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Public Projects | Installations

2015      the underground potato, Essex Street Market, commissioned by Artists Alliance, single day

deployment for the New Museum’s Ideas City; a collaborative project with Laurie Arbeiter

and Sarah Wellington

2014      the underground potato, media vending cart, installed in the Essex Street Market in conjunction

with The Real Estate Show: Was Then 1980; What Next 2014?, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY

2013      DuBois_the FBI files, public project for Du Bois in Our Time, University Museum of Contemporary

Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2009      who gets to speak?, speakers corner for public events, Revolution Books, New York

2008      mobile home, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY

2007      petition to congress for redress of grievances, site specific tabloid, delivered to Congress and the

general public, April 25, 2007, Wash DC; 20 pages offset, edition of 5,000

2006      penitentiary, tabloid project for Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA; free distribution

through vending machine on site; 28 pages offset, edition of 40,000.

2005      disarming images, a 3-channel 60 minute DVD project. Ann Messner was the creative director of

the project, produced by Artists Against the War.  A select list of single screenings and installation

of the project: Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington DC; Casa del Cultura,

Rome, Italy; Hillwood Museum, Long Island University, NY; HallWalls, Buffalo, NY; Fulvey Hall,

Maryland Institute of Art, MD; School of Visual Arts Amphitheater, New York, NY; Wollman Hall,

Eugene Lang College, New School University, New York, NY; Track 16, Bergamot Station, Santa

Monica, CA; Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT; Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell

Center for The Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Kipp Gallery, Indiana University

of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; Central Missouri State University, MO

1998      amniotic sea, Foley Square, New York; on site for six months

1997      amniotic sea, Biennial of Public Art, Neuberger Museum, New York; on site for six months

1990      nomad, City Hall, New York, sponsored by Exit Art, supported by the New York State Council

on the Arts; on site for six months

1987      meteor, installation at Times Square, sponsored by the Public Art Fund, New York;

on site for one year

1986      whirlpool, installed in outdoor windows, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

      high dive, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany

1985      island, in front of New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower Broadway, New York; on site for 

six months

1983      incubator, ‘On the Williamsburg Bridge’, public group exhibition, Williamsburg Bridge, New

York; onsite for six months

1982      speaker’s corner, ‘Skulptur: Koln | Ehrenfeld’, public group exhibition, Cologne, Germany

1979      hitchhiking, stealing, and others, a series of public performances, Cologne, Germany,

documentation b&w photographs and super 8 film

1978      untitled, public performance with amplified typewriter and installation, Franklin Furnace, New York

1977-9   mass transit, series of temporary performance and sculptures for the New York City subway

system, documented in book Mass Transit 1980, b&w photographs and super 8 film

1975      small fires, New York, documentation 16mm b&w film


Selected Public Presentations

2015      Socially Engaged Art and the University, Creative Time Summit 2015: The Curriculum, with

Gregory Sholette, Daniel Tucker, Ann Messner, and Marléne Ramìrez-Cancio; Boys and Girls

High School, Brooklyn, New York 

2013      The Real Estate Show and Other Histories, The Creative Time Summit 2013: Art, Place, and

Dislocation in the 21st-Century City; Section 6: Resistors, moderated by Ivet Ćurlin of What,

How and For Whom, with Jimmy McMillan, Chen Shaoxiong, Levan Asabashvili of Urban Reactor

2010      ‘Redact This’, presentation and discussion, Left Forum, New York

2005-6   disarming images, participant in public discussions following screening of disarming images: Eugene

Lang College, New School University; School of Visual Arts in New York; Casa delle Cultura, Rome,

Italy; Yale University School of  Design; Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for The Arts,

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; American University, Wash, DC; Queens College,

Queens, New York


Solo Exhibitions | Galleries

2004      oracle, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

2003      oracle, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2001      heart of the matter, Rothschild Gallery, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University,

Cambridge, MA

1997      subway stories and other shorts, Ann Messner: photographs and film 1976-1980, curated by Nina

Felshin, Dorsky Gallery, New York

1997      flood, Stark Gallery, New York

1997      flood, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

1995      heart and ear, Walcot Chapel, Bath International Arts Festival, UK

1997      on the subject of fire and the internal, Bill Maynes Contemporary Art, New York

1994      Ann Messner, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, VT

1993      Ann Messner, Fawbush Gallery, New York

1991      Ann Messner, Fawbush Gallery, New York

      Ann Messner and Andrew Spence, Worcester Art Museum, MA

      Ann Messner, Fuchares Gallery, Madrid, Spain

1990      Ann Messner, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989      Ann Messner, Fawbush Gallery, New York

1987      Ann Messner, Greathouse Gallery, New York

1986      Ann Messner, Greathouse Gallery, New York

1978      Ann Messner: Street Projects, Franklin Furnace, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017       Single Channel Catalyst, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

2016       Selections from the Collection, UMASS Amherst, Deerfield Academy, Amherst, MA

                The Fishtank Project, curated by Matt Freedman and Laurence Hegarty. Humanities Gallery,

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

2015       The Artist as Provocateur: Pioneering Performance at Pratt Institute, collaborative project with

Martha Wilson, Jennifer Miller, Theodora Skipitares; curated by Greta Hartenstein, Schafler

Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

                40 years – 40 artists, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMASS, Amherst, MA

2014       The Real Estate Show: Was Then: 1980; What Next 2014?, multiple venues: Cuchifritos Gallery,

Essex Street Market, The Lodge Gallery and James Fuentes Gallery, New York

                The Last Brucennial, curated by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York

                Women Choose Women Again, selected by Joan Snyder, New Jersey Arts Center, Summit, NJ

2013       DuBois_the FBI files, public project for Du Bois in Our Time, University Museum of

Contemporary Art, UMASS, Amherst, MA

2013       Petites Résistances, curated by Emmanuel Mir, Hans Peter Zimmer Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany

2012       Times Square Show Revisited, curated by Shawna Cooper and Karli Wurzelbacher, Hunter College         

Art Gallery, New York, NY

       I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of the Law, curated by Justin Hoover, SOMArts Cultural Center, San

        Fransisco, CA

       Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses, Greg Sholette: a collaborative project for the Panorama of the 

City of New York, Queens Museum, NY

2011       A Show about Colab (and Related Activities), curated by Max Schuman, Printed Matter, NY 

                WEST END ?, Museum on the Seam Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum  Jerusalem, Israel

                Act / OUT, curated by Lene ter Haar, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, Netherlands

                Global Fight Club: Aspects of Terror in Contemporary Art, curated by Matthias Reichelt and 

Bernhard Draz, Meinblau, Berlin

                 Art, Access & Decay: New York 1975-1985, curated by Lisa Kahane and Peter Frank, Subliminal         

Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2009       Cool, Collected and In Context, Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC

2008       Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, curated by Nina Felshin,

Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

        Lifting—Theft in Art, Atopia Projects, curated by Fraser Stables and Gavin Morrison, traveling

project: Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Georgia Sherman Gallery,Toronto and Peacock

Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK

2007        Meanwhile In Baghdad, curated by Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago,

Chicago, IL

2005       The Disasters of War, commissioned offset tabloid project ‘the disasters of war’, curated by Nina

Felshin, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

       Contemporary Women Artists: New York, curated by Judy Colliischan, University Art Gallery,

Indiana State University, IN            

2004       legal, illegal, curated by Hans Winkler, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, traveled to

Kunstverien Neuhausen, Neuhausen, Germany

       Somatic Scales, curated by Patricia Phillips, Boston Center for the Arts, MA

2003       Cry Baby, curated by Jerry Kearns, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2003       between the lines, curated by Joyce Kozloff, Wooster Art Space, New York

2001       Domestic Traces: Nene Humphrey, Ann Messner, Deborah Orapollo, curated by Margaret

Mathews Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY

       Ann Messner / Merrill Wagner, Lenore Grey Gallery, Providence, RI

2000       Water, The Living Room, Newport, RI

1999       Avoiding Objects, curated by Alice Smits, Apex Art, New York

       The Fields, Art/OMI, Ghent, NY

1997       is there STILL LIFE?, Kent Gallery, New York

       Biennial for Public Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY, Purchase

       Ornament and Landscape, curated by Thomas Huhn, Apex Art, New York

1997       Second Nature, curated by Jenny Todd, Todd Gallery, London, UK

1996       Embedded Metaphor, curated by Nina Felshin, ICI (Independent Curators Inc) traveling exhibition

       Light Into Darkness, Kent Gallery, New York

       Difference, Kent Gallery, New York

1995       Stewart Helm, Alice Maher, Ann Messner, Ingrid Stahl, curated by Jenny Todd, Todd Gallery,

London, UK

       Wax, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

       Pervasiveness of Memory, curated by Terrie Sultan, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

       Sculpture Space, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

       ART/OMI, curated by Dan Cameron, Ghent, NY

1994       Nightlight Readings, installation, The Drawing Center, New York

       Selections From the LeWitt Collection, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1993       Oro d’Autore, Centro Affari e Promozioni, Arezzo, Italy

       Rowles Studio, curated by Bill Maynes, Hudson, NY

       Group Exhibition, Fawbush Gallery, New York

1992       Miss-ing, 34 Raume, Berlin, Germany

1991       Selections From the LeWitt Collection, Wadsworth Anthenaeum, Hartford, CT

       Material Impulse: Sculpture Since 1980, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MI

1990       Half-Truths, Parish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY

       Ann Messner / Mireia Sentis, Fawbush Gallery, New York

       Selections, curated by Patricia Philips, Parsons School of Design, New York

       Round About / About Round, Anders Tornberg, Sweden

       Illegal America, Part 2, Exit Art, New York

1989       Group Exhibition, Fawbush Gallery, New York

       Group Exhibition, Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

       Ann Messner / Bogomir Ecker, Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

       Project DMZ, curated by Kyung Park and Shirin Neshat, Storefront for Art and

Architecture, New York

1988       Influences, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York

       Biennale de Sculpture, Monte Carlo, Spain 

       Elements, Stavaridis Gallery, Boston, MA

1988       Critics and Artists, chosen by Dan Cameron, John Gibson Gallery, New York

       Group Exhibition, Fawbush Gallery, New York

       Sculpture 88, White Columns, New York

       New York Art, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

1987       Major Acquisitions and Small Appliances, curated by Dan Cameron, Solo Gallery, New York

       Ghost City, Burchfield Art Center, SUNY, Buffalo, NY

       Berlin / New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

       Current Thinking, Kenkeleba House, New York

1986       Sculpture Invitational, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York

       Stadtansichten, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany

1985       Outdoor Sculpture, Greathouse Gallery, New York

       Artist’s Weapons, Ted Greenwald, New York

1984       Neo York, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

       Via Satellite, Amerika Haus, Cologne, Germany

       Five Women Sculptors, M13 Gallery, New York

1984       1984: Women in New York, Galerie Engstrom, Stockholm

       Timeline, Group Material, PSl, Long Island City, New York

1982       Illegal America, curated by Jeanette Imgberman, Franklin Furnace, New York

1980       Moglichkeiten fur das Ruhrgebiet, collaborative project with Haus Rucker Co, Peter Fend,

Joseph Beuys, Peter Monning and Haus Rucker; Kunster Haus, Duisburg, Germany

       The Real Estate Show, (organizing committee) Colaborative Projects, New York

       Manifestos, Colaborative Projects, New York

1979       A Monument, collaborative installation with Charles Moulton and Peter Monnig, New York

                New York Creative Youth, Colaborative Projects, New York

1978       Artist’s Books, Australian Tour, Franklin Furnace, New York, organized by Martha

Wilson, Australia


Artist Books and Tabloid Projects

2017     a love story, artist book, edition of 500

2013     DuBois – the FBI files, offset tabloid project, University Museum of Contemporary Art, University

of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; edition of 10,000, distributed for free at strategic locations

on and off campus

2005-7  The Disasters of War, offset tabloid project commissioned for exhibition ‘The Disasters of War’,

Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, edition of 1,000 distributed for free;

2nd printing commissioned for exhibition ‘Meanwhile in Baghdad’, Renaissance Society,

University of Chicago, Chicago, edition of 1,000 distributed for free;

3rd printing commissioned for WEST END?, Museum on the Seam Socio-Political

Contemporary Art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, published in an undisclosed number,

distributed for free

2006      penitentiary, artist project, offset tabloid commissioned by Eastern State Penitentiary,

Philadelphia, PA; edition of 40,000 distributed for free through vending machine onsite

2004      Unconventional Heroes, artist project, offset tabloid commissioned by Artists Network of Refuse

and Resist; edition of 5000 distributed for free

2003      oracle, artist book, artist-in-residence, Amherst College, Amherst, MA; edition of 1000

1991      bearing witness, artist book, published through Exit Art, supported by NYSCA, NY; edition of 1000    

1986      Ghost City, artist book, published by the Birchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY; edition of 1000

1980      Mass Transit, artist book, published by Daily Edition, Cologne, Germany; edition of 1000


Awards and Fellowships

2004      Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship

2001      Senior Fellow, Council on the Humanities, Princeton University

2000      Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

1998      Anonymous Was A Woman Award

1996      John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

1995      Henry Moore Foundation, UK, International Fellowship

1989      New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture

1988      New York State Council on the Arts, Sponsored Project

1987      National Endowment for the Arts, Individual fellowship in Sculpture

1987      New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture

1986      New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence, Burchfield Art Center, SUNY,

Buffalo, NY


Education and Academic Appointments

Senior Fellow, Council on the Humanities, Princeton University, 2001

Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, 2000-1

Post Graduate Fellow, Bath College of Higher Education, England, Henry Moore Foundation 1995-6

West Surrey College of Art and Design, England, Independent Study Program 1974-5

Pratt Institute, BFA 1969-73



1993-18  Pratt Institute, Professor MFA Department of Fine Arts; Coordinator Graduate

  Integrated Practices

2002       Amherst College, artist-in-residence

2001       Princeton University, Senior Fellow, Council of the Humanities, artist-in-residence

2000-1    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University; Bunting Fellowship in the

   Visual Arts, artist-in-residence

1998-9    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Visual Arts

           Program, visiting artist

1997       Colorado College, Distinguished Visiting Berg Professor, artist-in-residence

1996       Maryland Institute, College of Art, visiting artist

1995-6    Bath College of Higher Education, England; Henry Moore Foundation International Fellowship,


1994       Bennington College, artist-in-residence

       Hunter College, Department of Art, Lecturer; Introduction to Visual Experience, co- taught with

 painter, Susan Crile

1993       Princeton University, Visual Arts Program, visiting artist

1992-3    Philadelphia College of Art, University of the Arts, visiting artist

1989-90  Harlem School for the Arts Summer Arts Program

1987        Burchfield Art Center SUNY, Buffalo, NY; project sponsored by the Public Art Fund and the

 New York Foundation for the Arts, artist-in-residence

1987       Pompeii Youth Center City Without Walls, City-as-School, NYC Board of Education


Selected Visiting Artist | Public Talks

2015      School of Visual Arts, MFA low residency program, visiting artist, presentation

2000      Rhode Island School of Art and Design, visiting artist

2000      Massachusetts Art and Design, visiting artist

1995      Cranbrook Academy of Art, visiting artist

               Rhode Island School of Art and Design, visiting artist

               Vermont Studio Center, visiting artist

1992      New York Studio Program (Parsons School of Design), visiting artist

               Municipal Art Society, NY, public talk

1991      Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, public talk

               Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, public talk; educational program on site-

  specific public sculpture

               Trinity College, Hartford, CT, visiting artist

1990      Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, visiting artist

1988      Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, public talk