Clifford is a performance artist, writer, curator, professor, actor, and mother. Her work has been shown at The New Museum, AUNTSisdance, The Culture Project, PS 122/SoloNova, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Lab, Dixon Place, Postmasters Gallery, and abroad in Slovenia and Canada and across the U.S.  

Having been published in 2014 Penguin anthology Women in Clothes, Christen Clifford’s essay on gender, feminism and aging “Mother, Daughter, Moustache” was called a “standout essay” by Bookforum. Other writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Salon, Culturebot, PuffHo, and Smith Magazine. Her performance and video work has been shown at The New Museum, The Culture Project, PS 122, Galapagos Art Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, IV Soldiers, Dixon Place, Grace Exhibition Space, Judith Charles Gallery, Postmasters Gallery and abroad in Slovenia, Canada and across the US. As an actor she has performed at The Public Theatre, HERE, NYTW, SoHo Rep, LaMama and many downtown and regional theatres.  Clifford is a core member of the feminist performance art collective the No Wave Performance Task Force, and her Feminist Public Action “We Wish Ana Mendieta Was Still Alive” was cited as a “Best Art and Activism of 2014” by Hyperallergic. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, Art Magazine, BUST, Jezebel, The San Francisco Chronicle etc. Clifford has been a visiting scholar at NYU and is the recipient of some awards and grants including NYFA, NYSCA, the Audience Award from the NYFF and the Nonfiction Chapbook Award from The New School, where she received her MFA.

Currently, Clifford teach at The New School and curate Experiments and Disorders with Tom Cole at Dixon Place. She lives in Queens and online at @cd_clifford.