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Noel W. Anderson is known for his explorations into the evolving makeup of black male identity as seen through the lens of American media.

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

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.
 
 
Using a variety of materials, predominantly textiles and experimental printmaking processes, the source images are heavily manipulated—blown up, warped and distorted, limbs bending into unrealistic postures, as though the images are transforming right before our eyes.
In Anderson’s textile-based pieces, the distorted photos from his archive are translated into woven fabric, which he then picks apart, thread by thread, until the image becomes barely legible. The source photographs have become so distressed that they can no longer articulate what they once represented.
 
 
 
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

Education

2010

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

2007

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

2003

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

Solo Exhibitions

2021

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

Untitled, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg (forthcoming)

Can We Get A Witness…Extension, Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France (forthcoming)

2020

Papers of the Archive, JDJ, Garrison, NY

2019

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

2017

Blak Orgin Moment, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

Get Lifted, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

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

2015

Postblackdanceathon, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY

2014

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

2013

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

2012

Finding the Rainbow’s Threads, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2007

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

2005

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Snapshots, UTA Artists Space, Beverly Hills, CA (forthcoming)

Beacon, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (forthcoming)

2019

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

2016

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

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

2015

Repetition (repetition), Meesen De Clercq, Brussels

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

Lamp Show, Know More Games Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010

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

2009

Blood Drive, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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,
PA
I Have a Dream Juried Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juried Printmaking Area Show, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

Press

2020
Boucher, Brian. “Searching for the Magic: Noel W. Anderson’s Ragged Tapestries Reveal a
Physical Quest.” Medium, January 18, 2020.
https://medium.com/@UNTITLEDARTFAIR/brian-bouchers-daily-dispatch-sanfrancisco-january-18-2020-fc9ab0d2d72c.

2019
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.
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/editors-picks-december-2-1701348.
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. https://www.artforum.com/picks/noel-w-anderson81648.
Lockner, Logan. “Glitch Tapestries: Noel W. Anderson at the Hunter Museum.” Burnaway,
December 20, 2019. https://burnaway.org/noel-w-anderson-hunter/.
Moeller, Robert. “Harvard’s Complicit History with Slavery.” Hyperallergic, February 26,
2019. https://hyperallergic.com/485405/harvards-complicit-history-with-slavery/.
Whyte, Murray. “A History of Slavery, Vividly Alive in the Present at Harvard.” The Boston
Globe, March 13, 2019.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/art/2019/03/13/history-slavery-vividly-alivepresent-harvard/OHLvqRcx5lprJTm4EdFFyL/story.html.

2017
Seda-Reeder, Maria. “Two New Contemporary Arts Center Exhibitions Confront Politically
Charged Topics.” CityBeat Cincinnati, February 22, 2017.
https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/visual-arts/article/20852942/two-newcontemporary-arts-center-exhibitions-confront-politically-charged-topics.

2014
Frank, Priscilla. “Artists Explore The Many Influences Of Ebony And Jet Magazines.”
Culture & Arts. HuffPost, December 15, 2014.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/speaking-of-people-studio_n_6316938.
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.
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ebony-and-jet-at-the-studio-museum-inharlem-3083/.
Valentine, Victoria. “Culture Talk: Lauren Haynes on ‘Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and
Contemporary Art.’” Culture Talk, November 21, 2014.
http://www.culturetype.com/2014/11/21/culture-talk-lauren-haynes-on-speaking-ofpeople-ebony-jet-and-contemporary-art/’.

2013
“100 Best Fall Shows.” Modern Painters, September 2013.
“Reviews in Brief: Noel Anderson.” Modern Painters, September 2013.

2010
Cotter, Holland. “‘Else.’” The New York Times, September 24, 2010, sec. Arts.
https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/arts/artsspecial/24galleriesc1.html.

2006
Malewski, Nick. “Prainting and Prinstallation.” Review Magazine. June

AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS
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). https://www.e-flux.com/journal/99/263393/echoesfrom-the-hole-doubling-darkness-is-most-dark/.
———. “Im/Possible Resistance: Eternally Rotating Revaluation of Values.” Still They
Persist, 2017. https://www.stilltheypersist.com/objects-of-resistance-1.
———. “Off The Wall: The Stories Behind The Art.” Herald Times, April 15, 2007.

Awards & Residencies

2020
Hermitage Artist Residency, Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, FL)

2019
Paper Variable Artist, Dieu Donné (New York, NY)
Tamarind Press Visiting Artist Edition, Tamarind Press (Albuquerque, NM)
Jerome Camargo Residency (Cassis, France)

2018
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)

2017
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)

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LECTURES

2020
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,
PA)

2019
“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)

2018
“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)

2017
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)

2016
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,
NY)
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)

2015
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)

2012
“Art Department Visiting Artist – Noel Anderson,” School of Education, University
of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

2011
Visiting Lecturer Art Department, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Public Collections

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