Studio Tour with the Chicago Reader, 2016 (click image to play video)


Christa Donner is an artist, writer, and organizer who investigates the human/animal body and its metaphors. Her practice combines material exploration and social exchange to propose speculative models that move between the emotional architecture of our own bodies and the layered histories of the world we inhabit.

Donner's work is exhibited widely, including projects for Gallery 400 (Chicago, USA), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art (Paphos, Cyprus); the Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland), the Centro Columbo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States. In 2012, when her daughter was one year old, Donner initiated Cultural ReProducers, an evolving creative platform for and about cultural workers who are also working it out as parents. Cultural ReProducers continues to foster visibility and support through events, publications, skillsharing, and an extensive online resource for artists and institutions.

Donner's practice extends to her role as a curator and educator.  She currently teaches courses in creative research, drawing, and small-press publishing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more about recent projects:

Mirrorface video, featuring artists Christa Donner, Keiler Roberts, Sarah McEneany and curator Justin Witte for Cleve Carney Gallery, March, 2017

Lori Waxman, Life Support: Christa Donner's Speculative New World, The Chicago Tribune, October 19, 2016

 Our New System, Christa Donner interviewed by Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400, September, 2016