28 February 2015 /


b. 1971, Englewood, NJ

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA




2000 MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

1993 BA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY



ICA, Miami, FL (forthcoming)

The Highline, curated by Cecilia Alemani, New York, NY (2014-15, ongoing)


The Highline, curated by Cecilia Alemani, New York, NY (2014-15, ongoing)

Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA

Black Box Collision A: Gasoline & Auto Electric, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, ITA

Auto Body Collision, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, ITA


The Electric Comma, Sadie Coles HQ, London, GBR

Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, ITA

A Language of Exposures, Wallspace, New York, NY

The High Line, New York, NY


Language Is Wild, Dia Art Foundation, Artists’ Web Project


Hammer Museum/LAXART, curated by Anne Ellegood, Los Angeles, CA


Signal Hill, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Frieze Projects with Dexter Sinister, London, GBR

Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, ITA

Frieze Art Fair, Altman Siegel Gallery (booth), London, GBR


Invisible Language Workshop, Wallspace, New York, NY


Special Project: Shannon Ebner, MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

The Sun & the Sign, Wallspace, New York, NY


Dead Democracy Letters, Wallspace, New York, NY


Margo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, CA



Stamp Out Photographie, selected by Fiona Banner from the V-A-C Collection, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK

Phantoms in the Dirt, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Soft Target, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

New Dawn, curated by Leidy Churchman, Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE


Industrial Worlds, MAST, Bologna, ITA

Ten Years, Wallspace, New York, NY

Selections from the collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, curated by Kelly Taxter, Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA

Shannon Ebner, Adam Putnam, Rachelle Sawatsky-curated by Tyler Coburn, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria

Who Runs May Read, South London Gallery, London, GBR

New in the Collection-curated by Talia Amar, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Transmissions, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA


Things, Words and Consequences, curated by Sanya Kantarovsky and Stas Shuripa, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

Deagu Photo Biennale, curated by Charlotte Cotton, Daegu, South Korea

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, curated by Laura Hoptaman, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY

MARCH, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

Affective Turns?, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA

Lost Line: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA


The Air We Breathe, curated by Apsara DiQuinzio, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

September 11, curated by Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

Glee, curated by Cecilia Alemanni, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

ILLUMInations, curated & directed by Bice Curiger, 54th Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Liste 16, Altman Siegel, Basel, CH

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2011, Altman Siegel, Los Angeles, CA

Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic, curated by Moyra Davey & Zoe Leonard, Murray Guy, New York, NY

The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN

How Soon is Now, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT

The Artist Theater Program, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA


The 2010 Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany

Rencontres d’Arles, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Discovery Award 2010, Arles, France

“All We Ever Wanted Was Everything,” Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, NY

Papier Photo, curated by Sophie Berrebi & Frederique Valentin, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France

Pleated Blinds, curated by Ory Dessau, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Page, curated by John Stezaker & Matthew Higgs, Kimmerich, New York, NY

6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Kathrin Rhomberg, Berlin, Germany

Prix Fondation Luma, Rencontres de photo d’Arles, curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Discovery Award, Arles, France

At Home / Not At Home – Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

California Dreaming, Arte Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT


Time - Life Part II, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY

Character Generator, curated by Matthew Lyons, Eleven Rivington, New York, NY

Sundown, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium

Saints and Sinners, curated by Laura Hoptman, The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA

A Wild Night and a New Road, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Catawampus, curated by Amy Granat & Matt Keegan, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN (Ex. cat)

The World Is All That Is The Case, curated by Arthur Ou, Hudson Franklin, New York, NY

Untitled (Vicarious), Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

Imaginary Thing, curated by Peter Eleey, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Geneology of Wojnarowicz, PPOW, New York, NY

Not So Subtle Subtitle, curated by Matthew Brannon, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

The 2008 Whitney Biennial, curated by Henrietta Huldisch & Shamim M. Momin, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Looking Back, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, White Columns Annual, New York, NY

Read Me! Text in Art, curated by Malik Gaines, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

Catawampus (for H.D.), curated by Matt Keegan & Amy Granat, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

I am Eyebeam, curated by Melanie Schiff and Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, (Ex. cat) New Brunswick, NJ

Learn to Read, curated by Vincent Honore & Maeve Polkinhorn, Tate Modern,

London, UK

Last Attraction Next Exit, curated by Neville Wakefield, Ridley Road & Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium¬, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist, (travelling to venues in France and Poland), Centre for Curatorial Studies Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Shared Women, curated by Eve Fowler, Emily Roysdon and A.L. Steiner, LACE, Los Angeles, CA


Interventions, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Psychogeographies, Glendale College of Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, & Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Cataract, Wallspace, New York, NY

The California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA

Intersections: Atlanta Collects Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Shifting Tropologies, curated by Trevor Richardson, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA (Ex. cat)

Locale, curated by Kris Kuramitsu, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Too Much Love, curated by Amy Adler, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti, curated by Gyonata Bonvincini, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany

Trace, curated by Shamim M. Momin, The Whitney Museum at Altria, New York, NY

Chaos or Control, curated by James Welling, UCLA School of Architecture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Aantekeningen, curated by Public Holiday Projects, Expodium, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Monuments for the USA, curated by Ralph Rugoff, White Columns, New York, NY (ex. catalogue, touring from the CCA Wattis Institute)


The Plain of Heaven, curated by Peter Eleey, for Creative Time, New York, NY (Ex. cat)

Talk to the Land, curated by Matt Keegan, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Response, curated by Matthew Distel, Morlan Art Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

Wordplay, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Post No Bills, curated by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York, NY

Sugartown, Participant Inc. & Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

The Picture is the Problem, curated by Walead Beshty, The Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

Monuments for the USA, curated by Ralph Rugoff, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA & White Columns, New York, NY (Ex. cat)

Manufactured Self, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, & Hans Ulrich Obrist, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (travelling to venues in France and Poland)


High Desert Test Site 4, Joshua Tree, CA

Strange Animal, organized by Giovanni Jance in conjunction with Andrea Zittel & High Desert Test Sites, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

Itineraries, curated by Christopher Balaschak, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA


High Desert Test Site 3, Joshua Tree, CA

Sea, curated by Benjamin Donaldson & Lisa Kereszi, Jen Bekman, New York, NY


Anti-Form, New Photographic Work from Los Angeles, curated by James Welling, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO

Project Room exhibition, Lemonsky: projects + editions, Los Angeles, CA


Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


Illegal Performance (an experimental-text-based performance), The Judson Church, New York, NY

Pedestrian Union, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, New York, NY



Fondazione Memmo

Cornell University Teiger Mentor in the Arts, Spring semester


Dia: Artists on Artists Lecture Series, Shannon Ebner on the Bechers, Dia: Chelsea High Line Art


Language is Wild, Dia Art Foundation, Artist Web Project, New York, NY


An Octopus in Plan View, Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (with Dexter Sinister), GBR


Shannon Ebner: The Sun as Error, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA & Dexter Sinister, London, GBR



They Knew What They Wanted, curated by Shannon Ebner, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Blow Both of Us, curated by Shannon Ebner & Adam Putnam, Participant, Inc., New York, NY



Gianni, Ilaria, "Shannon Ebner: Critics' Pick," Artforum, June 2014

"Shannon Ebner and Zoe Leonard," BOMB, Spring 2014


Charlesworth, JJ, "Shannon Ebner: The Electric Comma," Art Review, December 2013

"Shannon Ebner," Slanted Magazine, Autumn/Winter, 2013/14

O’Neil-Butler, Lauren. “Shannon Ebner, Wallspace,” Artforum, April 2013.


Rosenberg, Karen. “Building Blocks of Meaning,” The New York Times, Art in Review, May 3, 2012.

“Issue 17 – Shannon Ebner,” The Thing Quarterly, Spring 2012.


Klein, Alex, Cotton, Charlotte, Welling, James, & Moore, Kevin. “Words Without Pictures,” Aperture Ideas Book, Los Angeles, CA

Curiger, Brice. “La Biennale de Venezia 54,” Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, exhibition catalogue, Marsilio Editori, Venezia, 2010.

DiQunizio, Apsara. “The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality,” (Ex. cat), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, San Francisco, CA, 2011.

Walleston, Aimee. “Words as Pictures: Shannon Ebner in LA,” Art in America, September 2011.

Duvernoy, Sophie. “Shannon Ebner’s Electric Comma,” LA Weekly, August 31, 2011.

Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. “Shannon Ebner, Hammer Museum,” Art in America, November 6, 2011.

O’Neill-Butler, Lauren. “Shannon Ebner: The Continuous Present,” The Paris Review, October 4, 2011.

Ned Holte, Michael. “Shannon Ebner: Hammer Museum/LAXART,” Artforum, October 2011.

Marcus, Sara. “Vision is elastic. Thought is elastic.” Artforum.com, May 2011.


Rhomberg, Kathrin. “6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art,” KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, Summer 2010.

Scrimgeour, Alexander. “6th Berlin Biennale,” Artforum, September 2010.

McDonough, Tom. “Concrete Poetry,” Artforum, cover & pp. 148-155, April 2010.

Lange, Christy. “No End in Sight,” Frieze, p. 88-91, April 2010.

D’Aurizio, Michele. “Kaufmann Repetto,” Kaleidoscope, issue 08, 2010.

Guidi, Chiara. “Shannon Ebner/Thea Djordjadze,” Flash Art, February, p. 94, 2010.

Finkel, Jori. “First Look, this month’s art magazines,” Los Angeles Times, April 8,



Aletti, Vince. “Shannon Ebner,” The New Yorker, November 23, 2009.

Holte, Michael Ned, “Best of 2009,” Artforum, (cover image) December 2009.

Sillman, Amy. “Best of 2009,” Artforum, (cover image) December 2009.

Amir, Yaelle. “Modern-Day Hieroglyphs,” ARTslant, November 2009.

Butler, Lauren O’Neil. “Character Generator,” Artforum, November 2009.

Ebner, Shannon. “500 Words,” Artforum.com, March 5, 2009.

Shannon Ebner: The Sun as Error, Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Dexter Sinister, March, 2009.


Huldisch, Henriette & Momin, Shamim M. “Whitney Biennial 2008,” exhibition catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Fowler, Brendan. “Shannon Ebner,” A&P Quaterly, Vol 2/ No 2, Winter 2008.

Lawn, Andrzej. “Whitney Biennial 2008,” Flash Art, Vol XLI No. 260, May – June 2008.

Schambelan, Elizabeth. “Whitney Biennial,” Artforum, Summer 2008.


Higgs, Matthew. “Best of 2007,” Artforum Magazine, December 2007.

Morton, Julia. “Eye Candy v. Hard Candy,” Artnet Magazine, November 15, 2007.

Momin, Shamim M., ed. Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Vitoria-Gasteiz: Centro Montehermoso. November, 2007.

Genocchio, Benjamin. “Realism’s Power, Distilled,” The New York Times, Sunday, September 16, 2007.

Lange, Christy. “No End in Sight,” Frieze, April 2007.

Turvey, Lisa. “Words Words Words: Photographs by Shannon Ebner,” Aperture Magazine, Issue No. 188, Fall 2007.

Higgs, Matthew. “Shannon Ebner, the Sun & the Sign,” Artforum, December 2007.

Torop, Dan. “Shannon Ebner,” Modern Painters, Summer 2007.

Keegan, Matt. “The Urge in Surge: Kay Rosen and Shannon Ebner Want to Have a Word with You,” Art on Paper, June-July, 2007.

Stocchi, Francesco. “Critics’ Pick: Shannon Ebner,” Artforum.com, March 8, 2007.

McClemont, Doug. “Shannon Ebner at Wallspace,” Saatchi-gallery.co.uk, March 3, 2007.

Allsop, Laura. “Sing of the Time: Shannon Ebner,” Artreview Issue 09, Previews: Our pick of the best New York shows during and after the Armory, p.175, February 2007.

Wagner, Alex. “Sign Language: Shannon Ebner’s Unnatural Beauty,” The Fader, March 2007.

Cornell, Lauren. “Art Review: Blow Both of Us,” Time Out, Issue 591, January 25-31, 2007.

Beil, Kim. “Powers of Ten,” Art Ltd., West Coast Art + Design Magazine, January 2007.


O’Neill-Butler, Lauren. “Shannon Ebner,” Time Out New York, Art Reviews, Issue 597, March 8-14, 2006.

Richardson, Trevor. Shifting Tropologies, (Ex. cat), September 2006.

Schmidt, Kirsten. “Poetic Vision and Abundant Culture,” NY Arts Magazine, September/October 2006.

Ned Holte, Michael. “Shannon Ebner,” The California Biennial, (Ex. cat) Newport Beach: Orange Country Museum of Art, October 2006.

Amoreen, Armetta. “Out of the Box: North Drive Press,” Art on Paper, October 2006.

Bedford, Christopher. “Museum Previews: The California Biennial,” Artforum, October 2006.

Witness #1.: Photographs by Stephen Shore, Tuscon: Nazraeli Press, 2006.

Kushner, Rachel. “California’s Rising Art Stars,” C, October 2006.

Sholis, Brian. “Critics’ Pick: Trace,” Artforum.com, September, 2006.

Johnson, Ken. “Trace,” The New York Times, Art in Review, August 18, 2006.

Woodward, Richard B. “Altered States,” ArtNEWS, March 2006.

Keegan, Matt. “Top Ten List,” Artforum, February 2006.

Hawkins, Chloe. “Just Plain Heaven,” New York Arts Magazine, March/April, 2006.

Armstrong, Elizabeth, Moss, Karen, & Gonzalez, Rita, “California Biennial 2006 Catalogue,” exhibition catalogue, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA


Ulrich Obrist, Hans. “Trisha Donnelly & Shannon Ebner,” Art Review, Issue 04, October 2005.

Eleey, Peter. “Terra Reincognita,” The Plain of Heaven. (Ex. cat) New York: Creative Time, 2005.

“Future Greats,” Art Review, Vol. IX, December, 2005.

Smith, Roberta. “Robert Melee: In Between False Comforts; Talk to the Land,” The New York Times, Art In Review, November 11, 2005.

Cascade, Rebecca. “Character Building, Shannon Ebner’s witty installations and stark photography are hardly politics as usual” Elle Magazine, November 2005.

Eleey, Peter. “Shannon Ebner,” Frieze, Issue 92, July/August 2005.

Smith, Roberta. “Shannon Ebner, Dead Democracy Letters,” The New York Times, Art In Review, March 18, 2005.


Myers, Holly. “The city of L.A., gauzy but familiar,” The Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2004.

Holte, Michael Ned. “Itineraries,” Critic’s Pick, Artforum.com, July, 2004.

Artforum, “Top Ten” list by Trisha Donnelly (March issue).


Into the Abyss—edited by Adam Putnam

Aletti, Vince. “Shortlist,” The Village Voice, August 27th.


The New Fuck You, Semiotext(e): New York, NY. Edited by Eileen Myles and Liz Kotz

The Paterson Literary Review, Paterson, NJ


Fruit XXX “Soil” issue, New York, NY


13th Moon—a feminist literary magazine, SUNY, Albany, NY


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York