...is the author of Burn Book (Nightboat) and Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry (Insert Blanc Press), which the New York Times noted for its “blistering cultural criticism.” His writing has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Poetry Magazine, Spike Arts Magazine, Bomb, Mousse, May Revue, Bookforum and Texte Zur Kunst. He works with and against the root metaphors of developmental progress.
Bernstein collaborates with artist Gabe Rubin on works of theater, film, poetry, and digital media. They play theatrical characters in dialectical tension with each other’s fantasies and investigate occluded tropes of trans and queer life. Bernstein and Rubin’s work has been presented at Luma Westbau, MOCA Los Angeles, Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, David Lewis, and Pilar Corrias Gallery. At the Whitney, they staged and performed Bernstein’s libretto Bieber Bathos Elegy in 2016 and Mayo Thompson’s Victorine (with Art & Language) for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.