Private: Desirée Holman

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1974 Born in Montgomery, AL, USA
Lives and works in Oakland, CA, USA
MFA, University of California at Berkeley, 2002 
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1999
BFA, California College of the Arts, 1999
Virginia Commonwealth University, sculpture, 1994-1996

Solo Exhibition

Sophont in Action, di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Napa, CA

Sophont, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
Destined to Disappear, The Armory Show 2013 with Jessica Silverman Gallery

Desiree Holman: Heterotopias, Berkeley Art Museum, MATRIX, Curator: Elizabeth Thomas

Desirée Holman, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Ali Subotnick (brochure)
Reborn, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Living History, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, Curators: Dean
Valentine & Marc Selwyn (two-person exhibition)
Make Believe, Thatcher Gallery at University of San Francisco, CA. 2008 The Magic Window, Machine Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Desirée Holman Videos, Night Vision at the Climate Theater, San Francisco, CA.

TV Honey: Desirée Holman with Lynda Benglis and Joan Jonas, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Lawrence Rinder

Desiree Holman: Bucolic Existence for my Unreal Life and Other Work, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Effigy, YYZ Artistsʼ Outlet, Toronto, Canada, (publication)

Troglodyte, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
Breath Holes, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, CA, Curator: Mary Ceruti (catalogue)

Group Exhibition

Way out West, The Art City Project, San Francisco, CA
Tooth and Nail, Vanity Projects, New York, NY
The Vastness is Bearable, MCA Santa Barbara, CA 
New, New, New Abstraction, Toomey & Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Approxoimately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (forthcoming)
Thinking Like The Universe, K. Imperial Fine Art/Hatch Gallery, San Francisco/Oakland, CA

I’m So Goth – I’m Dead!, Queens Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA
DocumentO, Kroswork, Oakland, CA
Big Reality, 319 Scholes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Intimacies, Gallery 400, Chicago

Soft and Hard: Celebrating the humorous in Contemporary Video Art by Woman, Young Projects, Los Angeles, CA
In Wolves Clothing: Re-Imagining the Doll, The Shop @ Show Studio, London
Ordinary Miracles, Slaughterhouse Space, Healdsburg, CA.
Seven Easy Steps, Horton Gallery (Sunday L.E.S.), New York City, NY.
Five Centimeters Short, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Capricious: Looking Forward, Feeling Backwards, PPOW, New York City, NY.
Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art, University of California, Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery. Curators: Tyler Stallings and Rachel Mayeri.
Coté Court, Pantin, France. Curator: Shana Moulton.

SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Curators: Apsara DiQuinzio & Alison Gass (catalogue)
The Stan Brakhage Symposium, University of Colorado at Boulder. Curator: Steve Seid
Itʼs Not Us, Itʼs You, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA. Curator: Ray Beldner

Twice Upon a Time, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austria.
Cover, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil, Curator: Fernando Oliva (catalogue)
I-Legîtimo, Museum of Image & Sound and Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil (catalogue)
Running Time: 24:00:00, Paul Gleason Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
Mineral Park, The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland.
This One Goes Up to 11,
Specter, CRG Gallery, NY, NY, Curator: Summer Guthery.
Second Thoughts,Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
My Footnote to David Askevold, Outpost for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Coming Up, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.
A Century of CCA: Artists of Invention, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA. (book)
Body Double, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA, Curators: Julie Joyce & Marco Rios. (catalogue)
Two Things at the Same Time, Peak Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Secretariat, Aftermodern, San Francsicso, CA, Curator: Geof Oppenheimer

Glitch, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.
Circles of Confusion, 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, AMC Kabuki 8
All Systems Go, Scope New York, Curator: Marisa Olsen/Rhizome, New York, NY

Video installation at Omni Art Project, coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, Curator: Nina Arias, Miami, FL
The Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Spark Video: New Local and International Video Art, Syracuse University
Cross Cuts, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

The Love Show, The Drake, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (dvd catalogue)
Continuities, UC Davisʼ Nelson Museum, Davis, CA, Curator: Renny Pritikin

Captivita, BnD Studios, Milan, Italy
The Pretendlings, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, Curator: James Bewley
Portable Exhibition Venues, curated by Kate Pocrass, NY, NY and SF, CA
MiArt, BnD Studios, Milan, Italy

Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Knew Knowledge, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, Curator: Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson (catalogue)
Home Movies, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA.
New Work: 2001 Kala Fellowship Exhibition, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley,CA
VIDEO Sho, Ego Park, Oakland, CA
Eisner Award Wining Films & Videos, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Inside View, Pond, San Francisco, CA 2001
HiArt, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition, Knoedler Gallery, New York, NY 2000
HARC, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
The San Francisco International Art Exposition, Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Hi Touch/Hi Tech: Making Art in the 21st Century, Refusalon , San Francisco,CA and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, Curator: Larry Rinder

Select Bibliography

Vikram, Anuradha. “BAY AREA EMERGENT: Whatʼs New in SF.” Artillery. May/June 2010. Vol 4 Is 5:22-24
Berardini, Andrew. “All of My Work is Pantomime”. Online. January. 2010. 
Tromble, Meredith. We Are/ Are Not Animals. Online. August. 2009.
“Episode 203: Desiree Holman.” July 2009. Podcast.
“Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk.”
Bakke, Erik. Desirée Holman: Reborn at Silverman Gallery. Online. June. 2009. 
Helfand, Glen. Criticʼs Picks: San Francisco: Desirée Holman. Online. May. 2009.
Huston, Johnny Ray. “Desirée Holman: Reborn.” San Francisco Bay Guardian. May 2009.
Felix, Dia. Recap: Desirée Holmanʼs Reborn. Online. Apr. 2009
DʼSouza, Karen. “Itʼs all about rejection at the ICAʼs new exhibit.” Mercury News April 3 2009.
Melendez, Franklin. “The Young and Hungry Have Arrived.” San Francisco April 2009: 75-85.
Harmanci, Reyhan. “TV Eye.” California March/April 2009. Vol 120, No 2: 18-19.
Del Pesco, Joseph. SFMOMAʼs SECA Awards Show. Online. March 2009.
Sussman, Matt. “Sheʼs a Magic Woman.” San Fransisco Bay Guardian Feb 25 – March 3 2009. Vol 43, No 22: 35. (cover story)
Rinadli, Robin. “Desirée Holmanʼs Spooky Videos at the SFMOMA.” 7×7 Feb 2009.
Kolbeins, Graham. Desirée Holmanʼs Focus on the Family. Online. Nov. 2008
Copeland, Colette. Specter vs. spectrum. Online. July/Aug. 2008.
Riger, Cassie. “Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35.” Art Ltd May 2008: 53-54.
Novakov PhD, Anna, ed. Twenty-Four: Innovative Pedagogical Excercises for the Eco-Art Classroom. California: Center for Creative Pedagogy, St. Mary’s College of California and Greenmuseum.Org, 2008. Vikram, Anuradha. “Desiree Holman: Silverman Gallery.” Artillery Jan. 2008. Vol 2 No 3: 44-45.
Rinder, Larry. Voices: TV Honey. Online. Jan./Feb. 2008. <>
Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA. San Francisco, CA: Wilsted & Taylor, 2008.
Merjian, Ara. TV Honey. Online. Nov. 2007.
Harmanci, Reyhan. “Halloweird.” San Francisco Chronicle 25 Nov. 2007: G-36.
Harmanci, Reyhan. “Don’t Sit So Close.” San Francisco Chronicle 11 Oct. 07: G-20.
Body Double exhibition catalogue. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles. 2007.
Myers, Holly. “‘Body Double’: Through a Lens Starkly.” Los Angeles Times 12 Sept. 2007. • Huston, Johnny Ray. “Visual Art: Black and White and Color.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian 1-7 Aug. 2007. Vol 41 No 44: 41.
Walsh, Lexa. “Desiree Holman.” Oakland California Visual Art SWEE(t)ART Summer 2007. Is 7.
Halloweird. DVD. Independent Exposure/Microcinema International. Season 7, Vol 5. 2007.
“49th San Francisco International Film Festival.” Video i: i for Independent. PBS/KTEH, San Jose. 30 Apr. 2007 premiere, 4 editions.
Buuck, David. “Geographic Premonitions’ at the Richmond Art Center.” Artweek Feb. 2007. Vol 38 Is 1: 12.
Weinstein, Michael. “ART: Tip of the Week: Desiree Holman.” Newcity Chicago 4 Jan. 2007: 18.
Drea, Amber. “ART: Desiree Holman: Fantasies are Nice.” UR Chicago Dec. 2006.
Black, Amelia. “West Town Girls.” Chill Magazine Dec. 2006. Is 6.
Rogerson, Stephanie. “Wholly Humane Holman: Desiree Holman’s Effigy series promotes
self-reflection.” Now Nov./Dec. 2006. Vol 26 No 13.
Firth-Eagland, Alissa. “Casting Kin: The Animations of Desiree Holman.” YYZ Nov. 2006.
Schieron, Sara. Circles of Confusion. Online. 23 Apr. 2006.
Eddy, Cheryl. From here to Iberia, the San Francisco International Film Festival. Online. 26 Apr. 2006. 
Whiteside, Amber. “Desiree Holman at Queenʼs Nails Annex.” Artweek. Feb. 2006: 14-15.
Helfand, Glen. “Desiree Holman at Queenʼs Nails Annex.” Online. Nov. 2005.
Drake Catalogue Year One. DVD. The Drake Hotel, Apr. 2005.
Breath Holes exhibition catalogue. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, CA, Jan. 2005. • Vision Project Competition Award catalogue. Santa Fe, NM: The Center. 2004.
Seamless. DVD. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2002.
 Gagnon, Adrienne. “Anxious Times.” SF Weekly. 4-10 Dec. 2002. Vol 21 No 44: 45.
Helfand, Glen. “San Francisco: Criticsʼ Pick: Bay Area Now 3.” Online. Nov. 2002.
Helfand, Glen. “Ages of Youth: ʻBay Area Now 3ʼ Returns to the Fountain.” San Francisco Bay Guardian. 27 Nov. 2002: p. 43.
Wood, Sura. “BAY AREA NOW 3: A Showcase of Local Talent.” San Francisco Arts Monthly. 23 Nov 2002. Vol 14 No 6: 1.
Bay Area Now 3 exhibition catalogue. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. 2002. • Buuck, David. “Inside View at Pond.” Artweek. Apr. 2002. Vol 33 Is 3: 17.
Knew Knowledge. Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA. 2002.
Andrews, Mari. “’High Touch/High Techʼ at Refusalon.” Artweek. June 2000. Vol 31 Is. 6.
“The Art Market.” The Sun. Sept. 1998: 22-23.
“Out of the Window.” The San Francisco Metropolitan. Apr. 1997. Vol 1 No 4: 6.

Select Institutional Collections 

UCLA Armand Hammer Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Berkeley Art Museum
Alameda County Art Collection (California)
University of California Davis Nelson Gallery and Fine Art Collection
University of California Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery