Vanalyne Green is best known for work that appropriates the conventions of various genres to examine hierarchies of meaning where sex and privilege cross paths. Her work playfully and bitterly examines the paradoxes of American citizenship within such social practices as addiction, sports, sexuality, and, most recently, prayer.
Green's videos have shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Videotheque de Paris, among many other venues. She has received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, as well as grants from Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the N.E.A., and a Prix de Rome. Publications by and about, and interviews with Green can be found in Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties and Women of Vision, in addition to M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism.
Vanalyne Green is Chair in Undergraduate Fine Art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She also has taught at the University of Leeds in England, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Temple University, and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.