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Ellen Gallagher, Esirn Coaler, 2007 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher
Artist Rooms

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, Kapsalon Wonder, 2015 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
World Exhibition

Through 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

Rachel Whiteread, Pink, 1993 © Rachel Whiteread

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Pushing Paper
Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now

Through 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.

Rachel Whiteread, Pink, 1993 © Rachel Whiteread

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 1995 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama

Through February 7, 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

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

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Ellen Gallagher in
Straying from the Line

April 13–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, Odalisque, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Le modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse

March 26–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, 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

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

June 22–September 16, 2018
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee
fristartmuseum.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. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

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

Ellen Gallagher, Aquajuijidsu, 2017 © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher
Nu-Nile

June 23–September 3, 2018
Power Plant, Toronto
www.thepowerplant.org

Ellen Gallagher’s practice involves synthesizing a wide range of pictorial traditions in order to counter static representations of black people in culture, and reasserts the black figure grounded within the canon of Western painting. This show encompasses paintings, drawings, and films, taking Gallagher’s most recent film installation, Highway Gothic (2017), which she made with Edgar Cleijne, as a starting point.

Ellen Gallagher, Aquajuijidsu, 2017 © Ellen Gallagher

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

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Praying for Time

March 2–July 8, 2018
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
www.brandeis.edu

Marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the attacks of September 11, and civil war, the end of the twentieth century can also be viewed as a time that presaged immense global revolutions, both social and digital, that have transformed our world. Praying for Time reflects the diversity of voices and concerns in art produced during that pivotal period from 1980 through the early 2000s. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Prince, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol is included. 

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

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Estatic, 2017 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher in
Slatterns

May 31–June 24, 2018
A.P.T Gallery, London
www.aptstudios.org

Slatterns includes work by six international women artists whose work explores displacement, race, distortion, and/or the female gaze. The exhibition has an intersectional element, bridging visual art, psychoanalysis, and poetry. Work by Ellen Gallagher is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Watery Estatic, 2017 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, Better Dimension, 2010 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne

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Ellen Gallagher
Better Dimension

April 25–June 3, 2018
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
www.bonnierskonsthall.se

This exhibition marks the first solo show for Ellen Gallagher, an artist well-known for sublime and poetic gestures, in the Nordic region. Highway Gothic (2017), a new and extensive film collaboration with Edgar Cleijne, originally made for the Prospect 4 exhibition in New Orleans, is shown alongside other collaborations.

Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, Better Dimension, 2010 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 © Ellen Gallagher 

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Elements of Vogue
A Case Study of Radical Performance

November 17, 2017–May 6, 2018
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
ca2m.org

This exhibition will investigate how minorities use their bodies to produce dissident forms of beauty, subjectivity, and desire. These minor poetics are perceived as a threat to the normative world, and yet craved by mainstream culture. Paying attention to the cultural debates, conflicts, and struggles that surround voguing as a case study of radical performance, Elements of Vogue will address the complexity of these dynamics of assimilation and resistance. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Andy Warhol will be included.

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 © Ellen Gallagher 

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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We Are Here

August 19, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

In honor of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fiftieth anniversary, the museum presents We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from its collection. I Am You gathers works that question how we relate to and shape our environments; You Are Here examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time; and We Are Everywhere showcases artists who borrow from popular culture. Work by Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.
Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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

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Ellen Gallagher in
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

November 18, 2017–February 25, 2018
New Orleans
www.prospectneworleans.org

The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp evokes New Orleans’s natural environment: located near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the city is surrounded by bayous, lakes, and wetlands. Aligning with previous Prospect exhibitions, Prospect.4 is committed to being an international exhibition, while also directing more of its focus southward, placing great emphasis on art and artists who engage with the American and Global South. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne is included.

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

Ellen Gallagher, Kapsalon Wonder, 2015

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Ellen Gallagher in
A Global Table

September 23, 2017–January 7, 2018
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
www.franshalsmuseum.nl

This exhibition combines resplendent still lifes of the Golden Age with works by contemporary artists who have an interest in globalization and the practical effects the phenomenon has on daily life. Work by Ellen Gallagher will be included.

Ellen Gallagher, Kapsalon Wonder, 2015