Photo by Linus Ignatius
b. 1988 Overland Park, Kansas
raised in Maplewood, New Jersey
lives in Brooklyn, New York
Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and performer whose practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and video. Their visual art and writing often play between autobiographical and historical content. Their work builds 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, character work, and musical comedy. Their writing has included memoir, poetry, creative nonfiction, and criticism.
From 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at Leslie Lohman Museum, Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times.
Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015. They were a 2015 resident at the Vermont Studio Center and a 2017 resident at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn. Slutzky participated in the 2018 Triple Canopy Publication Intensive. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island and a foundations course at SUNY Purchase.