Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist best known for a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. We talk about soap operas, Roots, our surrealist state, and how TikTok is impacting video art. We also get to hear Kalup’s new song, Ransacking Empty Space.
Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist born in Clermont, Florida and raised in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2003. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film and Video and most recently a BAU Institute Travel Grant.
Linzy’s best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, and the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester.
Linzy is represented by the David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida and The Breeder Gallery in Athens, Greece. He serves on the board of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, and is a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow.