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Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, design, human resources and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various institutions. Personnel and related projects have been produced for a diverse group of venues that include Periferic 8 Biennial for Contemporary Art, Romania, the Department of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2006; Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland, 2004-7; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, 2003; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2001 among others. Currently she is working on an installation of Personnel for the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, a think tank at the University of Montreal, as well as a book on Personnel to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland and Revolver Press, Frankfurt, Germany.
She is also known internationally for her work from the 80s and 90s, which focused on gender and its modes of representation (from venues such as the MAK, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Biennial among many others). Her projects have received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for Artists and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1973 and has been Professor of Art at Queens College of the City University of New York since 1990.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2012 It's the Political Economy, Stupid, Austrian Cultural Institute, New York, NY Materiality, Alternativa, Gdansk, Poland 2011 Labor & Leisure, Alternativa, Gdansk, Poland Open Studio, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden Imaginary Archive, Gallery 126, Galway, Ireland 2010 The Visible Vagina, David Nolan Gallery, New York Video Dada, UAG, University of California at Irvine Wellington Collaboratorium: Imaginary Archive, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ 2009 Addressing Identities, Katonah Museum, New York 2008 Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Iasi, Romania Uncle Bob’s Variety Show in Off the Wall, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY Orebro International Video Art Festival, Orebro Lans Museum, Orebro, Sweden 2007 Disonancias: Artists Collaborations with Industry, San Sebastian, Spain 2006 When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, NY Curatorial Studies, Video Project, Glyndor Gallery Wave Hill, Bronx, New York Re-Vision&, Edith-Rus Haus fur Medienkunst, Oldenburg Feeding Desire, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY Everybody Dance Now, EFA Gallery, New York, NY 2005 Inside Out Loud, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. Beautiful Dreamer, Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio 2004 Corpus-Women Artists and Embodiment, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick Health and Safety, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland Picturing Women, The Library Company, Rosenbach Library and Bryn Mawr Rare Book Library, Philadelphia, PA. 2003 Animations, Kunst-werke Berlin e.V..- KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin Food Matters, Katonah Museum, NY Banquette, Palau Virrena, Barcelona, Spain ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany 2002 Mirror, Mirror, Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA Part 2 /Indivisuals, Foundation Tapies, Barcelona New Hotels for Global Nomads, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY Indivisuals, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Rapture, Barbican Art Gallery, London El Bello Genero, Consejeria de las Artes/ Sala Plaza Espana, Madrid 2001 Animations, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY Do You Have Time?, Liebman Magnan Gallery, New York, NY 2000 All You Need is Love, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland Likeness of Being: Contemporary Self Portraits, DC Moore Gallery Representing: A Show of Identities, The Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY The End, Exit Art/ The FirstWorld, New York, NY 1999 ;Natural Histories, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Size Matters, Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn, New York Salome, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York The Mind on Scale, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL A room with a view, Sixth@Prince, Fine Art Xmas, Kent Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Selections from the Collection, Zentrum fur Kunst und Mediatechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany City Cannibal, Paco das Artes, (in conjunction with the 1998 Sao Paolo Biennale) Sao Paolo, Brazil Fashioned&, Whitebox Gallery, New York, NY Peep Show, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY Memorable Histories and Historic Memories, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine Food Matters, E.S. Vandam Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1997 Korperkunst und Korperkult, (screening of film by J.Kaess-/Farquet), Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich Queens Artists: Highlights of the 20th Century, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadow, New York New York/Winnipeg: Video Screening/Cultural Exchange, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY Dress for Millenium Eve, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, traveled from the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA Gallery Group Show, Curt Marcus Gallery 1996 The Telematic Room, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany The Visible and the Invisible: Representing the Body in Contemporary Art and Society, Institute for International Visual Arts, University College, London, England Feed and Greed, Museum für Angewandekunst, Vienna, Austria Sexual Politics, The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America, (screening of film by Michael Blackwood), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York The Body Found and Lost: Maureen Connor and Valie Export, Kunstraum, Munich, Germany 1995 Pulp Fashion, Dieu Donne Gallery and Studio, New York, NY Madeleines, Apex Gallery, New York, NY Configura 2, Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, Germany Hard Comforts, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CTo Heresies, curated by Jorge Luis Marzo, CAAM, Canary Islands, Spain In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the 90's, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Newhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, N.Y. Sculpture as Objects: 1915-1995, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY It's How You Play the Game, EXIT ART/First World, New York, NY 1994 ;In the Lineage of Eva Hesse, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT Home Video Redefined: Media, Sculpture, and Domesticity, curated by Dara Myers-Kingsley, Center of Contemporary Art, Miami, Members Only, Carlos Poy Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 1993-94 Disorderley Conduct, organized by Nina Felshin and Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W., New York, NY, traveling to Hobart/William Smith College, Geneva, NY; Carlton College, Northfield, MN MENSCHENWELT (Interieur), curated by Dr. Martin Hentschel, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; traveling to Castello di Rivara, Turin , Italy; Norwich Gallery, England; Wurrttembergerisher Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany; Westfalischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany 1993 ADressing the Body, curated by Jeanne Meyers, Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Empty Dress: Clothing as Surrogate in Recent Art, curated by Nina Felshin; travelling to Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Viginia Beach Center of the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA; University Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Art, University of Newfoundland, NS; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK; The Gallery, Stratford, ON; California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL The Rag Trade, curated by Saul Ostrow, The Inter Art Center, New York, NY New Moderns, Baumgartner Galleries Inc., Washington D.C. Multimediale, Zentrum für Kunst und Mediantechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany Gallery Artists and Friends, Germans van Eck, New York, NY Discursive Dress, curated by Alison Ferris John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 1993 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; travelling to The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea Fall from Fashion, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT '1920' Contemporary Women Artists, EXIT ART/The First World, New York, NY I Am the Ennunciator, curated by Christian Leigh, Thread Waxing Space,NY,NY 1992 Much Sense: Erotics and Life, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, AB A Marked Difference, curated by Saul Ostrow and Peer Veneman, Maatschappij Art et Amitcitae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands The Autoerotic Object, curated by Juli Carson, Voorhees Gallery, Hunter College, NY Material Revisions, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT Contemporary Surfaces, curated by Rick Ward, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, NY,NY The Curio Shop, curated by Saul Ostrow, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY Ecstacy, Dooley Le Cappellaine, New York, NY The Rectangled Bank, curated by Frank Gillette, EM Donahue, New York, NY Sense and Sensibility, curated by Nancy Princenthal, Solo Gallery, New York, NY Speak, curated by Jin Lee and Lynn Brown, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 1991 Physical Relief, curated by Susan Edwards, Hunter College Art Gallery, NY, NY The Value Show, curated by Cathleen Cullen and Robert Mahoney, Dooley Le Capellaine, New York, NY Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, John Post Lee Gallery, New York, NY Burning In Hell, curated by Nancy Spero, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY The Lick of the Eye, curated by David Pagel, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA,CA When Objects Dream and Talk in Their Sleep, curated by Janine Cirincione, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY New Generations: New York, curated by Elaine King, Carnegie Melon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA After Duchamp, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France 1990 Fragments, Parts, Wholes, the Body and Culture, curated by Saul Ostrow, White Columns Gallery, New York Group Show, Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA The Body Once Removed, Sorkin Gallery, New York, NY Tell It Like It Is, fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY 1988 Body Fragments, curated by Robert Edleman, Shea and Becker Gallery, New York, NY The Other New York, Alfred Kren Gallery, Köln, West Germany Nomadic Visions, Southern Massachusetts University Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA
HONORS AND AWARDS: CURRENT NOMINATIONS: 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship 2009 First Prize, Proposal for the Peace Pentagon, (link) 2000 Artist in Residence: Harvestworks Digital Media Arts NYSCA Media Project Grant for Personnel at the Queens Museum of Art NYSCA Finishing Funds Award for Growing Older at QMA 1999 NYFA Individual Artist's Fellowship 1995-6 NEA Fellowship 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship 1991-2003 PSC CUNY Grants, Research Foundation, City University of New York 1988 New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Visiting Artist
PUBLICATIONS: Book Chapters: Connor, Maureen, (Con)testing Resources, in Making Art History: a Changing Discipline and its Institutions, edited by Elizabeth C. Mansfield, 245-263, Routledge, 2007 Essays: Connor, Maureen, New Work(place), in New Work: Art From the Workers of the New Museum, ed. by Lena Imamura, 27-34, Stanton Chapter, 2008 Connor, Maureen, Working Notes: A Conversation with Katie Deepwell, Art Journal, Vol. 6, No 2, pp.33-43 Connor, Maureen, SOS Peace Pentagon, Where We Are Now, Spring 2010, edited by Marisa Jahn. Connor, Maureen, Aftermaths and Personnel, A Conversation Between Maureen Connor and Marisa Jahn, Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, edited by Marisa Jahn, YYZ Books and REV-. 2010
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Album, Arts Magazine, September 1982. Allen, Jonathan. The Multiple Self, AtlAntica, Fall 1995. Alloway, Lawrence. The Sculpture of Maureen Connor. Arts Magazine, September 1982. Anker, Suzanne. The Genetics of Oedipus, Tema Celeste, Winter 1993, no. 3989, pp. 42-6. Bonami, Francesco. Maureen Connor, Flash Art, vol. 165, Summer 1992. Brenson, Michael. Art 8 Artists 'Between Drawing and Sculpture, The New York Times, Dec. 20,'85 Review. The New York Times, December 26, 1986. Carrier, David. Maureen Connor. Tema Celeste, Summer 1992. Cohen, Ronny. Energism: An Attitude, Artforum, September 1980. Cotter, Holland. Maureen Connor 'Discreet Objects, The New York Times, December 20, 1995. Cullen, Kathleen, Interview with Maureen Connor, Journal of Art, Winter 1994. Drucker, Johanna, Le Corps D'À Cote, Les Cahiers du Musée, National d'art Moderne, Spring, 1995. Edelman, Robert. Maureen Connor, Art Press, March 1995. Felshin, Nina. Women's Work: A Lineage 1966-94. The Art Journal, Spring 1995. Frank, Peter. Maureen Connor, Art News, Summer 1978. Glueck, Grace. Maureen Connor: Love (at first) Site, The New York Times, January 23, 1998 Harrison, Helen. Ordinary Made Into the Real Thing, The New York Times, November 10, 1985. Sculptors Pose a Challenge, The New York Times, March 7, 1982. Hauffen, Michael. Maureen Connor: Narrow Escape, Kunstforum, June- August 1997 Heartney, Eleanor. Review. Art News, April 1984. Hess, Elizabeth. Evidence of the Body, The Village Voice, January 10, 1995. S=Biennial: Up Against the Wall, The Village Voice, March 16, 1993. Indiana, Gary. Formal Wares, The Village Voice, March 25, 1986. Johnson, Ken. Review: Seductions and Games: Recent Video Installations by Maureen Connor, The New York Times, January 19, 2001 Jones, Amelia. 'Presence' and Calculated Absence, Tema Celeste, Winter 1993, pp38-41. PERFORMING BODIES, California University Press, Berkeley, 1998 Kimmelman, Michael. Sculptors Make A Case for Expressionism, The New York Times, August 19, 1988. Klein, Ellen Lee. Review: Maureen Connor, Arts Magazine, March 1984. Group Show at Aquavella, Arts Magazine, December 1994. Lajer-Burkharth, Ewa. Real Bodies: Video in the 1990s, Art History, Spring, 1997 Levin, Kim. Voice Choices: Maureen Connor, 'Love (at first) Site', The Village Voice , January 28-February 3, 1998 Voice Choices: Seduction and Games : Recent Video Installations by Maureen Connor, The Village Voice, January 24- 30, 2001 Disorderly Conduct, The Village Voice, July 1993. Art Pick, The Village Voice, February 1984. Lubell, Ellen. Review. Arts Magazine, January 1976. Malarcher, Patricia. Maureen Connor: Shaping a Response to the Past, Fiber Arts, Jul-Aug. '82 Masheck, Joseph. Constructive Issues in Relief, Artforum, November 1982. MODERNITIES: Art Matters in the Present, Penn State Press, PA, 1993 McEvilley, Thomas. Reviews: The Houston Festival, The Visual Arts Section, Artforum. Means, Amanda. Shorts: Maureen Connor, Bomb, Fall 1989. Melrod, George. Lip Schtick (Janine Antoni, Maureen Connor, Rachel Lachowicz), Vogue, June '93 Review: New York, Art In America, September 1992. Tell It Like It Is, Sculpture, May 1990. Morgan, Margaret. From Dada to Mama: Feminism, the Readimade and Contemporary Practice, Binocular, 1994. Nevins, Deborah. Maureen Connor, Art Magazine, September 1980. Environment As Memory: An Interview with Donna Dennis and Maureen Connor, Heresies 11, Summer 1981. The New Yorker. Goings On About Town, January 30, 1995. Perreault, John. Clothes Call, The SoHo News, December 23, 1980. Princenthal, Nancy. Maureen Connor at the Alternative Museum and P.P.O.W., Art In America, April 1995. Raap, Jurgen. The Other New York,Kunstforum, June-July 1988. Raven, Arlene. March On-'1920' at Exit Art, The Village Voice, June 27, 1993. Raynor, Vivian. Two Women Take Crafts to a Higher Plane, The New York Times, June 27, 1980. Schaffner, Ingrid. Maureen Connor, Artforum, March 1995. Schwendener, Martha. Maureen Connor, 'Love (at first) Site', Time Out, Feb.5-12, 1998 Schwirtz, Mira. Review, Flash Art, May/June 1998 Senie, Harriet. Fabric Into Art, ARTnews, September 1980. Silverthorne, Jeanne. Review, Artforum, October 1980. Smith, Roberta. Review. The New York Times, July 19, 1991. Spector, Buzz. A Profusion of Substance, Artforum, October 1989. Stein, Judith. The Artists' New Clothes, Portfolio, January 1992. Stephens, Suzanne. Art and Architecture, Progressive Architecture, September 1980. Tiscornia, Ana. Maureen Connor: Between the Self and the Mercenary, AtlAntica, Fall 1995. Thole, Eva, Maureen Connor: Thinner Than You, Texte zur Kunst, June, 1997 Tully, Judd. The Multicultural Biennial, Art & Auction, March 1993. Valdez, Sarah. Rules of the Game: Maureen Connor Makes Socially Conscious Art With a Twist, Time Out New York, January 18-25, 2001 Zimmer, William. Art Pick: Maureen Connor, The SoHo News, July 9, 1980.
SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Museum fur Angewandekunst, Vienna, Auatria (commission) Kunstraum, Munich, Germany (commission) The Avon Corporation, New York, NY Zentrum Fur Kunst Und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Present Queens College, CUNY: Professor of Sculpture, Since 1990 1995-96 Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, München, GERMANY: Visiting Artist 1990 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Visiting Critic, Fine Arts Department 1989 Bard College: Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, MFA Program: Sculptor Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN: Visiting Artist 1988 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: Visiting Sculptor 1987 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: Visiting Sculptor 1985 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Visiting Sculptor 1981-90 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: Instructor in Art History, Sculpture, Drawing 1980-81 Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, New York, NY: Lecturer in the History of Clothing LECTURES 2008 School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2007 Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art Women and Museums, Panel discussion, College Art Association, New York 2006 Before and After Institutional Critique, Panel discussion, College Art Association, Boston, MA 2005 Lecture and Workshop series in Central Asia sponsored by Artslink 2004 Bryn Mawr College for the exhibition Picturing Women 2002 Cooper Hewitt Museum, Symposium for New Hotels for Global Nomads 2001 University of Connecticut, Storrs,CT; Symposium: Exhibiting the Museum Harvestworks Artist in Residence Program, New York, NY 2000 Queens Museum of Art, Corona Park, New York 1999 Sculpture Center, New York, NY; Panel Discussion 1998 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Parsons School of Design, New York, NY Vermont MFA Program of Norwich College, Vermont 1997 Insitute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany 1996 Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich, Germany Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Bennington College, Bennington, VT St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY Sculpture Center, NYC: Panelist - Modeling Categorical 1995 The Alternative Museum, New York, NY Maine College of Art, Portland, ME Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Museo de Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Canary Islands, SPAIN New York University, New York, NY The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY: Independent Study Program 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1993 Exit Art, New York, NY: Panelist - Libido Inside the Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art 1991 Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA 1989 Lafayette College, Lafayette, PA Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN 1988 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1987 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1986 Queens College, CUNY Museum Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa, ITALY 1984 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1983 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, New York, NY University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 1982 Colby College, Waterville, ME 1981 California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA University of Texas, San Antonio, TX College Art Association, SanFrancisco, CA: An Interpretation of 'Systeme de la Mode,' by Roland Barthes. 1980 School of Visual Art, New York, NY Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 1979 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 1976 The Architectural League of NY: Lecture - Art and Architecture: A Collaboration.