Chelsea Rae Klein

News & Happenings, 2017

Mach 30 - April 2, The Affordable Art Fair, Booth #TBA

The Metropolitan Pavilion, NY

Jan 17 - May, Opening Event Thurs Jan 19, 6-9pm; Blood from My Eyes, Onion Tears by Chelsea Rae Klein

and Word on the Street by Amy Khoshbin in collaboration with writer Anne Carson

Curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen
exhibition in conjunction with UnNatural Election, Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Kimmel Galleries, NYU, Manhattan, New York

Jan 5 - Feb 5, Opening Reception: Sunday, January 8th, 4-6pm, A.I.R. Gallery Biennial: Sinister Feminism

Participating Artists Lucas Berd, Dora Budor, ceramics club (cc), Kerry Downey, Dolores Furtado, Nicolás Guagnini, Caitlin Keogh, Chelsea Rae Klein, Lizzy Marshall, Whitney Oldenburg, B. Quinn, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Torbjørn Rødland, Karin Schneider and Leigh Ledare, Bailey Scieszka

Curated by Piper Marshall with Lola Kramer

A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

News & Happenings, 2016

Sept 15-17, Re-Frame, single-channel video installation screening

2016 London Biennale MANILA Pollination: Synchronisations-Syncopations, Manila, Philippines

Oct 10 , 12-1 p.m., Among Dreams, Exhibition, Video Screening and discussion with Dr. Maria Elena Buszek, Dr. Brenda J. Allen and Chelsea Rae Klein on the eve of National Coming Out Day

University of Colorado Fulginiti Pavilion, Anschutz Campus, Colorado

Sept 15-17, Re-Frame, single-channel video installation screening

2016 London Biennale MANILA Pollination: Synchronisations-Syncopations, Manila, Philippines

July 10- 31, Tether, Performance by Jaimie Henthorne, Misael Soto (Performed by Chelsea Rae Klein, Faith La Rocque, Jenna Balfe)

Regina Rex/Harbor Arts, NYC, Opening 6 -9pm

June 18 - July 31, Rhetorical Amendments to the [REDACTED] organized by Hive Voices with MAP Office (Valerie Portefaix and Laurent Gutierrez), SAHMAT/Ram Rahman, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Chelsea Rae Klein

The Guild Art Gallery, Alibaug, India

June 18-late September, Among Dreams, Solo Exhibition

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Anshutz, Colorodo

June 16, "Cruising For Gay Sex the Old-Fashioned Way Enter, the Hanky Code." Article by Alexander Cavaluzzo, Feature Image by Chelsea Rae Klein

Nerve Magazine, Online

February 2016, Among Dreams, Solo Exhibition

University of Colorado Boulder Memorial Center with support from the Gender and Sexuality Center, Boulder, Colorado

Bell Hooks:

The ability to manipulate one’s gaze ha[s] produced, in the face of structures of domination that would contain it, the possibility of agency.



  • Among Dreams, 2011-2015

    Among Dreams traces the invisible histories of Queer American soldiers through short experimental films, photographic portraits, quilt-work, text-based art and collages. Works incorporate new, appropriated and archival materials to interpret and explore interviews conducted since 2011 by the artist herself with active duty soldiers and veterans across the U.S. Oral histories combined with soldiers’ nighttime dreams offer a visceral palette to re-form a landscape largely inhabited but widely unseen.

    Sweet Loves, 2016

    In 2014 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped in the town of Chibok by terrorist group Boko Haram, which literally translates to "Western Education is Forbidden."

    With more than 63 million girls out of school globally, My Sweet Love addresses the gender inequity in education and attempts to identify and disarm the violent and pervasive silencing of women and girls that is deprivation of the right to education.

    New Works in Process, 2016-

    Studio, artistic research. Process ongoing.

    Among Dreams, 2012/2013

    : A Workshop and Book Collaboration between Artist and Inmates, 2012/2013

    Among Dreams is a workshop and book collaboration between artist and inmates. Artworks were produced to illustrate violent male offenders' histories and nighttime dreams, culled from a 2012 dreamcircle and writing workshop in the The San Francisco County Jail #5, co-facilitated by Chelsea Rae Klein and Danica Von Hartwig in collaboration with Resolve to Stop the Violence's Manalive program.

    Video and installation documetation, ongoing.


    Transgender icon Amanda Lepore with Nicki M'nray, photographed in Lepore's NYC apartment. Commissioned by Vitrine: A Printed Museum.


Bio/ Statement

Chelsea Rae Klein's work addresses concepts of the other, violence against women, learned male-role behaviors, the queer body and the body memory including the residual and internalized impact of forced silencing, hiding and violence. Incorporating new, appropriated and archival materials, her work traces invisible histories to reform an identity landscape largely inhabited but widely unseen. Interweaving traditional craft, interviews and new media, works question dominant social and political constructs by asserting individual and collective memory, spinning a new history that reveals denied voicing and counters static and normative social identity constructs.

Klein is the recipient of The San Francisco Arts Commission's Individual Artist Commission (2013-2014); her projects have garnered support from The UC Berkley HAAS Scholars Fund (2012); University of Colorado’s Veterans Center (2015); and twice received The Zellerbach Family Foundation's Community Arts Grant (2011, 2014). She was a visiting artist at the University of Colorado Denver in 2015 and her work has recently installed with The International ArtExpo in Venice at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, at The Guild Art Gallery (Alibaug, India), A.I.R. Gallery, NYU Stovall Galleries, The Cristin Tierney Gallery and Aperture Gallery (NY.) From 2009-2015 Chelsea was founding director of Descry Arts Projects, a pop up exhibition, publishing and workshop project igniting imaginative social conversations through the arts with programming in San Francisco and New York through which she produced projects with incarcerated male violent offenders and queer veterans and active duty soldiers to name a few. She holds a Masters in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a BA in Photo/Journalism. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



  • June 27, 2016

    Matters of Art

    Rhetorical Amendments to the [REDACTED] l The Guild, Alibaug

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    June 16, 2016


    Cruising For Gay Sex the Old-Fashioned Way by ALEXANDER CAVALUZZO, Feature Image

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    October 29, 2014


    Omosessuali in Battaglia-Cosa Significa Essere Gay O Trans Per Un Soldato Americano?

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  • October 29, 2014


    Transforming Queer Soldiers' Dreams into Art

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    September 16, 2012


    Politics of the Other

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    December 5, 2012


    Artists Open Floodgates of Philanthropy on Art Basel

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  • March 29 2011

    SF WEEKLY | Top 100 Artist Profiles

    Chelsea Rae Klein's Beautiful, Dark Dreams

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    January 12 2010

    SF MOMA | Open Space

    No Sea Like the Sea

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