Bari Ziperstein (b. 1978; Chicago, IL) works in mixed media sculpture with a primary focus in ceramics. Materially experimental and conceptual at its core, her practice engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment. Her objects and sculptural tableaux reflect her interest in the political dimensions of economic systems and challenge the construction of desire and aspiration in contemporary American culture through a historical lens. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Ziperstein received a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 2004 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University, Athens OH in 2000.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN (2018); Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Santa Barbara, CA (2017); Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (2010); Long Beach City College Project Space, Long Beach, CA (2009); The Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (2007); and the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA (2005). Recent solo gallery exhibitions have been presented at Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA (2022) and Charles Moffett Gallery, New York, NY (2023).
Her work has been included in thematic exhibitions such as Clay Pop, Jeffrey Deitch, NY / LA (2022 / 23); Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA (2022); Transformations, Wende Museum, Culver City, CA (2020); The Body, The Object, The Other, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2020); All Hands on Deck, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Making It Work: Production by Design, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA (2018); Corporeal Impulse, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (2008); Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007). She is the 2023-24 recipient of the COLA Individual Master Artist Project Grant from the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs.