Michael Joo

Born in 1966, Ithaca, US
Lives and works in New York, US


1991      M.F.A. in Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, US
1989      B.F.A. in Washington University, St Louis, US

Selected Solo Exhibitions

On The Passage..., CLEA RSKY, Brooklyn, NY, US
Michael Joo: Sensory Meridian, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, US

Project: Michael Joo, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, US

Art Sonje Project #4: Michael Joo – Verfremdungseffekt, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Simultaneity Biases, Blain | Southern, Berlin, Germany

Single Breath Transfer, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Uniformitarian Assumptions, Galleria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
Michael Joo: 7 Sins, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, US

Barrier Island, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, US
Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer | Sackler Museum, Washington, D.C., US
Radiohalo, Blain | Southern, London, UK

Suture, The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, US
Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK
Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, US
Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, US

Michael Joo, M Building, Miami Beach, US

Exit from the House of Being, Blain | Southern, London, UK

Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany (with Damien Hirst)
Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance), Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

Circannual Rhythm, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Michael Joo, Rodin Gallery (Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul, Korea

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby), Asia Society, New York, US
Still Lives, The Bohen Foundation, New York, US

Michael Joo, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, US

Michael Joo, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, US

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, Italy
PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea

49th Venice Biennale, South Korean Pavilion, Venice, Italy (with Do-Ho Suh)

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

White Cube, London, UK

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US

Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

Crash, Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
Nature vs. Nature at the Glass Ceiling, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Christiaan Bastiaans)
Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

Salt Transfer Cycle, Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, in collaboration with Petzel/Borgmann Gallery, New York, US

The Artifice of Expenditure, Nordanstad-Skarstedt Gallery, New York, US

Selected Group Exhibitions

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai'i, US
Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Colorado, US

Glasstress. Window to the Future, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Breaking the Waves, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China
Mirror / Mirror. Reflect Yourself!, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands 
The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time, Brooklyn Museum, NY, US

The Art of Collecting, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, US

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Reason Gives No Answers: Selected Works from the Collection, Newport Street Gallery, London, UK

Second Edition of The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur, India
Der Duft der Bilder Werke der colección olor VISUAL, Barcelona, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Germany
Real DMZ Project, Cheorwon, Korea
NGORONGOROLehderstrasse 34, Berlin, Germany

Ark, Chester Cathedral, UK
Emanation 2017: An Invitational Contemporary Art Exhibit, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Centre, Millville, US
Glasstress, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, US
Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass, Stephen D. Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of art and Design, Boston, US
Naturalia, curated by Danny Moynihan, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US

Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, Korea
30 Years 1986-2016: As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Still (the) Barbarians, curated by Koyo Kouoh, EVA International Biennale 2016, Limerick, Ireland
Force of Nature, curated by James Putnam, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium

Antoine d'Agata, Bosco Sodi, Cornelia Parker, Javier Pérez, Keith Tyson, Michael Joo, Sean Scully and Tony Cragg, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
Seoul, Vite, Vite!, curated by Jean-Max Colard, as part of Lille3000, Euralille, France
America Is Hard To See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Glasstress 2015, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Metaphysical, Mimmo Scognamiglio Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Space Where I Am, Blain | Southern, London, UK
Blood Flames, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US
On the Blue Shore of Silence, Tracey Williams Gallery, New York, US
Global City, Surreal City, IVAM, Valencia, Spain

White Light/White Heat, Wallace Collection, London, UK
Amor Fati, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, US
Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Industry City, Brooklyn, US
Indivisible, Art Basel Unlimited, Organized by Kukje Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Vivere, Paddle8, New York, US
Glasstress 2013, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy

Freedom Not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, curated by Elena Geuna, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
Roundtable, 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, Gwangju, Korea
Sculptor’s Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London, London, UK
Glasstrees New York, Museum of Art and Design, New York, US
Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, works from the Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art, Asia Society Gallery, Hong Kong

Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain
Best of Silver: Selected Sculptures in Silver. Pangolin, London, UK
Glasstress 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy

The Infinite Starburst of Your Cold Dark Eyes, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Dirty Kunst, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK

NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, Miami Art Museum, Miami, US
Incarnational Aesthetics, New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), New York, US
Faces & FactsKorean Contemporary Art in New York, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston; MoMA PS1, New York, US
Re-imagining Asia, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany
Focus: The Figure (Art form the Logan Collection), Denver Art Museum, Denver, US

New York States of Mind, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Triennale Bovisa: Timer 01, Milan, Italy
Post Object, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Bong Show, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US
Postcards From The Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, US
6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju, Korea
Eretica, Palazzo Sant’ Anna, Palermo, Italy
Flux Factory, Lennon Weinberg Gallery, New York, US
Comunicato Stampo, Curti/Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, Italy
Implosion!, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
RADAR: Selections From The Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver Art Museum, Denver, US
Wallin vs Joo, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, Sweden

Artwalk NY, Sotheby’s, New York, US
e-Flux Video Rental, The Moore Space, Miami, US
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, US
Monuments For The US, CCA Wattis Institute For Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; White Columns, New York, US
Postcards From The Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
This Must Be The Place, Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, US
In The Darkest Hour There Will Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

D.u.m.b.o. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, US
Art Basel 04 (film/video), Basel, Switzerland
Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, US
f#@k perfection, Vertex List, Brooklyn, US
Field, curated by Alyson Baker, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, US
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, US
Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum, Cleveland, US
Postcards From the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, US
Standing on a Bridge, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Video Program, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Beach, US

Alumni Show, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Middletown, US
Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, US
Commodification of Buddhism, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, US
Fresh Talk Revisited, A/P/A Studies Gallery; New York University, New York, US
Full Frontal, Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, US
Paradise/Paradox, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, US

Black Mariah Film Festival, Jersey City, US
It's Unfair!, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands
Manifeste, oder: Ergriffenheit–was ist das?, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany
The Mind is a Horse, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, US
I Love (benefit exhibition), Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Queens Museum of Art, New York, US

The Whitney Biennale, New York, US
Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
Korean Embassy, New York, US
Juvenilia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, US
Koreamericakorea, Artsonje Center, Seoul; Sonje Museum, Kyungju, Korea
The Korean War and American Art: Fifty Years Later, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, US
Media_City Seoul 2000, National Historical Museum, Seoul, Korea
Psycho, Art and Anatomy, Anne Faggianto Fine Art, London, UK
Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

Matthew McCaslin, Susan Etkin, Michael Joo, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, US
Nine International Artists at Wanås, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US

2nd Johannesburg Biennial 1997, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Club Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Art in the Anchorage, Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Brooklyn, US
Group Show: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, US
Techno-Seduction, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, US
Transmission, L´Ecole des Beaux Arts Galerie, Paris, France

Against, Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London, UK
The Damien Hirst Collection, Quo Vadis, London, UK
Joo, Sheward & White, Wigram, The Post Office, London, UK
Patrick Painter Editions, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Better Living Through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, US
Configura 2: Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, Germany
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Contemporary Museum, Gwangju, Korea
Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Portalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US

Institute of Cultural Anxiety, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
What Is in Your Mind?, Tekniska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Across the Pacific, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, US
Aperto-93, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Changing I: Dense Cities, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
The Final Frontier, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, US
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany
In Out of the Cold, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, US
Nordanstad Gallery, New York, US (with Rachel Berwick)
Recent Acquisitions, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Metropol, Vienna, Austria
Mimique, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US
Unfair, Nordanstad Gallery at Balloni Halle, Cologne, Germany

Demolition Daze, exhibition/auction, Rifle Sport Gallery, Minneapolis, US

Selected Awards

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington D.C., US

United States Artists Fellowship, US
Grand Prize, 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju,  Korea (with co-recipient Song Dong)
Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mt. Desert, Main, US

American Center Foundation Grant, US

LEF Foundation Grant, US

Warhol Foundation Grant, US

Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters’ and Sculptors’ Grant, US

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, US
International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Stockholm, Sweden

1996 – 1997
Delfina Studio Trust, London, UK

Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cité International Des Arts, Paris, France

Selected Public and Private Collections

Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Denver Art Museum, Denver, US
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, US
FNAC (Foundation National d’Art Contemporain), Paris, France
Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, US
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, US
Hiscox Collection, London, UK
M+, Kowloon, Hong Kong
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, US
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Samsung Centre for Art and Culture, Seoul, Korea
Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, US
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, US
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US


Single Breath Transfer
Nov 30, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018


Borosilicate glass, lacquer, epoxy, aluminum
24 x 26 x 10 inches
61 x 66 x 25 2/5 cm

polycarbonate riot shields, plasticine, stainless steel wire,
609.6x914.4x762 cm


Installation Video
Michael Joo: Single Breath Transfer


Michael Joo: Single Breath Transfer


Exhibition: Single Breath Transfer