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Installation view, Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne: Liquid Intelligence, Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, February 2–April 28, 2019. Artwork © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

In Conversation

Ellen Gallagher, Dalilla Hermans, Melat Nigussie

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 8pm
Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
www.wiels.org

Ellen Gallagher will speak with writers Dalilla Hermans and Melat Nigussie in conjunction with her current exhibition at Wiels, Liquid Intelligence. The talk will be moderated by Aimée-Fidèle Mukunde. The event is free with museum admission. Register at www.wiels.org.

Installation view, Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne: Liquid Intelligence, Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, February 2–April 28, 2019. Artwork © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

Lecture

Oceanic Feelings in the Anthropocene
Ellen Gallagher’s Rising (Black) Atlantic

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6pm
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
www.weslyan.edu

Heather Vermeulen, a postdoctoral fellow at Wesleyan University, will speak on Ellen Gallagher’s series Watery Ecstatic (2001–) as it intervenes in scientific narratives surrounding the anthropocene. The event is free and open to the public.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

Lecture

Ellen Gallagher
Are We Obsidian?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6–9pm
Art Institute of Chicago
www.artic.edu

Ellen Gallagher will speak at the Art Institute of Chicago’s thirty-first annual A. James Speyer Memorial Lecture. The event celebrates a distinguished contemporary artist who is represented in the museum’s collection and honors former museum curator James Speyer.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2004 © Ellen Gallagher

Artist Talk

Critical Walk-through
Ellen Gallagher on Evolutionary Possibilities

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30–7:30pm
American Folk Art Museum, New York
www.folkartmuseum.org

Ellen Gallagher discusses her ongoing Watery Ecstatic series, featuring painted, carved, and collaged marine specimens that fit within an Afrofuturist narrative, while exploring how they relate to the scientific illustrations on view in the exhibition Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863). To attend the event, purchase tickets at folkartmuseum.org.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2004 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

In Conversation

Ellen Gallagher
Natasha Trethewey

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
www.thepowerplant.org

Ellen Gallagher will be in conversation with poet Natasha Trethewey on the occasion of Gallagher’s recently opened show, Nu-Nile at the Power Plant in Toronto. The talk will be moderated by Ivy Wilson, associate professor of English and director of American studies at Northwestern University. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.ago.ca.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

Photo: Philippe Vogelenzang/Trunk Archive

Fundraiser

Face to Face
An Evening with Ellen Gallagher

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm
The Power Plant, Toronto
www.thepowerplant.org

Ellen Gallagher is the guest of honor at the Power Plant’s annual fundraiser Face to Face for 2018. Gallagher will have a solo exhibition at the Power Plant this summer. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.thepowerplant.org

Photo: Philippe Vogelenzang/Trunk Archive

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Ellen Gallagher
Don’t Axe Me

Art21 interviews Ellen Gallagher on-site at her solo exhibition Don’t Axe Me at the New Museum in New York, June 19–September 15, 2013, as she discusses the content and materiality of the exhibited works.

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Ellen Gallagher
Osedax

Ellen Gallagher discusses Osedax, a large-scale installation named after the bone-eating worm discovered off the coast of Monterey, California. This piece was on view at the New Museum in New York as part of her solo exhibition Don’t Axe Me, June 19–September 15, 2013.

Museum Exhibitions

Ellen Gallagher, Odalisque, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

On View

Ellen Gallagher in
Le modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse

Through July 21, 2019
Museé d’Orsay, Paris
www.musee-orsay.fr

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models’ interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors, and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence, and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. This exhibition has traveled from the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York as Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse to Today. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Odalisque, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

On View

Ellen Gallagher in
Straying from the Line

Through July 28, 2019
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
www.schinkelpavillon.de

This exhibition interrogates the boundaries of political discourse through the work of more than forty artists. Examining orthodox and marginalized forms of feminist praxis over the past one hundred years, this presentation explores the potential of reorganizing various terrains—social as well as gender—beyond a limiting logic. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Esirn Coaler, 2007 © Ellen Gallagher

On View

Artist Rooms
Ellen Gallagher

Through November 1, 2019
Tate Modern, London
www.artistrooms.org

Work by Ellen Gallagher is on display as part of the Artist Rooms series at the Tate.

Ellen Gallagher, Esirn Coaler, 2007 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Morphia, 2008–12 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

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Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher

January 26–May 18, 2019
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
hattongallery.org.uk

Francis Bacon’s piece Study for Portrait IV (1956–57), one of the most iconic works in the Hatton collection, is the catalyst for the exhibition Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher which sheds new light on each artists’ work. Specifically, the exhibition presents a dialogue between oil paintings by Bacon and Morphia, a series of works on paper by Ellen Gallagher.

Ellen Gallagher, Morphia, 2008–12 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity, 2008 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

November 16, 2018–April 28, 2019
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
chrysler.org

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century includes paintings by an international array of artists that induce feelings of disturbance, mystery, and expansiveness through the portrayal of forces shaping and hastening social transformation in ways that are increasingly difficult to predict. This show has traveled from the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, An Experiment of Unusual Opportunity, 2008 © Ellen Gallagher

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Highway Gothic, 2017 (detail) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne
Liquid Intelligence

February 2–April 28, 2019
Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
www.wiels.org

Two film installations created by Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, which reflect on the transformations of landscapes and worlds, are presented along with paintings, drawings, and collages that trace the development of Gallagher’s work over the past twenty years.

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Highway Gothic, 2017 (detail) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Installation view, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019. Artwork (left) © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Eileen Barroso

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Ellen Gallagher in
Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York
wallach.columbia.edu

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models’ interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors, and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence, and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Installation view, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019. Artwork (left) © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Eileen Barroso

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (10), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

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Graphic Revolution
American Prints 1960 to Now

November 11, 2018–February 3, 2019
Saint Louis Art Museum
www.slam.org

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now examines the transformational decade of the 1960s through the early twenty-first century. The explosion of printmaking activity that began in the United States in the 1960s stands out for the radical spirit of exploration and experimentation that amplified the possibilities of contemporary art. Often in collaboration with technically proficient and market-savvy printers and publishers, artists have long been reimagining what a print can be and using printmaking to push the boundaries of historical and popular imagery by engaging with contemporary issues and new technologies. The exhibition features more than 110 works by a diverse group of artists whose visual imagery helped define the spirit of their respective times. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Andy Warhol is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (10), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 1999 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher
Are We Obsidian?

October 10, 2018–January 21, 2019
Art Institute of Chicago
www.artic.edu

Ellen Gallagher’s work blurs the boundaries between minimal abstraction and image-based narration, often incorporating material traces from pop culture and engaging issues of race and being. Work from her Negroes Battling in a Cave (2016) and Morphia (2008–12) are presented alongside important works by Gallagher from the Art Institute’s collection.

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 1999 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

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The World on Paper

September 27, 2018–January 7, 2019
PalaisPopulaire by Deutsche Bank, Berlin
www.db-palaispopulaire.de

This exhibition includes works on paper by 133 artists from thirty-four countries and explores the evolution of this medium from postwar modernism to the digital age. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Katharina Grosse is included.

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (4), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Second Look, Twice: Selections from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

September 19–December 16, 2018
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
www.moadsf.org

This exhibition explores the work of fifteen critically acclaimed contemporary artists of African descent who have used the medium of printmaking to create vivid and abstracted works. Reveling in the brilliance of gestural compositions, abstract form, and pure color, the works in the show offer a rich look at the various ways in which many of these artists have employed printmaking as an exploratory means of dissemination and new possibility for formulation. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (4), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Histórias afro-atlânticas

June 29–October 21, 2018
Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil
masp.org.br

Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Instituto Tomie Ohtake have co-organized a major exhibition, which gathers a vast array of artworks and documents related to the “flows and reflows” (to use Pierre Verger’s famous expression) between Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018 © Ellen Gallagher

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