Anne Bray is adjunct professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Art Department, with an emphasis in social art and social practice art. Throughout her art career, Bray has been a visual instigator and translator. Her specialty is finding platforms for pressing and compelling subjects to be broached from various angles in different media. She exhibits that work in formats that the public, who may be unaware of contemporary art, can comprehend without having the work lose its integrity. In her art, as in her career, she contrasts different points of view side by side. Viewers are asked to examine themselves, and questions are often the format.
Bray’s artistic process expanded in 1989, when, with representatives of other art groups, she co-founded Freewaves, a grassroots yet global arts organization dedicated to collecting and connecting innovative and culturally relevant independent new media from around the world. Eleven biennial festivals presenting more than 3,000 artists with the partnership of 125 curators and 100-plus organizations have been held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Getty Center, Hammer Museum, and on Hollywood and Chinatown streets. These have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the MacArthur, Rockefeller, Rauschenberg, and Warhol foundations. Freewaves’ 21st anniversary was celebrated at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2010 with an exhibition and the launch of a book, DVD, and web archive.
Recently, Bray has been showing artists’ videos on Metro buses and projecting poems at public events. Video projection is her chosen medium. Her work spectacularizes still-unresolved conflicts about the vulnerable. She exhibits installations/performances of video, audio, flat, and 3-D screens at traditional and nontraditional venues including museums, galleries, gas stations, malls, movie theaters, and department stores as well as on TV and billboards.
She has produced public art projects with GLOW art festival in Santa Monica, Public Art Fund, NY Avant Garde Festival, LACE, CRA, and Cinematexas, among others, and multi-media installations at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Track 16, Pomona Museum of Art, MIT, Images du Futur in Montreal, Armory Center for the Arts, Foundation for Art Resources, Side Street Projects, Highways, NewTown, Civitella Ranieri, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, First Night Celebration, SkyArt Festival, University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach, Otis Art Gallery, 6th International Triennial of Art & Ecology at Umetnostna Gallery, LA. Municipal Art Gallery, Cité des Arts et Nouvelles Technologies de Montreal, Banff Center, Pacific Film Archive, Artist Space, Hayden Gallery at M.I.T., and other experimental spaces.
Lions, Tigers And … 2016. Sound installation. Pasadena, CA: Pasadena City Hall.
Know No. 2015–17. Multifaceted art engagement. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University.
Greater Together. 2014-17. Racial equality interventions. Milwaukee, WI: c/o AIGA, MARN Salon, CAM and MKE<->LAX.
Long Live LA. 2014–16. Video installation. Los Angeles: Shown on buses, at clinics, online and at events.
Out the Window. 2011–14. Video installation. Los Angeles: Shown on 2000 city buses.
Take Cover, Take Over. 2014. Poem, micro-projected on audience members. Pasadena, CA: Art Night Pasadena.
Social Practice Art