Matthew Angelo Harrison

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Born 1989 in Detroit, MI
BFA, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL, 2012
Lives and works in Detroit, MI


Solo exhibitions

American Ghost, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

Invisible Silhouettes, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Dark Silhouettes, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Ambidex, Salon 94, New York, NY
Proto, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Field Station: Matthew Angelo Harrison, Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Abstract Ancestry: Machine Works on Paper
University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI
Prototype of Dark Silhouettes,
Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

Post Truth / The Lie That Tells the Truth, Culture Lab, Detroit, MI
Dark Povera Part 1, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Detroit City/Detroit Affinities, curated by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD, Detroit, MI


Group exhibitions

15th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea [forthcoming]
Form Matters, Matter Forms, Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland [forthcoming]
Rupture & Connection, Green Family Foundation, Miami, FL
There Is A Body: Legacy of the Ancestral Arts in the 21st Century, Katonah Museum of Art, NY
Day Jobs, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA
A Model, MUDAM, Luxembourg
Message from Our Planet, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI [traveling exhibition]

Descending the Staircase, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
HOPE, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Au-delà, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, FRance
Message from Our Planet, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; and Pensacola Museum of Art, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Counterpublic Triennial 2023, St. Louis, MO
Human Is, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
Future Cache, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Anna Arbor, MI
Day Jobs, Blanton Museum, Austin, TX

Start Talking: Fischer/Shull Collection of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Message from Our Planet, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Sculptures By, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York, NY
The Regional
, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; traveling to Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

Networked Nature, Thoma Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
We Are Here, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA

InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
Shapeshifters: Transformations in Contemporary Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, MI
Conversational Spirits II, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, MCA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Colored People Time, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Other.Worldly, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Emissaries for Things Abandoned by Gods, Estancia FEMSA – Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico
YOU, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality, Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
The 2019 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Kinship, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
At Large Part 2, Reyes Projects, Detroit, MI
Songs for Sabotage, New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, NY

The Everywhere Studio, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance, MOCAD, Detroit, MI
Eric Schmid is an Idiot, curated by What Pipeline, CAVE Detroit, MI

Take Me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jens Hoffmann and Kelly Taxter, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
The Politics of Portraiture, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Ever get the feeling we’re not alone in this world?, What Pipeline, Detroit, MI


Catalogues and Monographs

Bell, Natalie and Elena Filipovic. Matthew Angelo Harrison. The MIT Press, 2021.


Selected Bibliography

Wainwright, Lisa. “African art as found object.” The Burlington Magazine. June 2024.

Manzotti, Giovanna. “An Ambitious Group Exhibition Makes the Case for Optimism.” November 6, 2023.

Whyte, Murray. “Power and prototypes: Matthew Angelo Harrison at MIT List Visual Arts Center.” The Boston Globe. June 9, 2022.

Dafoe, Taylor. “A New Survey of Contemporary Midwestern Artists Doesn’t Try to Pinpoint What Makes the Region Special—But It Does So All the Same.” Artnet news. December 16, 2021.
Jattiot, Antoinette. “Prototypes of the end of a Myth,” Zerodeux, October 28, 2021.
Peacock, Leila. “Resinate,” Spike Art Magazine, October 20201
Behringer, David. “Resin-fossilized and Machine-Cut: The Art of Matthew Angelo Harrison.” Design/milk.October 26, 2021.
Goodden, Sky. “Coca butter poems and splashing colors: Discover five young artists of ‘OVR: Pioneers’.” March, 2021.
Stach, Valeska. “Früher designte er Autos, jetzt macht er engagierte Kunste.” June 9, 2021.
Nüsseler, Hannes. “Kunstmuseum und Kunsthalle ermutigen zum Wandel.” June 4, 2021.
Sharp, Sarah Rose. “Santa Fe Gets An Art Space dedicated to Virtual and New Media Art.” May 5, 2021.

Aima, Rahel. “Dark Povera: Matthew Angelo Harrison.” Mousse Magazine. April 2020
“Place and Persistence: Hanif Abdurraqib and Matthew Angelo Harrison in Conversation.” Cultured Magazine. January 25, 2020

Mitter, Siddhartha. “Detroit’s Artistic Renaissance: Meet the Creatives Leading the Way.” W Magazine. November 2019
Boyer, Bryan. “American Prototype.” Travesías Media. October 2019
Wyma, Chloe. “2019 Whitney Biennial.” Artforum. September 2019
Voon, Claire. “As Detroit’s Art Scene Grows, Local Artists Face New Challenges.” August 13, 2019
DiLiegro, Allison Reiber & Luke, Ling. “It’s Totally Happening: A Weekend in Detroit.” Fathom. August 9, 2019
Johnson, Grant. “Interview: Matthew Angelo Harrison on Dark Povera, Minimalism and prototyping.” Artforum. July 30, 2019
Noor, Tausif. “Artificial Families: Matthew Angelo Harrison Interviewed by Tausif Noor.” Bomb Magazine. July 12, 2019
Romack, Coco. “Of Agency And Abstraction.” Cultured Magazine. Summer 2019
Beil, Kim. “Matthew Angelo Harrison: Future Perfect.” Sculpture Magazine. May 17, 2019
Cotter, Holland. “The Whitney Biennial 2019’s Standout Artists Look Backwards, Forwards, All Around Us.” The New York Times. May 16, 2019
Small, Zachary. “The Apprehensive Politics of a Generation Surface at the 2019 Whitney Biennial.” Hyperallergic. May 15, 2019
Solway, Diane. “The Whitney Biennial 2019’s Standout Artists Look Backwards, Forwards, All Around Us.” W Magazine. May 15, 2019
Cronin, Brenda. “Newcomers Bristling With Hope.” The Wall Street Journal Magazine. April 18, 2019

Helfand, Glen. “Matthew Angelo Harrison: Critic’s Pick.” Artforum. April 10, 2018
Desmarais, Charles. “African spirits suspended in resin, culture at SF art gallery.” San Francisco Chronicle. March 16, 2018
Evans, Cécile B. “Future Greats: Matthew Angelo Harrison” Art Review, January 2018

Cotter, Holland. “From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year.” The New York Times, December 27, 2017
Hansel, Sally. “Race, History, and the Body Theatrical in Atlanta, Georgia.” Artcritical. December 6, 2017
Lubow, Arthur. “Miami Heat.” W Magazine. December 2017
Brown, Will A. “Race, ancestry and labor as seen by Matthew Angelo Harrison.” Kalediscope. Fall/Winter 2017
Lockner, Logan. “Review: Atlanta Contemporary offers a fresh, wry response to critique with Betbeze and Harrison.” ARTSATL. October 30, 2017
Christoph, Sara. “Matthew Angelo Harrison’s 3-D Printed Sculptures Unmask Cultural Constructs.” Observer. October 16, 2017
Runyan, Robin. “Culture Lab Detroit returns with discussion, exhibition on Post-Truth.” Curbed Detroit. October 3, 2017
Asshaq, Maia. “Detroit sculptor Matthew Harrison explores identity through clay and machines.” model D. August 28, 2017
Mott, Laura, and Taylor Aldridge. “On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2.” Art 21 Magazine. June 15, 2017
Dafoe, Taylor. “Prototypical Possibilities.” Modern Painters. Winter 2016/2017

Miller, Sarah M. “The Politics of Portraiture.” Artforum. November 2016
Malick, Courtney. “Reflexive Capital: The Politics of Portraiture.” SFAQ. July 26, 2016


Selected Lectures / Talks / Visiting Artist Presentations

Seven on Seven conference, collaboration with Trevor McFedries, Cofounder, Brud, organized by Rhizome, New Museum, New York, NY


Grants / Awards

Art + Technology Lab Grant, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship, United States Artists, Chicago, IL

Kresge Artist Fellowship, Detroit, MI


Selected Museum and Public Collections

Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Chicago, IL
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Galeries Lafayette Foundation – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris
The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Indianapolis, IN
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
The Joyner/Giufredda Collection, San Francisco, CA
JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York, NY
Kadist, San Francisco/Paris
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
The Rennie Collection, Vancouver, B.C.
San Antonio Museum of Art, TX
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY