Michael J Baers
e-mail: michaeljbaers@yahoo.com
Lives and Works: Berlin, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Born: February 23, 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality: US Citizen


Studio Art Participant, Whitney Independent Study Program, 2004-2005, New York, NY
Master of Fine Arts, Art and Critical Writing, Spring, 2002, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary studies), 1990
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA


2006 “Concrete Language” (group show) Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Canada, Sept. 8 – Nov. 8
“Every Story Tells a Picture” (group show, curated by Michael Baers) Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Aug. 19 – Sept. 17
“Esplanaden” (group show) Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen Denmark, Apr. 20 – May 21
“The Great American Store(age)” (group show) Spring Gallery, Brooklyn, Mar. 7 – Apr. 30
“No Act is Unpredictable” (3 person show) 16:1 Gallery, Los Angeles, Jan. 10 –30

2005 “Election Night” (group show) The Center, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 16 -Oct. 1
“Travel Tales” (group show) Aratoi Museum, Masterton, New Zealand, July 8 - 23
“Old News” (group show curated by Jacob Fabricius) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, opens June 28
“Final Projects by the Whitney Studio Art and Architectural Studies Participants” (group show), 100 Lafayette St., Manhattan, New York May 13-22
“Sunday Blunch #3” (collaborative performance), private residence, Manhattan, New York, March 27

2004 “Group Show” (curated by Tilman Wendland), Greifswalderstr. 219, Berlin, September 11-24
“Mexican Dinner” (one-night performance) Glue Gallery, Berlin, July 10
“Papierarbeiten von Männern” (group show; catalogue) Oderbergerstr. 4, Berlin, July 3-10
“Fondazione 1808” (group show) Glue Gallery, Berlin, May
“Six architects respond to a kind of architectural Rorschach Test” (solo show, in collaboration with Pia Rönicke) Lund Konsthall, Lund, Sweden, March 6 – May 16

2003 “Rent-a-Bench” (group show; catalogue) Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark September 12 – January 4, 2004
Inaugural Exhibition (group show)
Appendiks, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 12 – September 15
“Final Projects By MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residency” (in collaboration with Pia Rönicke), Los Angeles, CA
March 21 - 23

2002 “Home Scenes: 8 days of revisions” (group show)
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
“Rent-a-Bench” (group show curated by Jacob Fabricius)
Works executed on MTA bus benches located throughout the greater Los Angeles area. December 13 - January 15
“A show that will show that a show is not only a show” (group show curated by Jens Hoffman; catalogue) The Project Gallery, Los Angeles, CA June/July
“Re-public Relations” (group show hosted by Horten)
Parkhaus im Malkesten Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, Germany
May 25 - June 2
“Democracy When!” (group show curated by Tone Nielsen; catalogue) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
May 3 - June 15

2000 “Charlottenborg Fall Exhibition” (as part of Rive and Others, group show)Copenhagen, Denmark November -December

“Nonzero Sum Games: An exhibition of work by interventionary collaborative teams” (as part of the Pro Bono Artist Committee; group show) Gene Genies Wordwide Gallery, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CAMay 15 - June 7

1999 “2337 Valley View Drive: The Mystery of Lemoine Redmond”
The Lab Los Angeles October 23 – November 20

Works for Publication:

2006 “Meta-Comics Presents: Annals of the BBC (from May 27, 2004)”, published in West Coast Line, Vancouver, Canada, October.
“Flying Ace” work for OBS free newspaper project, Copenhagen, Denmark, October launch.
What is the Mystery?” Feuilleton for Christiania Community Newspaper, Ugespjelet. July-September
2005 “Arts & Leisure” (publication project, contributor to contents and one out of two artist-project supplements contributors) Art in General, New York, Oct. 1


“Importing Michael Asher’s Pedagogy”, November 16, 2005 Det Fynske Kunstakademi Odense, Denmark Participant,
Public speaking program, “Curating Degree Zero”, September 27, 2005 Sparwasser HQ, Berlin 2004
Artist talk (with Pia Ronicke), on “Six Architects…” April 28, 2004 Lunds Konsthall, Lund Sweden
“Food Laws, Polluted Food, and the Archive”August 17, 2003 Appendiks, Copenhagen, Denmark

Grants and Residencies:

Recipient, stipend and residency, Danish International Visiting Artist Program, March – May, 2006.

Recipient, residency, Christiania Researcher in Residence Program, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark, April, 2006

Recipient, stipend and residency, NIFCA residency program, Helsinki, Finland, 2005/2006 grant cycle.

Recipient (as part of CAMEL), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Program, project support and exhibition space grant., 2005/2006 grant cycle.

Selected Bibliography:

Johnson, Hillary, “Rear Window: the life and tchotchkes of Lemoine Redmond,” Los Angeles Weekly, November 12-18, 1999, P.54

Various Swedish Newspapers reviewing Lund Konsthall exhibition.


Selected Publications:

“Some Notes on Stileben” (essay, 2,000 words), catalog essay for “Stileben”, Rakett, Norway, May, 2006

“Inside the Power Museum” (Essay, 4,000 words), catalog essay for “Rent-a-bench”, Pork Salad Press, Denmark, September, 2003.

“Fashion Victims: If you missed the Smithsonian’s Sweatshop exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance or don’t remember even hearing about it, you’re not alone” (Feature 4,000 Words), LA WEEKLY, May 12 - 18, 2000.

Teaching Experience:

Guest Instructor, Theory into Praxis reading seminar, Spring Semester, 2006, Det Fynske Kunstakademi Odense, Denmark

Guest Instructor, two-part workshop entitled “Operative Drawing”, November 16-18 and December 5-9, Det Fynske Kunstakademi Odense, Denmark

Teaching Assistant, Sande Cohen “Rhetoric,” Spring Semester, 2002 (All teaching assistantships performed at CalArts unless otherwise stated.)

Teaching Assistant, Christine Wertheim, “Introduction to Modernity,” Fall Semester, 2001

Teaching Assistant, Micheal Asher, “Post-Studio Critique,” Fall Semester, 2001

Teaching Assistant, Mady Schutzman, “Ritual and Performance,” Spring Semester, 2001

Teaching Assistant, Sande Cohen, “Rhetoric,” Fall Semester, 2000

Guest Instructor, Royal Danish Academy of Art: Two week workshop on collaborative art practice resulting in the exhibition, “Joy is the Heart of Resistance” under the name “Rive and Others,” Charlottenborg Fall Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 3-Dec. 14, 2000