Menu

News / Ellen Gallagher

Events

Left: Michael Armitage. Photo: George Darrell © White Cube. Middle: Manthia Diawara. Right: Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Philippe Vogelenzang

In Conversation

Michael Armitage, Manthia Diawara, Ellen Gallagher
Moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Friday, June 17, 2022, 5pm
Hall 1 Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel
artbasel.com

Conceived and moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Art Basel Conversations: Artists’ Influencers series brings together artists with individuals who have had a significant effect on their practices. For this program, artists Michael Armitage and Ellen Gallagher and writer and filmmaker Manthia Diawara meet to consider the development of artistic kinships. The event is free to attend in person or online at facebook.com.

Left: Michael Armitage. Photo: George Darrell © White Cube. Middle: Manthia Diawara. Right: Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Philippe Vogelenzang

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 (still) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Visit

Dhaka Art Summit

February 7–15, 2020
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
www.dhakaartsummit.org

William Forsythe and Ellen Gallagher are participating in Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements. Over nine days, five hundred artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers will join in panel discussions, performances, and symposia addressing the theme: “What is a movement and how do we ignite one beyond the confines of an art exhibition?” The event is free and open to the public. 

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 (still) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

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

See all Events for Ellen Gallagher

Announcements

Ellen Gallagher

Video

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.

Ellen Gallagher

Video

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, Watery Ecstatic, 2007 © Ellen Gallagher

On View

Ellen Gallagher in
Les Portes du Possible: Art & Science-Fiction

Through April 10, 2023
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to A Gateway to Possible Worlds: Art & Science Fiction, brings together more than two hundred works from the late 1960s to the present day. Art and science fiction whisk visitors away to a sci-fi realm that spotlights the bonds between imaginary worlds and reality with the help of artists, authors, architects, and film directors. Both fields build on the demands for twenty-first-century utopias to spark debate, inspiration, and hope. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2007 © Ellen Gallagher

Installation view, In the Black Fantastic, Hayward Gallery, London, June 29–September 18, 2022. Artwork © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ellen Gallagher in
In the Black Fantastic

June 29–September 18, 2022
Hayward Gallery, London
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

In the Black Fantastic explores the work of eleven contemporary artists from the African diaspora who draw on science fiction, myth, and Afrofuturism to question our knowledge of the world. In this exhibition, which includes painting, photography, video, sculpture, and mixed-media installations, fantasy becomes a zone of creative and cultural liberation and a means of addressing racism and social injustice by conjuring new ways of being in the world. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Installation view, In the Black Fantastic, Hayward Gallery, London, June 29–September 18, 2022. Artwork © Ellen Gallagher

Installation view, Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne: A Law. . . A Blueprint. . . A Scale, Centro Botín, Santander, Spain, April 14–September 11, 2022. Artwork © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne
A Law. . . A Blueprint. . . A Scale

April 14–September 11, 2022
Centro Botín, Santander, Spain
www.centrobotin.org

Spanning two decades of Ellen Gallagher’s career, A Law. . . A Blueprint. . . A Scale includes paintings, works on paper, and three film installations created in collaboration with Edgar Cleijne. The exhibition invites visitors to submerge themselves under the ocean’s skin through an immersive itinerary that explores issues of race, identity, and transformation, with reference to themes such as Modernist abstraction and marine biology.

Installation view, Ellen Gallagher with Edgar Cleijne: A Law. . . A Blueprint. . . A Scale, Centro Botín, Santander, Spain, April 14–September 11, 2022. Artwork © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Ecstatic Draught of Fishes, 2022, installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Whitney Biennial 2022
Quiet as It’s Kept

April 6–September 5, 2022
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
whitney.org

The Whitney Biennial was established in 1932 by the museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, to chart developments in art in the United States. The 2022 Biennial features dynamic contributions that take different forms over the course of the exhibition: artworks—even walls—change, and performance animates the galleries and objects. With an intergenerational roster of sixty-three artists and collectives at all points in their careers, many of whom work with an interdisciplinary perspective, the Biennial surveys and presents the art and ideas of our time. Work by Harold Ancart, Ellen Gallagher, and Rick Lowe is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Ecstatic Draught of Fishes, 2022, installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2019, installation view, TENT Rotterdam, Netherlands © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

Closed

Ellen Gallagher in
To Be Like Water

December 17, 2021–May 22, 2022
TENT Rotterdam, Netherlands
www.tentrotterdam.nl

To Be Like Water explores and expands on the meaning of code-switching—a term used in linguistics to denote the practice of alternating between multiple languages in conversation—which now also commonly refers to adjusting one’s behaviors to optimize the comfort of others. The exhibition aims to examine and complicate the notion of identity, and consider code-switching as a manifestation of a fluid multiplicity that operates within vectors of power. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2019, installation view, TENT Rotterdam, Netherlands © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Icons

May 6–November 14, 2021
Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
www.villaempain.com

From early European and Middle Eastern artifacts to modern and contemporary works, icons have inspired many believers, as well as artists, throughout the ages. This exhibition explores how spiritual dimensions have been incorporated into artworks from antiquity to the present day. Work by Michael Craig-Martin, Ellen Gallagher, Douglas Gordon, Duane Hanson, Titus Kaphar, and Andy Warhol is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, C’mo’ and Walk with Me, 2019 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Closed

Invisible Sun

May 26–October 3, 2021
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

Developed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the groundswell of demands for social justice and racial equity, Invisible Sun features artworks that resonate with this unprecedented period of rupture and unrest. The works on view speak to profound transitions, both personal and global—including the AIDS crisis, gender- and race-based violence, unchecked capitalism, and colonialism’s aftermathand form an appeal for healing. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, C’mo’ and Walk with Me, 2019 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic (RA 18h 35m 37.73s D37° 22' 31.12'), 2017 © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ellen Gallagher in
Sonsbeek20→24: Force Times Distance

July 2–August 29, 2021
Various locations in Arnhem, Netherlands
www.sonsbeek20-24.org

The twelfth edition of the Sonsbeek exhibition, Sonsbeek20→24: Force Times Distance, centers on the topic of labor and its sonic ecologies. Examining labor relations through sound, oral stories, and music, it asks questions about how value is produced, what is seen, and who is heard. The exhibition includes more than 250 contributions installed in more than a dozen different locations across Arnhem, Netherlands, including airplane hangers, churches, and barbershops, expanding concepts of public space and public art. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic (RA 18h 35m 37.73s D37° 22' 31.12'), 2017 © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 1995 © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ellen Gallagher in
Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama

September 24, 2019–July 18, 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
www.icaboston.org

This exhibition provides visitors with a deeper understanding of how the immersive environment of Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING (2013) embodies the artist’s long-standing exploration of accumulation, repetition, luminescence, life and death, and happenings. Works featuring Kusama’s obsessive repetition of symbols, patterns, and forms are paired with works by contemporaries as well as those by current practitioners such as Ellen Gallagher.

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 1995 © Ellen Gallagher

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Procession, 1986 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Closed

Grief and Grievance
Art and Mourning in America

February 17–June 6, 2021
New Museum, New York
www.newmuseum.org

Grief and Grievance, originally conceived by curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019), is an intergenerational exhibition, bringing together thirty-seven artists working in a variety of mediums who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. The intertwined phenomena of Black grief and a politically orchestrated white grievance are further considered, as each structures and defines contemporary American social and political life. The exhibition comprises works encompassing video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, and performance made within the last decade, along with several key historical works and a series of new commissions created in response to the concept of the exhibition. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, and Theaster Gates is included.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Procession, 1986 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ubuntu
The Harry David Art Collection

September 19, 2020–March 18, 2021
National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens
www.emst.gr

The South African term ubuntu refers to notions of community and a spirit of sharing. As the inaugural exhibition of works from the Harry David Art Collection—which showcases leading artists active in Africa and the diaspora as well as African American artists—Ubuntu introduces five distinct curatorial viewpoints unfolding across five specially designed rooms. Each presents a personal selection of works from the collection chosen by one of five different artists and curators. In this way, the collection functions as a resource that is open to interpretation, with each space enabling artworks to be encountered as a series of unique conversations. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Romauld Hazoumè, and Meleko Mokgosi is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 (still) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

Closed

Ellen Gallagher in
Other.Worldly

February 15, 2020–February 14, 2021
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
www.friesmuseum.nl

Delving into the underwater world in all its aspects, this large-scale exhibition features artworks that explore the beauty and mystery of this unknown territory, as well as the environmental dangers that currently threaten it. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 (still) © Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher

See all Museum Exhibitions for Ellen Gallagher