Glenn Ligon

(American, born 1960)

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Glenn Ligon


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Born in Bronx, NY
Attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BA, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Participated in Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY
Currently lives and works in New York, NY


Revelations, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Word And Image, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA
We Hold These Truths..., Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, USA
Don't Be Shy, Don't Hold Back, The Logan Collection At Sfmoma, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Nyc 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
The Unphotographable, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Glenn Ligon: Neon, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: America, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA
Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, USA
Blues For Smoke, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England
Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from Alumni Collections, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, USA
Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Art, Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA
Distant Star, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Distant Star, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, The Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
Glenn Ligon: Neither Here nor There, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Painting and Sculpture, Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA
Storytellers - Passages, Centre d'art contemporain, Troyes, France
Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Minima Moralia, Marvelli Gallery, New York, USA
Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Off Book, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Glenn Ligon, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
FAX, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Prints from Lincoln Center / List Art Collection, Wave Hill, New York, USA
30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Trail Blazers in the 21st Century: Contemporary Prints and Photographs published by Exit Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, USA
Wordscapes: Text as Image in Contemporary Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
The Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
New Prints 2008/ Summer, International Print Center New York, New York, USA
Black is Black ain't, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Intimacy, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA
You & Me, Sometimes..., Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA
Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, USA
Mario Testino: At Home, Yvon Lambert, New York, USA
What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Substance & Surface, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Contemporary Art from the Harvard University Art Museums Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, USA
Repicturing the Past/Picturing the Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Lines, Grids, Stains, Words, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Art Unlimited, Regen Projecst at Art Basel 38, Basel, Switzerland
Art in America, Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
Paper: from the collection of Emily Fisher Landau, The Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, USA
Remix Identity and Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Learn to Read [working title], Tate Modern, London, England
Novel Readings, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Glenn Ligon: Brilliant Corners, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
We Had Everything Before Us, We Had Nothing Before Us, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
Glenn Ligon, Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College, Easton, USA
Defamation of Character, organized by Neville Wakefield, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
Voodoo Macbeth, De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, England
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, USA
Gifts go in one direction, apexart, New York, USA
SUBJECT, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, USA
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, USA
Skin Is a Language, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA
Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: Some Changes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, USA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA; Belkin Art Galery, Vancouver, Canada; Mudam – Foundation Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Collective Histories / Collective Memories: California Modern, Orange County Museum of Modern Art, Newport Beach, USA
Drawing from the Modern, 1975 - 2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
ROMANCE (a novel), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
A Thousand Words, Inman Gallery, Houston, USA
Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, USA; traveled to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Supernova, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA


Firstenberg, Lauri. 'Neo-Archival and Textual Strategies: An Interview with Glenn Ligon.' Art Journal Spring 2001: 42 - 47.
Koestenbaum, Wayne. 'Color Me Glenn.' Coloring. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2001.
English, Darby. 'Question Marks and Futures Already Alive: Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, Together for the First Time.' New York: Brent Sikkema Gallery. December, 1999.
Golden, Thelma. 'Everynight.' Unbecoming. Philadelphia: Institute of Contempory Art, 1998.
Cotter, Holland. 'Stories About Race, Politics, and Himself.' New York Times December 2, 1998. 48-49.