Welcome! Bienvenue! Vitám Vás!
Welcome to Lexa Walsh’s current website/blog, highlighting projects from 2009-forward. To see older projects, please go to lexawalsh.com. To see more about specific project blogs, click on the links next to each project post (i.e. Portland Art Museum residency, Librarification, etc).
I work as anthropologist, archivist, collaborator, experience maker, explorer, facilitator and participant, engaging in hospitable democracy. The essence of my work is situated in performance and direct engagement. I do interactive public art projects, which bring together members of the public to share in conversation, cheer, song, play, dance and food. Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), I make site-specific projects that investigate elevating everyday activities into tools for community and relationship building, place and space making, resource sharing and institutional critique, offering new lenses for interpretation. The work addresses subjects such as the radical nature of positivity, generosity and reciprocity, ritual and inclusion, and scholarly play.
Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially engaged artist based in Oakland, CA. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited and toured internationally. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, Meet the Composer Award, and the Gunk Grant. She has done projects at Apexart, The Lab, Oakland Museum of Californa, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, and the Walker Art Center, and has done several international artist residencies and projects in Europe and Asia. Her work is informed by her upbringing, extensive travels, community work and experimental music and performance projects. She was an independent cultural worker in the Bay Area and worked for many years as a curator and arts administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural tolerance and understanding through the arts. She co-founded and conceived of the all women, all toy instrument ensemble Toychestra and is a member of the Czech-American a cappella group Kačkala. These projects have been realized at venues such as Cité de la Musique, The Exploratorium, The Lab, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, SFMoMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of PSU’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was recently Artist in Residence at Portland Art Museum. In the fall of 2013, she was the Community Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and is a 2014 Artist Fellow at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.