Noel W Anderson

Ice House

Born 1981
Louisville, KY

Noel W Anderson explores the relationship between the formation of Black identity as socially constructed through images from American media.

Noel W Anderson
nS, 2021
Bleach, dye, laser-cut basketball leather, photographic object, flower, resin on distressed, stretched cotton tapestry
54 x 47.25 in

Noel W Anderson
Opus No. 40, 2021
Stretched cotton tapestry
20 x 16 inches

Noel W Anderson
Through the Looking Glass I, 2021
Dye and metal leaf on distressed, stretched cotton tapestry
20 x 16 inches

Noel W Anderson, Installation View, JDJ the Ice House, Garrison, NY, 2021

Noel W Anderson, Installation View, JDJ the Ice House, Garrison, NY, 2021

Noel W Anderson, Installation View, JDJ the Ice House, Garrison, NY, 2021

His works are often made of cotton, either in the form of woven tapestries, handmade paper objects, or experimental prints.

Noel W Anderson, Untitled, 2018-2019, Distressed Jacquard tapestry, 108 x 156 inches, Collection of the Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA

Anderson heavily manipulates appropriated photographs by digitally and physically altering them in the resulting artworks.

Noel W Anderson
King's Hi-5 (Hands-Up), 2018-2019
Handmade paper object
24 × 18 inches

The works’ slide from clarity into abstraction conceptually mirrors what happens with the subjects from the source images themselves, as stereotypes and archetypes overtake the individuality of the person being photographed.

Noel W Anderson, Die Leitung, 2016-2017, Distressed, stretched Jacquard tapestry, 108 x 156 inches.

Noel W Anderson, Blak Origin Moment, Installation view, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017

Noel W Anderson,
He's Mean!,
altered Ebony magazine page,
13in x 10in

Installation View,
Promise, Witness, Remembrance
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 2021

Anderson’s photographic source materials—from political activists like Martin Luther King, Jr., to a group of prisoners lined up against a prison fence, to sports heroes like basketball player Spud Webb—collectively prompt the viewer to consider their own relationship to the distorted depiction of Black masculinity in American culture.

Noel W Anderson
20 Between Chucks, 2020
Picked, stretched Jacquard tapestry
24 × 18 inches (60.96 × 45.72 cm)

Noel W Anderson
20 Between Chucks, 2020 (detail)

Noel W Anderson
In-flame-d, 2020
Bleach on distressed, stretched Jacquard tapestry 16 × 12 inches (40.64 × 30.48 cm)

Noel W Anderson
In-flame-d, 2020 (detail)

Papers of the Archive, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, 2020


A Guide to: Noel Anderson, Tapestries

Noel W Anderson was born in Louisville, KY and lives and works in New York. He has an MFA from Yale University in Sculpture and MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking, and is currently a professor in Printmaking at New York University. In 2018, he was awarded the NYFA artist fellowship grant and the prestigious Jerome Prize.
Anderson’s most recent solo museum exhibition Blak Origin Moment debuted at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2017 and traveled to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, TN in 2019. He has an upcoming solo project at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, titled Heavy is the Crown, which uses the words and images of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rodney King to articulate the spectrum of Black masculinity in America.

Noel W Anderson

Noel W. Anderson CV

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M.F.A., Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, CT


M.F.A., Printmaking, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


M.F.A., Painting and Printmaking, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

Solo Exhibitions


Heavy is the Crown, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA (forthcoming)

Reflec/x/tion of a Black Cat Bone, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY

UTA Artists Space, Los Angeles (forthcoming)

Paper Variables Artist Project, Dieu Donné, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)

Untitled, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg (forthcoming)


Papers of the Archive, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY


Blak Origin Moment, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN


Blak Orgin Moment, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

Get Lifted, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

Studies for Blak Origin Moment, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


Postblackdanceathon, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY


Ch. 93: eat cold eel, think distant thoughts, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN


Ch. 26: He’s a Majik Men, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY


Finding the Rainbow’s Threads, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg

Fear of the Black Member, Semantics Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


sour pis lacks repo, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY


You’re Never too Old for Kool-Aid: reverb (performance), Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Blue Velvet (performance), Norfolk School of Art, Norfolk, CT
How to Scare a Lion (performance), Yale University Edgewood Gallery, New Haven,
Mantanence (performance), Yale University Edgewood Building, New Haven, CT


Blak Mournin ’Majik, Fort Grunt, Durham, NC
Kum-sumjutashun, Fuller Project Space, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Blak Mournin ’Majik, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Conversation Piece, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Turn that Cakewalkin ’Music Off, Fuller Project Space, Indiana University, Bloomington,

Selected Group Exhibitions


Family Business, JDJ | Tribeca, New York, NY


Snapshots, UTA Artists Space, Beverly Hills, CA

Beacon, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


Slavery in the Hands of Harvard, Knafel Concourse, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Paper: Pull, Push Press, Dieu Donné, New York, NY

Present Bodies, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

Opacity and Radiance, Ben Hunter, London

Transmission, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg


Cut, Fold, Recreate, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

The Art of Now, Hearst Corporation, New York, NY


Repetition (repetition), Meesen De Clercq, Brussels


Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum Harlem (New York, NY)


Cincinnati Portfolio IV, Clay Street Press Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


Voices of Home, Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA and New York,


Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Lamp Show, Know More Games Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Else, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Ik Mis Mama, Bosch Young Talent Show(BYTS), Kunst Acamedie Den Bosch, Holland

Cusp Performance, part of William Pope L. exhibition, landscape + object + animal, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY


Blood Drive, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY


Interrogation Room (performance), Yale School of Art First Year Show, Green Gallery,
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Repressed III, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA


Timelapse, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Pre-Demolition Exhibition, Ladyman’s Building, Bloomington, IN
Prainting and Prinstallation, Green Door Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Voice and Vision: Celebrating Unique Voices of Bloomington, Showers Building, Bloomington, IN
Juried Printmaking Area Show, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Hip-Hop Congress, McCalla School of Sculpture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Potenti Impressioni: Stampe d’Arte italiane e americane, Fondazione Bevilaequa La Masa, Venice, Italy
Gossip, Lies, Half-truths, Penrose Gallery, Elkins Park, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia,
I Have a Dream Juried Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juried Printmaking Area Show, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Power in Print, Southern Graphics Council Exhibition, Washington, D.C. and Venice,


Poetic Fusion (performance), Martin Luther King Arts Center, Columbus, OH


Senior Thesis Show, Ohio Wesleyan University Ross Museum, Delaware, OH
College of Wooster 5 College Juried Exhibition, Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH


The Ohio State University Juried Exhibition, Pearl Conrad Gallery Mansfield, OH
Spring Juried Exhibition, Beeghley Library, Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
Kalb Figure Show, Werner Gallery, Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH



Eckley, Curtis. "Noel W. Anderson | 'Reflec/x/tion of a Black Cat Bone' at JDJ Gallery, Flaunt Magazine, June 24, 2021.

Rooney, Alison. "Strings Attached", The Highlands Current, June 13, 2021.

Harlan, Brianna. Confronting Erasure: “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” At The Speed Art Museum. Art News, June 1, 2021.

Anderson, Noel W. "Beyond This Point Promise is DEMANDED!" Burnaway, May 11, 2021.

Cotter, Holland. "Breonna Taylor Show Puts Art Museums on a Faster Track" New York Times, Critic's Notebook, April 11, 2021.

Wolf, Stephanie. "'Filled With Her Spirit,' A Louisville Art Exhibition Honors Breonna Taylor" NPR, April 11, 2021.

Shane, Robert R. "Noel W. Anderson with Robert R. Shane" Brooklyn Rail, In Conversation, June, 2021.


Armstrong, Annie. "Portrait Of A Year On Fire: JDJ Gallery's NADA Heats Up." Garage, December 4, 2020.

Boucher, Brian. “Searching for the Magic: Noel W. Anderson’s Ragged Tapestries Reveal a
Physical Quest.” Medium, January 18, 2020.


Anderson, Noel W, LeRonn P. Brooks, PhD, and Steven Matijicio. Blak Origin Moment.
Cincinnati, Oh. and Chattanooga, Tn.: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and
Hunter Museum of American Art, 2019. (exhibition catalogue)

Cascone, Sarah. “Editors’ Picks: 15 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This
Week.” artnet News, December 2, 2019.

Long, Monique, and Noel W Anderson. “Tuning the Rabbit Ears.” Ubikwist, no. No. 8
(2019): 212–19.

Fuller, Daniel. “Critics’ Pick: Noel W. Anderson at Hunter Museum of American Art.”
Artforum, December 20, 2019.

Lockner, Logan. “Glitch Tapestries: Noel W. Anderson at the Hunter Museum.” Burnaway,
December 20, 2019.

Moeller, Robert. “Harvard’s Complicit History with Slavery.” Hyperallergic, February 26, 2019.

Whyte, Murray. “A History of Slavery, Vividly Alive in the Present at Harvard.” The Boston
Globe, March 13, 2019.


Seda-Reeder, Maria. “Two New Contemporary Arts Center Exhibitions Confront Politically
Charged Topics.” CityBeat Cincinnati, February 22, 2017.


Frank, Priscilla. “Artists Explore The Many Influences Of Ebony And Jet Magazines.”
Culture & Arts. HuffPost, December 15, 2014.

Haynes, Lauren, Siobhan Carter-David, Romi Crawford, Elizabeth Alexander, and Hank
Willis Thomas. Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art. New York: The
Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014. (exhibition catalogue)

Heller, Steven. "African American Media." Print. F + W, 1 Dec. 2014.

Mahany, Alexander. “The Power of the Press: Artists Celebrate Ebony and Jet at The Studio Museum in Harlem.” ART News, November 11, 2014.

Valentine, Victoria. “Culture Talk: Lauren Haynes on ‘Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and
Contemporary Art.’” Culture Talk, November 21, 2014.


“100 Best Fall Shows.” Modern Painters, September 2013.

“Reviews in Brief: Noel Anderson.” Modern Painters, September 2013.


Cotter, Holland. “‘Else.’” The New York Times, September 24, 2010, sec. Arts.


Malewski, Nick. “Prainting and Prinstallation.” Review Magazine. June

Anderson, Noel W. “Schien Schein Negro Sun: Black Radical Radiance.” Effects Journal, no. 2
(2019): 28–37.

Anderson, Noel W, and Andrew Weiner. “Confederacies, Tensilities, Fugitivities: Those
Eyes.” October, A Questionnaire on Monuments, no. 165 (Summer 2018): 7–11.

Anderson, Noel W. “Echoes from the Hole: Doubling Darkness Is Most Dark.” E-Flux
Journal, no. #99 (April 2019).

“Im/Possible Resistance: Eternally Rotating Revaluation of Values.” Still They
Persist, 2017.

“Off The Wall: The Stories Behind The Art.” Herald Times, April 15, 2007.

Awards & Residencies

Hermitage Artist Residency, Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, FL)

Paper Variable Artist, Dieu Donné (New York, NY)
Tamarind Press Visiting Artist Edition, Tamarind Press (Albuquerque, NM)
Jerome Camargo Residency (Cassis, France)

Dieu Donné Workspace Artist in Residence, Dieu Donné (New York, NY)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Interdisciplinary (New York, NY)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (nominee) (New York, NY)

Jerome Travel Grant (New York, NY)
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Nominee (New York, NY)
Dieu Donné Benefit Auction Artist 2017 auction artist for the benefit celebrating the
41st anniversary of Dieu Donné (New York, NY)


Artist Talk, Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA)
Beacon Panel Discussion, Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH)
Visiting Artist, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University (Philadelphia,

“Coffee & Conversation: Present Bodies," in conversation with Tricia Wright, and
Oasa Duverney, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)
“Noel W. Anderson Dialogue With Art Professor Althea Murphy-Price,” Hunter
Museum of American Art (Chattanooga, TN)
“Blak Origin Moment: Conversation with Noel W Anderson and Monique Long,”
Radical Library, Eaton House (Washington, D.C.)
“Exhibition Walkthrough with Conversation,” in conjunction with the exhibition
Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU's Abby Weed Grey Collection,
Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
“Slipping into the Performative Darkness,” College Art Association 2019 Conference,
(New York, NY)

“The Lady’s Knife,” The Hothouse Archives School of Visual Art (New York, NY)
“Conversation Three Point Stance: Embodying the Politics and Pleasures of Football
and Basketball,” Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
“Gallery Conversation, in conjunction with the exhibition NeoRealismo: The New Image in
Italy, 1932–1960, Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)

University of Tennessee Visiting Artist, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
Gallery Conversation, in conjunction with the exhibition Partners in Design: Alfred H.
Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
Gallery Conversation, in conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run
Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
“Resistant Objects,” Southern Graphics Council International 2017 Conference
(Atlanta, GA)
Sculpture Guest Lecture: Road Island and the Re-memory of Slavery Road Island
School of Design (Providence, RI)
Michigan Fine Arts Competition Lecture Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
(Birmingham, MI)
Artist Lecture for the Opening of Blak Origin Moment, Contemporary Arts Center
(Cincinnati, OH)
Artist Lecture for the Studies of Blak Origin Moment, Miller Gallery (Cincinnati, OH)

Black Portraiture (s): Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures (Johannesburg,
South Africa)
Gallery Conversation: Art for Every Home, in conjunction with the exhibition Art for
Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000, Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY)
“Testing the Test: Radical Pedagogy of William Pope L.,” Mid-American College Art
Association conference, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Visiting Artist Lecture Fishers Island, Fishers Island Artist Residency (Fishers Island,
Suspended Animation: A Panel Discussion & Screening (Panel Moderator), School of
Visual Art (New York, NY)
Visiting Artist Lecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Atomizing Black Subjectivities in Print-media, The Global Center for Advanced
Studies (Berlin)
Trans-Atlantic Discourses in Contemporary Print-media, Ecole nationale superieure
des arts decoratifs (Paris)
This is not a lecture! (performance), University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
“Printing Beyond the Blackness Principle: The Necessity of Multiple Subjectivities
within Black Masculine Discourse” (Panel Chair) (Knoxville, TN)

“Art Department Visiting Artist – Noel Anderson,” School of Education, University
of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

Visiting Lecturer Art Department, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Public Collections

Hunter Museum of American Art
International Center of Photography
The Studio Museum in Harlem