B. 1971, Baltimore, MD

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013                       The Consumption, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2009                      Pride and Fall, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2008                      A Precious Passing: Negar Ahkami & Kyung Jeon, Miki Wick Kim Gallery, Zurich

2007                      The Birth of Pattern, curated by Sara Reisman, LMAK Projects, Brooklyn, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014                      Aftershock: The Impact of Radical Art, Edelman Arts, New York NY

Look At Me: Portraiture From Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2012                      The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Diaspora, Rutgers                               
                              University Douglas Library, New Brunswick, NJ and The Bernstein Gallery, Princeton  
                              University, Princeton, NJ

The Rule and Its Exception, Leila Heller Gallery / Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX 

2011                       Dis(locating) Culture: Contemporary Islamic Art in America, Michael Berger Gallery,     
                              Pittsburgh, PA

WOMENARTISTS@NEWBRITAINMUSEUM, New Britain Museum of American Art, New  Britain, CT

2010                      East Meets West On The East End, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY

Tehran-New York, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Iran Inside Out, Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE

2009                     Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY and Depaul Art Museum, Chicago IL

If I Didn’t Care: Multigenerational Artists Discuss Cultural Histories, Richman Gallery, The Park School, Baltimore, MD

The Seen and the Hidden: (Dis)Covering the Veil, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY

Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2008                     Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

How Soon Is Now?: AIM 28, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Firewalkers, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY

East West Dialogues, curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2007                      Pink Polemic, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Open Studios, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency Program, New York, NY

2006                      Iconoclasmic, curated by Eddie Torres, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Wrest-stops Along the Intrastate, curated by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Do You Think I’m Disco, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Prime Time, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

A Delicate Arrangement, curated by Dan Cameron and David Zwirner, New York, NY

2005                     Politics as Usual, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

2004                     A Conversation, curated by Michael St. John, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY

Simply Drawn, Luxe Gallery, New York, NY

2000                     Le visage caché de la femme afghane, UNESCO, Paris, France

1999                      Panj, curated by Nicky Nodjoumi, Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York, NY

 

EDUCATION

2006                     M.F.A. Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, NY

2004                     Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1997                      J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

1992                      B.A. Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Columbia University  (Magna Cum Laude)

 

ART RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS

2013                       Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space, Governor’s Island, New York, NY

2007–08                AIM 28, Artists In The Marketplace, Bronx, NY

2006–07                Workspace, residency program of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

2006                      Ushio Shinohara Juror Award, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY

2004                      Partial Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2003                      Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY   

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Grigor, Talinn, “Contemporary Iranian Visual Artists: Street, Studio, and Exile.” London: Reaktion Books, 2014

Pogrebin, Robin, “Contemporary Art In The Middle East – Rising Stars,” Solo Mosaico, September 15, 2013

Honarpisheh, Donna, “Artist Spotlight: Negar Ahkami and the Whirlwind of Consumption,” (2-Part Interview), Aslan Media, September 24, 2013 and  September 26, 2013

Bilsborough, Michael, “From A Distance,” SVA Continuing Education Blog, June 21, 2013

BBC Persian Arts: Interview With Negar Ahkami, July 1, 2013

VOA, Interview With Negar Ahkami, July, 2013

Brodsky, Judith K. and Ferris Olin, “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society.” Rutgers University Insitute for Women and Art, 2012

Kusnecov, Saskia, “Negar Ahkami Explores Human Neuroticism Through Her Art,” Inside Beat (The Daily Targum), Oct. 11, 2012

Dube, Ilene, “The Fertile Crescent: Model of Collaboration,” The Princeton Magazine, Oct. 8, 2012

Butera, Virginia Fabbri, “Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Feminist Art, “Ragzines.cc, Nov-Dec. 2012

Gold, Sylviane, “A Female, but Not Mainly Feminine, Eye,” The New York Times, Jan. 7 2011

Buckberrough, Sherry and Nancy Noble, WOMENARTISTS@NEWBRITAINMUSEUM Catalogue, New Britain Museum of American Art, January 2011

Esman, Abigail R., “The Art of War: Why Today’s Iranian Art Is One of Your Best Investments Now,” Forbes.com, Jan. 10 2011

Baron, Jeff, “’A Bold Hand’ Making a Mark in the Art World,” America.gov, May 21 2010

Smith, Roberta, “Painting in the 21st Century: It’s Not Dry Yet,” (Image) The New York Times, March 28 2010

Flandrin, Antoine, “Le Voile Devoilé,” Le Courrier de l’Atlas, March 2010

“Iran Inside Out: Influences of Homeland and Diaspora on the Artistic Language of Contemporary Iranian Artists,” Catalogue, Chelsea Museum of Art, June 2009

Sontag, Deborah, “The Intersection of Islam, America and Identity,” The New York Times, June 7 2009

“Close Reading: Negar Ahkami,” Interactive Feature, nytimes.com, June 4 2009 

Wei, Lily, “Selseleh/Selzeleh at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery,” ArtNews, Oct. 2009

Cotter, Holland, “Iran Inside Out,” The New York Times, July 28 2009

Kino, Carol, “Iranians Shine, Assisted by Expatriate,” The New York Times, Aug. 15 2009

Ebstein, Alex, “Her Stories: Group Show Presents and Examines Women’s Voice and Identity,” Baltimore City Paper, Feb. 18 2009

Davis, Ben, “Iranian Art Now,” artnet.com, July 20 2009

Jigsawnovich, Julie, “Iran Inside Out at Chelsea Art Museum,” persianesque.com, July 26 2009

Smith, Kyle Thomas, “July 2009, The Seen and the Hidden [Dis]covering the Veil,” whitehotmagazine.com, July 2009

Walker, Carole, “Artists Use Images of the Veil to Explore Identity, Culture,” payvand.com, Aug. 27 2009

Neuschler, Chris, “Iran Inside Out inside Chelsea Art Museum, New York,” premierartscene.com, June 2009

Bigi, Emanuele, “L’arte contemporanea iraniana a New York, quando la cultura supera la politica,” ilsole24ore.com, Aug. 11 2009

Seguin, Andrew, “In Calligraphy and Cobalt, a Painter Explores Persian Identity,” chapin.edu, Sept. 16 2009

Passariello, Micol, “News: Arte Da Mille E Una Notte,” Cosmopolitan (Italia), Sept. 2009

Riley-Lopez, Erin, “How Soon Is Now?,” How Soon Is Now?: AIM 28 Catalogue, 2008

Smith, Roberta, “Artists Leap Into the Moment,” The New York Times, July 25 2008

Torres, Eddie, “Iconoclasmic: Answering to a Higher Calling,” South Bronx Contemporary: A Catalogue of Essays, 2007

Genocchio, Benjamin, “Exploring the Effects if Disco’s Beat,” The New York Times, Feb. 19 2006

Cotter, Holland, “Do You Think I’m Disco,” The New York Times, Feb. 3 2006

Richardson, Denise, “Exhibit Mixes Politics and Art,” The Daily Star, Sept. 15 2005

Turel, Noa, “Consumption & Being” and “The Disinformation Consumer: Recent Paintings,” fortnight-kitchen.com, 2004

 

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES / PANELS

2012                      Panelist, “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society in the Middle East Diaspora,”    
                              moderated by Alison Bernstein, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

Panelist, “The Fertile Crescent: A New York Public Library Book Event,” New York, NY                 

Panelist, “Transnationalism and Women Artists in Diaspora,” , moderated by Judith K. Brodsky and Julie Lohnes, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, NY

2011                       Panelist, “Dis[Locating] Culture: Contemporary Islamic Art in America,” Andy Warhol    
                              Museum, Pittsburgh, PA                       

Visiting Artist Lecture, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

2009                     Panelist, “Iran Inside Out: Influences on Homeland and Diaspora on the Artistic Language  
                              of Contemporary Iranian Artists,” Depaul University, Chicago, Illinois

                              Panelist, “The Seen and the Hidden: (Dis)covering the Veil,” Austrian Cultural Forum, NY              

Visiting Artist Lecture, Chapin School, New York, NY

2008                     Panelist, Artist Talk On Art, “Middle Eastern Voices of Change: Artists as Activists,”  
                              moderated by Ayse Turgut, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Panelist, moderated by Prof. Shiva Balaghi, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2004                      Panelist, “Culture & Power: an Artists Roundtable,” moderated by Prof. Shiva Balaghi,  
                               Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, New York, NY

2003                      Panelist, “Popular Culture in the Middle East,“ moderated by Prof. Shiva Balaghi, Hagop  
                               Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, New York, NY