Chitra Ganesh

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Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh’s drawing based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality and power, absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. Ganesh’s studies in literature, semiotics, and social theory have been critical to a steady engagement with narrative and deconstruction that animates her work. Her vocabulary draws from Surrealism, Expressionism, Hindu and Buddhist Iconography, and South-Asian pictorial forms such as Kalighat and Madhubani painting, connecting these with contemporary mass-mediated visual languages of comics, science, fiction, news, photography, and illustration.

Chitra Ganesh’s works have been shown in many prominent galleries and museums which include Gallery Esoace, New Delhi; CSMVS, Mumbai; Museum of Contemporay Art, Shanghai; Saatchi Gallery, London; Nature Morte, Berlin; Gotenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and Queens Museum of Art, New York to name a few.

Her work is also part of many collections like the Burger Collection, Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

The artist lives and works in New York.

 

CHITRA GANESH

Born in 1975, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA

EDUCATION

2002

MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York

2001

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York

1996

BA Art-Semiotics and Comparative Literature, Brown University, Providence

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

2014

Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time, Sackler Galleries, New York

Phantom Worlds, John and June Alcott Gallery, UNC Chapel Hill

Drawing from the Present, Lakereen Gallery, Mumbai

Secrets Told: Index of the Disappeared, New York University

2013

A Zebra Among Horses, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Her Nuclear Waters, Socrates Sculpture Park Billboard Series, New York

2012

Flickering Myths, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco
She, the Question, Gotenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden
The Ghost Effect in Real Time, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

2011

The Strangling Power of Dust and Stars, Nature Morte, Berlin
Word of God(ess):Chitra Ganesh, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

2009

The Ocean Beneath, Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai
On Site 2: The Silhoutette Returns, PS1/MOMA, organised by Klaus Biesenbach
FIAC Solo Presentation, with Haas & Fischer, Paris

2007

Upon Her Precipice, Thomas Erben, New York
Haas & Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland

2005

1 x 1, Artist Commissions, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
Written on Wind and Water, Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, New York

2003

Her Secret Missions, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

A Curious Blindness, The Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York

Eye Awards Exhibition, Art Science Museum, Singapore

Chitra Ganesh & Dhruvi Acharya, IAf Curated Projects, NSIC Grounds, New Delhi

2014

On Paper: Alternate Realities, Baltimore Museum of Art

25 Years of Drawing: Gallery Espace, Indira Gandhi National Arts Centre, New Delhi

My Sweet Lord, 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai

After Our Bodies Meet, Leslie Lohman Museum, New York

2013

Reading List: Artists’ Selections, Museum of Modern Art, New York

No Sun Without Shadow, Lu Magnus, Smith Center for Healing Arts, Washington DC

Women Re(Drawing) the World Stage, Soho Gallery 20, New York

2012

Works on Paper, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
P28 Public Billboard Project, Lisboa and Porto, Portugal
Super Human, Central Utah Arts Center
Loss for Words, Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai
Under the Influence, Lehman College Contemporary Art Gallery, New York
You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been & LIFT 21, The Kitchen, New York
Stargazers, Rossi and Rossi, London

2011

Printed Histories: 16 Years of Print Portfolios, Exit Art, New York
And the Falchion passed through his neck, Latitude 28, New Delhi
India is Now, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
Surreptitious Fondness, NARS foundation, Brooklyn New York
Experimental Shorts, Coney Island Film Festival, Brooklyn New York
Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, New Museum, New York
David Winton Bell Gallery List Arts Center, Providence RI
Future of the Past, CSMVS, Mumbai
Samtidigt, Contemporary Art from India, Art Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki
La route de la soie (The Silk Road) Tri Postal – Lille, France
Roots in the Air, Branches Below, San Jose Museum of Art, California

2010

Divine Horsemen, Mason Gross Gallery, New Jersey
Malleable Memory, Aicon Gallery, New York
50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures, New York
Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York
Bunny Redux, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Hair Tactics, Jersey City Museum
Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London
The Art of War, CEPA, Buffalo, New York
No more bad girls? UNpossessing Femininity, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna and Norway
This Modern World? Billboard Project, Historic Bund, Shanghai
Bring Me a Lion, Webster University Art Museum, St. Louis
Wild Gander, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn

2009

Group Show, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Commune, Black & White Gallery, New York
India Xianzai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Anomalies, London
India Moderna, IVAM Museum, Valencia, Spain
Hotter than Curry?, Gallery OED, Cochin, India
Shifting Shapes, Unstable Signs, Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut
Beyond Appearances, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

2008

Everywhere is War (and rumours of war), Bodhi Art, Mumbai,
Democracy in America, Creative Time, Armory, New York
7 Beauties, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai and Beijing
The Other Mainstream II, Arizona State University Art Museum
Pandora’s Box, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan;
Firewalkers, Stefan Stux Gallery, NY
The Furious Gaze, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Of this Tale I Cannot Guarantee a Word, Royal College of Art, London

2007

Contemporary Indian Art between Continuity and Transformation, Spazio Oberdan, Milan
25 Years Later, Art in General, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, at UBS Galleries, New York
Sex in the City, Dumbo Arts Center, New York
Thermocline of Art, ZKM Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany
Spectral Evidence, curated by Steven Lam, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Group Show, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India
One Way or Another, Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston
Academy of Fine Arts, Hawaii

2006

What War?, White Box, New York
Deuces ex Machina, Market Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
One Way or Another, Asia Society, New York
Subcontingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
Papering, Deutsche Bank Galleries, New York

2005

Time’s Arrow, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
The Gift: Building a Collection, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Cities, Art, Recovery, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space New York
39 Running Feet, Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea
Cities, Art, & Recovery, LMCC Swing Space, New York
739 Running Feet Wall, Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea
Fatal Love, Queens Museum of Art, New York

2004

Pilot 01, Limehouse Town Hall, London

NextNextArt, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
Six Feet Under, White Box, New York
Color Theory, Vitamin Arte, Turin, Italy
Summer Selections: Playpen, The Drawing Center, New York
Enchantment, Wave Hill, New York
Treasure Maps, Apex Art, NY & Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut
East of the Sun West of the Moon, White Columns, New York
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

2003

Through Customs, Bose Pacia, New York
Artists in the Marketplace Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
Theory of Relative Power, Abrons Art Gallery, New York
637 Running Feet: Black on White Wall Drawings, Queens Museum of Art, New York

2002

Queer Visualities, Staller Art Center, Stony Brook University, New York
Charlie, PS 1, New York
Mango, Talwar Gallery, New York
Columbia MFA Thesis Show, Mink Building, New York
Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, New York

2001

Shaken and Stirred, Bose Pacia Modern Gallery, New York AlieNation, Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada

ART FAIRS/SUMMITS/BIENNALES

2012

Cologne Art Fair, with Nature Morte Berlin, 45th Edition, Internationaler Kunstmarkt
India Art Fair, with Gallery Espace, New Delhi
India Art Summit, with Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2010

Brucennial, project in conjunction w/ Whitney Biennial Recess Space, New York

2009

Moment to Monument, Indian Art Summit, Travancore Palace, New Delhi
Transitional Aesthetics, Beijing 798 Biennial, Longmarch Space, Beijing

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2014

Kirloskar Visiting Scholar Program, Rhode Island School of Design

2013

Artist in Residence, New York University A/P/A Institute, with Index of the Disappeared
Visiting Faculty, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Transparent Studio Residency Bose Pacia, Brooklyn

2012

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts
Timehri Award for Leadership in the Arts, presented by Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art

2010

Art Matters Foundation Grant
Lower East Side Printshop Special Editions Residency
Hermitage Artist Center Residency

2009

New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship
Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

2008

Smack Mellon Studio Residency

2007

Art Omi International Artist’s Residency

2006

New York Community Trust

2005

Emerge 7, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Artist’s Alliance Rotating Studio Program
New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship, Gregory Millard Fellow
Headlands Center for the Art Project Space

2004

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant
Astraea Visual Arts Award

2002

Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Program, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Residency

2001

College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship

2000

Columbia University Dean’s Fellowship

1996

Roberta Jocelyn Award for Excellence in Art
1996 Rosalie Colie Award for Outstanding Work in Comparative Literature

PUBLICATIONS

2013

Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns, panel discussion, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago USA
Heritage Seeds and City Farming: Linking the Rural and the Urban in India, An Artist’s Perspective, LeRoy Neiman Center, School of Art Institute of Chicago

2011

Rethinking Art & Contemporary Multicultural Education, Routledge Book
Archive, Affect, and the Everyday: Queer Diasporic Revision, in Policail Amotions: New Agendas for Communication, Routledge Books

COLLECTIONS

International

Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
Brooklyn Museum
Burger Collection
Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary
Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Queens Museum of Art
Saatchi Collection
San Jose Museum of Art
Wake Forest University
Whitney Museum of Art

National

Devi Art Foundation

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