CV / BIO
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, MFA, 1995
Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China, 1989
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 1971,
Feminist Studio Program with Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro Radcliffe College,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, BA, 1968, cum laude
Neil Rudenstine, tutor
CO-FOUNDER of SPARCinLA Co-founder with Judy Baca of SPARC, The Social and Public Art Resource Center, in Venice, California, in 1977, an organization devoted to public community art, which has been recognized nationally and internationally, particularly for the mile long "Great Wall of Los Angeles".
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 "Portraits", installation at Leverett Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2015 "All True Tomboys", Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY, NY
"Birds in Black, White and Grey", Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
"Faces", East End Arts, Riverhead, NY 2011 "Polylogue", Gallery Ehwa, Provincetown, MA
2010 "Dorothy and Friends", The Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York
2008 "Critters", The Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York
2005 "Scholars and Encaustics", The Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2003 "Pond Paintings", Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA "Ponds and Long Island Landscapes", East End Associates, East Island, NY
2001 "The Dorothy Paintings", AE Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1999 "Book Objects", Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1991 "Paintings from the Birch Forest", Hal Katzen Gallery, NYC, NY
"Birch Paintings", Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989 "Widow-Maker Drawings", Trabia-MacAffee Gallery, NYC, MY
1988 "Twenty-One Ways of Looking at a Waterfall", Trabia-MacAffee Gallery, NYC, NY
1987 "Landscapes and Holy Pictures", Zeus-Trabia Gallery, NYC, NY
SELECTED MURALS and PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2019 Israel Levin Center, Venice, CA, Pending commission from Jewish Federation to repaint an interior version of the "Chagall Returns to Venice Beach" mural after its removal from the exterior walls in the Center's renovation in 2018.
2018 “Radcliffe 68 Community Mural", acrylic on canvas, 5' x 20', Cambridge, MA
"Homage to Gauguin: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going", acrylic on canvas mural, 6' x 14', Ross School, East Hampton, New York 2017 canvas
"Boulder Country Day School Diversity Mural”, acrylic on panel, 6' x 24', Boulder, CO
"Endangered Species", acrylic on canvas, 6' x 28', Ross School, East Hampton, NY
2016 "Denver Mural", acrylic on panel, 6' x 18', Stanley British Primary School, Denver, CO
2015 "Justice”, acrylic on canvas mural, 6' x 20', Ross School, East Hampton, NY
2014 "Human Rights", acrylic on canvas mural, 6' x 20', Ross School, East Hampton, NY
1997 "History of East End Mural", 9'X 15', acrylic on canvas, The Ross School, East Hampton, NY
1996 "Chagall Returns to Venice Beach ", Re-commission of "Chagall Comes to Venice Beach" mural. The 1995 Northridge Earthquake destroyed the original mural.
1995 "Girls Club Mural", Girl's Club, Bronx, NY, acrylic on plaster, 12' x 20', for CAB (Citizen's Advice Bureau)
1994 “East New York: Past and Present", SITES for Students Mural Commission, New York Per Cent for Art, two 12' X 9'murals, acrylic on panel, P.S. 190 auditorium, Brooklyn, NY
1993 "New Bronx School Mural Doors", 12' X 4', Bronx, New York, "Jonah the Cat and Friends on the Pond", 12' x 20' acrylic on panel mural, Citibank Day Care Center, NYC, NY
1992 "The Fire Mural", acrylic on panel mural, 8'x 40', D.D. Bean & Sons Book Match Manufacturers, Jaffrey, NH
"The Romance of Appropriated Gender", acrylic on brick mural, 8'x16', The Pyramid Club, New York, NY "J.A. Rogers", 8' x 20' acrylic on canvas mural, J.A. Rogers Middle School, Kansas City, MO
1991 "Chagall Comes to Venice Beach", acrylic on stucco, 18'x138' mural, Venice, CA, commissioned for "The Neighborhood Pride: Great Wall Unlimited" program, funded by the Cultural Affairs Dept., City of LA, CA
"The Big Splash", acrylic on stucco mural, 13' x 28', Greyhound Terminal, LA, CA, commissioned by Greyhound, Inc. through Per Cent for Art Program
"The Peaceable Kingdom", 12' x 102' mural, acrylic on brick, Kennedy Child Study Center, Boston Road and 178th Street, Bronx, NY (visible from East Tremont Station on the #2 and #3 train)
1978 "Chumash Indians", acrylic on concrete, 12' x 30' section of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, Tujunga Wash, Los Angeles, CA
1977 "Eating Time", acrylic on stucco, 6' x 6' mural in the Library of the California
Institute for Women, Frontera, CA, under auspices of the Santa Cruz Prison Workshops
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 "Cooks of Peace Press", Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Springs Invitational”, East Hampton, NY
2016 "Zines", Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY
2015 "40 The Anniversary Exhibition", Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, NY
"Figuring Abstraction", Westbeth Gallery, NYC, NY
"Art Across the Years", Amagansett Historical Society, Amagansett, NY
2012 "Face-Off", Ross Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2007 "Chelsea Summer Dreaming", Robert Steele Gallery, New York City, NY
"Encaustic Invitational", Watermark Gallery Kingston, NY; Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, IN
2006 "Paintings from the Dune Shack", Castle Hill Gallery, Truro, MA
"35 at 35", Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2005 "Art and the Garden", Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, NY
"Artists and Nature", Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2004 "Springs Invitational", East Hampton, NY
2000 "Visual Vernacular", Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1995 "Other Choices/Other Voices", Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York, curated by Holly Block, Nancy Princenthal and Jack Shainman
"Relatively Speaking: Mothers and Daughters in Art", Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY, travelling exhibition
"Trees", Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA, curated by Hayden Herrerra
1993 "Artists and Homeless Collaborative", Henry Street Settlement House, NY, NY, curated by Hope Sandrow and Robin Tewes
1991 "From Desire...A Queer Diary", St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, curated by Nan Goldin
1989 "The Center Show", The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, NY, NY. Curated by Rick Barnett and Barbara Sahlman
1988 "Painterly Painting", Schreiber/Cutler Gallery, New York, NY
"Exhibition of Visiting Artists", Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
1986 "Objects", Sensory Evolution Gallery, New York, NY
1984 "The 69th Hudson River Museum Annual", Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1977 "Etchings", Self-Help Graphics, East Los Angeles, CA
1971 "Group Show: Lesbian Bar Presentation", Women's Space, West Los Angeles, CA, curated by Arlene Raven and Ruth Iskin
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
1996 OCARC Fellowship, Outer Cape Artists Residency Consortium, National Seashore, Provincetown, MA
1989 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., NYC, NY
University of Minnesota, Duluth, at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
1988 Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Fellowship, NYC,
1987 NY Fondation Karolyi, Artist Fellowship, Vence, France
1986 Cummington Community of the Arts, Artist Fellowship, Cummington, MA
SELECTED PRESS and PUBLICATIONS
2019 Queer Holdings: A Survey of the Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection,
Hirmer Publisher, intended 2019, reproduction of "Romaine Brooks and Me"
2017 Boston Globe, "Some Harvard Classmates Still Challenge the Status Quo", Harvard Crimson, Commencement Issue
2018, Class of 1968, Paula Barberi, page 6, "Christina Schlesinger '68, 'An Original Boss Lady"
2015 East Hampton Star, September 10, 2015, Artist Profile by Mark Segal Provincetown Arts, "Painting What I See", An Interview with Christina Schlesinger by Hunter O'Hanian, Annual Issue
2016/2017, Volume 31 Ms Magazine, July 2015, http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/07/02/subverting-the-girliecalendar-ms-july/
(Tomboy painting reproduced) suzannestroh.com/home/interview-with-christina-schlesinger/ Lavender Review, Summer 2015, http://www.lavrev.net/2015/06/christinaschlesinger.html
The Gay and Lesbian Review, March/April 2015, "Christina Schlesinger: Filling the Void in Lesbian Erotic Art"
2013 Provincetown Arts, Annual Issue
2012/2013, "Looking for That Tomboy Spirit: Conversation with Christina Schlesinger", by Susan Rand Brown
2008 "On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City", Janet BraunReinitz and Jane Weissman, University of Mississippi Press, reproductions of "The Peaceable Kingdom" mural, Kennedy Child Study Center, Bronx, NY
1999 "Women and Art: Contested Territory", Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie-Smith, Watson -Guptil Publications, NY, NY, reproduction of "Sign for a Lesbian Bar", p. 274
1995 New York Times, April 16, "Other Choices/Other Voices" review by Helen Harrison5
1994 "Community Murals: The People's Art", Alan Bennett, The Art Alliance Press and Cornwall Books, pps. 174 - 177, 236, reproduction Art Papers, November - December, Patricia Cronin, "Representing Lesbian Subjectivities"
1992 New York Times, January 6, Dulcie Leimbach, "Lion and Lamb Lie Down Together in the Bronx", re Peaceable Kingdom mural, photograph New York Native, December 14, David Hirsch, "Romance of Appropriated Gender"
1991 Visions: Art Quarterly, Spring, Jude Schwendenwein, review "Birches", reproduction
Art In America, July, Frederick Ted Castle,
"Birch Forest" review and reproduction Los Angeles Time, May 5,
Shauna Snow, "Birches" review and reproduction Women Artist's News, Winter Issue,
Cassandra Langer, "Birch Forest" review and reproduction
1989 New York Times, April 14, Michael Brenson, review of "Widow-Maker Drawings" Village Voice, Robert Atkins, "Art on Stone Walls", Center Show review, reproduction
1988 New York Times, February 21, John Russell, review of "Twenty-One Ways of Looking at a Waterfalls
1987 New York Times, January 30, John Russell, review of "Landscapes and Holy Pictures"
108: An East Village Review, January, Janet Gillespie,
"Christina Schlesinger at ZeusTrabia" Visibilities, Summer Issue
Jennifer Levin, "Speaking the Same Language: An Interview with Artists Nancy Fried and Christina Schlesinger"
TEACHING and CURRICULUM WRITING EXPERIENCE
2018-2017 The Ross School, East Hampton, NY, developed and wrote the American
History curriculum for grades 3-9 2017-2014 The Ross School, 10th Grade Cultural History teacher 2014-2012 Curriculum writer for the Ross Institute in NYC and East Hampton, NY
Private tutor in History and English to students at the Fieldston and Horace
Mann Schools in Riverdale, NY 2010-2006 York Prep School, Manhattan, World History and Art History,
Grades 9-12; wrote the Art History curriculum for the school 2005-1996 The Ross School, East Hampton New York, 8th Grade Cultural History and
Visual Arts teacher 1996-1995 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Visual Arts adjunct 1992-1983 LEAP Teaching Artist and mural specialist in the New York City Public
Schools (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program)
2002 National Art Educators Association, Miami, Florida, "25 Years of Mural Making"
2001 National Art Educators Association, New York, New York, "Making Mural Guidebooks"
2000 National Art Educators Association, Los Angeles, CA, “Illuminated Letter Books"
"Sublime: A Documentary", My mural “Chagall Returns to Venice Beach" receives a credit in this feature documentary directed by Oscar winner Bill Guttentag about the ska punk band, "Sublime". Band members are interviewed and filmed with the mural behind them.
"Underground 68", Documentary by film-maker Peter Coonradt about the Harvard class of 1968 includes a segment on my career as a mural painter and artist. ((CLICK HERE TO WATCH CLIP))
Untitled documentary on the NYC feminist art world of the '70's and '80's by film-maker Alexandra Dean. She interviewed me for this documentary. Her most recent documentary is "Bombshell" about Hedy Lamar.
Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1968 English and Fine Arts major, graduated cum laude.
Summer 1968 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, memory of teachers Philip Pearlstein and Ben Shahn were that Pearlstein criticized my drawings for having a too hard edge and that Shahn defended my work in a critique for which I was grateful. Painted an anti-war fresco in fresco barn with artist Mike Henderson.
Lived in Venice, California became involved with feminism and community art.
Attended Feminist Studio Workshop at Cal Arts studying with Judy Chicago and Mimi Shapiro, but left to co-found first the Citywide Mural Project and then SPARC, the Social and Public Art Resource Center, with muralist Judy Baca, and work for the city of Los Angeles as a community mural organizer and painter. As a community muralist I worked with street gangs in East Los Angeles and Watts creating murals in parks and on city walls; I also worked with seniors and children painting murals in senior centers and schools.
SPARC continues to this day as one of the most pre-eminent public art organizations in California.
Moved to New York City. Residencies at the Cummington Community of the Arts led to a series of waterfall and birch tree paintings, which I exhibited in the East Village at and later in Soho and Los Angeles:
1987, “Landscapes and Holy Pictures”, Zeus-Trabia Gallery, East Village;
1988, “Twenty-One Ways of Looking a t a Waterfall”, Trabia-MacAffee Gallery, Soho
1989, “Widow-Maker Drawings”, Trabia-MacAffee Gallery, Soho
1991, “Paintings from the Birch Forest”, Hal Katzen Gallery, NYC, NY
1991, “Birch Paintings”, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
My work was reviewed in many publications including the New York Times in 1988, 1989, and 1991 and the Los Angeles Times and Art in America in 1991.
During this time, I also participated in numerous group shows in the East Village and elsewhere including the Clocktower, Fashion Moda and PS 1.
A summer spent at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangchow, China studying Chinese brush painting, brought more immediacy and a calligraphic line to my painting.
During this time I worked in all five boroughs of New York City schools in the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, (LEAP) with primary school students teaching print-making, Chinese calligraphy, collage, mask-making, and paintings murals.
Became involved again with feminist politics as part of a group of anonymous women artist political activists (the Guerrilla Girls). We created posters decrying sexism and racism in the art world and in the dead of night plastered Soho with our posters. As GG’s we made an impact on the art world discourse and practice of treatment of women in the arts although there still remains enormous amounts to do.
Received a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 1988
Received a Adolph and Esther Gottleib Grant in 1989
Was fortunate to return to my roots in public art and received several large mural commissions under the percent for art construction program. In Los Angeles, I painted “The Big Splash” at the Greyhound Terminal in downtown Los Angeles and “Chagall Comes to Venice Beach” in Venice at the Israel Levin Senior Center. Also painted “The Fire Mural” at the DD Bean Match Factory in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and “The Peaceable Kingdom” in the Bronx at the Kennedy Child Study Center. I also received a SITES grant from the NY Board of Education, another percent for art program, and painted a mural in the auditorium of PS 190 in East New York.
I returned to school and received my MFA from Rutgers in 1994. My thesis show was a series of paintings as myself as a tomboy. At Rutgers I taught first year paintings and drawing classes.
From 1996-2005 I taught cultural history, art history and studio art at the Ross School, a private school in East Hampton. Ross is an independent school in East Hampton with an integrated spiral curriculum focused on project based learning and team teaching. When I started at Ross there were 48 students and grades 5-8. I wrote and taught the 8th grade Medieval World Cultural History curriculum and was the 8th grade team leader. By the time I left in 2006, the school was k-12 and had over 500 students. In my years at Ross I taught cultural history, art history, and studio art in the middle and high school.
I adopted my daughter, Chun, from China. Being a mom led to my “Dorothy” series, a series of large mixed media canvases based on a 1950’s coloring book of “The Wizard of Oz” which I exhibited in East Hampton and Sag Harbor. With the Dorothy paintings, I began the practice of adhering materials to canvas as part of the painting.
At a workshop at Ross I learned encaustic painting, which has gradually become one of my preferred mediums. My pai
My painting, "Sign For A Lesbian Bar"m is featured in the book "Women and Art: Contested Territory" by Judy Chicago and Edwatd Lucie-Smith.
Moved back to NYC, taught at York Prep in Manhattan. At York I was given the opportunity to create an art history course for seniors. I designed the course around teaching students “to see” art as an artist does and all units were based on exhibitions in New York City museums and galleries.
Showed small encaustic paintings in Sag Harbor at the Merz Gallery and the Springs Invitational in East Hampton. However during this time I was primarily involved with the illness and death of my sister and father.
Diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in late 2008. Treatment and recovery from complications lasted until early 2010. During this time did no painting.
Returned to studio and began making abstract paintings in encaustic on material. These have now been shown at TOAST, the Springs Invitational in East Hampton, and Gallery Ehwa in Provincetown in a group show titled “Polylogue”.
Provincetown Arts article.
Work in Portrait Show at The Ross School written up in Dan’s Papers.
Springs Invitational 2012, 2013, 2014.
Wrote Cultural History, English and Visual Arts curricula for grades 5-9 for the Ross School
Began a series of large scale works on paper of faces.
Taught encaustic at the Art Barge in Amagansett, New York, summer 2012 and 2013.
"Tomboys", Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum Project Space. 36 Tomboy paintings will be exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho in January.