Bean Gilsdorf is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco. Working with appropriated images and texts, Gilsdorf creates sculptures and performances that delve into the relationship between historical narratives, the iconography of authority, and the ways in which representations influence our perception of cultural values. “Gilsdorf invites us to consider the limits of power such images have, the point at which they become diffuse and illegible, and the absurdity that arises when they are ignored.”

Her projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts; and the American Textile History Museum; as well as exhibition spaces in Poland, England, Italy, China, and South Africa. Gilsdorf graduated from Simon’s Rock at Bard College with a B.A. in Literature, and received her M.F.A. in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including 2015 and 2016 Fulbright Fellowships to Poland, the Bess Winspear Memorial Scholarship at Banff Centre, a Graduate Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts, and a Graduate Full Merit Scholarship at California College of the Arts.

In addition to her work as an artist, Gilsdorf is an art critic and professional editor. She is the former editor in chief of Daily Serving, an international publication for the contemporary arts, and her critical writing and interviews have been included in publications such as Artforum, BOMB, and Frieze. She is currently a columnist-in-residence for SFMOMA's Open Space.