Tyler stallings

Tyler Stallings is the Artistic Director at Culver Center of the Arts and Director of Sweeney Art Gallery at University of California, Riverside. He was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum from 1999 to 2006. His curatorial projects focus on contemporary art, with a special emphasis on the exploration of identity, technology, photo-based work, and urban culture. Exhibitions that he has curated, most of which are accompanied by major catalogs and books, include Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, Lewis deSoto & Erin Neff: Tahquitz, The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & the Legacy Project, Margarita Cabrera: Puslo y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer), Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map: An Interdisciplinary Response, Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art, Your Donations Do Our Work: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy, Absurd Recreation: Contemporary Art from China, Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture, and The Signs Pile Up: Paintings by Pedro Álvarez, CLASS: C presents Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios: Rigor Motors, Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, Desmothernismo: Ruben Ortiz Torres, and Kara Walker: African’t. He was a guest writer and co-curator for the book and exhibition, Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1980, organized by Palm Springs Art Museum as part of the multi-institutional Getty Research Institute initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980. He is also the co-editor of the anthology, Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture  (Seattle: Bay Press, 1994), and is a columnist for KCET-TV’s Artbound program. For more information: UCR ARTSblock, KCET Artbound.

Profile Articles

2013, Press Enterprise
2008, KCET
2005, L.A. Weekly
2005, Laguna Life & People
2004, Riviera
2001, OC Weekly
2001, Flaunt
1999, New Times Los Angeles


In his curatorial and writing projects, Stallings specializes in presenting a collision between academic scholarship, popular culture, and speculation.