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Glenn Ligon

Selected Biography
Born in Bronx, New York, 1960

Lives and works in New York

1985, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York



1982, B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown

1980, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence




Solo Exhibitions
2014

Forthcoming: Camden Art Centre, London, UK



Glenn Ligon: Come Out, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK

Glenn Ligon: Narratives, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2013

Glenn Ligon, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo
2012

Glenn Ligon: Neon, Luhring Augustine, New York
2011

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; 1; travelled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; travels to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
2010

Glenn Ligon, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2009

Nobody and Other Songs, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Glenn Ligon: Off Book, Regen Projects II

2008

Love and Theft, Power House Memphis, Memphis

Figure / Paysage / Marine, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
2007

Some Changes, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Mudam, Foundation Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

Glenn Ligon, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Unauthorized, Belkin Gallery, Vancouver

2006

Brilliant Corners, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

We Had Everything Before Us We Had Nothing Before Us, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France

Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania



Some Changes, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Glenn Ligon, Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
2005

Glenn Ligon: Some Changes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Drawings, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
2004

Text Paintings: 1990 – 2004, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California

Circa 1971, ’72 or ’73, The Gallery at Dieu Donné Papermill, New York
2003

Going There, D’Amelio Terras, New York

Annotations, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, online project
2002

Glenn Ligon, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

2001


Colored, D’Amelio Terras, New York

Portraits and Not-Portraits, Kunstverein Munich, Germany

Stranger, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
2000

Artist-in-Residendence: Glenn Ligon, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coloring: New Work, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Currents 81, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
1998

Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Glenn Ligon, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas

Nothing Under the Sun, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
1997

Glenn Ligon: Day of Absence, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Runaways, MOSAIC: Museum Study Center, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida,

Gainesville, Florida


1996

The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glenn Ligon, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

Glenn Ligon: New Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
1995

Photos and Notes, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Skin Tight, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Glenn Ligon, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

1994

Project Room, Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1993

Glenn Ligon: to Disembark, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Traveled:

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Davidson College Art Gallery, Davidson, NC;

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI (brochure)

White, Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Good Mirrors Are Not Cheap, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York, NY; Traveled: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

1992

Glenn Ligon, Max Protech Gallery, New York

Glenn Ligon/Matrix 120, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
1991

Glenn Ligon, White Columns, New York

Project Room, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York


1990

Winter Exhibition Series, National and International Studio Artist Program (1989-90), P.S. 1 Museum, New York

Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, New York
1982

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut



Recent Group Exhibitions

2014

30 Americans, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany


Reliable Tension, or: How to Win a Conversation About Jasper Johns, 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery,

Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut


8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Point of View: African American Art Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan

Somos Libres II, Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy

Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

UNE HISTOIRE (art archi design/des années 80 à nos jours) / A HISTORY (art architecture design, from the 80s to now), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2013

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Each One As She May – Ligon, Reich & De Keersmaeker, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Prennsylvania

Fiction/Nonfiction, Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

In a Silent Way, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Revelations, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Unphotographable, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

Black and White, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Speak, Memory, The Wallach Art Gallery, New York

Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

NYC 1993, New Museum, New York


Word and Image, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

We Hold These Truths…, The Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead
2012

The Annual 2012. National Academy, New York

Blues for Smoke, LA MOCA, Los Angeles, California

Taboo, MCA- Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Weighted Words, The Zabludowicz Collection, London

Self-portraits, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

TERRAIN: Selected Works from the Linda Pace Foundation Collection, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas

National Academy Annual Exhibition: 2012, National Academy, New York

Distant Star/Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico

Invisible, Hayward Gallery, London

Material, Salon 94 Freemans, New York

The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Andy Warhol, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

The Residue of Memory, Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, Colorado

War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & The Civil War, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artist, Fifty Years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2011

30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

After Hours: Murals on the Bowery,(part of Festival of Idea for a New City), New York

America: Now + Here, a travelling exhibition in multiple expandable trucks, in many US Cities including Kansas City, Detroit, and Chicago, and Aspen, curated by Eric Fischl

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida


ARTiculate: Links Between Visual and Verbal Expression, Camden Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Rutgers, New Jersey

Black Swan: The Exhibition, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California

The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Collecting Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Distant Star/Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California

Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn,

New York


Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

If you lived here you’d be home by now, CCS Bard Hessel Muesum, curated by Josiah McElheny

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial)

Jean Genet, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

The Last First Decade, Ellipse Foundation, Portugal

Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work, Curated by Scissor Sisters, Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; travels to the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

We Will Live, We Will See, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Black White Gray Blue, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

2010

Living with Art: Collecting Contemporary in Metro New York, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University, Purchase, New York

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC


Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, California

Minima Moralia, Marvelli Gallery, New York

Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), organized by Walead Beshty, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California

Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

This Girl Bends: Art and Feminism Since 1960, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the present, Reina Sofia, Madrid,

Spain


Self-Consciousness, VeneKlasen Werner Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

El Gabinete Blanco, Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

Substitute Teacher, The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Freedom of Expression: Politics and Aesthetics in African American Art, Colby College Museum of Art,Waterville, Maine

The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London

Desire, The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, UK

Hard Targets, Wexner Center or the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Twenty Five, Luhring Augustine, New York

From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Oio

Imitation and Invention, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

2009

30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Black Is, Black Ain’t, ArtSpace, Kansas City, Minnesota

Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

FAX, The Drawing Center, New York; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada; Dowd Gallery, Cortland, New York; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

Reflection: A Video Program, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Infinitesimal Eternity, 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Exposed: Revealing Sources in Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware

Post-American L.A., 18th Street Arts Organization, Santa Monica, California

The Matrix Effect, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connceticut

Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Modern and Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Between Art and Life: Contemporary Works from the Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Racism: An American Family Value, The Center for Book Arts, New York

Extended Family: Contemporary Connections, Brooklyn Museum, New York
2008

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New

York

Notations: The Closing Decade, Philadelphia Museum of Art

International 08, Liverpool Biennale


Listen Darling...The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal

Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

The Wizard OZ, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California

30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

Intimacy, curated by Anne Pasternak, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York

Progress, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, The New York Public Library, New York

You & Me, Sometimes..., Lehmann Maupin, New York,

Under Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

Black is, Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Illinois
2007

Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

At Home, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York

Mario Testino: At Home, Yvon Lambert, New York

What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Substance & Surface, Bortolami Gallery, New York

Contemporary Art from the Harvard University Art Museums Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard

University, Cambridge, Massachusetts



Repicturing the Past/Picturing the Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lines, Grids, Stains, Words, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Art Unlimited, Regen Projects at Art Basel 38, Basel, Switzerland


Art in America, Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, ShanHai, China

Paper: from the collection of Emily Fisher Landau, curated By Bill Katz, The Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, New York

Remix Identity and Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Fall 2007 Learn to Read, curated by Vincent Honoré and Maeve Polkinhorn, Tate Modern, London

Novel Readings, curated by Florencia Malbrán, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-

Hudson, New York



Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
2006

The Starry Messenger: Visions of the Universe, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Die Neue Kunsthalle III, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Defamation of Character, organized by Neville Wakefield, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York

Voodoo Macbeth, curated by David A. Bailey, De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, UK

Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

Gifts go in one direction, curated by Alexander Nagel, apexart, New York

SUBJECT, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Conneticut

Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, California

Skin Is a Language, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2005

A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California

Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California


Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern Contemporary Works on Paper, conceived by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NYCollective Histories / Collective Memories: California Modern, Orange County Museum of Modern Art, Newport Beach, CADrawing from the Modern, 1975 - 2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York

ROMANCE (a novel), curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Portugal

A Thousand Words, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas

Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver
2004

Experiments with Truth, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, guest curator Mark Nash

Love/Hate, From Magritte to Cattelan: Masterpieces from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois,

Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo (Udine), Italy, curated by Francesco Bonami



Great White, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, curated by Joanna Montoya

Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, curated by Nancy Spector

Robert Colescott & Glenn Ligon from the Logan Collection, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of

Denver, Denver, CO, curated by Shannen Hill


2003

Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York

NY, curated by Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis; travels to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington


Supernova, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Fast Forward: Twenty Years of White Rooms, White Columns, New York

Today’s Man, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, curated by John Connelly

The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME, curated by Alison Ferris

The Alumni Show, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, curated by Nina Felshin

Crimes and Misdemeanors, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

DL: The “Down Low” in Contemporary Art, Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, New York

The Paper Sculpture Show, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY, organized by ICI; travels to

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, Hunter Museum of American Art,

Chattanooga, TN, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, and the Orange

County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California



An American Legacy: Art from the Studio Museum, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York

Stranger in the Village, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York

On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania

Family Ties, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, curated by Trevor Fairbrother

Influence, Anxiety, and Gratitude (Toward and understanding of transgenerational dialogue as a gift

economy), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, curated by Bill Arning

America Art Today: Faces & Figures, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, Florida
2002 

time/frame, The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin


Fifty Years of Supporting the New: The Charles H. Carpenter Jr. Collection, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (organizer) (catalogue). Traveled to: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American
History, Detroit, MI, January 12–August 4; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, September 7–December 1; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN, January 19–April 6, 2003; International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, May 15–July 27, 2003; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, August 30–November 9, 2003; and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL, January 3–March 28, 2004.

LIFE DEATH LOVE HATE PLEASURE PAIN: Selected works from the MCA Permanent Collection, Museum of ContemporaryArt, Chicago, Illinois
Structures of Difference, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, curated by Nicholas Baume 
Drawings of Choice from a New York Collection, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, curated by Joself Helfenstein: travels to Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Recent Acquisitions, Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Reims, France
Pushing Aesthetic Boundaries: Contemporary Prints, Gallery M, New York 
Charles H. Carpenter, Jr. Collection: Fifty Years of Supporting the New, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
New York, New Work, Now!, The Currier Gallery, Manchester, NH, curated by Nina Felshin
Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany, curated by Okwui Enwezor 
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York Art Downtown, Various Locations, New York 

A New York Renaissance: Masterworks from the Collection of the Whitney Museum, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy 
People See Paintings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Tempo, MoMA QNS, Long Island City, NY, curated by Paolo Herkenhoff
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