Nyeema Morgan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is inspired by philosophical conflicts in our everyday encounters with images, objects and information. Referencing familiar artifacts like recipes, book pages, fables and canonical artworks, Morgan reflects on personal and cultural economies of knowledge. Her conceptually layered works, ranging from large-scale drawings to sculptural installation and print based media, raise questions about how we articulate and construct meaning within a complex system of socio-political relations.
Morgan's work has been included in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, NY; Art in General, NY; Marlborough Contemporary, NY; The Bindery Projects, MN; The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France; and the CSS Bard Galleries/ Bard College, NY. Morgan's awards and residencies include a Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, NY; an Art Matters Grant, NY; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency, NY; AIRspace Program residency, Abrons Arts Center, NY; and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME. Morgan earned an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art.
2009, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2007, MFA, California College of the Arts, Painting & Drawing Dept., San Francisco, CA
2000, BFA, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
1996, Non-degree, Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
SOLO + TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
Patron Gallery, The Set-up, Chicago, IL
Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Soft Power. Hard Margins., Portland, ME
The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts, Nyeema Morgan, Philadelphia, PA
table, Soft Power. Hard Margins, Chicago, IL
Intermission Museum of Art, “Everything I know about Warhol I learned from Kusama. Everything I know about Kusama, I learned from Kosuth. Everything I know about Kosuth I learned from
Magritte. Everything I Know...” . , in collaboration with Mike Cloud, [online]
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, THE STEM. THE FLOWER. THE ROOT. THE SEED., Boulder, CO
Marlborough Contemporary/ Viewing Room, Asians Smaisians and Other Abstract Racial Slurs (with Mike Cloud), NYC, NY
Grant Wahlquist Gallery, horror horror, Portland, ME
Washington & Lee University, I, Rhinoceros, Lexington, VA
BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like grandma Use To Make, Brooklyn, NY
The Bindery Projects, The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts, Minneapolis, MN
Art in General/ Musée Miniscule, You Are Here. This Is Now., New York, NY
John Jay College Gallery, Like It Is, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/ CUNY, New York, NY
Riverside Arts Center, Continue A Poem, Riverside, IL
Tweed Museum of Art, There is a Woman in Every Color, Duluth, MN
The Green Gallery, The Scripts Found in a Bottle, Found in a Can, Found in a Discourse
(Les Scripts Trouvés dans une Bouteille, Trouvés dan une Canette, Trouvés dans un Discours), Milwaukee, WI
Worcester Museum of Art, Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity, Worcester, MA
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, There is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art, Brunswick, ME
PS122, Downtown Train, NYC, NY
Stand4 Gallery, Intermission Museum of Art| archive: vol. 1, Brooklyn, NY
Grant Wahlquist Gallery, The Party's Over, Portland, ME
Katherine Nash Gallery/ University of Minnesota, The Beginning of Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings, curated by Howard Oransky, Minneapolis, MN
The Stuyvesant Fish House, Fish House 2, NYC, NY
Berkeley Art Center, Ready, curated by Related Tactics, Berkeley, CA
Kellen Gallery/ Parsons School of Design, Museum of Capitalism, NYC, NY
Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, Secondary Sources, curated by Norm Paris
and Jackie Hoving, NYC, NY
Dorsky Gallery, Distance, NYC, NY
September Gallery, Out of Line, Hudson, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME
Under the Bridge Art Space, the past is more infinite than the future, Miami, FL
Small Editions, Paperless, Brooklyn, NY
Grant Wahlquist Gallery, #1, Portland, ME
The Bindery Projects, Itasca, St. Paul, MN
The Drawing Center, Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-2015, New York, NY
Ortega y Gasset, love child, Brooklyn, NY
The Drawing Center, Open Sessions 3, New York, NY
CSS Bard Galleries/ Bard College, Signal from Noise, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
SPRING/ BREAK Art Show, A Chorus of Objects, New York, NY
Smack Mellon, RESPOND, Brooklyn, NY
The Drawing Center, The Intuitionists, New York, NY
Kala Art Institute, Belewe, Berkeley, CA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Shadows Took Shape, in collaboration with william cordova & Otebenga Jones & Associates
Industry City, Come Together: Surviving Sandy: Year 1, Brooklyn NY
Arts Incubator, Feedback, Chicago, IL
Carol Jazzar Gallery, Collinear Points, Miami, FL
Museum of African and Diasporan Arts (MOCADA), NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond, Brooklyn, NY
New York Photo Festival 2012, What Do You Believe In? , New York, NY
South Hill Park Arts Centre, At Play 4, Bracknell, UK (traveling to OVADA, Oxford, UK and New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK)
Artspace, Our Daily Rite, New Haven, CT
Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Projet Gutenberg, Paris, France
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South, New York, NY
Abrons Arts Center/ Henry Street Settlement, It’s You Today, New York, NY
VerySmallKitchen & Pigeon Wing Gallery, The Festival of Nearly Invisible Publishing, London, UK
Aljira: A Contemporary Art Center, Emerge 10, Newark, NJ
Romer Young Gallery (formerly Ping Pong Gallery), Live + Direct, San Francisco, CA
Temporary Autonomous Museum, Artists Go Lightly, San Francisco, CA
Supermarket 2007, Koh-I-Noor, Stockholm, Sweden
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES:
2022, Artist-in-Residence, Latitude Chicago, Chicago, IL
2021, Alumni Artist-in-Residence, Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center, New
2020, Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, NYC, NY
2020, Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017, Shandanken Project at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, CT
2016, Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, New York, NY
2015- '16, Smack Mellon Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY
2014, Lower Manhattan Workspace Residency, New York, NY
2013 - 2014, Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2012, Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2010 - 2011, AIRspace Program, Abrons Arts Center/ Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2009, Camille Hanks- Cosby Scholarship, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2009, Wheeler Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2007, Emerge 10, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:
Polster, Barbarita, Setting-Up the Set-Up: Nyeema Morgan at PATRON Gallery, Wrong Life Review, Sep 17.
Julietta Cheung & Nyeema Morgan, Correspondence Archive. #22, Aug.
Young, Nate. An Oral History with Nyeema Morgan, BOMB Magazine. Fall issue.
Arango, Jorge S., Art Review: Nyeema Morgan grants permission to rethink iconic works of art, Press Herald. Mar 27.
Torwudzo-Stroh, Jennifer. "A Review of Soft Power. Hard Margins. at table", Sixty Inches from Center, Oct 7.
Forsythe, Pamela J. “The Philadelphia Art Alliance presents Nyeema Morgan’s
Like It Is”, Broad Street Review, Sept. 3.
Corwin, Will. “THE STEM. THE FLOWER. THE ROOT . THE SEED.”, Arcade
Projects. Jan 27.
Keys, Bob. “Bowdoin museum looks at black women as subjects and artists”, Press Herald, Aug 29.
DeCordoza, Kerry. “A Hierarchy of Images: A Review of Nyeema Morgan at table”, Newcity, Aug 27.
Paris, Norm. "Nyeema Morgan Interviewed by Norm Paris: Image-text works that analyze history and power.". BOMB Magazine, Jan 5.
McCort, Kalene. "Fall exhibits at BMoCA capture the cosmos and fracture the female formula". The Daily Camera. Sept 17.
Ros, John. "studioVISIT Artist: Nyeema Morgan". studioELL. May.
Tyson, John A., Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, CAA Reviews. Oct 17.
Kany, Daniel. “Art review: ‘Second Sight’ brings fresh, provocative visions to Bowdoin art museum”, Press Herald. Mar 25.
Tani, Ellen. “Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art”. Bowdoin College.
Kaack, Nicole. “Paperless”, Small Editions, print publication.
Langevin, Julien. “Where Critical Tides Meet: The Inaugural Show at Grant Wahlquist Gallery”, The Chart, Vol. 2, No. 3. Spring.
Dickenson, Sheila. "Critic's Pick: Itasca", Art Forum. Aug 3.
Kinsella, Eileen. "18 Female Artists Give Advice to Young Women Starting Out in the Art World", Artnet. Jul 21.
“Love Child”, Staring at the Wall. Jul 10.
“Art List’s 3 Must See Shows: Art You Can’t Miss This Week in New York”, Art Market Monitor, Jul 15.
Choi, Eun Young. "Donuts and Coffee", Culturehall. Mar 4.
Meier, Allison. "Jam-Packed Spring/Break Art Show Pulls into Moynihan Station", Hyperallergic. Mar 4.
Burke, Sarah, “Museums & Galleries: Picks”, East Bay Express. Jun.
Wolff, Rachel, “Science Friction: Sci-Fi Gets Real”, ARTnews. Mar 5.
"Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1", Daedelus Foundation, exhibition catalogue.
Cotter, Holland. "Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies", The New York Times. Nov 14.
Rosenberg, Karen. "The Future is African, The New York Times". Nov 8.
Clark, Abigail. "A Chat Over Pound Cake: Nyeema Morgan Reflects on "Forty Seven Easy Poundcakes"", BRIC Blog, BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn. Apr 22.
Bortolot, Lana. "Culture Count: How Do We Love Cake? Let Us Count the Ways", The Wall Street Journal. Apr 18.
Dempster, Heike. "Collinear Points" Review, Miami Art Zine. Mar 15.
"Collinear Points | Carol Jazzar", Art Is About, artisabout.com, Feb 20.
Moore, Jessica L. & Nance, Nelson. “NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond”, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Dec. (exhibition catalogue)
Driessen, Pete. "Art Hounds: 2012 visual art and music highlights", Minnesota Public Radio, Dec 31.
Regan, Sheila. "Nyeema Morgan makes art from pound cake recipes at the Bindery Projects", City Pages, Aug 23.
Scott, Gregory J. “A Cold Scientific Bludgeoning of a Warm Delicious Dessert.”, Minnesota Monthly, Aug 17.
Palmer, Caroline. “Nyeema Morgan: The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts”, City Pages, a*List, Aug 15-21.
Remes, Dr. Outi & Trench, Cally. At Play 4, exhibition catalogue, Apr.
Blanchard, Benoît. “Projet Gutenberg”, oeuvres-revue.net, Feb 29.
Curreri, Amanda & Scollon, Erik. Color&Color, Issue #1: Yellow & Purple, San Francisco, CA
Genocchio, Benjamin. “A Decade of Emergence”, New York Times, Art Review. Aug 28.
Carlin, T.J. “Get Outta Town”, Time Out NY, June 23-29.
VISITING ARTIST/ PANELIST:
Visiting Artist, School of Art & Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Artist Talk, Public Discourse: A Zoom Conversation With Nyeema Morgan and Mike Cloud, PATRON, Chicago, IL
Guest Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Guest Artist, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Visiting Artist, Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, ME
Visiting Artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Department of Print Media, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Visiting Artist, Boston College, Art, Art History & Film Department, Boston, MA
Moderator, "Artists Nate Young & Ayanah Moor in Conversation with Nyeema Morgan", DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL.
Panelist, "The One About the Tiny Maiden: A Virtual Multi-Panel Discussion with Nyeema Morgan", Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
Artist Lecturer, Kunstakademie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Visiting Artist, University of Maine, Department of Art, Orono, ME
Artist Lecturer, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) Fellowship Program, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
Voices: Nyeema Morgan, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist, University of Minnesota, Department of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Visiting Artist, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, Cincinnati, OH
Visiting Artist, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Artist, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Co-moderator, Book Club: The Invisible Man, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY
Visiting Scholar, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School, NYU, NYC, NY
Visiting Artist, Department of Visual Arts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA
Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, ME
The Menil Collection (in collaboration with william cordova & Otabenga Jones & Associates), Houston TX