Alex Bag

Video and Performance Artist, Photographer
Born New York, NY, 1969
Lives in New York, NY


Alex Bag is an artist working primarily in photography and video. Her videos are characteristically low-tech and deadpan, reformulating pop culture sources to develop satirical commentary on contemporary consumer and media culture. She adopts a series of personae and creates characters that are sometimes reused in subsequent works.

In 2012, the Whitney Museum of American Art commissioned Bag to present an original video installation. Bag has also collaborated with Patterson Beckwith to create Cash from Chaos/Unicorns & Rainbows at Team Gallery (2012). For this installation, Bag and Beckwith used footage from their late night public access television program that aired from 1994 to 1997. In 2011, a solo show of Bag's work opened at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich. In conjunction with this exhibition the first monograph of her work, entitled Alex Bag, was published.

Bag has shown work at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Tate Gallery, The Getty Research Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Yale University, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and galleries including 303 Gallery, Artpace, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Deitch Projects, and Metro Pictures.

Bag received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in New York City in 1991. She has lectured at Yale University, California Institute of the Arts, The Getty Research Institute, Parsons School of Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Electronic Arts Intermix.