MELANIE SCHIFF Born, Chicago, 1977

Lives and works in Los Angeles


MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

BFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 1999

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Glass Sabbath, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Lay Lie Lay, PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL


Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY


Pains, LAXART, Hollywood, CA


Sarah Conaway and Melanie Schiff, Taka Ishii Gallery Modern, Tokyo

Run, Falls, Kate Werble Gallery, New York , NY


The stars are not wanted now, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC


The stars are not wanted now, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

Sun Land, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 


Spider, Kavi Gupta BERLIN, Berlin, Germany 


Stones, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA 

The Mirror, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL Melanie Schiff, Horton Gallery, New York, NY 


UBS 12x12: New Artists/New Work: Melanie Schiff, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

Water Birth, Uschi Kolb, Galerie Haus Schneider, Karlsruhe, Germany 


Underwater Photographer, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 


New Photographs, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 

Selected Group Exhibitions 


Smoke & Mirrors, AF Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Handless Operative, Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco, CA


West by Midwest, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Pussy, King of the Pirates, Maccarone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Vanitas, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

Picture Fiction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL


Woman with a Camera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL


Flowers in Your Hair, curated by Night Gallery at FUSED Space, San Francisco

SEXTING, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY 

Like a Rolling Stone, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

Aprés Ski, Karma International, Beverly Hills, CA 


Oasis, Sturt Haaga Gallery, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 

Mine. Yours. Ours, Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY 


Photography Sees the Surface (curated by Aspen Mays), Higher Pictures, New York, NY 

Lost in a Sea of Red, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA 

Six Doors, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY 


Remake/Remodel, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY 

TRAINS curated by Sterling Ruby, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

DuckRabbit, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA Video Show, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY 


Lens Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France 

To Pack and Wear, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY 

Fridge, Control Room, Los Angeles, CA. Organized by Erin Foley with Control Room. 

Black Rabbit, White Hole, Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Amy Thoner. 


GREATER LA, 483 Broadway, New York, NY. Curated by Benjamin Godsill. 

Mouthing (The Sentient Limb), Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL. Curated by Kelly Kaczynski. 

STATUS: Somewhere Between Position and Condition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 


Framed, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN Pivot Points IV, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL 

Photographic: Anne Collier & Melanie Schiff, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS 

Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA. Curated by Michael Darling. 


Between Spaces, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY 

Elements of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

Klat+Melanie Schiff+Hsia­Fei Chang, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France 

Location, Danziger Projects, New York, NY 

Harsh Terrain, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA 

Perfect Square, Robert and Joan Feitler Gallery for Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 


Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 

Foreclosed, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA 

Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Art Museum, CO 

“All my favourite singers couldn’t sing…” Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, United Kingdom 

Shadows Dont Cast Shadows, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany 

In Repose, The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA 

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL Hard Rain, Kavi Gupta BERLIN, Berlin, Germany 

Recent Acquisitions: Focus on Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

Too Strong to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose, Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY 


Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. Traveled to Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Curated by Dominic Molon. 

Spring Break 2007, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL 

Frownland, Collaboration with Tony Tasset, VONZWECK, Chicago, IL 

Selected Works, Devenning Projects, Chicago, IL 

The Dams 2, Galeria Jose Pepin Mendez at the University of Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico. Curated by Pedro Valez. 

Out the Blue, Proof Gallery, Boston, MA 

Girl on Guy, Columbia College A & D Gallery, Chicago, IL 

This is Not a Self­Portrait, SAIC Gallery 2, Chicago, IL 


Ballroom Blitz, The James Hotel, Chicago, IL. Curated by Dominic Molon. 

Volta, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Basel, Switzerland 


Autonomy, Foxy Production, New York, NY. Curated by Sterling Ruby. 

Into the Woods, McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Sitting, Standing, Reclining II, Modern Culture, New York, NY 

Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY. Curated by Simon Watson. 

Stilled Life, Placemaker Gallery, Miami, FL. Curated by Brian Sholis. 


Sitting, Standing, Reclining, Modern Culture, New York, NY 

Kristen + Melanie, Suitable Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Explosions, PAC/edge Performance Festival, Chicago, IL. Curated by Heather Hubbs and Lorelei Stuart. 2003 

Designs for Modern Living, Curt Conklin Home Show, Chicago, IL. Curated by Lorelei Stewart. 

Result Tape, KDP, Chicago, IL 

The Push Pin Project, Deluxe Projects Tainted Love, Unit B (Gallery), Chicago, IL 

At the Edge, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL 


Here and Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 

Use Your Illusion, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL 

MFA Thesis Show, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL 

Room for a Revolution, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL 

The Stray­Show, Destroyer Inc., Chicago, IL 


Revolutions Per Minute, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 


Momin, Shamim M., Kendra Paitz, and Kristen VanDeventer. Sun Land. Normal: University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2013. 

Huldisch, Henriette, Shamim M. Momin, and Rebecca Solnit. Whitney Biennial 2008. New York: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2008, 222. 

Sholis, Brian. Books & Plants. Chicago: Kavi Gupta, 2008. 

Diederichsen, Diedrich, Anthony Elms, Dan Graham, Richard Hell, Matthew Higgs, Mike Kelley, Jutta Koether, Dominic Molon, Bob Nickas, and Jan Tumlir. Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967. Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007. 

Mertes, Lorie, and Rochelle F. Levy. In Repose: An Exhibition from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami Beach, Florida. Philidelphia: The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 2008. 

Curatorial Projects 

I am Eyebeam, Gallery 400, Chicago. Co­curated with Lorelei Stewart. 

Raise High The Roofbeam, Rainbo Club, Chicago. Co­curated with Kristen Vandenventer. 

When Darkness Falls, Gallery 400, Chicago, and Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis. Co­curated with Kristen Vandeventer. 



Workneh, Sarah, Interview: Melanie Schiff, Kaleidoscope, Issue #27 Summer 2016.


Lost in a Sea of Red, exhibition catalog published by The Pit, Los Angeles, CA. Designed by Adam D. Miller, 2015 

Knoblauch, Loring, Photography Sees the Surface @Higher Pictures, Collector Daily, July 21, 2015. 


Comstock, Lindsay, Sun and Earth: Melanie Schiff’s Vivid and Rich Photography, artcritical, July 2, 2014. 

Knoblauch, Loring, Melanie Schiff, Run, Falls @Kate Werble, Collector Daily, May 30, 2014. 


Vitiello, Chris. “Melanie Schiff reclaims the image at CAM Raleigh.” Indy Week, June 

Greenberg, Blue. “‘‘Art of the moment’ at CAM gallery,” The Herald Sun, June 

Capper, Beth. “Melanie Schiff: Sun Land at Kavi Gupta,” Blouin Modern Painters, February 

McMillian, Kyle. “Melanie Schiff ‘Sun Land’,” Art in America, February 

Yood, James. “Melanie Schiff Sun Land at Kavi Gupta,” Art Ltd., January 


Scholis, Brian. “Melanie Schiff Kavi Gupta Gallery,” ArtForum, November 


Picard, Caroline “Light and Desire: An Interview with Melanie Schiff”, Art:21 Blog, January 4 

Schleussner, Laura “Melanie Schiff:Spider”, Flash Art International, January ­ February  


Neil, Jonathan T.D. “Future Greats”, Art Review, March, p. 80­81 

Herbert, Martin. “What Would Neil Young Do?”, Modern Painters, March, p. 24 

Shad, Ed. “Interview with Melanie Schiff.” ArtSlant. February

 Phillips, Brad. “Melanie Schiff is What’s Up.” Hunter and Cook, Issue 02, Winter 


Barni, Selva. “Fotographia/Melanie Schiff.” Rodeo, No. 50, Sept, p. 80­87 

Rose, Sara. “A Crowded Showcase for Everything and Anything.” The Boston Globe, March 6

 Books and Plants, artist catalogue with interview by Brian Sholis 

Johnson­Calderon, Paul. “Absolutely Mad for Melanie Schiff.” 

Schwabsky, Barry. “Introducing Melanie Schiff.” Modern Painters , February , p. 54­56 

Cochran, Jessica. “Five Alive!” CS Magazine, February 

Eler, Alica. “Chat Room: Melanie Schiff.” Chicago Sun­Times, February 


Weinstein, Michael. “Tip of the Week.” New City Chicago 8 May 

MacKenzie, Joanna Topor. “After Paschke.” Chicago Magazine April 2007, p. 20 

Burgher, Elijah. Review. artUS Issue 17. March – April 2007 (cover image) 

Orden, Abraham. “The Windy Apple.” Artnet Magazine January 

Sholis, Brian, “Critic’s Pick.” January 

Camper, Fred. “Everyday Beauty.” Chicago Reader 5 January 

McKinnon, John. Review. Time Out Chicago 4­10 January 

Weinstein, Michael. Review. New City Chicago January


Sandler, Carrie. “Art Groupie: Photographs for a Song” UR Magazine 16 June 


Ferrara, Annette. “The (Left) of Centerfold.” TENbyTEN Romance Issue, Vol. 3 No. 

Hannum, Terence. Review. Bridge Magazine December Issue. 

Hannum, Terence. Review. Panel House May 2004 


Velez, Pedro. “Rock ‘n’ Raunch.” August

Awards and Residencies 


The Chinati Foundation, Artist in Residence, Marfa, Texas 


The Arts Residency, Atlantic Center, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 

Professional Artist in Residence, Ox­Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan

Artadia Award Grant Recipient, Chicago 

Public Collections 

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO 

 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX 

 VERBUND Collection, Vienna, Austria 

 Miami MOCA, Miami, FL 

 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY