Tyler Stallings is the UCR ARTSblock interim executive director at University of California, Riverside. He was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum prior to his arrival at UCR in 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 Mundos Alternos: Art & Science Fiction in the Americas (co-curator, working title, Getty Foundation Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA) (2017), Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration (co-curator, 2013), Lewis deSoto & Erin Neff: Tahquitz (2012), The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & the Legacy Project (2011), Margarita Cabrera: Puslo y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer) (2011), Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map: An Interdisciplinary Response (co-curator, 2009), Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art (co-curator, 2009), Your Donations Do Our Work: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy (2009), Absurd Recreation: Contemporary Art from China (2008), Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture (2008), and The Signs Pile Up: Paintings by Pedro Álvarez (2007), CLASS: C presents Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios: Rigor Motors (2004), Whiteness, A Wayward Construction (2003), Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing (co-curator, 2001), Desmothernismo: Ruben Ortiz Torres (1998), and Kara Walker: African’t (1997). He has also contributed scholarly essays to several books such as Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1980 (2012), is 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. His most recent book, Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from Deserts in the Southwest United States (Blue West Books, 2014), is a literary mirage that fuses present day reality and a future imaginary which repositions our view of the world from that of the desert. He also collaborates with artist Naida Osline on documentary films.
Link to book mentioned: Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation