AMERICAN ARTIST (b. 1989 Altadena, CA, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work extends dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing to reveal historical dynamics embedded within contemporary culture and technology. American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on the visibility of blackness as descriptive of an american artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name.

Artist attended the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist. They are a resident at Abrons Art Center and a 2018-2019 recipient of the Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship. They have exhibited at the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Koenig & Clinton, New York. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have had work featured in Artforum, ARTnews, Mousse, and Huffington Post. Artist is the art director of the arts and politics publication unbag.

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EDUCATION:

2017

Studio Program, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY

2015

M.F.A. Fine Art, The New School, New York, NY

2011

B.F.A. Graphic Design, California Polytechnic University Pomona


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2019

My Blue Window, Queens Museum, Corona, NY (forthcoming)
Dignity Images: Bayview–Hunters Point, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die), Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn, NY

2018

Black Gooey Universe, HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2019

Abrons AIR Space Group Exhibition, New York, NY (forthcoming)
Anonymous Donor, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA (forthcoming)
System Failure, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Parallels and Peripheries, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI
ICONICITY, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

2018

Privacy In Public, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN, Performance Space New York, NY
Geographies of Imagination, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, DE
Ambient Commons, 77 Mulberry, New York, NY
Secrets, Decentralized Web Summit, San Francisco Mint, CA
Screenscapes, Postmasters, New York, NY
I Was Raised on the Internet, MCA Chicago, IL
TAILBONE, 47 Canal, New York, NY
Are We In Sync?, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
Citizen: An American Lyric, St. John's University Art Gallery, Queens, NY

2017

Lack of Location is My Location, Koenig & Clinton, New York, NY
Site After Sight, Two-person exhibition with Ryota Sato, SLEEPCENTER, New York, NY
Memory is a Tough Place, Kellen Galleries, The New School, New York, NY
Public Formats, ESTE, Brooklyn, NY
Whitney ISP 2016-17 Studio Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Public Formats, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
Harlem Postcards Spring 2017, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Closer Than Ever, Art Meets Camera, Cape Town, ZA

2016

Privacy, Surveillance, and Prison Reform, Commissions, Newhive.com
Summer Fling—The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Show #31: Online Exhibition, Field Projects, New York, NY
UNPAINTED Art Fair, Lab 3.0, Mixed Munich Arts, Munich, DE

2015

Abra Cadabra 2020, Two-person exhibition with Andy Wentz, Standard Practice Gallery, New York, NY
Off Pink, Parsons MFA Thesis ExhibitionThe Kitchen, New York, NY
Beyond The Obvious, 25 East Gallery, New York, NY
Wohstxeteht, 25 East Gallery, New York, NY


LECTURES & PERFORMANCES:

2019

American Artist and Larry Ossei-Mensah in conversation, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (forthcoming)
Weaponizing the Imaginary, discussion with Che Gossett and Gee Wesley, Recess, Brooklyn, NY
Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program culminating presentations, New York, NY
Aesthetics of Ideology, discussion with Alan Ruiz and Alaina Claire Feldman, Recess, Brooklyn, NY
Blue Life, discussion with Tiana Reid and Nijah Cunningham, Recess, Brooklyn, NY
Seven on Seven: American Artist and Rashida Richardson, Rhizome, New York, NY
Segue Reading Series, Zinc Bar, New York, NY
American Artist and Terence Trouillot, Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn, NY
Culture in a Changing America Symposium, Park Avenue Armory and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Artists in Conversation: American Artist, Dread Scott and Jenny Polak, moderated by Stephanie Dinkins, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook, NY

2018

Fantastic Voyage w/ Lyrics HD, with American Artist, NIC Kay, Raúl De Nieves, Jackie Wang, NUNATS NEN-TUK NUTAKS DIPA (THE WRONG VOICE IS COMING OUT OF YOU), Performance Space New York, NY
Visiting Artist Lecture, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Black Stroke White Fill: American Artist and Ryan Kuo in Conversation,
bitforms Gallery, New York, NY
Black Gooey Universe, Software for Artists Day #S4AD, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Whitney Study Sessions: Ja’Tovia Gary and American Artist, Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, NY
Spiritual Machines, A Screening and Conversation Led by American Artist, Panel discussion with
Marquita Flowers and Henry Murphy, Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY
Vision and Technology: Toward a More Just Future, Panel discussion with Tonia B******,
and Stephanie Dinkins, moderated by Nora Khan, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
African Mobilities - Im/Mobility + Afro-imaginary, Panel discussion with Justin Moore, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, and
Nontsikelelo Mutiti, moderated by Mabel O. Wilson and Mario Gooden, Gavin Brown Enterprise, Harlem, NY
Black Spatial Cultural Memory, Julie Mehretu, Mabel O. Wilson, and American Artist in Conversation, moderated by
Connie Choi, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY

2017

Hypervisibilities with Sondra Perry, Panel discussion with Alexandra Bell, Dread Scott, and Kwame Rose, moderated by Mia White, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School, New York, NY
Trust and Believe, Symposium with Jacqueline Feldman, Sam Hart, Mitu Khandaker, Caroline Sinders, Francis Tseng, hosted by Nora N. Khan, Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY

2015

Identity & The Body / Anti-Body, Designing Digital Knowledges: Production, Action, Labor
With Marcea Decker, Culture & Media, Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, NY


AWARDS & RESIDENCIES:

2019

Recess Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship 2018-2019, Queens, NY
Abrons Art Center, AIRspace, New York, NY

2018

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Denniston Hill, Exodus, Glen Wild, NY
Eyebeam, TRUST, Brooklyn, NY