about the artist
Lisa Alvarado (b. 1982) is an American visual artist and performer known for her free-hanging abstract paintings. Her works operate as stage sets and artworks simultaneously and engage with abstraction beyond the parameters of Western art history. Alvarado’s paintings accompany musical performances as a mobile setting for the band Natural Information Society, for which she plays harmonium. Alvarado’s work is included in the Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Previous solo exhibitions include Scab Diagram, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (2021); Thalweg, Bridget Donahue, New York, New York (2020); Polyphonic Shadow Cloth, LC Queisser, Tbilisi, Georgia (2018); Sound Talisman, Bridget Donahue, New York, New York (2017); Traditional Object, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, Illinois (2013); and Limpia, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, Illinois (2012). She has also exhibited her work at the Bergen Kunsthall (Norway); Institute of Contemporary Art( Philadelphia); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Bridget Donahue (New York); The Modern Institute (Glasgow); and KMAC Museum (Louisville). Selected performances include Palais de Tokyo (Paris); Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago); Big Ears Music Festival (Knoxville); Rewire Festival (Netherlands); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia); Japan Society (New York); The Common Guild (Glasgow); and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal). Alvarado is represented by Bridget Donahue in New York.