May 11, 18, 25-26, 2008

Listening Party with Filmmaker Jenni Olson. Accompanying the exhibition TRACES OF LIFE ON THE THIN FILM OF LONGING at SF Camerawork. Winter 2007

Selected Published Writing    

“How do we remember that we are forgetting? The problem of contemporary art amnesia,” Artweek, October 2008

“Through a Rrose Lens with Maggots and Men,” Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Spring/Summer 2008

“Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35: Desirée Holman,” Art Ltd., May 2008

ANTI INTER MULTI INTRA TRANS,“ Digital Artifact #2 (online journal), 2008    

 “You Dive to Experience the Feeling of Falling: Jenni Olson’s Experimental Melodramas, ” Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Fall/Winter 2006

Art Film & Video Production

Production Crew, Greystone, Dir. Kerry Tribe. (2012) Commission for Pacific Standard Time

Assistant Director, Heterotopias, Dir. Desirée Holman. (2011) Exhibited at Matrix, Berkeley Art Museum 

Assistant Director / Art Department, Maggots and Men, Dir. Cary Cronenwett. (2009) Outfest Platinum Selection and 2009 winner of San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award

Bibliography  

“Curatorial Cage Match In Irvine, ” Dave Barton, OC Weekly, September 20, 2012 on Curatorial Exchange

“Art Students Blow Up the Blue Whale,”  Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly, July 27, 2012 on Boom!

“Opening and Closing,” Kevin Killian, SFMOMA Open Space, May 12, 2009 on Analog Hole