Biography to 1998



Born Bronz, New York, 1960.

Lives and works in New York.




Education

1985 Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York.
1989 B.A. Wesleyan University. Middletown, Connecticut.
1985 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.



Residencies and Awards
1997-1998 ArtPace International Artist-in-Residence program, San Antonio, Texas.
1997 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
1994 Rockefeller Foundation, Residency, Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy.
1991 National Endowment for the Arts, visual Artist Fellowship, Painting.
1990 Art Matters, Inc., Fellowship.
1989-
1990
P.S. 1 National Studio Program, The Clocktower, New York.
1989 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship, Drawing.

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire.
1986 National Endowment for the Arts, Curatorial Internship, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.



Individual Exhibitions
1998 "Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming," Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Catalog.
1996 "The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glennn Ligon," The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Brochure.

"Glenn Ligon: New Work," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California. Traveled as "Glenn Ligon: Day of Absence," Ezra and Cecile Zilka Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University. Middletown, Conectifut, 1997. Brochure.
1995 "Glenn Ligon," Des Moines Art Center, Iowa. Brochure.

"Skin Tight,"M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Photos and Notes," Max Protech Gallery, New York.
1994 Project Room, Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica California.
1993 "White," Max Protech Gallery, New York.
"Glenn Ligon: To Disembark," Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Traveled: Williams Collage Museum of Art,Willimstown, Massachusetts; Davidson College Art Gallery, Davidson, North Carolina; Sppencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas;Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan, Brochure.
1992 "Good Mirrors Are Not Cheap," Whitney Museum of american Art at PhilipMorris, New York. Brochure. Traveled:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
"Glenn Ligon," Max Protech Gallery, New York.
"Glenn Ligon/Matrix 120,"Wadsworth Athenuem, Haartford, Connecticut, Brochure.
1991 "Glenn Ligon," White Columns, New York.
Project Room, Jack Tilton Galery.
1990 "Glenn Ligon," P.S. I Museum, Long Island City, New York.
"How It Feels To Be Colored Me," BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, New York.



Selected Group Exhibitions
1997 "47th Venice Biennale," Venice, Italy. Catalog.

"A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Drawing," Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"Coming of Age,White Columns, New York.

"Identity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Centtury," Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Traveled: Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado. Catalog.

"Rhapsodies in Black," Hayward Gallery, The South Bank Center, London, England. Traveled: Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England: TheMead Gallery Coventry, England; California Palace of the Legionof Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California;Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wasington D.C

"Sunny Days/Critical Times,"The Bohen Foundation, New York.

"Un Bel Ete," Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
1996 "Community of Creativity: Acentury of MacDowell Colony Artists," Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. Traveled: New York School of Design, New York; Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas.

"The Inner Eye: Art Beyond the Visible," Manchester Cty Art Galleries, Manchester, England. Traveled: Musem and Art Gallery, Brighton, England: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, England:Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, England. Catalog.

"Hotter Than July," Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

"a/drift," Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandate-on-Hudson,New York. Catalog.
"Inclusion/Exclusion: Art in the Ageof Post-Colonialism and Global Migration," Steirischer Herbst 96, Craz, Austria. Catalog.

"Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art,"National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum.

Athens, Greece. Traveled: Museu d’Art Contemporaini, Barcelona, Spain; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany. Catsalog.

"Burning Issues: Contemporary Aftrican-American Art," Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Brochure.

"Thinking Print: Books to Billborards 1980-1995," Museum of Modern Art, New York. Catalog.

"10th Biennale of Sydney: Jurassic Technologies Revenant," Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Catalog.

"The Mediated Object: Selections from the Eli Broad Collection," Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Traveled: Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri.

"An American Story," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

"Festival Exit," Maison des Arts de la Culture, Paaris-Creteil, France.

"Screen," Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. Video catalog.

"Prospect ’96," Frankfurt, Germany, Catalog.
1995 "Face Forward: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art," John Michael Kohler Arts
Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

"In the Flesh," Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conecticut. Catalog.

"25 Americans: Painting in the 90’s," Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Catalog.

"Boxer," Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, Walsall, England. Catalog.

"XI Mostra da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba/Mostra America," Curitiba, Brazil, Catalog.

"Configura 2: Dialog de Kulturen," Erfurt, Germany. Catalog.

"Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire,"Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England. Catalog.

"Glenn Ligon, Gary Simmons," The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, and Beaver College Art Gallery, Glennside, Pennsylvania.

"Word of Word," Beaver College Art Gallery, Glennside, Pennsylvania.

"Pervert," University Museum, University of California at Irvine. Catalog.

"fag-osites," Gallery 400, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago.
1994 "Duchamp’s Leg," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Traveled: Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida. Brochure.

"The Magic Magic Book," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Catalog.

"New Paintings," Max Protetch Galllery, New York.

"Black Male" Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled: Thearmand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. Catalog.

"Transformers: The Art of Multiphrenia," Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Traveled: Decker Galleries, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland: Herbert F. JohnsonMuseum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia: Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Illingworth Kerr Art Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Canada.

"Dark o’Clock," Mueu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Traveled: Plug In, Inc. Video Pool, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Catalog.

"Stories," Max Protech Gallery, New York.

"Equal Rights and Justice," High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Traveled: National Museum of African American Historyand Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Catalog.

"Drama," Max Protech Gallery, New York.

"Oliver Herring, Byron Kim, Glennn Ligon," Galerie Gilles Peyrouler, Paris, France.

"The Label Show: Contemporary Art and the Museum," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Brochure.

"Don’t Look Now," Thread Waxing Space, New York. Catalog.
1993 "The Return of the Cadavre Exquis," The Drawing Center, New York. Traveled: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Santa Monica, California; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri; American Center, Paris, France. Catalog.

"42nd Street Art Project," Time Square, New York.

"Markers of Resistance," White Columns, New York.

Myths and Legends As Told and Retold," Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

"Drawing the Line against AIDS," Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Catalog.

"Surfaces: Small Scale Paintings in Black and White," Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri.

"Extravagant," Russisches Kulturzenentrum, Berlin, Germany.

"Prints and Issues," Kunst-Werke, Berlin,Germany.

"Glenn Ligon/Byron Kim," A/C Project Room, New York.

"1993 Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled: Naitonal Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, Catalog.

"Everpresent Moment," Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida.
1992 "Malcolm X: Man, Ideal, Icon," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Valentine, The Museum of the Life and History of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia; Anacostia Museum, Washington, D.C.; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Center for the Arts Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California.

"A New American Flag," Max Protech Gallery, New York.
"Mistaken Identities," University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara. Traveled: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Forum Stadpark, Graz, Austira; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen im Forum Langenstrasse, Bremen, Germany; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Catalog.

"Update ’92," White Columns, New York.

"Slow Art: Painting in New York," P.S. 1 Nuseum, LongIsland City, New York.

"Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence," co-organized by Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui City, Japan, and New Jersey State Museum, Trenton. Traveled: Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima City, and Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, Japan. Catalog.

"All Words Suck," Anders Tomberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden.

"Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing," Museum of Modern Art, New York. Catalog.

"Doubletake: Collective Memory and Current Art," Hayward Gallery. The South Bank Center, London, England. Traveled: Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. Catalog.

"Knowledge: Aspects of Conceptual Art," University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara. Traveled: Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, Catalog.
1991 "1991 Biennial Exhibition," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Catalog.

"We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming," White Columns, New York.

"Interrogating Identity," Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York. Traveled: Museum of fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Madison Art Cetner, Madison, Wisconsin; Center For the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Catalog.

"Positions of Authority," Art in General, New York.

"Color Theory," Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University of New York at Old Westbury.

"Text Out of Context," SoHo Center, New York.

"New Work," P.S. 122, New York.

1990 "Spent: Currency, Security and Art on Deposit," the new Museum of Contemporary Art at Marine Midland Bank, New York.

"Spent: Currency, Security and Art on Deposit," The New Museum of Contemporary Art at Marine Midland Bank, New York.

"Works on Paper," Selena Art Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.

"Rurgers National ’90: Works on Paper," Stedman Art Gallery, Camden, New Jersey. Brochure.

"Art of Resistance," El Bohio, New York.

"Public Mirror, Art against Racism," The Clocktower Gallery, New York.
1985 Open Studio," Museum Independent Study Program, New York.
1984 "Artists in the Marketplace," Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York.



Selected Collections:

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bohen Foundation, New York

Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, California

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, New York

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Wasington, D.C.

M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Museum of fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Peter Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, California

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York