Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, design, human resources and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various institutions. Personnel and related projects have been produced for a diverse group of venues that include Periferic 8 Biennial for Contemporary Art, Romania, the Department of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2006; Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland, 2004-7; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, 2003; and the Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2001 among others. Currently she is working on an installation of Personnel for the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, a think tank at the University of Montreal, as well as a book on Personnel to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland and Revolver Press, Frankfurt, Germany.
She is also known internationally for her work from the 80s and 90s, which focused on gender and its modes of representation (from venues such as the MAK, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Biennial among many others). Her projects have received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for Artists and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1973 and has been Professor of Art at Queens College of the City University of New York since 1990.
Artist in Residence for the United States Government as part of the Institute for Wishful Thinking
Project Director, MFA in Social Practice, an experimental art program and collaboration between Queens College and the Queens Museum of Art, supported by the Rockefeller Cultural Innovations Fund
Contradictions, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
The Institute for Wishful Thinking: Artists in Residence for the US Government (self declared), Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York
Curatorial Studies, Video Project, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
Seductions and Games, Queens Museum of Art, Corona Park, New York
Evidence, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Love (at first) Site, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Kunstraum Munich, Germany
Appetites and Desires (screening), Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Galerie Sima, Nurenburg, Germany
William F. Brush Gallery, St, Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Dancing Lessons, P.P.O.W., New York, NY
Dancing Lessons, The Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Discreet Objects, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
The Senses, Germans van Eck, New York, NY
Gallerie Alfred Kren, Köln, West Germany
Alfred Kren Gallery, New York, NY
Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Linens, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Linens, Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
It's the Political Economy, Stupid, Austrian Cultural Institute, New York, NY
Materiality, Alternativa, Gdansk, Poland
Labor & Leisure, Alternativa, Gdansk, Poland
Open Studio, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
Imaginary Archive, Gallery 126, Galway, Ireland
The Visible Vagina, David Nolan Gallery, New York
Video Dada, UAG, University of California at Irvine
Wellington Collaboratorium: Imaginary Archive, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Addressing Identities, Katonah Museum, New York
Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Iasi, Romania
Uncle Bob’s Variety Show in Off the Wall, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Orebro International Video Art Festival, Orebro Lans Museum, Orebro, Sweden
Disonancias: Artists Collaborations with Industry, San Sebastian, Spain
When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, NY
Curatorial Studies, Video Project, Glyndor Gallery Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
Re-Vision&, Edith-Rus Haus fur Medienkunst, Oldenburg
Feeding Desire, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
Everybody Dance Now, EFA Gallery, New York, NY
Inside Out Loud, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO.
Beautiful Dreamer, Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio
Corpus-Women Artists and Embodiment, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
Health and Safety, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland
Picturing Women, The Library Company, Rosenbach Library and Bryn Mawr Rare Book Library, Philadelphia, PA.
Animations, Kunst-werke Berlin e.V..- KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Food Matters, Katonah Museum, NY
Banquette, Palau Virrena, Barcelona, Spain
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mirror, Mirror, Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA
Part 2 /Indivisuals, Foundation Tapies, Barcelona
New Hotels for Global Nomads, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
Indivisuals, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Rapture, Barbican Art Gallery, London
El Bello Genero, Consejeria de las Artes/ Sala Plaza Espana, Madrid
Animations, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Do You Have Time?, Liebman Magnan Gallery, New York, NY
All You Need is Love, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Likeness of Being: Contemporary Self Portraits, DC Moore Gallery
Representing: A Show of Identities, The Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
The End, Exit Art/ The FirstWorld, New York, NY
Natural Histories, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Size Matters, Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn, New York
Salome, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York
The Mind on Scale, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
A room with a view, Sixth@Prince, Fine Art
Xmas, Kent Gallery, New York, NY
Selections from the Collection, Zentrum fur Kunst und Mediatechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
City Cannibal, Paco das Artes, (in conjunction with the 1998 Sao Paolo Biennale) Sao Paolo, Brazil
Fashioned&, Whitebox Gallery, New York, NY
Peep Show, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Memorable Histories and Historic Memories, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Food Matters, E.S. Vandam Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Korperkunst und Korperkult, (screening of film by J.Kaess-/Farquet), Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich
Queens Artists: Highlights of the 20th Century, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadow, New York
New York/Winnipeg: Video Screening/Cultural Exchange, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Dress for Millenium Eve, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,
traveled from the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Group Show, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
The Telematic Room, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
The Visible and the Invisible: Representing the Body in Contemporary Art and Society,
Institute for International Visual Arts, University College, London, England
Feed and Greed, Museum für Angewandekunst, Vienna, Austria
Sexual Politics, The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America, (screening of film by Michael Blackwood),
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
The Body Found and Lost: Maureen Connor and Valie Export, Kunstraum, Munich, Germany
Pulp Fashion, Dieu Donne Gallery and Studio, New York, NY
Madeleines, Apex Gallery, New York, NY
Configura 2, Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, Germany
Hard Comforts, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Heresies, curated by Jorge Luis Marzo, CAAM, Canary Islands, Spain
In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the 90's, Snug Harbor Cultural Center,
Newhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
Sculpture as Objects: 1915-1995, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
It's How You Play the Game, EXIT ART/First World, New York, NY
In the Lineage of Eva Hesse, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Home Video Redefined: Media, Sculpture, and Domesticity, curated by Dara Myers-Kingsley,
Center of Contemporary Art, Miami,
Members Only, Carlos Poy Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Disorderley Conduct, organized by Nina Felshin and Wendy Olsoff, P.P.O.W., New York, NY,
traveling to Hobart/William Smith College, Geneva, NY; Carlton College, Northfield, MN
MENSCHENWELT (Interieur), curated by Dr. Martin Hentschel, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany;
traveling to Castello di Rivara, Turin , Italy; Norwich Gallery, England; Wurrttembergerisher
Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany; Westfalischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
ADressing the Body, curated by Jeanne Meyers, Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Empty Dress: Clothing as Surrogate in Recent Art, curated by Nina Felshin; travelling to
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Viginia Beach Center of the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA;
University Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Art,
University of Newfoundland, NS; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK; The Gallery, Stratford, ON;
California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; Selby Gallery,
Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
The Rag Trade, curated by Saul Ostrow, The Inter Art Center, New York, NY
New Moderns, Baumgartner Galleries Inc., Washington D.C.
Multimediale, Zentrum für Kunst und Mediantechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Gallery Artists and Friends, Germans van Eck, New York, NY
Discursive Dress, curated by Alison Ferris John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
1993 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY;
travelling to The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Fall from Fashion, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
'1920' Contemporary Women Artists, EXIT ART/The First World, New York, NY
I Am the Ennunciator, curated by Christian Leigh, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Much Sense: Erotics and Life, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, AB
A Marked Difference, curated by Saul Ostrow and Peer Veneman, Maatschappij Art et Amitcitae,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Autoerotic Object, curated by Juli Carson, Voorhees Gallery, Hunter College, NY
Material Revisions, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Contemporary Surfaces, curated by Rick Ward, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, NY
The Curio Shop, curated by Saul Ostrow, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Ecstacy, Dooley Le Cappellaine, New York, NY
The Rectangled Bank, curated by Frank Gillette, EM Donahue, New York, NY
Sense and Sensibility, curated by Nancy Princenthal, Solo Gallery, New York, NY
Speak, curated by Jin Lee and Lynn Brown, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Physical Relief, curated by Susan Edwards, Hunter College Art Gallery, NY, NY
The Value Show, curated by Cathleen Cullen and Robert Mahoney,
Dooley Le Capellaine, New York, NY
Ho Hum All Ye Faithful, John Post Lee Gallery, New York, NY
Burning In Hell, curated by Nancy Spero, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
The Lick of the Eye, curated by David Pagel, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA,CA
When Objects Dream and Talk in Their Sleep, curated by Janine Cirincione,
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
New Generations: New York, curated by Elaine King, Carnegie Melon Art Gallery,
After Duchamp, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France
Fragments, Parts, Wholes, the Body and Culture, curated by Saul Ostrow, White Columns Gallery, New York
Group Show, Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Body Once Removed, Sorkin Gallery, New York, NY
Tell It Like It Is, fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY
Body Fragments, curated by Robert Edleman, Shea and Becker Gallery, New York, NY
The Other New York, Alfred Kren Gallery, Köln, West Germany
Nomadic Visions, Southern Massachusetts University Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA
HONORS AND AWARDS
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship
Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship
First Prize, Proposal for the Peace Pentagon
Artist in Residence: Harvestworks Digital Media Arts
NYSCA Media Project Grant for Personnel at the Queens Museum of Art
NYSCA Finishing Funds Award for Growing Older at QMA
NYFA Individual Artist's Fellowship
PSC CUNY Grants, Research Foundation, City University of New York
New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Visiting Artist
Connor, Maureen, (Con)testing Resources, in Making Art History: a Changing Discipline and its Institutions,
edited by Elizabeth C. Mansfield, 245-263, Routledge, 2007
Connor, Maureen, New Work(place), in New Work: Art From the Workers of the New Museum,
ed. by Lena Imamura, 27-34, Stanton Chapter, 2008
Connor, Maureen, Working Notes: A Conversation with Katie Deepwell, Art Journal, Vol. 6, No 2, pp.33-43
Connor, Maureen, SOS Peace Pentagon, Where We Are Now, Spring 2010, edited by Marisa Jahn.
Connor, Maureen, Aftermaths and Personnel, A Conversation Between Maureen Connor and Marisa Jahn, Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, edited by Marisa Jahn, YYZ Books and REV-. 2010
Album, Arts Magazine, September 1982.
Allen, Jonathan. The Multiple Self, AtlAntica, Fall 1995.
Alloway, Lawrence. The Sculpture of Maureen Connor. Arts Magazine, September 1982.
Anker, Suzanne. The Genetics of Oedipus, Tema Celeste, Winter 1993, no. 3989, pp. 42-6.
Bonami, Francesco. Maureen Connor, Flash Art, vol. 165, Summer 1992.
Brenson, Michael. Art 8 Artists 'Between Drawing and Sculpture, The New York Times, Dec. 20,'85
Review. The New York Times, December 26, 1986.
Carrier, David. Maureen Connor. Tema Celeste, Summer 1992.
Cohen, Ronny. Energism: An Attitude, Artforum, September 1980.
Cotter, Holland. Maureen Connor 'Discreet Objects, The New York Times, December 20, 1995.
Cullen, Kathleen, Interview with Maureen Connor, Journal of Art, Winter 1994.
Drucker, Johanna, Le Corps D'À Cote, Les Cahiers du Musée, National d'art Moderne, Spring, 1995.
Edelman, Robert. Maureen Connor, Art Press, March 1995.
Felshin, Nina. Women's Work: A Lineage 1966-94. The Art Journal, Spring 1995.
Frank, Peter. Maureen Connor, Art News, Summer 1978.
Glueck, Grace. Maureen Connor: Love (at first) Site, The New York Times, January 23, 1998
Harrison, Helen. Ordinary Made Into the Real Thing, The New York Times, November 10, 1985.
Sculptors Pose a Challenge, The New York Times, March 7, 1982.
Hauffen, Michael. Maureen Connor: Narrow Escape, Kunstforum, June- August 1997
Heartney, Eleanor. Review. Art News, April 1984.
Hess, Elizabeth. Evidence of the Body, The Village Voice, January 10, 1995.
S=Biennial: Up Against the Wall, The Village Voice, March 16, 1993.
Indiana, Gary. Formal Wares, The Village Voice, March 25, 1986.
Johnson, Ken. Review: Seductions and Games: Recent Video Installations by Maureen Connor,
The New York Times, January 19, 2001
Jones, Amelia. 'Presence' and Calculated Absence, Tema Celeste, Winter 1993, pp38-41.
PERFORMING BODIES, California University Press, Berkeley, 1998
Kimmelman, Michael. Sculptors Make A Case for Expressionism, The New York Times, August 19, 1988.
Klein, Ellen Lee. Review: Maureen Connor, Arts Magazine, March 1984.
Group Show at Aquavella, Arts Magazine, December 1994.
Lajer-Burkharth, Ewa. Real Bodies: Video in the 1990s, Art History, Spring, 1997
Levin, Kim. Voice Choices: Maureen Connor, 'Love (at first) Site', The Village Voice , January 28-February 3, 1998
Voice Choices: Seduction and Games : Recent Video Installations by Maureen Connor,
The Village Voice, January 24- 30, 2001
Disorderly Conduct, The Village Voice, July 1993.
Art Pick, The Village Voice, February 1984.
Lubell, Ellen. Review. Arts Magazine, January 1976.
Malarcher, Patricia. Maureen Connor: Shaping a Response to the Past, Fiber Arts, Jul-Aug. '82
Masheck, Joseph. Constructive Issues in Relief, Artforum, November 1982.
MODERNITIES: Art Matters in the Present, Penn State Press, PA, 1993
McEvilley, Thomas. Reviews: The Houston Festival, The Visual Arts Section, Artforum.
Means, Amanda. Shorts: Maureen Connor, Bomb, Fall 1989.
Melrod, George. Lip Schtick (Janine Antoni, Maureen Connor, Rachel Lachowicz), Vogue, June '93
Review: New York, Art In America, September 1992.
Tell It Like It Is, Sculpture, May 1990.
Morgan, Margaret. From Dada to Mama: Feminism, the Readimade and Contemporary Practice, Binocular, 1994.
Nevins, Deborah. Maureen Connor, Art Magazine, September 1980.
Environment As Memory: An Interview with Donna Dennis and Maureen Connor, Heresies 11, Summer 1981.
The New Yorker. Goings On About Town, January 30, 1995.
Perreault, John. Clothes Call, The SoHo News, December 23, 1980.
Princenthal, Nancy. Maureen Connor at the Alternative Museum and P.P.O.W., Art In America, April 1995.
Raap, Jurgen. The Other New York,Kunstforum, June-July 1988.
Raven, Arlene. March On-'1920' at Exit Art, The Village Voice, June 27, 1993.
Raynor, Vivian. Two Women Take Crafts to a Higher Plane, The New York Times, June 27, 1980.
Schaffner, Ingrid. Maureen Connor, Artforum, March 1995.
Schwendener, Martha. Maureen Connor, 'Love (at first) Site', Time Out, Feb.5-12, 1998
Schwirtz, Mira. Review, Flash Art, May/June 1998
Senie, Harriet. Fabric Into Art, ARTnews, September 1980.
Silverthorne, Jeanne. Review, Artforum, October 1980.
Smith, Roberta. Review. The New York Times, July 19, 1991.
Spector, Buzz. A Profusion of Substance, Artforum, October 1989.
Stein, Judith. The Artists' New Clothes, Portfolio, January 1992.
Stephens, Suzanne. Art and Architecture, Progressive Architecture, September 1980.
Tiscornia, Ana. Maureen Connor: Between the Self and the Mercenary, AtlAntica, Fall 1995.
Thole, Eva, Maureen Connor: Thinner Than You, Texte zur Kunst, June, 1997
Tully, Judd. The Multicultural Biennial, Art & Auction, March 1993.
Valdez, Sarah. Rules of the Game: Maureen Connor Makes Socially Conscious Art With a Twist,
Time Out New York, January 18-25, 2001
Zimmer, William. Art Pick: Maureen Connor, The SoHo News, July 9, 1980.
SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Museum fur Angewandekunst, Vienna, Auatria (commission)
Kunstraum, Munich, Germany (commission)
The Avon Corporation, New York, NY
Zentrum Fur Kunst Und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
1990 - Present
Queens College, CUNY: Professor of Sculpture
Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, München, GERMANY: Visiting Artist
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Visiting Critic, Fine Arts Department
Bard College: Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, MFA Program: Sculptor
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN: Visiting Artist
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: Visiting Sculptor
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: Visiting Sculptor
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Visiting Sculptor
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: Instructor in Art History, Sculpture, Drawing
Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, New York, NY: Lecturer in the History of Clothing
School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art
Women and Museums, Panel discussion, College Art Association, New York
Before and After Institutional Critique, Panel discussion, College Art Association, Boston, MA
Lecture and Workshop series in Central Asia sponsored by Artslink
Bryn Mawr College for the exhibition Picturing Women
Cooper Hewitt Museum, Symposium for New Hotels for Global Nomads
University of Connecticut, Storrs,CT; Symposium: Exhibiting the Museum
Harvestworks Artist in Residence Program, New York, NY
Queens Museum of Art, Corona Park, New York
Sculpture Center, New York, NY; Panel Discussion
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Vermont MFA Program of Norwich College, Vermont
Insitute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany
Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich, Germany
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Bennington College, Bennington, VT
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Sculpture Center, NYC: Panelist - Modeling Categorical
The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Museo de Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Canary Islands, SPAIN
New York University, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY: Independent Study Program
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Exit Art, New York, NY: Panelist - Libido
Inside the Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
Lafayette College, Lafayette, PA
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Queens College, CUNY
Museum Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa, ITALY
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, New York, NY
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Colby College, Waterville, ME
California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
College Art Association, SanFrancisco, CA: An Interpretation of 'Systeme de la Mode,' by Roland Barthes.
School of Visual Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
The Architectural League of NY: Lecture - Art and Architecture: A Collaboration.