alejandro t. acierto

Assistant Professor
WEST Campus
Assistant Professor
WEST Campus

alejandro t. acierto is an artist, musician, and curator whose work is largely informed by legacies of colonialism found within human relationships to technology and material cultures. He has presented projects and screenings for the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Issue Project Room (NYC), MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Echo Park Film Center (LA), Stove Works (Chattanooga) and Eastside Projects (Birmingham, UK), among others. He is also co-director of CQDELAB, an ongoing collaborative project with KT Duffy invested in developing and sustaining queer-feminist digital spaces, systems, and toolsets. Together, they authored the artist book CQDE: A Feminist Manifestx of Code-ing published by Sybil Press. Additionally, his curatorial projects have been mounted at Vanderbilt University’s Space 204 Gallery, Coop (Nashville), and online for the Wrong Biennial and his writing has appeared in the Journal for Asian Diasporic Visual Culture and the Americas, and in the edited volume Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898, edited by Joseph R. Hartman.

acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, LATITUDE, Chicago Artists' Coalition, and Digital Artist Residency. A 3Arts Awardee, he holds degrees from DePaul University (BM), Manhattan School of Music (MM), University Illinois at Chicago (MFA), and was inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. Formerly, he was a Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media at Vanderbilt University and was a Digital Humanities Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities. Currently, he serves as a Teaching Fellow for the MA in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College and primarily as Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance at Arizona State University, New College.

MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago
MM, Manhattan School of Music
BM, DePaul University

Acierto, Alejandro T. “Sustained Constraint: Locating Corporeal Control through Archived Images of the Breath in the Philippines after 1898.” In Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898, edited by Joseph R. Hartman. Perspectives on the Global Past. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2021.

Acierto, Alejandro. “Aram Han Sifuentes: Protest Banner Lending Library.” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas 4, no. 3 (2018): 338–41.




What lies beneath is already on the surface (with Allana Clarke), Langer over Dickie, Chicago, IL

the dead are not altogether powerless, Boundary, Chicago, IL

in the absence of sight, (SCENE) Metrospace at MSU Galleries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Breathing Room, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL
the means by which we make an opening, THE SUB-MISSION/MISSION Projects, Chicago, IL



Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
IAP 305 20th-21st Cent Art, Perf&Media
IAP 334 Conceptual Develop in the Arts

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