Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn.
Finkelstein is a founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, which was recently included in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.
He is also a founding member of the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective had its first retrospective at 80 WSE in 2012, and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, The New Museum and The New York Public Library.
His solo work has shown at The Whitney Museum, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Kunsthalle Wien, The Harbor Gallery, Exit Art, Sue Scott Gallery, Monya Rowe Gallery, La MaMa La Galleria and The Leslie Lohman Museum, and is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum, The New Museum, The Smithsonian, The Brooklyn Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The New York Public Library.
His recent workshops and lectures focus on the "Flash Collective," a new paradigm for rethinking the public sphere, an experiment in political art-making focused on the creation of a one day collective to produce a single art intervention in a public space. This experimental curriculum combines the skills used in collective decision-making with a surgical and fast-paced format intended to cut directly to the point of the work, which is content. The flash collective is a result-oriented exercise aimed at the very core of social engagement, collective action. Finkelstein has already conducted nine Flash Collectives for New York University, The HIV Is Not A Crime Conference, Concordia University, The New York Public Library, The Helix Queer Performance Network, and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, has spoken about them at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale, The New School, SUNY and for Visual AIDS, and has upcoming workshops at several major museums and universities in 2015.
Finkelstein has been interviewed about art in the public sphere by international publications including The New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, Bomb, Interview and The Boston Globe, and for multiple film and oral history projects, including Let The Record Show, Silence Opens Doors and The ACT UP Oral History Project, and has been invited to speak about art, political activism, AIDS activism, LGBT politics, LGBT cultural production, the American Left, and art and intellectual property by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Exit Art, Fordham, RISD, MassArt, The New School, Parsons, The School of Visual Arts, CUNY, UMASS and the Arts and Labor working group of Occupy Wall Street. He was one of the Opening Ceremonies speakers at the Life Ball in 2011, and has created public awareness campaigns for AmFAR, The AIDS Policy Project, The Campaign To End AIDS, ACT UP, POZ, United Against AIDS, and ACRIA.