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Marlene McCarty

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Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Representing galleries
Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Marlene McCarty has worked across various media since the 1980s. She was a member of the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury and was the co-founder of the transdisciplinary design studio Bureau along with Donald Moffett. Using everyday materials such as graphite, ballpoint pen, and highlighter, McCarty probes issues ranging from sexual and social formation to parricide and infanticide. A major survey exhibition of her work, organized by Michael Cohen, was presented in 2010 at New York University's 80WSE galley. Her work is in the collection of major institutions including MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum and MoCA Los Angles. 


American, b. 1957
Lives and works in New York

1988-95 Member of Gran Fury
1989-2001 Co-founder of Bureau


1975-77 University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, and Art
1978-83 Schule für Gestaltung, Basel Switzerland


2013 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland. (ex. cat.) [forthcoming]
2010 “i’m into you now: some work from 1980-2010” 80WSE, NYU Steinhardt
School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, NY (
2008 “CANDY.CRY.STINKER.HUG. (some drawings concerning absorption,reflection, inversion, and progression)” Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
2004 Brent Sikkema, New York, NY
“Young Americans , Part 2” Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
“BAD BLOOD Stage One,” Plug-In, Basel Switzerland
Mapping New Territories – Swiss Media Art, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
2003 “Marlene Olive - June 21, 1975,” Istanbul Biennial
2002 “Poltergeist, Girls at Home,” American Fine Arts, New York, NY
“Young Americans, Part 2,” Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
2001 “Young Americans,” Sandroni.Rei, Venice, CA.
1993 Metro Pictures, New York, NY
1992 “Mund Verkehr: In die Hose gegangen,” Marlene McCarty, Neue
Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin (ex. cat.)
1991 Metro Pictures, New York


2012 “It’s Always Summer on the Inside,” curated by Dan McCarthy, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
“Data Trash”, curated by Chris Dorland, I-20 Gallery, New York
“Gran Fury: Read My Lips” 80WSE, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture,
Education, and Human Development, New York, NY (ex. cat.)
“Typical Frankenstein,” Laurel Gitlin Gallery, New York, NY
"It's a Small World," Curated by Hennessey Youngman, Family Business, New York, NY
"Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists," Curated by
Ulrike Muller, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria and Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
`"This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s," Curated by Helen Molesworth, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL/ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011 “Absentee Landlord,” Curated by John Waters. The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
“Inconscients! Les artistes et la psychanalyse,” Curated by Aude LaMorelle, Galerie ALFA, Paris, France
“Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21:!The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
“And All You Suck in is Oil,” Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY.
2009 “UN-SCR-1325,” curated by Jan Van Woensel, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
“The Pain Game,” curated by Ellen Blumenstein, Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
“Hydra School Projects 10,” Curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis. Hydra, Greece
“Act Up New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987 – 1993,”
Curated by Helen Molesworth, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; White Columns, New York, NY
2008 “Expenditure,” Busan Biennale 2008 Curators: Michael Cohen, Nancy Barton, Tom Morton, Francine Méoule, Azumaya Takashi. Busan, Korea.
“Dark Continents,” Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida. Curated by Ruba Katrib.
“Just Different!,” Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, June 14- Sept 21.
2007 Silicone Valley, PS1, Long Island City, New York, February 11, 2007 - April 9, 2007
“zwischen zwei toden / between two deaths,” ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. May 12- August 19
"she was born to be my unicorn," Amy Smith Stewart gallery. New York. Curated by Amy Kellner.
“Eliminated,” Provincetown, Mass. Curated by John Waters.
"Gegen den Strich," Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2006 “The Eigth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in the Arts since 1960,”
Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany, August 19- November 12, 2006
“Die Jugend von Heute”, Schirn Kunsthaller, Frankfurt ,Germany. Curated by Matthias Ulrich. With Tracy Emin, Sue de Beer, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and others.
“The Message is the Medium,” Jim Kempner Fine Arts, New York, NY Sept 9 – 30, 2006.
2005 Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY, September 17- October 22
Kritische Gesellschaften Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
“Mapping New Territories,” Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen, Switzerland. With Knowbotic Research, 56kTV-Bastard Channel, and N3krozoft Mord.
2004 “When I think about you I touch myself: An Exhibition on the Sociability of Artworks,” The New York Academy of Art, curated by David Humphrey, April 9- May 10, New York, NY
“Other Aristocrats,” Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY.
“Premaculture,” Secondary School, Hydra, July 3- Sept 6, 2004.
“Indigestible Correctness I,” Participant, NY. Curated by Rita Ackermann and Liz Bougatsos
2003 “Le Rayon Noir,” Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland. Curated by Mai-Thui Perret with artists Tom Burr, Kelly Walker, Wade Guyton and others.
“Fast Forward,” White Columns, New York.
“Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude,” MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, Mass. Curated by Bill Arning.
2002 “Violence the True Way,” Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Switzerland. Curated by Rita Ackerman, Liz Bougatsos and Chloe Sevigny
2001 “Stand Fast Dick & Jane,” The Project, Dublin, Ireland
“Spiritual America,” Audiello Fine Art, NY
“Dear Dead Person,” Momenta Art, New York, Curated by Banks Violette
“Desire and Pursuit of the Whole,” Pro Arte Contemporary Art Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
2000 “Death Race 2000,” Thread Waxing Space, New York
1999 “Dope,” American Fine Arts, New York
“Billboard,” MASS MoCA, No. Adams, Massachusetts (Gran Fury contribution)
1998 “Wahlverwandschaften” Appenzell, Switzerland. Curator: Annette Schindler
“Where is Your Rupture?” The Swiss Institute, New York, Curated by Annette Schindler and Liz Kotz
“Portrait-Human Figure” Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Switzerland
“Art on Paper 1998,” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Curated by Amy Capalazzo
1996 “Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party and Feminists in Art History,”
UCLA Armand Hammer Gallery, Los Angeles, California
“Real Fake,” Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College State University of New York
“Mixing Messages,” The Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York (exhibition catalog)
1995 “In a Different Light,” University Art Museum, Berkley, California
“Word for Word,” The Art Gallery, Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania
1994 “Don’t Look Now,” Thread Waxing Space, New York
“Bad Girls West,” UCLA Wight Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
“The Use of Pleasure,” Terrain, San Francisco, California (exhibition catalog)
“Die Neunzigen,” Weiner Secession, Vienna, Curated by Martin Prinzhorn. (exhibition catalog)
“New Voices 94,” Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College (exhibition catalog)
“Cocido y Crudo,” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Curated by Dan Cameron. (exhibition catalog)
1993 “Four Walls Project: Small Talk,” Postmasters Gallery, New York
“Intransit,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
“1920. The Subtlety of Subversion. The Continuity of Intervention,” Exit Art, New York
“The Art of Self-Defense and Revenge,” Momenta Art, New York
“Open Air,” Bremen, Germany (exhibition catalog)
“Serial,” Zürich, Switzerland
1992 “How It Is,” Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
“Between the Sheets,” P.P.O.W., New York
“Object Choice,” Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York (exhibition catalog)
“Dissent Difference and the Body Politic,” Portland Museum of Art; Otis School of Art, Los Angeles
1991 “John Lindell / Marlene McCarty,” Simon Watson Gallery, New York
“Something Pithier or More Psychological,” Simon Watson Gallery, New York
“1991 Biennial Exhibition,” Group Material: AIDS Timeline installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (exhibition catalog)
1990 White Room, “Bend Over I’ll Drive” White Columns, New York
“Selections 50,” The Drawing Center, New York
“Shut Up, You Shut Up,” Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York
“Eros/Thanatos - Desire and Death,” Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York
“Aperto,” 1990 Vienice Biennale, Gran Fury contribution

2011 Skowhegan Teaching Fellowship
2009 Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute
2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2006 Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Residence
2004 The American Center Foundation Grant
Sitemapping Stupendium / Bundesamt für Kultur Schweiz
2002-03 Guggenheim Fellow
1993 Eidgenössischer Kunststipendium - Freie Kunst (Switzerland)

Recent Exhibits

Marlene McCarty participated in these exhibits:

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Sep, 2013 Hard-Keepers
Royal Hibernian Academy
Aug, 2013 Bend Over I'll Drive: Sex and the Stereotype
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Jun, 2013 Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Laurel Gitlen
Jul, 2012 Itʼs Always Summer on the Inside
Anton Kern Gallery
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