The Wizard of O's, still excerpt, 2007



Question Bridge Interactive is Launching!

May 1, 2014

This is a site I had the pleasure to help art drect and design. "After several years in the making, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Question Bridge Interactive (beta), a new platform designed to broaden a spectrum of voices in the campaign to represent and redefine black male identity in America."

Check it out:


The Truth Booth is touring Afghanistan August 14 - Sept 8, 2013.

In partnership with 1TV (a leading Afghan news agency) and FreePress International, the Truth Booth will be touring Afghanistan providing a platform for everyday Afghan citizens to tell there opinions, confessions and truths.

The aim of the tour is to reach as many people as possible, to empower them and to inspire others. As the Truth Booth travels around the country, One TV will broadcast a selection of the recordings daily.

The nationwide tour will culminate in a talk show on One TV discussing the topics that ordinary Afghans raise and hold dear and wish to share with their fellow Afghan citizens and the broader public.

More info and a blog can be found at the Truth Booth's dedicated website:

The Long March video installation at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Opening March 15, 2013

The Birmingham Airport Authority has commissioned Ryan Alexiev, in collaboration with the ©ause Collective, to create a large-scale video installation for the recently renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The Long March will be a mosaic video installation that will run more than half the length of the 216 ft wall. The row of videos will be collaged into a rich collection of archival footage, images, and cinemagraphs that track to the center of the wall and meld into a kaleidoscope. The travelers who will encounter the piece will be able to envision themselves as part of this mosaic that is symbolized through Alabama's relationship to 'the march' as a form of historical progression.

The Truth Booth on Exhibit at the LOOK3 Festival

Exhibiting July 7-9, 2012, McGuffey Art Center, front lawn

The Truth Booth is starting its tour of the United States at the LOOK3 Festival in Charlottesville, Virgina. Come check it out if you're in the area!


The Truth Is I Am You opening at LMCC's Art Center at Governor's Island

Opening Reception Saturday, August 27, 3-5pm
On view August 26-September 25

A project by The Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thomas. Co-presention with Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA)

The Truth Is I Am You is a floating poem highlighting the practices of coexistence that exemplify culturally diverse communities like New York City. Lining the walls of the 2,000 square foot exhibition space, the poem starts with "The truth is I am you" and ends with "The truth is I love you" translated into the 24 most spoken languages in New York City. The poetry on the walls is installed along with silver helium inflated balloons floating in the gallery space. The audience is invited to contribute to the poem by writing their own truths on the surface of the balloons.

Referencing Andy Warhol's "Silver Clouds", which originally debuted in 1966, the piece attempts to use the exhibition space as a point of entry into other systems of considering who we are, what we value, where we come from, and where we are going.

LMCC's Art Center at Governor's Island

Truth Booth at the Galway Arts Festival then touring Ireland

July 11, 2011
The Truth Booth has officiallylaunched and iis on display at the Galway Arts Festival July 11-24 then will tour the entire country of Ireland.

Awarded fence art commission by the UCSF Medical Center

MAY 2011
UCSF Medical Center is undertaking a community-based art project as part of its comprehensive endeavor to create a world-class art program for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay – the 289-bed children's, women's specialty and cancer hospital complex currently under construction and scheduled to open at the end of 2014. The fence art project entails the installation of art murals on the construction site fences along 16th, 3rd, and Mariposa Streets by summer 2011. The artwork will remain until the new hospitals open. Artists from the Bay Area have been commissioned to beautify the construction site; help identify the new hospitals; and trumpet the significance of the emerging UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay to passersby. The artists will engage the surrounding neighborhood communities in the creation of the art, as well as involve members of the UCSF faculty, staff and student body, and medical center patients. It's also hoped that the murals will perpetuate the excitement and support for establishing the permanent art program. Learn more about the Art Program of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay and read the Art Master Plan at

Arts Council of Ireland commissions the Truth Booth

A new project titled In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) has been commissioned bythe Arts Council of Ireland. The commissioned project will feature an inflatable "truth booth" which will tour the country of ireland the summer of 2011 on a journey to find the "Truth".


February 4 - March 11, 2011
Group Exhibition
The exhibition takes the idea of plenty as its starting point. Once a notion so incredible it was given as a gift by the Gods, the idea of abundance is now an every day experience. Supermarkets are filled with brightly colored packaged foods that never rot and barely dressed women are used to sell everything from toilet paper to toothbrushes. In this world of excess, what do we use to fill the void?

Opening Reception, Friday, February 4, 6-9pm
Allegra LaViola Gallery
179 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Teaching at California College of the Arts

FALL 2010
I will be teaching a graduate design course "Identity of Anonymous Space"this fall at CCA. The course explores how personal or contextual identity arises in public and/or "anonymous" urban spaces, landscapes, and dwellings, and how that identity may be changed through design intervention.

I See it Now selected for Oakland International Airport's Media Wall

AUGUST 10 2010
The short film I See it Now will be displayed at the Oakland Airport's Media Wall in the Terminal 2 baggage claim for 2 years. I See It Now uses video images arranged in a 360 degree montage of a Bay Area day, offering viewers a unique sense of how we move through the landscape of our lived experiences.

View excerpt of film

SF Cameraworks: The Future Lasts Forever

MARCH. 4 – APRIL 17 2010
Part 2: The Future Lasts Forever. This second part of SF Camerawork’s 35th anniversary exhibition features historically significant works and contemporary pieces created as a means to address unique historical moments, locales and people of the Bay Area. Major newly commissioned works will be debuted by artists Anne Walsh & Chris Kubick, working under the name ARCHIVE, and by ©ause Collective, an artists’ collaborative that includes Ryan Alexiev, Jessica Ingram, Bayeté Ross Smith, Jorge Sanchez, and Hank Willis Thomas. Also: Lynn Hershman Leeson's "24-Hour Roberta," in which Leeson resurrects, on computer, her 1970s performance alter ego, Roberta Breitmore, in "second life" form.


Oakland Musem: Coming to California

AUGUST 26, 2009
The Oakland Museum has commissioned Ryan Alexiev, in collaboration with the ©AUSE COLLECTIVE, to create a permanent video installation in the recently renovated museum.

The video will be completed by March 1st, 2010

CAA Panel Presentation:
Artist Citizen: Catalysts, Collectives, and Utopias

FEBRUARY 13, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Joan M. Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; Amy M. Mooney, Columbia College Chicago

Transitory Utopian Potential: Spontaneous Models for Creative Critical Communities
Gillian Whiteley, Loughborough University
Creating a Dynamic Conversation between Issues, Sites, and the Public Audience
Jessica Ingram, California College of the Arts
Ryan Alexiev, Cause Collective
Food as Art as Sustainability Activism: The Politics of Agriculture and Food Systems in Twenty-First-Century Art Practices
Liena Vayzman, independent artist and curator, Oakland
Recording Change: Youth Dialogues on Progressive Efforts in Chicago
Jim Duignan, DePaul University
Creative Fix: Looking to Artists for Change
Sheryl Oring, University of California, San Diego


OCT 14 - JAN 31, 2010
Unnatural Rubber is an art competition that challenged 15 of the world's leading contemporary artists, including Terence Koh, Agathe Snow and John Waters, to come up with an idea for a new work of art made primarily of synthetic rubber if given as much of the material as they needed. Each artist was asked to submit a sketch of what they would do if they won the contest, and the winning entry was awarded a $75,000 cash prize and the necessary materials to make the drawing a reality. The winning sculpture, created by Ryan Alexiev and Hank Willis Thomas, and all 15 drawings are included in this exhibition which fuses innovation and industry, technology and the arts, in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the invention of synthetic rubber.

The artists represented in the exhibition includes Chakaia Booker (NYC), Robert Buck (NYC), Tom Burr (NYC), Paolo Canevari (Rome), Liz Craft (LA), Dario Escobar (Guatemala City), Michael Kalmbach (Berlin), Emiko Kasahara (Tokyo & NYC), Terence Koh (NYC), Agathe Snow (NYC), Marc Swanson (NYC), Tony Tasset (Chicago), Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev (NYC), Momoyo Torimitsu (NYC), John Waters (Baltimore).

Alongside the Unnatural Rubber exhibition is Shepard Fairey's Supply & Demand and SuperTrash.

Wheel of Fortune Commission

JUNE 19, 2009
Ryan alexiev and Hank Willis Thomas's proposed sculpture "Wheel of Fortune" was selected as the winner in the Unnatural Rubber competition.

Commissioned by the Lanxess Rubber Corporation, the sculpture will be completed and installed in the Andy Warhol Museum in October, 2009.

More Information

Public Lecture at Hastings Law School

MARCH 25, 2009
Appropriating Advertising and Icons: this talk explores the dynamics of cultural fusion and appropriation, and how – or if – the law should play a role in fostering artistic expression.

The Armory Show: International Fair of New Art

MARCH 4-7, 2009
will be debuting a new print edition Breakfast of Champion
at The 2009 Armory Show.

Print Edition of 100, hand-signed and numbered,
Archival Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 100% cotton rag paper.
40 x 30 inches (102 x 76 cm)

Public Lecture at Smith College

OCTOBER, 28, 2008
The Film Studies Program presents Artist Talk: "What You See is What You Get" by Ryan Alexiev and Hank Willis Thomas, members of The Cause Collective.

Stardusted: Film screening in Guangzhou
At Ping Pong Space in Guangzhou, China

SEPTEMBER 21, 2008
This film screening has been organized as an import / export product from California to Guangzhou.

Curated by Clark Buckner. Including work by: Michael Zheng, David Sanchez, Deer Fang, Michael Trigilio, Matthew Hughes Boyko, Paul Kyle, Scott Kildall, Chè Vuoi?, and Ryan Alexiev

Land of a Million Cereals
A Mixed-media Installation by Ryan Alexiev

JUNE 6–AUGUST 2, 2008
My first solo exhibition examines the ideology of free choice in American consumer culture (using the metaphor and medium of sugared cereals) and includes prints, sculpture, video, and drawings. This exhibition has been sponsored by a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Press Release

Pangea Day

MAY 10, 2008
Portions of "Along the Way," the video mosaic created in collaboration with the ©AUSE COLLECTIVE, were featured in Pangea Day Film Festival, a global event organized by award-winning filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and TED. On May 10, 2008, the program was broadcast simultaneously in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro, in seven different languages.

The Truth is I Am You

FEBRUARY 10, 2008
"The Truth is I Am You," a 300-foot installation at the University of San Francisco was unveiled to the public in March, 2008. Made in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas, the installation is a series of speech balloons that line a covered walkway, highlighting the diversity of cultures that exemplify the UCSF community. Each balloon displays a single line from the poem translated into one of 24 languages spoken by the student body.

UCSF press release

2008 Sundance Film Festival

"Along the Way" was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and featured in the New Frontier Program. Along the Way was originally created as a public art commission for the Oakland International Airport, with support from the Oakland Museum and the L.E.F. Foundation.

Sundance press release