Christen Clifford is a feminist performance artist, writer, curator, professor, actor, and mother. Her essay on gender, feminism and aging “Mother, Daughter, Moustache” was published in the 2014 Penguin anthology Women in Clothes,called a “standout essay” by Bookforum and read by Molly Ringwald for Selected Shorts at Symphony Space and on NPR. Other writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Salon, Culturebot, PuffHo, and Smith Magazine. Her comic with illustrator David Heatley "My Home Birth" was called "hilarious and uncensored" by Flavorpill. Her performance and video work work has been shown at The New Museum, The Culture Project, PS 122, Galapagos Art Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, IV Soldiers, Dixon Place, Grace Exhibition Space, Judith Charles Gallery, Postmasters Gallery and abroad in Slovenia, Canada and across the US. As an actor she has performed at The Public Theatre, HERE, NYTW, SoHo Rep, LaMama and many downtown and regional theatres. Clifford is a core member of the feminist performance art collective the No Wave Performance Task Force, and her Feminist Public Action “We Wish Ana Mendieta Was Still Alive” was cited as a “Best Art and Activism of 2014” by Hyperallergic. Her work hasbeen written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, Art Magazine, BUST, Jezebel, The San Francisco Chronicle etc. She is a curator of the Experiments and Disorders literary reading series at Dixon Place; speaks about feminism and art and writing for places like The Feminist Art Project, Women's Caucus for Art and The Brooklyn Museum and Hyperallergic's Brooklyn ArtTalks; was a mainstage storyteller at The Moth at The National Arts Club; volunteers with Girls Write Now; taught at SUNY Purchase; has been a visiting scholar at NYU and is the recipient of some awards and grants including NYFA, NYSCA, the Audience Award from the NYFF and the Nonfiction Chapbook Award from The New School, where she received her MFA. She lives in Queens and online at @cd_clifford and christen.clifford/tumblr.
Visit her website at www.christenclifford.info