Julie Tolentino (Filipino-Salvadorean, she/they interchangeably) is an interdisciplinary artist invested in durational performance, installation, object-making, and texts. Her work has been shown at The New Museum, Aspen Art Museum, Nevada Art Museum, Thessaloniki Biennial, Performance Space New York, The Kitchen, Participant, Inc. (NY); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions-LACE, Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); The Lab (San Francisco) amongst others.
She is the senior editor for the Provocations in The Drama Review (TDR) since 2012. Past collaborations include Visual AIDS Duets Book series with Kia LaBeija; Movements in Blue with the What Would An HIV Doula Do? Collective; and Safer Sex Handbook with Cynthia Madansky. Tolentino initiated and ran the Clit Club from 1990-2002.
Recent awards: Anonymous was a Woman and the Herb Alpert/UCROSS Residency Prize (2021); Queer|Art Sustained Artist Recognition (2020); Herb Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Art – Performance Grant (2019). Tolentino received her MFA as the University of California at Riverside’s Dean’s Distinguished Fellow in Experimental Choreography in 2020. Tolentino is the current 2021-2022 Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Steinhardt; the Alma Hawkins Chair in the World Arts & Cultures Department at UCLA, Winter 2022, and a 2022-2023 Queer|Art Mentor. Tolentino is an artist/maker/contributor with Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.