Photo by Linus Ignatius
b. 1988 Overland Park, Kansas
raised in Maplewood, New Jersey
lives in Brooklyn, New York
Buzz Slutzky is a non-binary transgender and Ashkenazi Jewish artist, writer, educator, and performer whose practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. Their autobiographical and research-based practices build upon trans, queer, feminist, and leftist Jewish cultural traditions with an often humorous and frank voice. As a performer, Buzz has mixed stand-up comedy and musical comedy under the persona Stoni Butchell, among others. Their writing has included memoir, poetry, and criticism. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), The Leslie Lohman Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Buzz has also co/organized art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history, including the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History (2011), Hysterically Accurate: Comedic Critiques of History (2015), and Queering Space (2016). Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center (2015) and the NARS Foundation (2017), and participated in the Triple Canopy Publication Intensive (2018). They currently teach at SUNY Purchase College and CUNY College of Staten Island. They run the meme account @michellefoucaultofficial.