Kira Lynn Harris

Kira Lynn Harris lives and works in New York, NY.

Education

  • Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Studio Program, New York, NY
  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art, Valencia, CA
  • BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, Studio Art
  • Occidental College, Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009   Kira Lynn Harris curated by Senga Nengudi, CUE Art Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005   Eva Slept Here, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Projects

  • 2011/12  The Block | Bellona, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • 2010  Wall Installations, William Griffin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • How Many Billboards?, Selected Locations, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006  Impossible Spaces: an ongoing project, Project Space, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art
  • Artist’s Project, Esopus magazine
  • Berlin Cobblestones, collaborative project with Istvan Francer of Theory clothing – (clothing design) trench coat for New Museum fundraiser at Bergdorf Goodman, NY
  • 2005 Waterfall, a site specific project, Project Space, PS 1 / MoMA, New York
  • Via Sacra (set design), for original dance choreographed by Elisa Monte Dance (touring)
  • wePod.Harlem.Shuffle, collaborative project with writer Brian Keith Jackson, commissioned by Studio Museum in Harlem for its quarterly magazine, Studio

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2009  Connections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007 Black Light, White Noise, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
  • The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
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  • Interpreting Utopia, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
  • A Certain Slant Of Light, Rush Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006   Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, The Proposition Gallery, New York, NY
  • When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, NY
  • Chimera, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY
  • Made in Woodstock, III, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY
  • Moving Ahead, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2005   Open Secret, Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, New Jersey
  • 2004  Remembering, McSweeney Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • Light and Atmosphere, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
  • Harlemworld, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • solitude & stillness: Eri Morita and Kira Lynn Harris, Nassau Art Project, New York, NY
  • FADE, Luckman Fine Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Open Studio, Art Omi, Omi, NY
  • 2003  Fresh Blood, The Center for Experimental and Perceptual Art, Buffalo, NY
  • Urban Aesthetics, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • amigos: a showcase, Associated Projects, New York, NY
  • 2002 Ironic Iconic, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY             
  • Photosynthesis, Red Clay at Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2001 Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Work, Folin Riva Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2000  The Light Show, GAle GAtes, et. Al, New York, NY
  • White Hot, Smack Mellon, New York, NY
  • Open Studios, World Views Lower Manhattan Cultural Center at the World Trade Center, NY, NY
  • I’ll Take You There, Rush Arts, New York, NY
  • 1999  Lorser Feitelson Awards Exhibit, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, New York, …, Open Space, Milan, Italy
  • Touring the Frame, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa  Monica, CA
  • Paradise, Exit Art/ The First World, New York, NY
  • Open Studio, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, NY, NY
  • The Mourning After, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Contact, Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998   LACE Annuale 1998, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,  Hollywood, CA
  • i Candy:  LA in Flux, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa  Monica , CA
  • Resonant Forms, Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Blinded by the Light, Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA
  • Smoke and Mirrors (Thesis  exhibit)  California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • 1997  Testimony: Reconstructing Histories, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • Hollywood Premiere, Popular Mechanics at Hollywood Premiere Motel, Hollywood
  • Black is a Verb!, WORKS/San Jose Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • 1996  The Present (H)our, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • Personal Conversations, Watts Towers Art Center,  Los Angeles, CA
  • Aesthetic Interventions, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

Grants, Fellowships and Residencies

  • Art Matters, 2010
  • Finalist, William H. Johnson Prize, 2006
  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Artist in Residence, 2005
  • St. Mary’s College, Maryland, Artist in Residence, 2005
  • Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, Artist in Residence, 2004
  • Art Omi, Omi, NY Artist in Residence, International Artist Residency, 2003
  • Harvestworks, NY, Artist in Residence, Production Grant, 2003
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist in Residence, 2001-2002
  • Nominee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, 2001
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Artist in Residence, at the World Trade Center, 2000
  • Lorser Feitelson Emerging Artist Award, 1998
  • Phillip Morris Fellowship; Cal Arts Graduate Fellowship, California Institute of the Arts, 96-97, 97-98
  • California Arts Council Grant,  Artists in Communities  residency in Pasadena, CA .   1995 - 96, 1994 - 95
  • Arts Leadership Fellows Program, 1994 - 95
  • Education Abroad Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz.  Togo, West Africa. 

Selected Bibliography

Catalogs and Brochures

  • How Many Billboards?, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, 2010
  • Kira Lynn Harris curated by Senga Nengudi CUE Art Foundation Gallery, New York, NY, 2009
  • Light and Atmosphere, Cheryl Hartup, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, 2004
  • Harlemworld , The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2004      
  • Ironic / Iconic: Bright Lights, Big City, Eungie Joo, for The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2002
  • Freestyle, Essay by Susette Min, for The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2001
  • Feitelson Fellowship Awards: Kira Lynn Harris, Emmanuel Tet, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA 1999
  • The Mourning After, Susette Min, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA 1999
  • Annuale, 1998, Franklin Sirmans, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
  • Resonant Forms, Deborah Willis-Kennedy, Smithsonian Institution, 1998
  • Testimony: Reconstructing Histories, Rebecca McGrew, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, 1997
  • The Present (H)our,  Paul Tomidy, Oakland Museum, 1996
  • Aesthetic Interventions, Kira Lynn Harris (guest curator), California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1996

Selected Reviews

  • PS1 Fall Exhibitions: Other Voices, Other Rooms , Roberta Smith, New York Times, November 11, 2005
  • An Illuminating Experience, Roni Feirstein, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 23, 2004
  • Ironic / Iconic, Derek Murray, Art in America, March, 2003
  • Ironic / Iconic, Holland Cotter, New York Times, August 2, 2002
  • Ironic / Iconic, Christopher Bollen, Time Out: New York, Sept. 12-19, 2002, Issue 363
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, Ironic / Iconic, New Yorker Magazine, Sept. 9, 200
  • A Full Museum Show Starts with 28 Young Artists and a Shoehorn:  Freestyle,  Holland Cotter, New York Times, 5/11,/01
  • The Light Show, Franklin Sirmans, Time Out: New York, Oct. 12 – 19, 2000, Issue 264
  • Unpacking, Federico Windhausen, zingmagazine, New York NY, Issue 11, Vol. 3, Winter, 2000
  • Art Picks of the Week: Raymond Pettibon, Kira Lynn Harris, Emanuel Tet, Peter Frank, LA Weekly, Dec., 1999
  • Articulating Grief Through the Art of Loss, Claudine Isé, Los Angeles Times Calendar,  April 16, 1999
  • Art Picks of the Week: The Mourning After,  Peter Frank, LA Weekly Calendar Exhibitions, April 9 - 15, 1999
  • LACE's Annuale 1998,   Claudine Isé, Los Angeles Times Calendar,  August 21, 1998
  • Art Picks of the Week: i Candy... , Peter Frank, LA Weekly Calendar Exhibitions, Vol. 20, No. 39, August 21 - 27
  • Art Picks of the Week: LACE Annuale, Peter Frank, LA Weekly Calendar Exhibitions, Vol. 20, September 18 - 24
  • Black is a Verb! At WORKS, Amy Berk, Artweek, Vol. 28, No. 12, December, 1997
  • Art: Color as  Concept  Ann Elliot Sherman, METRO Silicon Valley, Vol. 13, No. 33, Oct.23-29, 1997
  • Critic's Choice: Art The Present Hour Harry Roche,  Bay Guardian, June 12, 1996
  • The Present (H)our preview Reena Jana, Artweek Vol. 27, No. 5 May, 1996
  • Aesthetic Interventions  Claudine Isé,  Artweek Vol. 27, No. 4, April, 1996
  • 10, No. 31 March, 1996
  • Aesthetic Interventions Best Bets, LA View, Vol. 10, No. 29 February, 1996

Articles, Other Publications

  • Over 40, Under the Radar, Modern Painters Magazine, February, 2011
  • Just Beyond Reality’s Edge, Nicole Caruth, Nka Magazine Number 27, Fall, 2010
  • Waves of Light, Hilarie Sheets, ARTnews, 2007
  • Esopus magazine, 2006
  • Portfolio: 2004/2005 Woodstock A-I-R, Photography Quarterly, #95, 2006
  • New York, Yard Magazine Premiere Issue, Fall 04, 2004
  • Snapshots, Brief Takes on Rising Artists, Bridget Cooks, International Review of African American Art Vol. 19 No. 2, 2003
  • Digital Space, Neoliberal Pluralism vs. Strategic Autonomy and Dialectical Practice: A Review of Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes) by Hal Foster, Sam Durant, Xtra Art Magazine, LA, CA Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer 2003
  • Featured Artist, Aya Harazono, NORARI webmagazine, JAPAN, August, 2003
  • Where Art Can Be Made As Well As Hung, Sarah Bayliss, New York Times, August 2, 2002
  • Representations: (Re)Direct(ing) Light, Tonya Foster, FYI: New York Foundation for the Arts, Summer 2002, Vol. 18, No. 2
  • “Charley” Magazine, Fall, 2001
  • The New Masters, VIBE Magazine, May, 2001
  • Young, Gifted …Malik Gaines, Project X, Fall, 1998
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