Selected works by A.L. Steiner

A.L. Steiner
Muse-Off (Layla and Mr. Fister)


Lambda print

81 x 61 cm

A.L. Steiner’s raunch gets full throttle in Out of Focus. It’s all about, as Roberta Smith notes, “almost nothing but women having a blast being women” (or wimmin or womyn or wymin, as Steiner herself suggests, happily tossing grenades into the English language and ripping to shreds any left-over conventional proprieties).

A.L. Steiner
K8 And Excavation


Lambda print

61 x 81 and 48 x 33 cm

But Smith credits the artist (aka “a sceptical queer ecofeminist androgyne hustling as a cultural worker in late-capitalistic economy”) with some serious things to say about the politics of the body: it comes down to photographs which are “utterly straightforward about their true content, which is nothing more or less than equality”*.

A.L. Steiner
Melissa With Lipstick


Lambda print

81 x 61 cm

I suspect Steiner herself might find this too polite and abstract. Sex is fundamental to her art and her life, she maintains, and demands constant creativity and invention. Speaking of her work with fellow artist A.K. Burns (Steiner is a great collaborator)

A.L. Steiner
Surviving Is Criminal, Modernity Is Pornographic


4 digital c-prints, various dimensions

Overall dimensions: 121.9 x 45.7 cm

She states her belief “that queer sex and feminist agency is a shared acknowledgement of reciprocal penetration – physically, psychologically. The universe wants us to play… WE ARE WIDE OPEN.”

A.L. Steiner
Untitled (C.L.U.E., White)


Lightjet print

45.75 x 61 cm

But pictures like Melissa with Lipstick, or Surviving is Criminal, Modernity is Pornographic don’t spare us the dark side of that penetration. Love needs hate, certainty needs doubt, clarity needs confusion… So why not celebrate with a queer little pas de deux in an automobile graveyard?

A.L. Steiner
Queer Is The New Black


Portfolio of 77 C-prints

33 x 48.3 cm each, Overall size: 216 x 280 cm

Text by William A Ewing

* Roberta Smith, ‘Art in Review: A.L. Steiner’, The New York Times, 29 December 2006.

A.L. Steiner's Biography

A.L. Steiner
Born in 1967, Miami, FL
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), GLBT Center, New York, NY
Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), Vox Populi/International House, Philadelphia, PA
Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
C.L.U.E (with robbinschilds), SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

Community Action Center (with AK Burns), Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Community Action Center (with AK Burns), Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY
Community Action Center (with AK Burns), LISTE: The Young Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

C.L.U.E. (with robbinschilds), Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
C.L.U.E. (with robbinschilds), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art,Portland, OR

C.L.U.E., New Museum, New York, NY

C.L.U.E Live, Performance Space 122, New York, NY
C.L.U.E, Part I, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY

One Million Photos, 1 Euro Each (minimum order), John Connelly, Presents, New York, NY
Pound for Pound, ROVE @ PhotoLondon, London, United Kingdom

One Million Photos, 1 Euro Each (minimum order), ROVE @ Art
Cologne, Cologne, Germany

One Million Photos, 1 Euro Each (minimum order), Starship, Berlin,Germany

Centerpiece, Rhodes + Mann, London, United Kingdom
Extra Ordinary, Galleria Margiacchi, Arezzo, Italy

Sensorymemory, RARE Gallery, New York, NY

A.L. Steiner, White Room, White Columns, New York, NY


Out Of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London

Voluptuous Panic, Watermill Estate, Long Island, NY
Jack Smith, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Dance/Draw, ICA/Boston, Boston, MA
Living Live, LGBT Center, New York, NY
Dance with Camera, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art,
Scottsdale, AZ

Greater New York, PS 1 MoMA, Long Island City, NY
Dance with Camera, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures, New York, NY

Flight of fancy, Kenny Schacter Rover, London, United Kingdom
Dance with Camera, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Queer Gaze, Fontanelle Gallery, Portland, OR
Ecstatic Resistance, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO and X-Initiative, New
York, NY, Curated by Emily Roysdon
Rencontres Internationales, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina
Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Disorganized, Museum 52, New York, NY
Mutual: On Collaboration, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

Rencontres Internationales, Beaux-Arts de Paris, France
Gender Bender, Cinema Lumiere, Bologna, Italy
Making Do 3, Yale University School of Art Green Hall Gallery, New
Haven, CT
PM Dawn, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY
Intrude 366, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China
Fruit Farm Film Festival, McMinnville, OR
Declassified Days, The New Museum, New York, NY
A New High in Getting Low, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
La Mirada Iracunda/The Furious Gaze, Centro Cultural
Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Creative Imagination, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
En Perfecto Desorden, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia,
Madrid, Spain
Between The Lines, Brooklyn Academy of Art (BAM), Brooklyn, NY
Neointegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Shared Women, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

Kamp 48, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Hot Topic, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Fotographia, F. Zubillaga Galeria, Caracas, Venezuela
When Artists Say ‚ÄėWe‚Äô, Artists Space, New York, NY
Wimmin by Womyn who Love Wimyn, Harvey Levine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Hunch & Flail, Artists Space, New York, NY
Kults, Werewolves & Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, San Francisco, CA
PROG: ME, Cultural Center Telemar, Brazil
Mastermind, Galerie des Multiples, Paris, France

Claude Wampler: Pomerania, Postmasters, New York, NY
Space Debris, Buro DC, Cologne, Germany
e-flux video rental, e-flux, various locations worldwide
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY
K48: The Bedroom Show, Agnes B., Paris, France
Stephanie Diamond, Francine Bishop-Good & A.L. Steiner, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL
Michel Auder, Amy Simon & A.L. Steiner, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY

Over Time, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK
K48: The Bedroom Show, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Je Veux, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Bystander, Andrea Rosen, New York, NY

Rocks & Trees, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
Drawing & Photographs, Matthew Marks, New York, NY

Photographs, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY
Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doron Sebbag Collection,
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
Women, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, NY

Choice 99, Exit Art, New York, NY
I Love Los Angeles, Colette, Paris, France