Odili Donald Odita
www.odilidonaldodita.com
 
Education
  1990 Masters of Fine Art, Bennington College, Vermont
Major in Painting, Minor in sculpture and drawing

  1988
Bachelors of Fine Art (with distinction), Ohio State University; Excellence in the Arts Award, Major in Painting, Minor in Printmaking and Drawing
 

Gallery Representation
  Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York
Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
 
One-Person Exhibitions
  2008 One-Person Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
  One-Person Exhibition, The Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, The Herbert and Mildred Lee Gallery, Waltham, Massachusetts, Curated by Odili Donald Odita
  2007 Equalizer, Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Room, New York
  FLOW, Contemporary Art Center, CAC Kaplan Hall, Cincinnati
  2006 Fusion, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
  2005 Paradise, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta
  2004 The Third Eye, Haunch of Vension (Galerie Judin Belot), Zurich, Switzerland
  New Work, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany, catalogue available
  Notes From Paradise, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York
  2003 RESISTANCE, Matrix Art Project, Brussels, Belgium
  Transformer, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany
  New Work, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri
  2002 Art Statements with Florence Lynch Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
  New Work, Galerie Schustser & Scheuermann, Berlin, Germany
  New Work, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany
  Interlude, WINTERGARTEN, Vienna, Austria, curated by Bettina Muller-Schelken
  New Works, Miami Art Museum, Florida, curated by Cheryl Hartup
  2001 LIFE, Riva Gallery, New York, New York
  Paintings & Drawings, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, catalogue available
  2000 Transfers/Odyssey, Kunsthalle, St. Gallen, Switzerland, curated by Dorothea Strauss
  Passport, Jenn Joy Gallery, San Francisco, California
  New Work, Hofstra University, Alex Rosenberg Art Gallery, Calkins Hall, New York
  1999 Color Theory, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, New York
  The Invisible Empire, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1992 The Jaws of Domesticity, der Kiosk, St. Gallen, Switzerland, catalogue available
 
Group Exhibitions
  2009 Contemporary Art of Africa and the African Diaspora, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, curated by Carol Thompson, catalogue available
  2007 52nd Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition, Think With The Senses, Feel With the Mind, Curated by Robert Storr, Venice, Italy, catalogue available
    Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Curated by Lisa Fanning
    The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC; CIEL, Centre international d'exposition de Larouche, Canada; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Curated by Odili Donald Odita; catalogue available
    POST Painterly Abstraction, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
    Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, Curated by Yong Soon Min
  2006 Ordering & Seduction, Haus Konstruktive, Zurich, Switzerland, curated by Dorothea Strauss
    Distant Relatives, Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, catalogue available
    The Beautiful Game, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn and New York, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and Franklin Sirmans
    Holy Land : Diaspora and the Desert, Heard Museum, Phoenix, curated by Lara Taubman
    Nederland 1, Museum Gouda, Gouda, The Netherlands, curated by Tiong Ang
    Parallel Economies, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta
  2005 Round Leather Worlds, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, curated by Dorothea Strauss, catalogue available
    The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950–2005, Art Gallery of Ontario, curated by David Moos, catalogue available
    Surface Charge, Virginia Commonwealth University Museum, Richmond . Curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, catalogue available
    A Warlike People: Victims or Perpetrators, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, curated by Lara Taubman
  2004 UnStaged, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, curated by Charlie Citron
    DAK’ART 2004 – Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art; North American representative in Diaspora section curated by Ivo Mesquita, catalogue available
    ANTHOLOGY OF ART, School of Fine Arts, Braunschweig; Visual Arts Dept., University of Rennes; Art History Department, University of Budapest; Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Zentrum fur Medienkunst, Karlsruh; Manifest/Symposium, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; the Neuhardenberg Foundation, Berlin; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, catalogue available
    Flipside, Artists Space, New York, curated by Katherine Carl and Fritzie Brown, catalogue available
    Visualizing Diaspora/Constructing Self, GASP, Boston, curated by Magda Campos-Pons
    Transit: Abstracting the System, City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, Georgia
    Home Extension, University Art Museum, Albany, New York, curated by Gregory Volk
and Sabine Russ, catalogue available
  2003 Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, curated by Shannon Fitzgerald & Tumelo Mosaka, catalogue available
    Black President, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco ; Barbican Art Galleries, London ; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, catalogue available
    After Matisse & Picasso, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
    Art Positions with Kevin Bruk Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
    Yellow Pages, Turm Gallery, Helmstedt, Germany, curated by John Armleder & the 404 Team
  2002 Collection in Context, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York
    Miami Currents, Miami Art Museum, Florida
    The Fields' Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens, University of South Florida, Tampa, curated by Rory Bester & Amanda Carlson
    Painting As Paradox, Artist Space, New York, curated Lauri Firstenberg, catalogue available
    Peculiarly Pink, LUXE, New York
    Irrational Propositions, POST, Los Angeles, California, curated by Habib Kheradyar
    Pictures, Greene/Naftali Inc., New York
  2001 Here And Now, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, & Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland, catalogue available
    Group Show, Kjbuh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany, represented by Florence Lynch Gallery
    Out of America, Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Frankfurt & Berlin, Germany
    Five Continents & One City, 3rd International Salon of Painting, Museum of Mexico City, Africa Section, curated by Olu Oguibe, catalogue available
    Against the Wall: Painting Against the Grid, Surface and Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, curated by Karen E. Jones
    Material and Matter, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, curated by Thelma Golden & Christine Y. Kim
    Chelsea Rising, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, curated by David Rubin, catalogue available
    Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, FSU, and The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida, curated by Dr. Roald Nasgaard, catalogue available
  2000 Transcending The Norm And Some, New Jersey City University, Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey, Jersey City
  1999 Zeitwenden: Ausblick Ruckblick--(Jet Lag Experiment), Museum of Modern Art, Bonn, and Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
    IN-VISIBLE: Abstractions & Narratives, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
    Kunstmarkt, Residenzschloss Dresden, Dresden, Germany, represented by Florence Lynch Gallery

    Outside Edge: A Survey, Unversite de Paris 1, Pantheon, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
    4X4; Alexandre de Folin Gallery, New York
    Ideoscape, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, curated by Shelly Bancroft and Edmund Barry Gaither
    Civil Sex, (First Stages Collaboration w/ Brian Freeman), Public Theater, Shiva Gallery, New York
    Vanishing Pt., Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, curated by Margaret Evangeline
    You Are Here, Matrix Art Project (MAP), New York, curated by Jesus Polanco
  1998 ART/OMI, International Artist Residency Exhibition, Ghent, New York
    Crossing Lines, Art-In-General, New York
  1997 2nd Johannesburg Biennale 1997, South Africa, Projects Section: Billboard & Bus Shelter Posters, curated by Okwui Enwezor, catalogue available
    Diversity In Contemporary Africa: Survey Exhibition of Contemporary African Art, The Ohio State University, Ohio, curated by Okechukwu E. Odita, catalogue available
    REALLY, UnFinished Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by Odili Donald Odita
    Interior-Life, RUSH ARTS, New York, with Bili Bidjocka, Senga Nengudi, Jocelyn Taylor, & Fred Wilson, curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
    Aphrodisia, The Alternative Museum; New York
  1996 Something I Saw In Brooklyn..., Galerie Elizabeth Valleix, Paris, France
    ONE, RUSH Fine Arts, New York, curated by Reneé Cox
    At the Foreground of Paths, Skoto Gallery, New York
  1995 Modern Life, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, in conjunction with Newark Museum, New Jersey, curated by Okwui Enwezor and Carl Hazlewood
    Stitches, FOUR WALLS, November 12, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, writer/artist collaboration with Adnan Ashraf, publication available
    GOTCHA!, Momenta Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
    CELEBRITY'Hood, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, curated by Betti-Sue Hertz
    Either/Or, Flamingo East, New York, curated by Kenny Schachter
    Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, represented by Momenta Art & Pierogi 2000
    Split-Level, Art-In-General, New York
    Unfolding Stories, John Jay College of Art, Music & Philosophy, City University of New York
    Pseudo Museum, Jupiter Interactive Productions, New York, concurrent exhibition on-line, curated by Alfredo Martinez.
  1994 The Third Forum of Visual Art, Museum of Art, Brasilia, Brazil, catalogue available
    FIReD: a late nite comedy show, THICKET, New York, No BIAS, North Bennington, Vermont, curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
    Go Back and Fetch It (It Means Sankofa), Gallery ANNEXT and RUSH Fine Arts Management, New York
  1993 1993 FIAR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE- Art Under 30 (1991-1993), Milan, Rome, Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York; National Academy of Design, New York selection curated by Dan Cameron, catalogue available
   

Trespass-Beyond Borders, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, curated by Odili Donald Odita.

   

A Grand Tour, Swiss Institute, New York, curated by Ingrid Schaffner

  1992 1992 Without A Notion (A Painting Show), 88 Room, Boston, curated by Winston C. Robinson
 
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  2006 Jerry Cullum, “No-Frills Cultural Comment,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5, 2006
  2005 Stephen Maine, Art in America, June/July 2005, pp. 183-184.
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Academic Awards, Honors and Grants
  2007 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, 2007 Biennal Award
  2004 The Thami Mnyele Residency Foundation Grant for African Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Summer 2004
  2001 The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painting and Sculpture, New York, New York
  2000 Nomination for Best Show of the Year for “Color Theory” at the Florence Lynch Gallery, by the International Association of Art Critics in New York
ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award in Warsaw, Poland for exhibition, "Here & Now"
  1999 Reithalle Artist Residency, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  1998 ART/OMI- International Artist Residency, Omi, New York
  1994 Penny McCall Foundation Grant, New York, New York
 
Corporate and Public Museum Collections
   

The American Council on Education, Washington, D.C.
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The Miami Art Museum, Florida
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York