TINA LA PORTA

Born in 1967 in Chicago, while still an undergraduate, Tina La Porta developed a body of work photographing the Pro-Choice movement in Chicago, Milwakee, Waashington D.C. and New York City. In 1992 Ms. La Porta moved to New York's East Village to persue her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at The School of Visual Arts where she studied with Lisa Spellman, Sarah Charlesworth and Nan Goldin. During that time she interned at Pace/McGill Gallery and for Historian, Naomi Rosemblum while she wrote her book A History of Women Photographers (Abbeville Press). Her intial post-graduate work was immersed within the global internet art movement where she created several internet specific art works such as: net.works + avatars, distance and Re:mote_Corp@REALities. After 9/11 she shifted her attention to mediated representations and coverage of war where she found the "Veil" to be the perfect metaphor. Most Recently, Ms. La Porta's work has turned inward and paradoxically comments on consumer behavior in regards to everyday use of pharmceuticals.

Since 1991 Ms. La Porta has exhibited work in numerous group shows; A display of her screen print work and materials have recently been on view at The NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; her work was included in the exhibition 'Gritty in Pnk' at Bailey Contemporary Art, Pompano Beach, Florida; Her work was included in both exhibitions: ReImagined and eXXpectations at The Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, Florida. Ms. La Porta's sound work was part of The International Streaming Festival 6th Edition in The Hague, Netherlands; Sound of IT, Compositions In the Spirit of John Cage touring to Garage 4141, San Diego, Ca.; Northend Studios, Detroit MI.; and Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran; Her work has been featured in several exhibitions at The Projects in Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village Art District.

Other venues she has exhibited include, The New Museum, NY; Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museu do Essencial e do Alem Disso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; Centre Cultural de la FundaciĆ³ "la Caixa," Barcelona, Spain; The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL.; The Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL.

She has lectured and presented my work widely at The Florida Art Museum Directors Association Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL; 5 Minutes of Fame, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Liceo Artistico Statale Caravaggio, Milan, Italy; The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; College Art Association/Women's Caucus for Art.

Ms. La Porta received commissions to create new work from The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The Alternative Museum, New York, NY; and Turbulence.org, New York, NY .

Her work is included in Public Collections such as The Whitney Museum, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY; Sound Art Museum, Rome, Italy and The Young At Art Museum in Davie,Florida.

She has been published in many periodicals including Digital Art: World of Art Series (Thames and Hudson); The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (Routledge); From Technological to Virtual Art (MIT Press); as well as The New York Times, Miami New Times(Featured Cover Artist), LA Weekly, Sun Sentinel, Leonardo and Ms. Magazine.

While living in New York City, Ms. La Porta taught at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels in Fine Art at Cooper Union, New York University, The New School, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, Fordham University, St. John's University and Fairfield University.