Chronologie

1960
Born in Bronx, NY
1980
Attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1982
BA, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1985
Participated in Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY
Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Expositions

2013
Revelations, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Word And Image, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA
We Hold These Truths..., Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, USA
Don't Be Shy, Don't Hold Back, The Logan Collection At Sfmoma, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Nyc 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
The Unphotographable, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2012
Glenn Ligon: Neon, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: America, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA
Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, USA
Blues For Smoke, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2011
Glenn Ligon: America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England
Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from Alumni Collections, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, USA
Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Art, Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA
Distant Star, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Distant Star, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, The Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
2010
Glenn Ligon: Neither Here nor There, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Painting and Sculpture, Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA
Storytellers - Passages, Centre d'art contemporain, Troyes, France
Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Minima Moralia, Marvelli Gallery, New York, USA
Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2009
Off Book, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Glenn Ligon, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
FAX, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Prints from Lincoln Center / List Art Collection, Wave Hill, New York, USA
30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Trail Blazers in the 21st Century: Contemporary Prints and Photographs published by Exit Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, USA
Wordscapes: Text as Image in Contemporary Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
2008
The Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
New Prints 2008/ Summer, International Print Center New York, New York, USA
Black is Black ain't, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Intimacy, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA
You & Me, Sometimes..., Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA
2007
Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, USA
Mario Testino: At Home, Yvon Lambert, New York, USA
What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Substance & Surface, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Contemporary Art from the Harvard University Art Museums Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, USA
Repicturing the Past/Picturing the Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Lines, Grids, Stains, Words, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Art Unlimited, Regen Projecst at Art Basel 38, Basel, Switzerland
Art in America, Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
Paper: from the collection of Emily Fisher Landau, The Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, USA
Remix Identity and Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Learn to Read [working title], Tate Modern, London, England
Novel Readings, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
2006
Glenn Ligon: Brilliant Corners, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
We Had Everything Before Us, We Had Nothing Before Us, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
Glenn Ligon, Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College, Easton, USA
Defamation of Character, organized by Neville Wakefield, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
Voodoo Macbeth, De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex, England
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, USA
Gifts go in one direction, apexart, New York, USA
SUBJECT, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, USA
Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, USA
Skin Is a Language, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2005
A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA
Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text in Modern Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
Glenn Ligon: Some Changes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, USA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA; Belkin Art Galery, Vancouver, Canada; Mudam – Foundation Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Collective Histories / Collective Memories: California Modern, Orange County Museum of Modern Art, Newport Beach, USA
Drawing from the Modern, 1975 - 2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
ROMANCE (a novel), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
A Thousand Words, Inman Gallery, Houston, USA
Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
2004
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, USA; traveled to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Supernova, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
2003
Going There, DAmelio Terras, New York, USA
Annotations, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA
Fast Forward: Twenty Years of White Rooms, White Columns, New York, USA
Stranger in the Village, Guild Hall, East Hampton, USA
Influence, Anxiety, and Gratitude (Toward and understanding of trans-generational dialogue as a gift economy), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA
2002
LIFE DEATH LOVE HATE PLEASURE PAIN: Selected works from the MCA Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Drawings of Choice from a New York Collection, Krannert Art Museum University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, USA
Recent Acquisitions, Fonds Régional d¹Art Contemporain, Reims, France
Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany
Glenn Ligon, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
2001
Colored, D¹Amelio Terras, New York, USA
Portraits and Not-Portraits, Kunstverein Munich, Germany
Stranger, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
2000
Coloring: New Work, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Currents 81, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
Points of Reference, Fredrick Hayes, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, USA
Good Business is the Best Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, USA
1999
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Other Narratives: Fifteen Years, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
Contemporary Narratives in American Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, USA
1998
Núcleo Historico, XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Glenn Ligon, ArtPace, San Antonio, USA
1997
Glenn Ligon: Day of Absence, Ezra and Cecile Zikha Gallery, Middletown, USA
Coming of Age, White Columns, New York, USA
Sunny Days/Critical Times, The Bohen Foundation, New York, USA
1996
The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glenn Ligon, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
1995
Photos and Notes, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
Skin Tight, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA
In The Flesh, Aldrich Museum of American Art, Ridgefield, USA
Fag-o-Sites, Gallery 400, Chicago, USA
1994
Duchamp's Leg, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
New Paintings, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
Project Room, Ruth Blum Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
1993
White, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
Good Mirrors Are Not Cheap, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York, USA
1992
Glenn Ligon, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
1991
Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Musuem of American Art, New York, USA
1985
Open Studio, Whitney Musuem Independant Study Program, New York, USA

Publications

2001
Firstenberg, Lauri. 'Neo-Archival and Textual Strategies: An Interview with Glenn Ligon.' Art Journal Spring 2001: 42 - 47.
2001
Koestenbaum, Wayne. 'Color Me Glenn.' Coloring. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2001.
1999
English, Darby. 'Question Marks and Futures Already Alive: Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, Together for the First Time.' New York: Brent Sikkema Gallery. December, 1999.
1998
Golden, Thelma. 'Everynight.' Unbecoming. Philadelphia: Institute of Contempory Art, 1998.
1998
Cotter, Holland. 'Stories About Race, Politics, and Himself.' New York Times December 2, 1998. 48-49.