EDUCATION

 1989   California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA., M.F.A.

 1979   California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA., B.F.A.

PERFORMANCES

2018               “Another Part of Me”, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD

2017               “Iggy Pop Tried to Kill Me”, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles,

2010               “Caliban in the Mirror”, Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater, REDCAT, Los Angeles (with Max King Cap)

2009               “Water”, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

2008               “Akwidaa:Kumasi”, Shrines and Masqueradess Live! New York University, N.Y.

                       “Afrotronic” with Giavanni Washington, Japanese American National Museum

                       “Akwidaa Mangroove”, 18th St. Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA. (with Michael Grodsky)

2007               “Sonic Love Wave”, New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, N.Y

2004               “Look Me In The Eye”, Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien) Cologne, Germany

 2003               Art Church, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles

  

SOLO EXHIBITS

2019               Cartesian Gris Gris, David Lewis Gallery, New York, NY

                       Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris, Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA

2018               Portraits, Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, CA

                       Pluralities of Being, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA (forthcoming November)

2017               My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

                       Pluralities of Being, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016               "Time Machine: Hippie Dandy", Melikstetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, CA

                       "Todd Gray", Lightwork, Syracuse, NY

2015               “Caliban in the Mirror: Exquisite Terribleness”, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

2014               “Exquisite Terribleness”, Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, CA

2012               “The Gray Room”, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2010               “Spirit Shack”, See Line Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

2005               “Todd Gray, Shaman”, Pablo’s Birthday, NY

2004               “Todd Gray: Immaculate”, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles

2003               “Media Tower”, Pasadena City College, CA

2002               “Todd Gray”, Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, State University

1996               Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                       Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITS

2018               Michael Jackson: On the Wall, curated by Nicholas Cullinan, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, travels to Paris, France, Bonn, Germany and Espoo, Finland through 2019

The Assassination of Leon Trotsky, David Lewis Gallery, New York, NY

                       Public Fiction: The Conscientious Objector, curated by Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey and Lauren Mackler, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

2016               "a, the, though, only", Made in LA 2016, curated by Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2015               "Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity", Maier Art Museum, Randolph College, Virginia

                       "Above/Below/Within", Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, CA

                       "Cry Me A River", Etoile Polaire Lodge  #1, New Orleans, LA.

                       "Caliban in the Mirror, 2.0”, Samson Art Gallery, Boston, MA

                       "Black Portraitures{S} Ii: Imaging The Black Body And Re-Staging Histories", symposium presented by NYU / Tisch School of the Arts, Florence, Italy

                        "Manifest Justice", pop-up exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2014               “Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad” Ben Maltz Gallery, curated by Meg Linton, Otis College of Art,

                       Los Angeles

                       "Racial Imaginary", Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, CA

                       “Exquisite Terribleness”, Meliksetian | Briggs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        "Gettin’ off the Ground", curated by Isabelle Lutterodt, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

2013               “Go Tell It on the Mountain” California African American Museum, Los Angeles

2012               “Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community” USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles

                       “Refocus: Multicultural Focus”, Arena 1, Santa Monica

2011               “The Bearden Project”, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

                       “Posing Beauty”, curated by Deborah Willis, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Newark Art Museum, Figge Art Museum

2010               “From My Universe, Objects of Desire”, See Line Gallery, West Hollywood

                       “Contemporary Art From The Douglas Nielsen Collection”, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona 

2009               “Black Is Black Ain’t”, Detroit Museum of Art

                       “Oz, New Offerings From Los Angeles”, Instituto Cultural Cabaña, Guadalajara , Mexico

                       “Posing Beauty”, curated by Deborah Willis, NYU Tisch, Gulf+Western Gallery, New York

2008               “Black Is Black Ain’t”, curated by Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, travels

                       “Twenty Years Ago Today:  Supporting Visual Artists L. A.”, curated by Rita Gonzalez and Kris Kuramitsu, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

                       “Truthiness:  Photography as Sculpture”, curated by Tyler Stallings, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

                       “PIX, Some Recent Photos From The Post-Filmic Era” curated by Kristina Newhouse, Torrance Art Museum, CA

                       “This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs” curated by Caudia

                       Bohn-Spector and Jennifer Watts, Huntington Library, San Marino

2007               “Celebrity”, curated by Marilu Knode, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas 

                       “Blacks in and out of the Box”, curated by Lisa Henry California Afro-American Museum, L.A., CA

2006               “Gray, Korfmann, Youngblood: New Forms in Photography” Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles

                       “Brave New World”, curated by Heather Harmon and Nicole Dungao, Pharmaka Art, Los Angeles

2005               “Framing the Triangle”, curated by Deb Willis, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana

2004               "Fade, 1990-2003", African American Art in Los Angeles, L. A.  Cultural Affairs Department, Luckman Gallery, CSULA

2001               “Committed to the Image”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, N. Y.

                       “Beyond Boundaries  Contemporary Photography in California”, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco

2000               "Made in California 1900-2000" Los Angeles County Museum of Art

                        “American Dreams, 6th International Triennale” Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia

                       "A History of African American Photographers"  Smithsonian

1998               "Mouse: An American Icon", Alternative Museum, New York "Presumed Innocence”, Anderson Gallery of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. ,

travels to: Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH

                       "City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Grant Recipients", L. A. Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park

1997               "Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art from the Permanent Collection" "Spheres of Influence", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1996               "Man's World", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

                       "The Present (H)our", Oakland Art Museum, CA.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012               Thelma Golden, Diedra Harris-Kelley, “The Bearden Project”, Studio Museum in Harlem

2010               Sharon Mizota, “Todd Gray and Kyungmi Shin at See Line Gallery”, Los Angeles Times, August 12

                       Todd Gray, “Michael Jackson Fotografien, 1974-1983”, Edel Publishing, Germany

                       Todd Gray, “Michael Jackson Before He Was King”, P-Vine Books, Japan

                       Todd Gray “Michael Jackson Antes De Ser El Rey”, NORMA Editorial, Spain

                       Todd Gray, “ Michael Avant Jackson”, Verlhac Editions, France

2009               Todd Gray, “ Michael Jackson Before He Was King”, published by Chronicle Books

2008               The Renaissance Society, “Black Is Black Ain’t”, exhibition catalogue

2006               Holly M yers, Around The Galleries, Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2006 pg E15

                       Tommy Freeman, “Brave New World at Pharmaka”, Artweek, September, 2006

2005               Charlene Roth, “Todd Gray: Immaculate” Artweek, March, 2005

                       Jody Zellen, “Todd Gray”, Art US, Reviews, March-April 2005 Page 7

2004               Holly M yers, “A historical record that tends to contain blots and erasures,”

                       Los Angeles Times, Calendar, December 21, 2004, page E3.

                       Julie Joyce, “Todd Gray:  Immaculate”, exhibition catalogue, Luckman Fine Arts Complex

 2003               Mat Gleason “Art Angelenos”, Modern Painters, London, Spring 2003.

2002               Emory Holmes, “Breaking Away From Pictures of Stereotypes”, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2002, Art&Architecture page 57.

2001               Vince Alleti, “Body and Soul,” Village Voice, pg. 71, March 13

1999               Ken Johnson, “Art in Review; Choice: 99”, New York Times, December 10, 1999

1997               Hunter Drohojowska Philip, "I Tawt I Taw a ¢!#%?! -- Familiar cartoon characters take on a shadowy cast in Todd Gray's photographs", Los Angeles Times,

Sunday Calendar, January 5, 1997

                       Jody Zellen, "Todd Gray", Technikart, Paris, pg 72-73 December/January

                       Claudine Ise, "Todd Gray", Art Issues., pg. 38, March/April 1997

                       Susan Otto, "Todd Gray, Shoshana Wayne Gallery" Art in America, pg.134, May, 1997

1996               Peter Lunenfeld, "Technofornia", Flash Art,  March/April 1996

                       Todd Gray, "Todd Gray: Michael Jackson Reconsidered", see: A journal of visual culture, pg.48 - 56,

                       Issue 2:1 1996 Published by The Friends of Photography, MIT Press

                       Paul Tomidy, "the present (h)our", catalogue, Oakland Museum of California, 1996

1990               V. Aletti, "Photo", The Village Voice, 2/6/90

                       Shelley Rice, "Promoting Pictures", Art in America, Oct. 1990

                       Susan Robinson, "Implicit References", Artweek, 3/15/90

1989               Illustrated Bio-Bibliography of Black Photographers, 1940-1988, by Deborah Willis-Thomas

                       C. Gerald Fraser, "Harlem Curator Helps Redefine Photography" The New York Times, 8/6/89

                       Joshua Decter, "New York In Review", Arts Magazine, December

 

 PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

 2018               Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Metro, Los Angeles

2012               CIM Group, Midtown Crossing, Los Angeles

                        Los Angeles International Airport, Video Installation, (with Joseph Santarromana)

2009               Purchase, Los Angeles International Airport

2004               L. A. Fire Station #43 City of Los Angeles for permanent collection

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2018               John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts

2007               Public Art Commission: Los Angeles International Airport, Video Installation, City of Los Angeles

2006               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB

2005               Sabbatical, CSULB

                       J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts administered by the California Community Foundation

                       Visual Arts Initiative

2004               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB

                       Public Art Commission, L. A. Firestation #43, City of Los Angeles

                       Pasadena Art Alliance Grant for “Immaculate” Exhibition

                        Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant, The Durfee Foundation

 2003               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB

 2001               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB Associate Professor, CSULB

2000               Assigned Time release, CSULB

1999               Public Art Commissions: Jefferson Branch Library, and Baldwin Hills Branch

                       Library, City of Los Angeles

1997               City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant

 1991               Art Center College of Design - Great Teacher's Award

1988               Wasserman Scholarship (Cal Arts)

PANELS AND LECTURES

2011               Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, “Caliban in the Mirror”, New Orleans, LA.

2005               Luckman Gallery, “Immaculate” gallery talk

                       New York University, Accra, Ghana, Visiting Artist

2004               Yale University, “Regarding Michael Jackson: Performing Racial, Gender, and Sexual Difference Center Stage"

                       Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien) Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist

2002               Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien) Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist

                       Claremont Graduate School, Visiting Artist

2001               Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien) Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist

                       The Public + Artist Program, Museum of Contemporary Art, L. A.

                        California Community Foundation – J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts and Brody Arts Fund panelist for the selection of Individual Artist Awards

 1998               MOCA Mentors Program, presenter, Los Angeles

1997               The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, "Photographic Lecture and  Workshop Series"

                       "Sunday Family Art Workshops with Todd Gray", MOCA, Los Angeles

                       "Day Without Art", CSULB, organizer and participant

                       Education video: "Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art from the Permanent Collection” Family Gallery MOCA

                       "Introduction to Professional Careers in the Arts" seminar, Community Arts Resources for the Getty Multicultural Summer Interns, The Getty Grant Program, Los Angeles

1996               University of California, San Diego, Artist Lecture Series

                       Oakland Museum of Art, "the present (h)our", artist lecture series

                        University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, "Stream of Consciousness: Eight Los Angeles Artists", artist lecture

                        The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, artist lecture series

1995               Armand Hammer Museum, "Laurie Brown and Todd Gray, exhibiting artists in the

                       Contemporary Photography: The California Focus" at the art rental and sales Gallery.

                       Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Atlanta, presenting artist, "Michael Jackson Reconsidered".

                       Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "P.L.A.N. Artist Panel"

                       Pomona College, Claremont, Media Arts Lecture Series

                        Korean American Museum, Los Angeles, panelist,"Creating Context"

                       Panelist: City of Los Angeles Cultural Grants Program, Photography

                       Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, exhibitions committee

1994               Friends of Photography Annual Members Workshop, San Francisco

                       Panelist: City of Los Angeles Cultural Grants Program, Photography

                       State University of New York, Albany, Artist Lecture Series

                       Santa Monica Museum of Art Salon Presents: Todd Gray

1993               University of California, Los Angeles, Artist Lecture Series

                       L. A. Art Fair, "The Kitchen Table", Eugenia P. Butler, moderator

1992               University of California, Irvine, "Convergence", Pat Ward Williams, moderator.

                       L. A. Art Fair, "L. A. Xtension Artist Panel"

1991               Panelist: Regional Individual Photography Grants, National Endowment for the Arts, New England

                       Foundation for the Arts, Boston MA.

1990               Los Angeles Photography Center: The Visual Statement

1988               Todd Gray: Personal Myths, Columbia College Chicago Photography Department Lecture Series

                       Panelist: Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Deborah Willis, moderator, Houston, TX.

 

RESIDENCIES

2016               Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, Bellagio, Italy

2015               Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowship, Englewood, FL

 

COLLECTIONS

Studio Museum in Harlem University of Parma, Italy

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art/LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

 Museum of Contemporary Art/MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

 University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Eileen and Peter Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA