Biography

born in 1984 in Baltimore, Maryland

lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


Education


2006 BA, Columbia University , New York


Teaching positions


since 2018 Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York

since 2017 Visiting Critic at Yale University, New Haven

2015-2016 Adjunct Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore


Public collections


Aïshti Foundation Collection, Beirut

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2022
  • Ajay Kurian, 47 Canal, New York
2020
2019
2018
  • Nine Flags, 47 Canal, New York
2017
2016
  • incubator, CAPRI, Düsseldorf
  • The Dreamers, 47 Canal, New York
  • The Childhood of Jesus, Whit Flag Projects, St. Louis
  • Unilateral Educational Disarmament, JOAN, Los Angeles
2015
  • Work Harder Under Water, Rowhouse Project, Baltimore
2014
  • Tapetum Lucidum, Artspeak, Vancouver
2013
  • Proleptic, 47 Canal, New York
2011
  • Petrichor, Audio Visual Arts, New York
  • The Sheltering Sky, Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon, NY

Group Exhibitions

2021
  • On Nationalism: Borders and Belonging, The James Gallery, City University of New York, New York
2019
  • A Field of Meaning, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
  • FOCUS GROUP, Von Ammon Co, Washington
  • Horology, Jack Haneley Gallery, New York
2018
  • 100 SCULPTURES, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City
  • GWTW, Martos Gallery, New York
  • Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
  • Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2017
  • Lodgers, Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen
  • Vertical Gardens, Antenna Space, Shanghai
  • Return to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée, Montpellier
  • Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Citizen X - Human Nature and Robot Rights, Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen
  • 30th Anniversary Exhibition: Attics of My Life, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
  • Worlding, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
2016
  • Freud’s Mouth, Cooper Cole, Toronto
  • Goulding the Lolly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
2015
  • Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York
  • In Appearance of Order, curated by 247365, Water McBeer, New York
  • A Rare Earth Magnet, Derek Eller Gallery, New York
  • The Visitors, curated by Tom Eccles and Ruba Katrib, Art CommissionsGI, Governor’s Island, New York
  • Finally Every Dimension of the Soil, American Medium, New York
  • Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz, and Eugenio Re
  • Rebaudengo, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris and Berlin
2014
  • Flet, SpazioA, Pistoia
  • Elusive Earths, Etablissement d’en face, Brussels
  • Human, Evolution, Machine, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
  • Flat Neighbors, Rachel Uffner, New York
  • New Hells, Derek Eller Gallery, New York
  • Rockaway!, MoMA PS1, Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach
  • More Material, Salon 94, New York
  • nature after nature, Fridericianum, Kassel
  • Memory Palaces, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin
  • Border Food, Loyal Gallery, Malmö
2013
  • Desert Plains and Internet Memes, Galerie Art:Concept, Paris
  • Stigmergy, Ajay Kurian and Maria Antelman, 247365, New York
  • ProBio, EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, New York
  • do it (outside), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in collaboration with ICI, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York
  • Weird Science, Jack Hanley, New York
  • Let it Come Down, Hannah Barry, London
  • The Fifth Dimension, Ricou Gallery, Brussels
  • Great Skin, BODEGA, Philadelphia
2012
  • Ur, Room East, New York
  • ==, organized by Matt Keegan, Michèle Didier, Paris
  • Born Digital, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh
  • Cave In, organized by Ramekin Crucible, Cueva Arcillas, Puerto Rico
2011
  • White Columns Annual, organized by Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi, White Columns, New York
  • Harvest Moon, organized by Ryan Foerster, Brighton Beach
  • Drawings, Drawing, Photographs, Rachel Uffner, New York
  • HOW DO YOU DO, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco
2010
  • Which Witch is Which? And/or Summertime, organized by Ajay Kurian, White Flag Projects, St. Louis
  • Now or Never, Rincon Projects, Bogota
  • Structures Within an Intervention, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode, The Guild Gallery, New York
  • And so on, and so on, and so on..., organized by Matt Sheridan Smith, Harris Lieberman, New York
2009
  • The living and the dead, organized by Darren Bader, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
2008
  • SINGULAR FRIENDS: Heaving up on one another's shoulder's, Gresham’s Ghost, New York
2006
  • Senior Thesis Exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York

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2016
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2012
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