Chronologie

1951
Born in Erie, PA
1977
National Endowment for the Arts, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1978
National Endowment for the Arts, Artist’s Fellowship
1980
National Endowment for the Arts, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1982
Ohio Arts Council, Art Critic’s Fellowship
1984
Ohio Arts Council, Photographer’s Fellowship
1986
Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1986
Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1993
Getty Scholar, Getty Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
1997
Deutscher Akademischer Austausdient (DAAD), Berlin
1997
Getty Scholar, Getty Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
1997
Getty Lecturer, University of Southern California
1998
Calder Studio Residence, Saché, France
2001
Camera Austria Prize
1999 – 2002
Research Grant, J. Paul Getty Trust
2007
United States Artists Fellows Award
2010
Special Jury Prize for The Forgotten Space, Orizzonti Competition, Venice, Italy
2013
Died in Los Angeles, CA

Expositions

2013
This ain’t China, solo show (cur. Bill Jeffries), Simon Fraser University Gallery Vancouver, Canada (solo)
2013
Critical Episodes (1957-2011), group show, Barcelona, Spain
2013
Voices of the Sea, group show, Musée des Beaux-arts de Calais, Calais, France
2013
Learning for Life, group show, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway
2013
Uchronie, ou des récits de collection, group show, (cur. Le Bureau), Saline Royale, Arc et Senans, France
2013
Balea Negra, (cur. Pedro de Llano), group show, Museo de Arte Contemporeana de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
2012 – 2013
Californian Sequences, solo show (cur. Marie Muracciole), Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2012
Disassembled Movies 1972 - 2012 (cur. Marie Muracciole – Ali Akay) , AKBank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
2012
Black Tide, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain (solo)
2012
Allan Sekula: Disassembled Movies 1972 – 2012, Akbank Art Center, cur.Marie Muracciole, Ali Akay, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2012
The Dockers Museum, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France (solo)
2011
Polonia and…, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2011
Ship of Fools, cur. Kirsten Lloyd, Stills Center for Photography, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
2011
Polonia and Other Fables, cur. Karen Downey, Belfast Exposed, Ireland (solo)
2011
Retrospective of Allan Sekula’s films, Loop Festival, Centre de la Imatge, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2011
ZZNot for sale, Passage de Retz, Paris
2011
L'énigme du portrait, Neuflize collection, Musée d'art contemporain de Marseille, France
2011
oceanomania : souvenirs des mers mystérieuses, de l'expédition à l'aquarium (cur.Mark Dion), Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
2011
Angry, Young and Radical, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011
1979, a movement to radical moments (cur. Carles Guerra), La Virreina, Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain
2011
Serious Games. War – Media – Art, Institute Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
2010
ANTIPHOTOJOURNALISM, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barceona, Spain
2010
Le peuple qui manque, Centre Pompidou, France
2010
The Forgotten Space, Nederlands Film festival, Utrecht; Viennale, Vienna; Doclisboa, Lisbon
2010
Là où nous sommes - oeuvres de la Collection Neuflize Vie, Maison d'art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
2010
Les Rencontres d’Arte Contemporain, La Chantrerie, Cahors, France
2010
En cada instante, ruptura, Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
2010
Ship of Fools, 29th Biennial de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2010
The Image In Question. War-Media-Art, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2010
Taipei Biennial 2010, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2010
This Ain’t China, e-flux, New York, NY
2010
Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2010
Ship of Fools, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
2010
Media City Seoul 2010, The 6th Seoul International Biennale of Media Art, Seoul, Korea
2010
Nether Land, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art at the Dutch Cultural Center, Shanghai, China
2010
How Many Billboards?, MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA
2010
“…In A Most Dangerous Manner”, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2010
Global Design, Museum für gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
2010
Berlin-Paris Un échange de Galeries - galerie Michel Rein@Carlier I Gebauer, Berlin, Germany
2010
Les Tubes, group show, Le Quai, Angers, France
2010
European Cross-curating, station 2 (cur. JÜrgen Bock), artist residency and solo show in 2011, La Criée, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Rennes, France (solo)
2009
Retrospective, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
2009
LES TUBES, group show, Le Quai, Angers
2009
Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, May-June 2009 (retrospective) (solo)
2009
San Diego, Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
2009
Polonia, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois
2008
The Way Things Are , Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2008
Street Art, Street Life, Bronx Museum of the Arts, curated by Lydia Yee
2008
No Room, curated by Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008
Universal Archive: The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2008
The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2008
Edit Nine, commissioned work to coincide with This Side of Paradise, The Huntington, San Marino, CA
2008
Polonia and Other Fables, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Autumn 2008 (solo)
2008
Travailler plus pour gagner plus, galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2008
Lost Paradise, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
2007
10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2007
L' Europe en devenir, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (cur. Michel Ritter)
2007
Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany
2007
Existencias, MUSAC- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
2007
UN/ Fair Trade, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Austria (cur. P. Weibel & G. Holler- Schuster)
2007
The Quiet in The Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2007
Collection, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
2007
For a special place: documents and works from the Generali Foundation, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA
2007
World Factory (cur. Hou Hanru), San Francisco Art Institute, USA
2007
In the poem about love, you don't write the word love, Overgaden, Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007
MACBA in Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2007
Informacion contra informacion, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2007
Shipwreck and Workers, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2007
2007 John Q. Public and Citizen Jane: Private Americans in the Political Domain, San Diego State University
2006
Busan Biennale 2006: Everywhere, Busan, Korea
2006
In the Poem about Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, Artists Space, New York, NY
2006
The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos, October 2006-October (solo)
2006
Full House: Views of the Whitney's Collection at 75., Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2006
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2006
Allan Sekula, Fish Story Chapter One, FRAC Bretagne, Maison de l'Etudiant, Université du Havre, France
2006
Los Angeles 1955-1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2006
Concept has never meant horse, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
2006
Carnets du Sous-Sol, galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
2006
From Mini-FM to hacktivists: A Guide to Art and Activism, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
2005
In the Poem about Love you didn't write the word Love, Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
2005
Inward OUTward, FLACC - Casino Modern, Belgium
2005
Dear Bill Gates (poster version) installed throughout Leuven in conjunction with Meunier, a dialogue. Contemporary art meets Constantin Meunier and Leuven, Belgium
2005
Facing the Music, the gallery at REDCAT in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Emergencies, MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon), Madrid, Spain
2005
How do we want to be governed? (Figure and Ground), Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
2005
Occupying Space, TENT Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2005
Shipwreck and Workers, Museum in Progress, Vienna, Ausria (solo)
2005
Aerospace Folktales, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2005
TITANIC's wake, Camera Austria/Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria (solo)
2005
Shipwreck and Workers: Verson 2 for Leuven, STUK Arts Center, Leuven, Belgium (solo)
2005
Shipwreck and Workers, STUK Kunstcentrum, Leuven, Belgium (solo)
2004
TITANIC’s Wake, Harn Museum, Gainsville, FL, USA (solo)
2004
Freeway to China & Black Tide/Marea negra, National Museum, Zadar, Croatia (solo)
2004
Prayer for the Americans, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Situations Construites, Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland
2004
How do we want to be governed ? (cur. Roger M. Buergel & Ruth Noack), Miami Art Central, USA
2004
L’Ombre du temps, galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2004
Paysages Invisibles, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
2004
U-topia, Frac Centre, Orléans, France
2004
Diaporama 04, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2004
Conditions urbaines, galerie Donzévansaanen, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004
Die Universität ist eine Fabrik, Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, curators: Roger M. Buergel, Ruth Noack, Lüneburg, Germany
2004
2004 reGenerations: Environmental Art in California, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2004
The L.A. Years, Part 1, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004
The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2004
Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, New York
2004
The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Laos
2003
High Tide, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003
Col•lecció MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2003
After the news, Postmedia Documentaries, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2003
AT WORK: The Art of California Labor, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2003
Histoires contemporaines, Les 20 ans des Frac, Frac Rhônes-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France
2003
Witness. Contemporary Artists Document Our Time, Barbican Art, London, United Kingdom
2003
Vigo Visions. Coleccion fotografica do concello de Vigo, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo, Spain
2003
Singuliers voyages, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France
2003
The politics of Place, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland; Länsmusteet Västernorrland, Härnösand
2003
Black Tide / Marea negra, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2003
Allan Sekula, Performance under Working Conditions, Generali Foundation, Vienna Austria. Retrospective exhibit, catalogue interview by Benjamin Buchloh (solo)
2002
Irrational Exuberance, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2002
Waiting for Tear Gas (white globe to black), Camera Austria, Graz, Austria (solo)
2002
Fish Story, Dokumenta XI, Kassel, Germany (cat.)
2002
The Politics of Place, BildMuseet, Umea Universitet, Sweden (cat.);
2002
Empire State, Whitney Museum, new York, USA
2002
Sans commune mesure, Centre national de la photographie, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France; Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France
2002
Regarder la mer. Repenser le monde, Le Grand café, St-Nazaire, France
2002
Trade - Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002
shadow Festival 3, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (cat.)
2002
Open City, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
2002
Open City: Street Photography Since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
2001
Open City: Street Photography Since 1950, MoMA Oxford, England
2001
Visual Worlds, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2001
Yokohama Triennale, Japan
2001
Yokohama 2001, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (cat.)
2001
Antagonismes. Casos d’estudi, Museu d’Art Contemporain de Barcelone, Barcelona, Spain
2001
Fin de la classe ouvrière?, Centre photographique de Cherbourg-Octeville, France
2001
Contemporary moments, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2001
Trade - Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2001
TITANIC's wake, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2001
Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France (solo)
2001
Dead Letter Office, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo New York, USA (solo)
2001
School is a Factory 1978/80, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France (solo)
2000
Titanic’s wake, CCC, Tours, France; Christopher Grime Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA (solo)
2000
Rotterdam Foto Biennial, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2000
Die Regierung/The Government, Alte Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
2000
Desert and Transit, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, German
2000
Charm Offensive,Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Charm Offensive,Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Flight Patterns, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Seascape, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica.
1999
Fish Story, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999
Trace: Liverpool Biennial. UK
1998
Scratches on the Surface of Things, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1998
Port and Corridor: Work Sites in Los Angeles: Robbert Flick and Allan Sekula, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
1998
La mer n’est pas la terre, Le Criée, Rennes, France
1998
Voyage, Museé de Valence, Valence.
1998
Dismal Science: Photo Works 1972-1996, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Traveled to Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania; daadgalerie, Berlin; Camerawork, London; Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich; Curtain University Art Gallery, Perth, Australia; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
1998
Deep Six/Passer au bleu, Museé des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
1997
InSite 97, San Diego/Tijuana, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
1996
Face a l’Histoire, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
1996
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1996
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Traveled to Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tramway, Glasgow; Le Channel and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica.
1995
Aerospace Folktales and Canadian Notes, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1994
Proposition I, One-Five, Brussels, Belgium
1993
Trade Routes, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1993
University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
1993
1993 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1992
Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960-1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1992
Wasteland: Landscape from Now On, Fotografie Biennale, Rotterdam
1991
Critical Realism, Perspektief, Rotterdam
1991
The Power of Words: An Aspect of Recent Documentary Photography, PPOW Gallery, New York
1991
A Dialogue about Recent American and European Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1991
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1989
Geography Lesson: Canadian Notes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (solo). Traveled to Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; A Space, Toronto; P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York; Amelie Wallace Gallery, State University of New York, Old Westbury, New York; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Mendel Art Gallery; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario; Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1989
If You Lived Here: Home Front:, Dia Art Foundation, New York
1987
Vormen van Documentaire Photografie in de jaren ‘80, Galerie Perspektief, Rotterdam
1987
Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria (solo)
1985
San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, California (solo)
1984
Art and Ideology, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1983
Westbury. Traveled to State University of New York, Cortland Game, Amelie Wallace Gallery, State University of New York, Old Westbury. Traveled to State University of New York, Cortland
1983
Susan Meiselas and Allan Sekula, Film in the Cities Photo Gallery, St. Paul Minnesota
1981
Likely Stories, Castelli Graphics, New York
1981
Absage an das Einzelbild, Folkwang Museum, Essen
1981
Erweiterte Fotografie: Fifth International Vienna Biennale, Vienna Secession, Vienna
1980
Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
1977
Social Criticism and Art Practice, San Francisco Art Institute. Co-curated by Roy Ascott and Victor Burgin
1977
American Narrative/Story Art 1967-1977, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
1976
New American Filmmakers Series: Connell, Sekula and Torres, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1975
Video: Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula, The Kitchen, New York
1974
Brand Library Art Center, Glendale, California (solo)
1973
Socialist Realism: Photo-Text Works by Fred Lonidier and Allan Sekula, Gallery A-402, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Collections publiques

Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Pompidou Center, Paris
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
ARCO Foundation, Madrid, Spain
Centro de Estudos Fotograficos, Vigo, Spain
Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Fonds National d‘Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Getty Research Institute, Resource Collections, Los Angeles, CA
Harn Museum of Art, Gainsville, FL
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Museé des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Castillo y Leon, Spain

Publications

2005
Constantin Meunir, A Dialogue with Allan Sekula, Lieven Gevaert Series, Vol, 2, Leuven University Press: December 2005.
2003
Performance Under Working Conditions, Wien: Generali Foundation.
2003
TITANIC’s wake, Le Point du Jour Editeur, France.
1997
Allan Sekula: Dead Letter Office, Rotterdam, Netherlands Foto Instituut. Interview with Frits Gierstberg in Dutch. Text by Allan Sekula in English and Dutch.