Rashid Johnson

Born in Chicago IL, 1977

Bachelor of Arts, Columbia College, Chicago IL, 2000
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Chicago IL, 2004 – 2005

Lives and works in New York NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Lismore Castle Arts, ‘Rashid Johnson. No More Water’, Lismore, Ireland
David Kordansky Gallery, ‘Rashid Johnson. The Rainbow Sign’, Los Angeles CA

Billboard 8171, London Bridge, ‘Rashid Johnson. Anxious Audience’, London, England
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Rashid Johnson. Stranger’, Somerset, England
Milwaukee Art Museum, ‘Rashid Johnson. Hail We Now Sing Joy’, Milwaukee WI
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Rashid Johnson. Hail We Now Sing Joy’, Kansas City MO
McNay Art Museum, ‘Rashid Johnson. The New Black Yoga and Samuel in Space’, San Antonio TX

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Rashid Johnson. Fly Away’, New York NY
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Rashid Johnson. Within Our Gates’, Moscow, Russia
GAMeC, ‘Rashid Johnson. Reasons’, Bergamo, Italy

Grand Palais, ‘Shea Wall’, Paris, France
Studio des Acacias, ‘New American Art’, Paris, France
The Drawing Center, ’Anxious Men’, New York NY
The High Line, ‘Blocks’, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Smile’, London, England

David Kordansky Gallery, ‘Islands’, Los Angeles CA
George Economou Collection, ‘Magic Numbers’, Athens, Greece
Kunsthalle Winterthur, ‘Three Rooms’, Winterthur, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, ‘New Growth’, Denver CO

Ballroom Marfa, ‘New Growth’, Marfa TX
Hauser & Wirth, ‘The gathering’, Zurich, Switzerland
High Museum of Art, Atlanta ‘Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks’, Atlanta GA
Kemper Art Museum, ‘Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks’, St. Louis MO
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, ‘Message to Our Folks’, Atlanta GA

David Kordansky Gallery, ‘Coup d‘état’, Los Angeles LA
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Rumble’, New York NY
Miami Art Museum, ‘Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks’, Miami FL

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks’, Chicago IL

South London Gallery, ‘Shelter’, London, England

Carlson/Massimo De Carlo, ‘Between Nothingness and Eternity’, London, England

Galerie Guido W. Baudach, ‘There are Stranger Villages’, Berlin, Germany

Massimo De Carlo, ’25 Days after October’, Milan, Italy
Salon 94, ‘Our Kind of People’, New York NY

David Kordansky Gallery, ‘Other Aspects’, Los Angeles CA

Power House Memphis, ‘The Dead Lecturer: Laboratory, Dojo, and Performance Space’, Memphis TN

Sculpture Center, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, Long Island City NY

Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, ‘Sharpening My Oyster Knife’, Magdeburg, Germany
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, ‘The Dead Lecturer’, New York NY

Richard Gray Gallery, ‘Cosmic Slops’, Chicago IL

James Harris Gallery, ‘Dark Matters’, Seattle WA

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Production of Escapism’, Indianapolis IN

Moniquemeloche Gallery, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Proper Negro’, Chicago IL

Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘12×12: New Artist/New Work’, Chicago IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, ‘Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century’, Nashville TN (Travelling Exhibition)
MassArt, ‘Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks’, Boston MA

Parrish Art Museum, ‘The Permanent Collection: Five and Forward’, Water Mill NY
Artists Space, ‘Social Surfaces’, New York NY
Prospect New Orleans Triennial, ‘Prospect. 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp’, New Orleans CA
Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘Something living’, Sydney, Australia
Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, ‘The Art Show’, Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Whitechapel Gallery, ‘ISelf Collection: The End of Love’, London, UK
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance’, Detroit MI
Franklin Street Works, ‘“I hear it everywhere I go”’, Stamford CT
Prospect New Orleans Triennial, ‘Prospect. 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp’, New Orleans LA
Brooklyn Museum, ‘The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America’, Brooklyn NY
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, ‘A Simple Passion and a Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection’, Charlotte NC
Mnuchin Gallery, ‘Minimalism & Beyond’, New York NY
Performance Ski, ‘Hill People’, Aspen CO
John Beggruen Gallery, ‘botánica’, San Francisco CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘Eternal Youth’, Chicago IL
Marciano Art Foundation, ‘Unpacking: The Marciano Collection’, Los Angeles CA
Rental Gallery, ‘Oliver Twist, Chapter 2: Dear Darren’, East Hampton NY
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ‘Art/Africa, le nouvel atelier’, Paris, France
Leo Xu Projects, ‘Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence’, Shanghai, China
Zabludowicz Collection, ‘One & Other’, London UK
Vito Schnabel Gallery, ‘The Age of Ambiguity: Abstract Figuration/Figurative Absraction’, Moritz, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘We Are Here’, Chicago IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, ‘A Poethical Wager’, Cleveland OH
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons School of Design, ‘Memory is a tough place. Photographs from The New School Art Collection’, New York NY
FM Centro per L’Arte Contemporanea, ‘Il Cacciatore Blanco (The White Hunter)’, Milan, Italy
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, ‘Tomorrow Will Still Be Ours A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts’, New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ’99 cents or less’, Detroit MI

Makasiini Contemporary, ‘The Inaugural Exhibition’, Turku, Finland
The Art Institute of Chicago, Permanent Collection Galleries for Photography, Chicago IL
De La Cruz Collection, ‘Progressive Praxis’, Miami FL
Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery, ‘In Context: Africans in America’, Johannesburg, South Africa
International Center of Photography, ‘Public, Private, Secret’, New York NY
University of Arkansas Fine Arts Gallery, ‘ABOUT FACE’, Fayetteville AK
Jack Shainman Gallery, ‘For Freedoms’, New York NY
Pace Gallery, ‘Blackness in Abstraction’, New York NY
60 Wall Gallery, ‘Woven’, New York NY
Palmetto Curatorial Exchange at Mann-Simons, ‘Route to (Re)Settlement’, Columbia SC

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Salon d’Hiver’, Zurich, Switzerland
The George Economou Collection, ‘Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism’, Athens, Greece
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, ‘Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity’, Lynchburg VA
Guggenheim Museum, ‘Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim’, New York NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘America is Hard to See’, New York NY
MCA Chicago, ‘The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now’, Chicago IL
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, ‘Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection’, Durham NC
Mildred Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, ‘Relationships and Representations: Perspectives on Social Justice Work’, St. Louis MO

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, ‘Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves’, Houston TX
57 Walker Street, ‘Black Eye’, New York NY
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), ‘Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection’, Miami FL
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, ’30 Americans’, New Orleans LA
De La Cruz Collection, ‘From the Collection: Looking at process’, Miami FL
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, ‘The Botanica | Presented by AA Bronson & Michael Knoxville Museum of Art, ‘Facets’, Knoxville TN
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting’, Los Angeles CA
Leila Heller Gallery, ‘Look at me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present’, New York NY
Lille 3000, ‘Secret Passions. Private Flemish Collections’, Euralille, France
Lincoln Theatre, ‘CoDM Ceremonies of Dark Men’, Washington D.C.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘Body Doubles’, Chicago IL
The Museum of Modern Art, ‘Forever Now: Painting in the New Millennium’, New York NY
The Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’, New York NY
Untitled, ‘George Nakashima: In Conversation’, New York NY
Villa Empain, ‘Music Palace. The power of music seen by visual artists’, Brussels, Belgium
Philip Slein Gallery, ‘Other Ways; Other Times: Influences of African-American Traditions from St. Louis Collections’, St. Louis MO
Monique Meloche, ‘Look At Me Now!’, Chicago IL
Vanhaerents Art Collection, ‘Man in the Mirror’, Brussels, Belgium
CIFO Art Space, ‘Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict: Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection’, Miami FL

Acquavella Galleries, ‘White Collar Crimes’, New York NY
Beaux-arts de Paris: L‘école nationale supérieure, ‘Angel of History’, Paris, France
Dairy Art Centre, ‘Island’, London, England
LAND Los Angeles Nomadic Division, ‘Painting in Place’, Los Angeles CA
National Art Museum of China, ‘Darkness Visible’, Beijing, China
RUN to Merci-Mercy’, New York NY

2012 Shanghai Biennale, ‘Re-activation’, Shanghai, China
Chrysler Museum of Art, ’30 Americans, The Rubell Family Collection’, Virginia Beach, VA (Travelling Exhibition)
Curator’s Office, ‘An architect’s dream’, Washington DC, WA
Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, ‘Heute. Malerei’, Magdeburg, Germany
MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna, ‘CARA DOMANI’, Bologna, Italy
MIT List Visual Arts Center, ‘In the Holocene’, Cambridge MA

54th Venice Biennale, ‘ILLUMInations’, Venice, Italy

Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, ‘you, your sun and shadow’, Virginia, VA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
(Travelling Exhibition)
Kunsthaus Glarus, ‘Livingroom Exotica’, Glarus, Switzerland

Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Dwelling’, New York NY

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion’ Chicago IL

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, ‘Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection’, Durham NC

The North Carolina Museum of Art, ’30 Americans, The Rubell Family Collection’, Raleigh NC
Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to Germany, ‘INTERNAL / EXTERNAL AFFAIRS’, Berlin, Germany

Rubell Family Collection, ‘American Exuberance’, Miami FL

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, ‘Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence’, Frankfurt, Germany; CAPC de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
University Museum, Texas Southern University, ‘Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue’, Houston TX

Van de Weghe Fine Art, ‘With one color…’, New York NY

Bortolami Gallery, ‘Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines’, New York NY
Bortolami Gallery, ‘Re-dressing’ New York NY
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, ‘At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg’, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Johann König, ‘About Us’, Berlin, Germany

Lehmann Maupin, ‘Lush Life’, New York NY

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, ‘Item’, New York NY

MOCA, ‘From Then to Now: Masterworks of African American Art’, Cleveland OH

Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Selected Works from the MCA Collection: Focus on UBS 12×12’, Chicago, IL

National Arts Club, ‘Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project’, New York NY

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, ‘(LEAN)’, New York NY
Palais des Arts et du Festival, ‘Hope! A contemporary art exhibition’, Dinard, France

UNTITLED, ‘David Adamo, Heather Cook, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Phil Wagner’, New York NY

Illinois State Museum, ‘Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other’, Chicago IL

Katonah Museum of Art, ‘Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor’, Katonah, NY

Krannert Art Museum, ‘Under Control’, Champaign IL
Rubell Family Collection, ‘Beg, Borrow and Steal’, Miami FL

Studio Museum Harlem, ’30 Seconds off an Inch’, New York NY


Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of American LaSale Collection’, Chicago IL

Exit Art, ‘Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition’, New York NY
Illinois State Museum, ‘Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other’, Springfield IL

The Rubell Family Collection, ’30 Americans’, Miami FL

School of the Art Institute, ‘Ah, Decadence’, Chicago IL

Tracey Williams, Ltd., ‘Zero Zone’, New York NY

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, ‘For the Love of the Game: Race and Sports’, Hartford CT

Luanda Triennial in Angola, Jack Shainman Gallery, ‘Color Line’, New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Art , Chicago, ‘MCA Exposed:Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007’, Chicago IL


Brooklyn Museum of Art, ‘American Identities’, New York NY 

Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, ‘A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: colors’, Magdeburg, Germany
Postmasters, ‘Scarecrow’, New York NY


Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Crossings: 10 artists from Kaohsiung & Chicago’, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)
COCA Center of Contemporary Art, ‘Wish’, Seattle WA
International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, Prague, Czech Republic
MCA Chicago, ‘In Search of a Continuous Present’, Chicago IL
PAN Contemporary Art Museum, ‘NAPOLI PRESENTE Posizioni e Prospettive dell-Arte Contemporarea’, Naples, Italy

Pan/Sonic, Chicago Gallery, Northern Illinois University School of Art, Chicago IL

San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, ‘Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self’, San Diego CA


Art Institute of Chicago, ‘About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection’, Chicago IL
Corcoran Museum of Art, ‘Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art’, Washington DC
Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, ‘A Perfect Union…More or Less’, Chicago IL
Seattle Art Museum, ‘Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self’, Seattle WA
Whitney Museum, ‘Inside Out: Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection’, New York NY

Art Institute of Chicago, ‘A Century of Collecting: African American Art’, Chicago IL
ICP New York, ‘Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self’, New York NY
Walker Art Center, ‘The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art’, Minneapolis MN

Hyde Park Art Center, ‘Cut, Pulled, Colored, and Burnt’, Chicago IL 

Sunrise Museum, ‘Manumission Papers’, Charleston WV

Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Freestyle’, New York NY


Detroit Institute of Arts, ‘A Decade of Acquisitions’, Detroit MI


Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award

David C. Driskell Prize

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