Kevin Beasley


  • Beasley

    Kevin Beasley

    Untitled (Monday), 2016

    House dresses, kaftans, altered bandanas, du-rags, altered kente fabric, resin, wood, acoustic foam

    78 x 126 x 7" / 198.1 x 320 x 17.8cm


Born 1985, Lynchburg, Virginia

Lives and works in New York


MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut


BFA College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan


Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, FL



The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (*Indicates Performance)

Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

Hammer Projects: Kevin Beasley, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Morningside Park, NY


Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site, The High Line, New York, NY

Night (1947-2015), curated by Jordan Stein, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT

Casey Kaplan, New York, NY


The Butcher’s Daughter, Detroit, MI


Latency, The Butcher’s Daughter, Ferndale, MI


Found Asleep Underwater, ORG Contemporary, Detroit, MI


Non/Places, Neal Davis Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (*Indicates Performance)

A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

*The Beat Goes On, curated by Derrick Adams, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

Blackness in Abstraction, curated by Adrienne Edwards, Pace Gallery, New York, NY

Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century, HOME, Manchester

*Between the Ticks of the Watch, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Surrogates, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, British Columbia

A Moment of Grace, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

A Shape That Stands Up, The Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA

Winter 2015: Collected Works, Rennie Museum, Vancouver, British Columbia

Looking Back / The 10th White Columns Annual, Selected by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York, NY


*Many things brought from one climate to another, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Toronto

Greater New York, MOMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


The Global Africa Project-Political Patterns, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Cut to Swipe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Rockaway!, PS1 MOMA, New York, NY

Material Histories, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

Never Look Back When Leaving, Casey Kaplan, NY

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA*

The 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York*

Harold Ancart, Kevin Beasley, Mateo López, Casey Kaplan, New York*


Queens International 2013, Queen Museum of Art, New York*

Realization is Better Than Anticipation, Museum of Contemporary Art,

Cleveland, OH

6<<<>>> Part I, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY*


Fore, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY*

Some Sweet Day, Museum of Modern Art, New York*

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

An All Day Event, The End, Danspace, New York, NY


Live from Detroit, Fred Torres Collaborations, New York, NY

New Departures and Transitions, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

College Art Association New York Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY


Paycheck to Paycheck, The Butcher’s Daughter, Ferndale, MI


Shameless Nameless Recycled, POP Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Detroit: Breeding Ground, Museum of New Art (MoNA), Pontiac, MI

Kevin Beasley and Vanessa Merrill, MoNA, Pontiac, MI

:Wellness: Film premier, Cave, Detroit, MI

Change: Its all There Already, University of Michigan Art Gallery, Detroit, MI


This and There, Somewhere, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Andres Serrano Picks Detroit, Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Detroit-Toledo Exhibition, Secor Gallery/Detroit Industrial Projects, Toledo, OH

Still Moving, Cave, Detroit, MI

Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI


Stag, Cave, Detroit, MI

Exhibiting Group Show, Detroit Industrial Projects, Detroit, MI

Black and White, Cave, Detroit, MI

Selections IX, Center Galleries, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


Even Clean Hands Leave Marks and Damage Surfaces, Detroit Industrial Projects, Detroit, MI

Selected Works by Deb Garlick and Kevin Beasley, Neal Davis Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

Black and White, Neal Davis Gallery, Royal Oak, MI


Listening Room, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY, September 15

Visual Artists at the Atrium: Michael Auder and Kevin Beasley, David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, June 2

Kevin Beasley: Movement II: BEATEN-FACE/ TOMS/ ARMS, TIES & LEG/ FLOOR/ BODY/ BASS, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 25

Your face is / is not enough, 2016, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 24


Scaffold Room, The Kitchen, New York, NY, November 3 – November 10

Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site, High Line at the Rail Yards, New York, NY, September 22, 23, 24

An Evening with Kevin Beasley, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, June 26

Black Rocker, presented by SOLUNA and Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, May 15

Movement IV, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, March 28

Movement IV, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, February 26


New Forms Festival 14, Vancouver, Canada, September 18

Whitney Biennial, New York, NY, May 14, 16, 17

Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, April 26

And in My Dream I Was Rolling on the Floor, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH, April 12

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. In conjunction with Sound Horizon curated by Jim Hodges, May 8

From Ashy to Classy Mix I (Valley of Ashes), Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, November 17


…all different: for I do, I suppose, partake of multitude, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY, June 22


I Want My Spot Back, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Special Projects