Martha Wilson

MARTHA WILSON      

1976 to Present: Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

 

EDUCATION

2013   
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1972   
Fellowship at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Completed one year toward Ph.D. degree, English Literature

1971   
M.A. English Literature, Dalhousie University, Canada

1969   
B.A. cum laude, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH

 

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2014   
ADAA: The Art Show 2014, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY

2011   
I have become my own worst fear, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
2009   
Martha Wilson: Staging the Self, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2009); Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2011); Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glendside, Pennsylvania (2012); Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, California (2013); Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2013); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (2013); Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University, New York, NY (2015); Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY (2015), curator Peter Dykhuis. Traveled under the auspices of Independent Curators International.

2008   
Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works
, 1971-74, Mitchell Algus Gallery, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014   
SELF-TIMER STORIES, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Horse is in the Cart, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
SELF-TIMER STORIES, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, NY
Becoming Male, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Woman. The Feminist Avant-Garde from the 1970s: Works from the Sammlung Verbund, Summer of Photography Edition 2014, BOZAR Expo, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
BRIC Biennial, BRIC Arts I Media House, Brooklyn, NY

2013   
The Personal is Political: Martha Wilson and MKE, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
SKIN TRADE, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Femfolio, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Sequences in Real Time Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Good Girls Memory_Desire_Power, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania

2012   
Doing what you want: Marie-Louise Ekman accompanied by Sister Corita Kent, Mladen Stilinovic and Martha Wilson, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden. Traveled to Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway
Martha Wilson, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, through 2013
Laughter (Riso), Electricity Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, through 2013
Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair, New York, NY
Project Inc., Revisted, Churner and Churner, New York, NY
Stand still like the hummingbird, curator Bellatrix Hubert, David Zwirner, New York, NY            
You, Me, We, She, Fleisher/Ollman, New York, NY            
When I’m Sixty Four, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga,      CA

2010   
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Tornoto, Canada, through 2013
DONNA: AVANGUARDIA FEMMINISTA NEGLI ANNI ’70 dalla Sammlung Verbund di Vienna, curator Gabriele Schor, Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Roma
The Man I Wish I Was, curator Kharis Kennedy, A.I.R. Gallery, NY

2009   
40 Years, 40 Projects, curator Matthew Higgs, White Columns, NY
re.act.feminism, curators Bettina Knaup and Beatrice K. Stammer, in partnership with the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin

2008   
Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Jay Sanders, NY

2007   
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curator Connie Butler.  Exhibition tour:  National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C.; P.S. 1 Museum, Queens, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

2006     
The Downtown Show, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY

2005                 
How American Women Artists Invented Post-Modernism, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ   

2002   
Personal & Political, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Gloria:  Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s, White Columns, New York, NY

1994   
Tipper Gore’s Advice for the 90s, window installation at Printed Matter, New York, NY

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES  

2014   
DISBAND at Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria   
Self Portrait (1973) performance at Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria            
Clifford Owens Forum for Performance Art, performance as Michelle Obama, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY 
Self Portrait (1973) performance at Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, NY

2013   
Barbara Bush on LA>, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

1992   
Barbara Bush On Abuse, performance at Cooper Union, New York, NY

1985     
Just Say No to Arms Control, performance as Nancy Reagan, Brother Ron’s Gospel Hour, New York, NY

1980   
DISBAND at Spazio Zero, Rome, Italy

1976   
Queen, performance at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1975   
De-Formation, performance in Autogeography, Downtown Whitney, New York, NY

1973   
Transformance:  Claudia, collaborative performance with Jacki Apple at The Plaza Hotel, New York,       NY

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2015    
The CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence
Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award

2013   
Richard J. Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award

2012   
The Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts

2011   
ArtTable 30th Anniversary Artist Honors

2001   
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Performance Art

1993   
Citation by Robert S. Clark, Nathan Cummings, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore, Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundations for commitment to the principle of freedom of expression

1992   
Bessie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression

1992   
Obie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression

1991   
Skowhegan School Governor’s Award for Service to the Arts

1983   
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Performance Art

1978   
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Performance Art

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014   
Meagher, Michelle. "Against the Invisibility of Old Age: Cindy Sherman, Suzy Lake, and Martha Wilson," 
Feminist Studies: Volume 40, Number 1, 2014. pp 101 -143.
Dertnig, Carola and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, eds. "Semiotics of Appearance:  Martha Wilson in Conversation with Dietmar Schwarzler," Performing the Sentence:  Research and Teaching in Performative Fine Arts.  (Vienna: Sternberg Press and Academy of Fine Arts, 2014.) pp 148-162.

2013   
re.act.feminism catalogue, Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst Nuernberg and Live Art Development Agency, London
           
Rosenthal, Stephania.
Ana Mendieta: Traces. Catalog for exhibition of the same name at Hayward Gallery, London. Hayward Publishing: London 2013.

2012   
Cahier Philosiphiques: Marcel Duchamp, Works Featured Seeing Differently: History and Theory of Identification, Catalog         
When I’m Sixty Four,
Wignall Museum Catalog             
Butler, Cornelia.
From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard’s Numbers Shows 1969-74. Koenig Books: London, 2012.
Colucci, Emily. “The Tipping Point Between Laughter and Crying: an Interview with Martha Wilson.´blog.art21.org, June 2012.
Jones, Amelia. Seeing Differently: A history and theory of identification and the visual arts. London & New York: Routeledge.

2011   
Bakst, Lauren, “Martha Wilson: The Liminal Trickster,” Bomblog, October 5, 
http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6130
Anderson-Spivy, Alexandra, “The Legs Are the Last to Go,” Artnet.
Colucci, Emily, “Is It Punk To Grow Old Ungracefully?” Hyperallergic, September 19. http://hyperallergic.com/35613/martha-wilson-ppow/
Salisbury, Britany, “New York Exhibition Picks: Martha Wilson,” ArtForum.           
Denson, G. Roger, “’Old,’ ‘Crazy’ and ‘Hysterical.’ Is That All There Is?”
Huffington Post, October 5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/g-roger-denson/women-old-crazy-and-hyste_b_995484.html
Gomez, Edward, “Aging gracefully, with political consciousness, “beauty” and sass”, September 10. http://www.edwardmgomez.com/
Dykhuis, Peter.  Martha Wilson: Staging the Self/30 Projects from 30 Years of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.  Halifax, N.S., Canada: Dalhousie University Art Gallery.
Clausen, Barbara.  “Portrait Martha Wilson,” SPIKE. Vienna, Austria: SPIKE Art Quarterly, Issue 28, Summer.

2010   
Till-Landry, Kaitlin.  “Kaitlin Till-Landry interviews Martha Wilson,”
C: International Contemporary ArtToronto, Canada.

2007   
Butler, Cornelia and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, eds.  WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.  Los Angeles
 and Boston:  Museum of Contemporary Art and The MIT Press.        

2001   
Wark, Jayne, “Martha Wilson:  Not Taking It at Face Value,” Camera Obscura:  Feminism, Culture and Media Studies.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.           
Reckitt, Helena and Peggy Phelan. 
Art and Feminism: Themes and Movements.  London: Phaidon Press.

1996   
Stiles, Kristine and Peter Selz, eds.
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writing,s Berkeley: University of California Press.
Jones, Amelia, editor. Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party in Feminist Art History, Los Angeles: University of California Press.

1995   
Lippard, Lucy R. The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on Art, New York: The New Press.

1989   
Rosen, Randy, and Catherine C. Brawer. 
Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-1985, New York: Abbeville Press.

1979   
Goldberg, RoseLee.  Performance: Live Art, 1909 to the Present, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

 

TEACHING AND LECTURING

2014   
Performance Art: The Artist as Provocateur, Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY

2011     
Embodiment, Parsons School of Design, New York City       
Art & Politics: The Art Space Movement in New York, New York University     

2010     
Embodiment, Parsons School of Design, New York City

2009   
Art & Politics: The Art Space Movement in New York, New York University

2002     
Live Art on the Internet, with Toni Sant, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

2000   
Going Virtual, with Toni Sant, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University            
The Arts in New York City, Baruch College, New York City

1999   
The Arts in New York City, Baruch College, New York City

1995   
Emerging Performance Artists, The New School for Social Research, New York City

1994   
Emerging Performance Artists, The New School for Social Research, New York City

1993   
Emerging Performance Artists, The New School for Social Research, New York City

1979   
Women in the Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1978   
Literary Parallels to Modern Art, School of Visual Arts, New York City

1976   
Adjunct Lecturer in 20th century Art, Brooklyn College’s New School of Liberal Arts

1975   
Adjunct Lecturer in 20th century Art, Brooklyn College’s New School of Liberal Arts

1974   
Adjunct Lecturer, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1973   
Adjunct Lecturer, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1972   
Adjunct Lecturer, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

EDITORIAL, CURATORIAL AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

2012   
Curator,
Brooklyn Bred, three evenings of performance art by Dread Scott, Jennifer Miller and Coco Fusco, 30th Next Wave Festival, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

2011   
Editor,
Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Space, New York: Independent Curators International, 2011. In 2012, Specific Object named the Martha Wilson Sourcebook its 2011 Publication of the Year.

2010   
Guest Curator,
At Her Age, A.I.R Gallery, New York             

2006   
Guest Editor, Leonardo, Live Art and Science on the Internet

2005   
What Franklin Furnace Learned from Presenting and Producing Live Art on the Internet, 1996 to Now Leonardo, Volume 38 #3           
Guest Editor,
Leonardo, Live Art and Science on the Internet

2004   
Guest Editor, Leonardo, Live Art and Science on the Internet           
Treasurer, Performance Studies International

2003   
Treasurer, Performance Studies International

2002   
Treasurer, Performance Studies International

1997   
Guest Editor, Art Journal, Winter, Vol. 56, No. 4, Performance Art

1996-1991   
Member of the Editorial Board,
Art Journal

1975-1974   
Assistant to the Managing Editor, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. artbook publishers

 

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

Banco Espirito Santo, Portugal

Moderna Museet, Sweden