Born 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts
Lives and works in New York City
SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
The Ornament Museum, MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria, April 27 – April 2, 2017
Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 1 – October 25 (brochure)
Josiah McElheny: Paintings, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York, September 10 – October 24 (catalogue)
Dusty Groove, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, Illinois, October 24 – December 6
Josiah McElheny: Two Clubs at The Arts Club of Chicago, In Collaboration with John Vinci, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, September 17 – December 14
Lumber Room, Portland, OR, September 8 – December 7
Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, January 26 – April 7
Interactions of the Abstract Body, White Cube, London, United Kingdom, November 16 – January 12, 2013
Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, June 22 – October 14 (catalogue)
Some thoughts about the abstract body, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, May 18 – June 30
Josiah McElheny's Island Universe, Harvard Arts Museum, Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 15
The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2011 – August 12, 2012
Tate Modern Live: Push and Pull, a two-day performance event, with Andrea Geyer, Tate
Modern, London, United Kingdom, March 19
Crystalline Modernity, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, November 12 - January 28, 2011
Proposals for a Chromatic Modernism, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York, September 12 - October 17
A Space for an Island Universe, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, January 28 - March 20
Island Universe, White Cube, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Das Lichtklub von Batavia/The Light Club of Batavia, Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin, Germany
The Last Scattering Surface, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
The Alpine Cathedral and The City Crown, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Cosmology, Design and Landscape, Part Two, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Projects 84: Josiah McElheny, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Modernity 1929–1965, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York
Cosmology, Design and Landscape – Part One, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Landscape Models for Total Reflective Abstraction, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma (brochure)
Total Reflective Abstraction, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Theories About Reflection, Brent Sikkema, New York, New York
Antipodes: Josiah McElheny, White Cube, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (catalogue)
Works 1994–2000, Gallery of Art at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas (brochure)
The Metal Party, The Public Art Fund, New York, New York (catalogue)
The Metal Party, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
Christian Dior, Jorges Luis Borges, Adolf Loos, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Brent Sikkema, New York, New York
The Story of Glass, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts (catalogue)
An Historical Anecdote About Fashion, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (catalogue)
Non-Decorative Beautiful Objects, AC Project Room, New York, New York
Three Alter Egos, Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Installation at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom (with Adam Rolston)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York (with Dan Peterman)
Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria (with Dan Peterman)
Authentic History, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
originals, fakes, reproductions, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Arnescruv, Sweden, permanent installation of the "Jägarens Glasmuseet" (The Hunter's Glass Museum)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, October 28 – February 5, 2017
Conny Purtill's The Ground, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR, September 9 – October 15, 2016
Transcending Material, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, July 23 – July 17, 2016
Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, June 18 – September 20
The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 5 – April 5
MetaModern, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, January 30– March 29, 2015
(Traveled to: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA)
Print Text Language, curated by Elisabeth Meyer, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, NY, October 17 - December 5
Post-Speculation, Act II, curated by Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni, P! Gallery, New York, NY, September 1 – November 1
A Machinery for Living, organized by Walead Beshty, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, July 2 –August 8
Simple shapes, curated by Jean de Loisy, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, June 13 – November 5
STAGE SET STAGE on Identity and Institutionalism, curated by Barbara Clausen, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada, January 16
Jason Simon, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, New York, November 10 - December 22
Come Together, curated by Phong Bui, Industrial City/Daedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, October 20 – December 15
Labour and Wait, curated by Julie Joyce, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, July 2 – September 29
Junkies' Promises, curated by Iván Navarro, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, New York, June 27 - August 16
Slow Burn, Spoorzone 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands, April 6 – June 23
if you lived here, you'd be home by now, curated by Josiah McElheny in conjunction with the Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, June 25 – December 18
Two Fold, The Suburban/The Poor Farm, Oak Park, Illinois, May 1 – July 5
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum Rotunda, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 19–May 16
JAMES HYDE, Redi-Mix, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, New York, March 3 – April 12
Face Your Demons, Milliken Gallery AB, Stockholm, Sweden, May 12 - June 12
Universal Code, curated by Gregory Burke, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario, June 12-August 30, 2009
Innovations in the third dimension: Sculpture of our time, curated by Nancy Hall-Duncan, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut (catalogue)
Sense and Sentiment. Mistakes are closely followed by Effects, curated by Eva Maria Stadler and Sabeth Buchmann, Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Objects of Value, curated by Rene Morales, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Multi-Part Art, Contemporary Works from the Collection, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Mildred's Lane, curated by J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion, Alexander Gray Gallery, New York
Spring Wound, Orchard, New York, New York
Beyond Measure: Conversations Across Art and Science, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound and the Optical in Art Since 1945, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Accumulations: More Than the Sum of Their Parts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Cosmology, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York
Dynasty, Gallery MC, New York, New York (catalogue)
Super Vision, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Shiny, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Part Object Part Sculpture, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (catalogue)
Faith, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut (catalogue)
Spectrum, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York
Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
View Eight: A Few Domestic Objects Interrogate a Few Works of Art, Mary Boone, New York, New York
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (catalogue)
The Cobweb, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Printemps de septembre á Toulouse: In Extremis, Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse, France (catalogue)
Signs of Being, The Foundation To-Life, Inc., Mount Kisco, New York
Borges Exhibition, Volume Gallery, New York, New York
Warped Space, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California (catalogue)
Traces of Light, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (catalogue)
Living with Duchamp, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (brochure)
Once Upon a Time: Fiction and Fantasy in Contemporary Art, Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York State Museum, Albany, New York
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
View Six: Surface to Surface, Mary Boone, New York, New York
Keep in touch, Brent Sikkema, New York, New York
Family, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (catalogue)
The Photogenic, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (brochure)
Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (Traveled to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Hood Museum, Dartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire; and Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio) (catalogue)
Musings: Contemporary Tradition, Gallery 312, Chicago, Illinois
Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, Fourth International Biennial,
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (catalogue)
House Guests: Contemporary Artists in the Grange, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (catalogue)
BodySpace, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (brochure)
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Heart of Glass, Queens Museum of Art, New York, New York (brochure)
2000 Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (catalogue)
Exhibition Room: Francis Cape, Josiah McElheny, and Yinka Shonibare, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut
Patentia, Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden
At Home in the Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Usefool, Postmasters Gallery, New York, New York
Personal Touch, Art in General, New York, New York
Young Americans: Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom (brochure)
Inglenook, Feigen Contemporary, New York, New York (Traveled to Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, Illinois)
Interlacings, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, Connecticut (catalogue)
Paul Bloodgood, Paula Hayes, Josiah McElheny, Sandra Vallejos, AC Project Room, New York, New York
Living Room, Barbara Westerman Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island
The Last Supper, Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, Washington
A Labor of Love, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York (catalogue)
What's Love Got to Do With It?, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Drawings from the MAB Library, AC Project Room, New York, New York
VER-RÜCKT, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany (Traveled to Art Museum of Arolsen, Arolsen, Germany; Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany) (catalogue)
Holding the Past, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Are You Experienced?, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York
First Fundraising Exhibition, American Fine Arts Company, New York, New York
Wunderkammer, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California
if you lived here, you’d be home by now, curated by Josiah McElheny in conjunction with the Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, June 25 – December 18
Crystalline Architecture, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York, June 30 - August 20
MONOGRAPHS AND ARTISTS BOOKS
Fletcher, Richard, et al. Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club. Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013.
Lehman, Ulrich, et al. Josiah McElheny: Interactions of the Abstract Body. London: White Cube, 2013.
Walser, Robert. A Little Ramble: In The Spirit of Robert Walser. Chicago: Donald Young Gallery, New York: New Directions, 2013.
Le Feuvre, Lisa, et al. Josiah McElheny: The Past Was A Mirage I’d Left Far Behind. London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2012.
Molesworth, Helen, et al. Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite. Boston: ICA, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012.
2010 McElheny, Josiah. The Light Club. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Neri, Louise, and Josiah McElheny, eds. Josiah McElheny: A Prism. New York: Rizzoli, 2010.
Cooke, Lynne, ed. Josiah McElheny: A Space for an Island Universe. Madrid: Turner, 2009.
Burnett, Craig, et al. Island Universe. London: Jay Jopling/White Cube, 2008.
McElheny, Josiah and Erin Shirreff, eds. The Light Club of Batavia. Self published. Texts by Gregg Bordowitz, Andrea Geyer, Georg Hecht, Josiah McElheny, Ulrike Müller, Paul Scheerbart; translations by Brian Currid, Barbara Schroeder, Wilhem Werthern.
Molesworth, Helen, ed. Notes for a Sculpture and a Film. Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, 2006. Texts by Josiah McElheny, Helen Molesworth, and David Weinberg.
Morrill, Apollonia, ed. Josiah McElheny: The Metal Party. New York: The Public Art Fund; San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2002. Texts by Glen Helfand, Christine Mehring, Peter Nisbet, and Ingrid Schaffner.
Josiah McElheny. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, 2002. Texts by Miguel Fernández-Cid, Miwon Kwon, Louise Neri, and Michael Tarantino.
Josiah McElheny. Boston: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1999. Texts by Jennifer R. Gross, and Dave Hickey.
An Historical Anecdote About Fashion. Seattle: Henry Art Gallery, 1999. Texts by Richard Martin, Victoria Milne, Ingrid Schaffner, and Mark Wigley.
Burton, Johanna, Lynne Cooke, and Josiah McElheny, eds. Interiors. Annandale-on-Hudson: CCS Bard, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012.
McElheny, Josiah, Michael Lobel, and Siri Engberg, ed. Lifelike. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2012
McElheny, Josiah. The Light Club. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
McElheny, Josiah. “Matthew Buckingham.” BOMB Spring 2009: 90-96.
McElheny, Josiah. “Readymade Resistance”. Artforum October 2007: 327-335.
McElheny, Josiah. Interview with Arturo Herrera. Bomb 93 Fall 2005: 68–75.
Rothkopf, Scott and Josiah McElheny. “1000 Words.” Artforum Nov. 2005: 236–37.
McElheny, Josiah. “A Short History of the Glass Mirror.” Cabinet Magazine 14 (2004): 56.
McElheny, Josiah. “Proposal for Total Reflective Abstraction.” Cabinet Magazine 14 (2004): 98–100.
McElheny, Josiah. “Useful Noguchi.” Artforum Nov. 2004: 176–9.
McElheny, Josiah. “Invisible Hand.” Artforum Summer 2004: 209–10.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago di Compostela, Spain
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Deutsche Bank ArtWorks, Frankfurt, Germany
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marieluise Hessel Foundation, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, MI
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Tate Modern, London, UK
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Josiah McElheny Paintings at Andrea Rosen Gallery, September 10–October 24, 2015.
Featuring contributions by Iris Müller-Westermann, Senior Curator of International Art at the Modern Museet in Stockholm, and scholar, writer and curator, Alex Bacon.
6.75 x 8.625 inches / 88 pages
Publisher: ARG Publishing
The first major monograph on MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Josiah
McElheny. McElheny is a unique figure among artists of his generation: his
primary medium is glass. Over the last 15 years he has created an
extraordinary body of work exploring the relationship between art, history,
and narrative. Known for his room-size installations of glass sculptures,
the artist’s work is as rich visually as it is conceptually. With
contributions by some of the most important writers and scholars
today (including curator and writer Louise Neri, art critic Dave Hickey,
curator Helen Molesworth, and cosmologist David Weinberg) this is the most
comprehensive consideration of the artist’s work to date.Pub Date: April 20, 2010
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9 x 11 inches / 256 pgs
Andrea Rosen Gallery is pleased to recognize Josiah McElheny's Prismatic Park, a major exhibition commissioned and organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York on view from June 13 - October 8, 2017.
The outdoor exhibition will comprise three exquisite sculptures in painted wood and prismatic glass: minimal, almost architectural forms that will create new spaces within the Park for the creation of music, dance, and poetry: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry. Throughout the exhibition, three nonprofit art organizations based in New York - Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House - will "inhabit" the Park to realize new commissions. McElheny has also offered the participating artists a prompt to consider the Park not only for performances, but also for rehearsals or even impromptu workshops. When not occupied by the resident artists, the public will have access to the sculptures to view or to adopt as a framework for their own innovative use.
In recent years, various parks have been especially important as sites for political assertion, such as Gezi Park in Istanbul, Tahrir Square in Cairo, and Zuccotti Park in New York. McElheny takes impetus from the activism of recent years, but Prismatic Park reconceives this ferment as an idealistic, almost utopian concept for the shared responsibility towards a public site that still allots space for the highly individual, unique voice.
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art includes the work of Josiah McElheny. Organized by Chrissie Iles, the exhibition will be on view from October 26, 2016 through February 5, 2017.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Josiah McElheny is participating in a panel entitled "Lost Chapters of Modernism: Case Studies" at the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Dadaglobe Reconstructed. More information on the event can be found here.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Josiah McElheny: The Ornament Museum, performances will be staged with the actress Susanne Sachsse in a dress reconstructed from a 1908 Emilie Louise Flöge design.
with Susanne Sachsse, Actress, Berlin
Tue, 17 May 2016, 7 p.m.
Tue, 13 Sept 2016, 7 p.m.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 6 p.m.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016, 5 p.m.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 7 p.m.
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Stubenring 5, 1010
Josiah McElheny has written a tribute to Ellsworth Kelly on artforum.com.
Josiah McElheny's The Ornamental Museum will be on view at MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna from April 27, 2016 - February 4, 2017. The artist has designed a museum in the Museum and thus makes a direct reference to the extensive collections of the MAK.
For more information on the exhibition, please click here.
Josiah McElheny discusses a work by Horace Pippin for Season 5 of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's The Artist Project.
November 20, 21, 22, 23
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday evenings
An homage to Paul Scheerbart, brought to you by Josiah McElheny and friends.
Josiah McElheny: Two Clubs
The Arts Club of Chicago
201 E. Ontario Street,
Chicago, IL 60611