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The haudenschildGarage

        Founded in 2003 by [1], the haudenschildGarage is a 21st century cultural search engine that provides a home to all seeking to engage in experimentation and conversation. The goal is to offer a permissive context for opinion and production. The haudenschildGarage works directly with artists through Garage Projects, Garage Talks, Fuel4Talks, Commissions, and Artist Residencies.


In 2006 the haudenschildGarage launched SPARE PARTS[2]with . Projects included (2007) in Palestine; (2008) in Argentina, and The Last Book (2009) in the U.S.
       Decolonizing Architecture, a collaboration with London-based architect and theorist Eyal Weizman and Bethlehem-based architects , and Giorgio Agamben, took the settlement of Psagot, overlooking Ramallah and redesigned it for a post-evacuation time and context. The project included an exhibition and symposium at the Bozar Center for Fine Art in Brussels (2008-09) and it was selected for the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2008). Decolonizing Architecture was also exhibited at REDCAT in Los Angeles (2010), COAC in Barcelona (2009) and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (2009-2010).
        A Crime Has Many Stories is a project based on Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia’s short story, La Loca y el Relato del Crimen (Madwoman and the Story of a Crime, 1975). In 2008, a multidisciplinary, one-day traverse of Buenos Aires included curators Judi Werthein and Sonia Becce, with Alejandro Ruiz and Monica Jovanovich-Kelley. The project generated two site-specific pieces by Argentine artists and Roberto Jacoby with , and a commissioned story, El Hijo, by Argentine writer . A video of Piglia reading his short story at Malba – Fundación Costantini (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) was commissioned as part of the project. The literary collective Eloisa Cartonera produced a limited edition Survival Kit and a catalog of the project.
        The Last Book, produced by the haudenschildGarage, conceptualized and directed by Steve Fagin, attempted to resurrect the medieval illuminated manuscript through the invocation of today’s current alchemy – new technologies. The haudenschildGarage constructed a one of a kind book that included text, drawings, moving images and sound. The Last Book enlisted the writing skills of Mary Gaitskill, the moving images of Leslie Thornton and YouTube, the drawings of Davina Semo, the music of Greg Landau, and the soulful voice of Shanghai novelist, .  The performance of The Last Book took place in Los Angeles at the Schindler House (MAC Center for Art and Architecture) on April 26, 2009.
In 2010 the haudenschildGarage founded the Fundación Migdalia Rubio, offering scholarships for education to at-risk youth in Tijuana, Mexico. Since then the foundation has expanded to offering educational summer camps. Their most recent project, “Niños Trabajadores de la Linea” removes children from Tijuana’s bartering lines and gives them a chance to attend educational labs and workshops.
In 2013, the haudenschildGarage collaborated with artist Mark Bradford on the Hermes Project in Los Angeles and La Jolla, California.
That same year, the garage produced the documentary Triples/Trillizos, with Itzel Martínez and Lucía Sanromán, which premiered in Mexico and the U.S. The film has been selected for the 2014 Oaxaca International Film Festival in Mexico, the New Orleans International Film Festival, the Cortopolis Film Festival in Argentina, the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles, the 2nd Academic Conference of Visual Anthropology in Mexico and the Encuentro Académico de Antropología Audiovisual.
Other projects have included a mural in Los Angeles, California by the New Chinatown Barbershop with eight local graffiti artists (2006);  Recoleta, a grave rubbings series in Buenos Aires, Argentina by New York-based artist, Lisa Tan (2007); engaging Los Angeles-based art critic, Matthew Schum, to interview Hou Hanru, the Istanbul Biennale curator (2007) and to dispatch ‘mobile debriefings’ from Documenta 13 (2012); working with Los Angeles-based artist and poet, Karla Diaz, to create a mural with artist Mario Ybarra Jr. at the Prague Biennale (2007); collaborating with the Periscope Project’s Summer Urban Laboratories workshops in San Diego, California (2011 and 2012) and Estacion Tijuana, and Taller 7 on Proyecto Coyote for the MDE11 Biennial in Medellin, Colombia with curator Lucía Sanromán (2011); working with artist Felipe Zuniga to create the Laboratorio Experimental de Óptica, a program that paired artists from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California with elementary school students in Tijuana, Mexico (2011); The Gift Exchange, a project with Yang Zhenzhong and Eduardo Abaroa (2011).
Current projects include the fourth iteration of the Political Equator (2013-2015) based in Argentina in collaboration with Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Meitin, and Mauricio Corbalan as well as a collaboration with the literary collective, Eloisa Cartonera and Washington Cucurto, on a kitchen garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


GARAGE TALKS, a series of large format panels, conversations, symposia, film previews and presentations that included:

  • World Premiere of Chinese artist Cao Fei’s video Whose Utopia.
  • Mexico City in the 1990s with Steve Fagin, Yoshua Okon, Roberto Tejada and Rubén Ortiz-Torres.
  • Gerardo Estrada, (UNAM & former Minister of Fine Arts, Mexico), Cuauhtémoc Medina (Art Critic & Curator, Tate London), Rubén Ortiz-Torres (Artist), Yoshua Okon (Artist), and Carmen Cuenca (Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo) (2005)
  • Cities and Circuits – Urban Detours into New Media Practice with Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective, Delhi, India) and Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD & Electronic Disturbance Theater) (2005)
  • Asian Art Now with Mami Kataoka (Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) Lesley Stern, Norman Bryson, Kuiyi Shen, Eungie Joo, Doryun Chong (Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), Betti-Sue Hertz (Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Yukie Kamiya (Curator, New Museum, New York) (2005)
  • inSite_05 Conversations, with Michael Krichman, 
Osvaldo Sánchez, Mans Wrange, Mark Bradford, Joshua Decter, Beverly Adams, 
Ruth Auerbach, 
Javier Téllez, 
Magaly Ponce, Carmen Cuenca
  • The panel Alternative Universes: Emerging Artists’ Spaces with Renoud Proch, Nate Harrison, Mario Ybarra Jr., Sergio de la Torre, C. Ondine Chavoya, Rita Gonzalez and Bill Kelley Jr.(2006)
  • Political Equator I conferences, a three-day event featuring Hou Hanru, Pi Li, Andrew Ross, Teddy Cruz, Steve Fagin, and Eyal Weizman, among others (2006)
  • Political Equator II conferences with the collaboratives Ala Plástica and the Urban Think Tank (2007);
  • Three Tacos and a Martini with Teddy Cruz, Yvonne Venegas, Josh Kun, and Michael Krichman (2007)
  • The Atlas Group with Walid Raad (2007)
  • Exhibition of Disorderly Conduct, a collaboration with the Orange Country Museum of Art with Martin Kersels, Glenn Kaino, Pearl C. Hsiung, Daniel J. Martinez, Stephanie Hanor, and Mike Davis (2008)
  • The MOCA Allan Kaprow retrospective, Art as Life with Jeff Kelley (2008)
  • Candy and Panda Sex with Chinese author Mian Mian (2009)
  • The Argentine literary collective Eloisa Cartonera with author Washington Cucurto (2009)
  • Lectures by French philosopher Alain Badiou (2010)
  • Political Equator III Conference with Alejandro Meitin, Kelley Lindquist, Emiliano Gandolfi, Lucia Babina, Miguel Robles-Duran and Gabriela Rendon, Dana Cuff, Eyal Weizman, Alessandro Petti, Sergio Fajardo Valderrama, Rick Lowe, Anuradha Mathur  (San Diego/Tijuana, 2011).

Fuel4Talks, a series of small format interviews have included:

  • Slavoj Zizek (2006)
  • the Orchard Group (2006)
  • Eduardo Abaroa with Ruben Ortiz-Torres and Steve Fagin (2007)
  • Martha Rosler (2007)
  • Leslie Thornton (2007)
  • Jim Nisbet (2007)
  • Lisa Tan with Derrick Cartwright and Lauri Firstenberg (2007)
  • Lincoln Schatz with Monica Jovanovich-Kelley & Jordan Crandall (2008)
  • Julian d’Angiolillo & Eduardo Molinari with Jennifer Flores Sternad (2012)
  • Ming Wong with Aram Moshayedi (2012)

New works include:

  • the Super Angel performance by Chinese artist, Shi Yong
  • Let’s Pray video by Chinese artist Yang Zhenzhong (2003)
  • a graffiti mural by eight Los Angeles-based graffiti artists in collaboration with the New Chinatown Barber Shop (2006)
  • an Emergency/Conversation Table by Raul Cardenas of Torolab for the Political Equator II conferences (2007)
  • the book El Hijo by Washington Cucurto and a video of The Madwoman and the Story of a Crime withits author, Ricardo Piglia (2008)
  • The Gift Exchange, a collaboration and video of Chinese artist, Yang Zhenzhong, and Mexican artist, Eduardo Abaroa (2011)
  • a mural by Argentine artist, Cécile Perret (2011 and 2012)
  • a short documentary Triples/Trillizos that premiered in the U.S. and Mexico and was the Official Selection for several International Film Festivals (2014)
  • Chinese artists Yang Zhenzhong and Shi Yong (2003), who produced new works while in residency, I Will Die, was selected for the 2004 Venice Biennale.
  • Tom Zummer (2007)
  • Washington Cucutro and Maria Gomez from the Argentine literary collective, Eloisa Cartonera (2009)
  • Chinese author Mian Mian discussing her banned novel, Candy (2000) and novel, Panda Sex (2009)
  • Yang Zhenzhong and Eduardo Abaroa with The Gift Exchange project (2011)
  • Exhibitions at REDCAT, the America’s Society New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the University Art Galleries of UCSD and SDSU
  • The installation of the InSite Archive at MUAC in Mexico City (2010)
  • Steve Fagin’s feature film A Cloud of Hope (2010)
  • Seminars at the Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas (C.I.A.) in Buenos Aires (2012)
  • The residency program of SOMA (2012) a Mexico City-based alternative art space and school
  • The establishment of an annual commission for young artists from A Reason to Survive (ARTS) in San Diego, California (2012)
  • The short film The Piano & The Ballerina by Samuel Curtis (2013)
  • Supported filmmakers Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber as they documented the last days of a colony of magicians, artists and acrobats in India (2012-2014)
  • The resulting film, Tomorrow We Disappear, screened at numerous film festivals in the U.S. and Canada, including the Tribeca Film Festival (2014)
  • A collaboration with Warrior Foundation ~ Freedom Station (2014).

For more information, please contact:
Mia Hamilton
Assistant to the Director

Rita Haudenschild
Member of the Board of Directors

Anna Haudenschild
Member of the Board of Directors

Or visit the website and blog for more information about the events:

[1] Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eloisa Haudenschild, director of the haudenschildGarage, La Jolla, California, is a collector of contemporary Chinese, European, American and Latin American art.  Eloisa is InSite’s President of the Board of Directors. InSite is a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects within the border region of San Diego, Tijuana and Mexico City. From 2002 -2005, she organized “Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Video and Photography from the Haudenschild Collection that traveled to five cities in the U.S., Mexico, China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Singapore.

[2] SPARE PARTS, a 3 year cycle of projects commissioned and produced by Eloisa Haudenschild and Steve Fagin. 

Founder and Director, haudenschildGarage

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eloisa Haudenschild resides in La Jolla, California. She is a collector and active supporter of global contemporary art. Many of the works in the Haudenschild Collection are by emerging artists as collecting is primarily a result of Eloisa’s involvement with artists and the artistic community in Latin America and China.

The Latin American collection, in particular, began in the early 1990s due in large part to Eloisa’s involvement with inSite, a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects within the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. As inSite’s President of the Board of Directors (1997 to present), Eloisa continues to work closely with significant Latin American curators and artists.

In the late 1990s Eloisa began traveling to China and forged friendships with young Chinese curators and contemporary artists. In 2002, she organized selections from the collection to form the traveling exhibition Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection (2002-2005) that traveled to five cities in the U.S., Mexico, China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Singapore. Marking many important milestones, Zooming into Focus was the first exhibition of its kind in San Diego and Singapore and the first contemporary Chinese photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. It was the first time the Shanghai Art Museum exhibited works on contemporary Chinese video and photography from a private collection and most importantly, it was the first retrospective exhibition of Chinese photography and video ever held at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Two symposia were organized in conjunction with the exhibition in the United States and China.

In 2003, Eloisa Haudenschild founded the haudenschildGarage. It works with artists through international projects and presents symposia, lectures and film screenings to the public. A series of residencies introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the U.S. for the first time.

In early 2010, the haudenschildGarage established the Fundación Migdalia Rubio with the mission to offer scholarships to economically challenged elementary students in Tijuana, Mexico by providing all necessities for their academic success including art labs and computer summer camps.

Eloisa’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary Chinese video and photography has been internationally recognized numerous times. She was twice named as a top collector by Art & Antiques Magazine (March 2006 and May 2007) and The Art Newspaper named her as one of the world’s seven greatest collectors of Chinese contemporary art (May 2007). In 2008, Yishu: Journal of named her as one of ten collectors instrumental in promoting . In 2006 Frieze Magazine named the Haudenschild Collection one of only two private collections of Chinese art that became publically accessible outside and inside China (January 2006).

Board of Directors: Chris Haudenschild, Anna Haudenschild, Rita Haudenschild