Dave McKenzie

Born 1977, Kingston, Jamaica.

2000 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
B.F.A in Printmaking, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Awards & Grants

2018
Grants of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA)

2014-2015
Rome Prize for Visual Arts, Rome, Italy

2011
Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow, The American Academy in Berlin

2009
USA Rockefeller Fellow, United States Artists
Art Matters Foundation Grant

2008
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

2005
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
William H. Johnson Prize
Michael Richards Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2003-2004
Artist-in-Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem

2001-2002
Artist-in-Residence, P.S.1 National and International Studio Program

Collections

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Dave McKenzie: The Story I Tell Myself, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (May)

2018
Speeches Speeches Speeches, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin

2017
An Intermission, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY, USA

2015
Pants full of hope, pockets full of adventure, or...don’t call me Cheesuz.,
Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany

2013
Where the Good Lord Split You, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, California, USA

2012
Everything’s Alright, Nothing’s Okay! Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA

2011
Citizen, Gallerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany

2010
Dave McKenzie, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA

2009
On Premises, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, California, USA

2008
Present Tense, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Screen Doors on Submarines, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2007
Momentum 8: Dave McKenzie, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Tomorrow will be Better, Small A Projects, Portland, Oregon, USA

2006
Haven’t Seen You in a Minute, Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2005
Portrait as a Ghost, Savage Art Resources, Portland, Oregon, USA

2004
Together is Forever, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, California, USA

Group Exhibitions

2020
Hospitalités. Les galeries de Komunuma invitent des galeries amies, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris Romainville, France

2019
Soft Power, Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA, USA
Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, Banal Presents, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

2018
Der grosse Anspruch des kleinen Bildes, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany

2017
Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016
WOUND: mending time and attention, Cooper Union, New York, USA
Joy Syringe, curated by Joseph Imhauser, Practice, New York, USA
SVA X Skowhegan, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA
The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA

2015
Glenn Ligon. Encounters and Collisions, Tate Liverpool, U.K.
Radical Presence. Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Glenn Ligon. Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, U.K.

2014
Biel Biennial, Le Mouvement: Performing the City, Movement III: The City Performed, Art Centre CentrePasquArt, Biel Switzerland, curated by Gianni Jetzer
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, curated by Stuart Comer,
Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner

2013
Performa 13, New York, NY, presented by Third Streaming
Body Language, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Sinister Pop Family Day, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Etched in Collective History, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

2012
Art Public, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Typical Frankenstein, Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY
Radical Presence: Black Performance In Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum,
Houston, Houston, TX; Grey Art Gallery at New York University, New York; The Studio
Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; traveling to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Living Years: Art after 1989, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Optotype, 92YTribeca, New York, NY
Year of Cooperation, Broadway 1602, New York, NY
Configured, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
The Ungovernables, 2012 New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, NY
Blues for Smoke, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, OH

2011
The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Drawn to Disaster, ICA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2010
The Production of Space, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Held Up By Columns, Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
At Home/Not at Home: Works From the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
The Absolutely Other, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2009
30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Gravity, Cornish Main Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Unusual Behavior, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Character Generator, Eleven Rivington, New York, NY
Convention, MOCA, North Miami, FL
To the left of the rising sun, Small A Projects, New York, NY
Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection," The Studio Museum in Harlem, New
York, NY

2008
Prospect.1 New Orleans, International Biennial, curated by Dan Cameron, New Orleans, LA
(catalogue)
This Shadow is a Bit of Ideology, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, curated by Kelly Chen and Anthony Elms
As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Alternating Beats, The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Museum as Hub: Six Degrees, New Museum, New York, NY (brochure)
Free Parking, Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
On Procession, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Black is, Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, curated by Hamza Walker and traveling to: the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
Disinhibition: Black Art and Blue Humor," Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
You & Me, Sometimes"¦, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
Good Doll Bad Doll, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
A New High in Getting Low (NYC), John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
2000 Years of Sculpture, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Working History: African American Art and Objects," Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery,
Reed College, Portland, OR (catalogue)
Slightly Unbalanced, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; traveling to Huntington
Museum of Art, Huntington WV; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA;
Rodman Hall Arts Center, St. Catharine’s, Ontario; Museum London, London, Ontario; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA (catalog)

2007
Performa 07 Biennial: All Together Now, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY (catalogue)
Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Clarissa Dalrymple, White Columns New York, NY
A New High in Getting Low, Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
Just Kick it Till it Breaks, The Kitchen, New York, NY, curated by Debra Singer and Matthew
Lyons (catalogue)
Mr. President, University Art Museum, University of Albany, Albany, NY (catalogue)

2005
Here and There: City Acts, ACA Gallery, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hrlm: Pictures, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Down the Garden Path, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

2004
Me, Myself, and I Schmidt Center, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Figuratively: Dave McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu, William Villalongo, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)
The Sneeze 80 x 80, Gazon Rouge Gallery, Athens, Greece

2003
American Idyll, Metrotech Center Commons, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)
24/7, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
In Practice, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

2002
Videodrome II, New Museum, New York, NY
Americas Remixed, Comune di Milano, Milan, Italy (catalogue)
Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, NY (catalogue)
Listening to New Voices, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (catalogue)
Supervideonight, Gale Gates, New York, NY
Slow Dive, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Video Marathon: Bringing up the (Mediated) Body," Art in General, New York, NY
Multiplicity, Midway Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Room for a Revolution, Deluxe Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001
Video Call, ICA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Something/Nothing-Passport to the State of Flux," Art in General, NY
Material World, Susquehanna Art Museum/VanGo, Harrisburg, PA
Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (catalogue) and traveled to Santa
Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
In/SITE/Out: Inquiries into Social Space, Apexart, New York, NY

Screenings

Ethnography/Biography/Whimsy: Three Contemporary African American, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, Rochester, NY
Declassified Daytime Screening, New Museum, New York, NY
Declassified: Recent Videos by Erik van Lieshout, Dave McKenzie, Museum, New York, NY
Enactment, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Videos In Progress: Dave McKenzie, Stairwell Gallery, The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Videodrome II, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY [Traveled]
Video Cafe: Dave McKenzie, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Selections from Art in General: A Program of Short Video Works in Russia, Various Venues, Russia
Supervideonight, Gale Gates, Brooklyn, NY
Fourth Annual Video Marathon: Bringing up the (Mediated) Body, Art in General, New York, NY
Video Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Something/Nothing-Passport to the State of Flux, Art in General, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

Studio (un)framed: Dave McKenzie: Fences. Mag.(eng). The Studio Museum in Harlem. New York 2010

Haddad, Natalie. Dave McKenzie, Frieze. Issue 127: 135-136. November-December 2009

Mizota, Sharon. Dave McKenzie at REDCAT. Los Angeles Times. April 18, 2008

Boucher, Brian. Dave McKenzie, All Together Now, at or near the Studio Museum in Harlem. Art in America: 61. March 2008

Cotter, Holland. Celebrating the Intangibles Money Can’t Buy. The New York Times. December 23, 2007

Johnson, Ken. Goldfish, Warhol, and Basketball in video riff on identity politics. Boston Globe. August 10, 2007

Malone, Micah. Dave McKenzie Portland, OR. Art Papers:72. May/June 2007

Ligon, Glenn. Openings: Dave McKenzie. Artforum: 290-291. September 2005