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

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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

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

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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, Untitled, 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

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Icons

Through 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa

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La rivoluzione siamo noi
Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo

September 26, 2020–January 10, 2021
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Italy
www.xnlpiacenza.it

XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a new cultural center dedicated to contemporary art, presents its inaugural exhibition, whose title translates to We Are the Revolution: Contemporary Italian Collecting. The show features more than 150 works from eighteen of the most important art collections in Italy. Giuseppe Penone is creating a site-specific piece for the exhibition, and work by Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Piero Manzoni, and Andy Warhol is also included.

Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa

Titus Kaphar, Pushing Back the Light, 2012 © Titus Kaphar

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Riffs and Relations
African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition

February 29, 2020–January 3, 2021
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
www.phillipscollection.org

This exhibition presents works by African American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside works by European artists from the early twentieth century. The show aims to examine cross-cultural conversations and presents the divergent works that reflect these complex dialogues. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Titus Kaphar, and Pablo Picasso is included.

Titus Kaphar, Pushing Back the Light, 2012 © Titus Kaphar

Installation view, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice, March 22–December 13, 2020. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Marco Cappelletti/DSL Studio

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Untitled, 2020

March 22–November 4, 2020
Punta della Dogana, Venice
www.palazzograssi.it

Conceived and curated by Thomas Houseago, Muna El Fituri, and Caroline Bourgeois, Untitled, 2020 places into dialogue works in a broad range of media by more than sixty artists held by the Pinault Collection, international museums, and private collections. The exhibition centers around a re-creation of Houseago’s studio in Tadao Ando’s cube room, in the heart of Punta della Dogana. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Duane Hanson, Mike Kelley, Henry Moore, and Nam June Paik is included.

Installation view, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice, March 22–December 13, 2020. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Marco Cappelletti/DSL Studio

Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © Glenn Brown

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Pushing Paper
Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now

September 12, 2019–January 12, 2020
British Museum, London
britishmuseum.org

Celebrating drawing in its own right, rather than its historic role as preparatory to painting, this exhibition explores how contemporary artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place, and memory. Work by Glenn Brown, Ellen Gallagher, Anselm Kiefer, and Rachel Whiteread is included.

Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © Glenn Brown

Ellen Gallagher, Kapsalon Wonder, 2015 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
World Exhibition

May 16–November 3, 2019
Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich
johannjacobs.com

World Exhibition aims to bring into focus the interspaces and interdependencies at the heart of historical and contemporary objects, films, and works of art, as well as a number of things that actually elude identification altogether. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Kapsalon Wonder, 2015 © Ellen Gallagher

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