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Michelle Grabner

Wisconsin-born artist, Michelle Grabner, works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. She is most widely known for her abstract metalpoint works and her paintings of textile patterns appropriated from everyday domestic fabric. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching, with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity, she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career.

I Work From Home, Michelle Grabner’s first comprehensive solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, organized by David Norr, opened in October of 2013 and was on view through February 2014. Grabner was also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art curated by Tricia Paik in May 2015. Solo exhibitions of Grabner’s work have also been held at Richard Heller Gallery, California; James Cohan Gallery, New York; INOVA, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Ulrich Museum, Wichita; and University Galleries, Illinois State University. She has been included in group exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives, UK; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Grabner’s work is included in the permanent collection of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MoCA, Chicago; MUDAM, Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing Department in the Fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner also runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband, artist Brad Killam. She co curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art along with Anthony Elms and Stuart Comer.

Born 1962 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

1990   M.F.A. Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University
1987   M.A. Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Thesis: "Postmodernism: A Spectacle of Reflexivity"
1984   B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Michelle Grabner: Northwest Work at Hedreen Gallery in Lee Center for the Arts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Curated by Tricia Paik, Indianapolis, IN
Rocket Gallery, London, UK

James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Brett Shaheen: Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, curated by David Norr (exhibition catalogue)
Autumn Space, Chicago, IL
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
Brendan Fowler, Michelle Grabner, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

Cottage Works, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner: The Inova Survey, curated by John Riepenhoff, Inova, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Against New York, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Black Swan, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Oshkosh, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Like a Rare Morel, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original Jokes about the Suburban and the Poor Farm by the Artists Who Exhibited There, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

I speak now from the aesthetic and artistic point of view when I say that life with Michelle Grabner is dull, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York, NY
Flapjack, Rocket, London, UK
Get Better Mrs. Michelle, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY
Chaos is rigidly structured in this chapter, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL

Silverpoints with Guest Mobile, Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI
Silverpoints, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Round Silverpoints, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Silverpoints, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS (exhibition catalogue)
New Bedford Art Museum, Vault Series, New Bedford, MA

Michelle Grabner’s Never Quite Happy Home, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Please Return My Kenneth Noland Catalogue, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Michelle Grabner, 809 Calgary, Canada
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

1996-2006, Rocket, London, UK
Remain in Light, survey exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Project Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

Rocket, London, UK
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Ten in One Gallery, New York (exhibition catalogue)
A Little Less of Me, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL
Ten in One Gallery: Project Space, New York, NY


Suburban Abstraction, Rocket, London, UK
Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY

In Situ, Aalst, Belgium
Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Paintings for Modern Chairs, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Home Painting, Rocket, London, UK (exhibition catalogue)
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Fuzzy, ICA, Portland, ME
Safety Patterns, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Safety Patterns, Rocket, London, UK

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


Volta NY, Richard Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
The Works: Artists in and From Chicago, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, Abigail Winograd and Eleonore de Sadeleer, CAB Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
Color Fields, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Linear Abstraction, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah College of Art Museum, Savannah, GA
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, the Christy and Bill Gautreaux Collection, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO
Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Same Difference: Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh, Russell Maltz, The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Sensitive Instruments, curated by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Social Goth, Scandinavian Institute, New York, NY
Simplest Means, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Morning and Evening Asylum, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany (in collaboration with Off Vendome, Dusseldorf, Germany)
Repetitive Motion, curated by Jennifer Samet, Steven Harvey Projects/Projector, New York, NY
30/30 Image Archive Project: A Collective Collection (Edition #4) A|B|C Contemporary, Armin Berger Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
A Pattern Language: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson and Lena Wolff, Cult: Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, The Bike Room, Chicago, IL
Auf Den Punkt, Raum 2810, Bonn, Germany
Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
My Oyster #7: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, American University Museum, Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC
My Girl, curated by Luis Maldonado, Port Chester, NY
Rocket Run: Abstraction from Chicago, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

PAINT OFF, PAINT ON, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
Domestic Abstraction: Wendy Edwards and Michelle Grabner, Drive-By, Watertown, MA
Drawing on Habit: An Ambition, curated by Saul Ostrow and Lidija Slavkovic, The Betsey, Miami Beach, FL
Group show curated by Shane Campbell, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy
To Pack and Wear, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
On the Grid, curated by Sima Familant Lu Magnus, New York, NY
Work, organized by Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
Faux Life, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Buzz, curated by Vik Muniz, Nara Roesler, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
PS, Galerie Ruth Leuchter, Dusseldorf, Germany
19516 kilometers from Milwaukee or 12126 miles, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Works, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Compilation | painting, photography, sculpture, Rocket, London, UK
Point of Departure, The Arcade, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Wisconsin, West Bend, WI

Chris Bradley, Michelle Grabner, Suzanne McClelland, Amanda Ross-Ho, Lisa Williamson, Shane Campbell Gallery: Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
Lucie Fontaine: Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, 64th Street, New York NY
Land of the Seven Moles, PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Les Détours de l’abstraction, MUDAM, Luxembourg
The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK
More and Different Flags, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Neither Here Nor There But Anywhere, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY
Time Flies: 2 Years at Drive-By, BK Projects, Boston, MA
Time, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, CH
Ongoing Minimalism (Stefan Eberstadt, Michelle Grabner, Ditty Ketting, Will Taylor, Lars Wolter), Rocket, London, UK
Minus Space: Editions & Multiples, curated by Matthew Deleget & Emi Winter, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Did You See Heaven, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL  
First Love, O’Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forrest, IL
Tops, curated by Sun Yu, Open Space, Long Island City, NY
Endless, PLUG PROJECTS, Kansas City, MO
Total Recall, two-person exhibition with Brad Killam, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Critology, Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, NC and California State, University Los Angeles Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
The, Alternative Projects, Milwaukee, WI


A Painting Show, curated by Laura Raicovich and Jessie Washburne-Harris, Harris Lieberman, New York, NY
The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960’s to Now, Tate, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Women and Weaving: Polly Apfelbaum and Ariel Dill, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Handler (a series of collaborative figurative sculptures presented by John Riepenhoff, featuring the paintings of Peter Barrickman, Michelle Grabner, Nicholas Frank, Jose Lerma, Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Ding Dong, a collaboration with Brad Killam, Terrain, Oak Park, IL
Museum of Milwaukee Art, Green Gallery at 47 Canal, New York, NY
Dressing the Monument, curated by John Riepenhoff and Piper Marshall, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI
Kiss: New Sincerity & New Romanticism in Art, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray, KY
A Shot in the Dark, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Sculpture Garden/Painting Show, curated by Andrew Greene, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL
Ways of Making: Work on Paper, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Michelle Grabner and Sarah Blyth-Stephens, U·turn Art Space, Cincinnati, OH

Marked, Kittridge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Unfinished Paintings: Unresolved Work by 40 Contemporary Artists, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

Between This Light and That Space, MINUS SPACE, curated by Doug Melini, Brooklyn, NY
Free Range-Painting and the University of Pennsylvania, Morgan Gallery, University of Philadelphia, PA

Collaborating with Michelle Grabner isn’t as much fun as you might think it is (two-person show with Brad Killam), Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Michelle Grabner and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
The Elegant Drawing Show, Drive-By, Boston, MA  
Ornament and Crime (and Crime), Adds Donna, Chicago, IL
UND#6, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK
Newtonland: Orbits, Ellipses and other Planes of Activity, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Mother, NYU Steinhardt Commons Gallery, New York, NY
Art Scout, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
Borderland Abstraction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, curated by Bad at Sports, Apex Art, New York, NY
Emerging from a New Known, curated by Douglas Melini, New York, NY
On Painting, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble, La Station, Nice, France


Halbjahresgaben, Tanzschule, Munich, Germany
Subvision, Hamburg, Germany
Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Open House For Butterflies, Minus Space Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
PS, The Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness, Scotland
Because the Night, curated by Sabina Ott, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Los Angeles, CA
Wallgasm, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Let’s Leave it at That…, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Of or relating to the sky or visible heavens, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
De-Centered Practice, curated by Jennifer Dudley, Ethan Greenbaum, Colleen Asper, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PS 1999-2009, Kunstruimte09, Groningen, Holland
Trance, Chance, Dreams and the Unconscious, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY

Presents, curated by Milwaukee International, Rowley Kennerk, Chicago, IL
Sensory Overload: Forces of Light Sound and Motion, The Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Und Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium
No Leftovers, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland                  
These Are The People In Your Neighborhood, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Maximinimalist, Inova, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI
Fast Forward: The School of the Art Institute in the 21st Century, Rockfort Art Museum, IL

Eldorado: with Gaylen Gerber, Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Figures in the Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Outside Europe: From the Daimler art Collection, Stadtgalerie, Keil, Germany
The Believers, Franklin Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Strange Days, Samuel P. Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL
Slowness, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

There’s a City in My Mind, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid
Group Show, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY
Op-ish, Sampson Projects, Boston, MA
Good Vibrations, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Rocket at Paragraph, Paragraph, Kansas City, MI
Slow Down, University of Texas at Tyler, TX

Minimalism and After III, DaimlerChrysler AG, Berlin
Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Hubris, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Agnes Martin, Cheonae Kim, Michelle Grabner, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL
Strange Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Apartment Series #4: A component of Jeremy Boyle’s exhibition, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
Books and Shelves, Gahlsberg Art Gallery, College of DuPage, IL
Summer Group Show, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Michelle Grabner and Carla Arocha, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Clarity of Vision: Minimalist Prints and Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner and Barbara Heath, Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN
The Undertones, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY
Oak Park Home Works: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Pressing, object […], Antwerp, Belgium
Loaded, Midway, Minneapolis, MN
Painting, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI
Home Work, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England
Paper Products, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Works on paper, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX


Sound Video Images Objects, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
Reductive, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Domestic Culture, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Counting Color, Rocket Gallery, London, UK
Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern, Evanston, IL
Armory Show, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY
Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN


Compression, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
What’s New, Lendl Eugen, Graz, Austria
Domestic Bliss, Rocket Gallery, London, UK
Oil, Standard Gallery, Chicago, IL
Factory Soiree, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Grabner and Robin Dash, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
Telesthesia and Amnescopic, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Minimal Pop, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Out of Line (exhibition catalogue), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Post Hypnotic (exhibition catalogue), Illinois State Art Gallery, Bloomington, IL; The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; The MAC Dallas, TX
It Looks Easy, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL
Abstract Chicago, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Milwaukee Love, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Color Theory, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN

Michelle Grabner/Jim Isserman, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA                  
A Show, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Hip, Rocket Gallery, London, UK                  
Uncomfortable Show, TZ Art & Co., New York, NY
Some Young Fun, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Post-Pop, Post-Pictures, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, IL
Distraction (exhibition catalogue), TBA Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cool Painting, Barat College, Chicago, IL
Wisconsin Art Since 1990: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Mist: Kay Rosen, Julia Fish, Carla Priess and Michelle Grabner, Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Triennial (exhibition catalogue), Madison Art Center, Madison, WI


25 Americans: Paintings in the 90’s (exhibition catalogue), Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

"Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life," Phaidon Press 2015

"I Work From Home," Mousse Publication, edited by David Norr with essays by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Dan Byers, Rose Bouthillier, Peter Ribic, David Robbins and David Norr
"Element 47: The Art Collection," essays by Barbara Bloemink, Maruand Books

"Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey," exhibition catalogue, essays by Nicholas Frank, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Green Gallery Press

"The Indiscipline of Painting," Martin Clark (Editor), Sarah Shalgosky (Editor), Daniel Sturgis (Editor), Tate Publishing, October 1
"On Painting," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by: Ann Craven, Susanna Coffey, Anoka Faruqee, Michelle Grabner, Peter Halley, Thomas Lawson, Judy Ledgerwood, Rebecca Morris, Carrie Moyer, Jon Pestoni, Sabina Ott, Scott Reeder, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

"No Soul For Sale—A Festival of Independents, The Tate Modern," edited by Cecilia Alemani, Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick, Charley Independents Publication
"These Are The People in Your Neighborhood: Sixteen Years of Gallery 16" essay by Mark Van Proyen
"Can I come Over to Your House: The First Ten Years of the Suburban," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Michael Newman
"The Studio Reader," The University of Chicago Press edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner, Introduction by Michelle Grabner
"There are many things in the air and all of them are for free," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Nicholas Frank

"Michelle Grabner’s Black Circle Paintings," Poor Farm Press, with an essay by Annika Marie

"Remain in Light," Illinois State University, with essays by Lane Relyea and Peter Ribic

"Minimalism and After," Hatje Cantz essay by Renate Wieghager, Claudia Kleinbub, Friederike Nymphius, Rudolf Scheutle and Claudia Seidel

"The Suburban: The Early Years," self-published, with essays by Nicholas Frank, Matthew Higgs, and Peter Ribic

"Sweetness and Light," self-published, with essays by Shane Campbell and Nicholas Frank
"Charley 01," edited by Maurizio Cattelan, Charley Independents Publication

"Post-Hypnotic," Illinois State University Press, with essays by Dave Hickey, Barry Blinderman, Peter Halley and Tom Moody
"Home Painting," published by Rocket Gallery, London, with an essay by Jerome Sans

"If Walls Could Talk," published by Hermetic Gallery, Milwaukee, with an essay by Nicholas Frank

"25 Americans: Painting in the 90s," Milwaukee Art Museum, with an essay by Dean Sobel  

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY


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