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MELANIE SCHIFF Born, Chicago, 1977

Lives and works in Los Angeles


Education

MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

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


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2016

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

2015

Pains, LAXART, Hollywood, CA 

2014 

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

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

2013 

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

2012 

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

Sun Land, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 

2010 

Spider, Kavi Gupta BERLIN, Berlin, Germany 

2009 

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

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

2007 

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

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

2006 

Underwater Photographer, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 

2004 

New Photographs, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Chicago, IL 


Selected Group Exhibitions 

2017 

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

2016 

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 

2015 

Oasis, Sturt Haaga Gallery, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 

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

BAD BOYS BAIL BONDS ADOPT A HIGHWAY, Team Gallery, New York, 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 

2014 

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 

2013 

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. 

2011 

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 

2010 

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. 

2009 

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 

2008 

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 

2007 

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 

2006 

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

Volta, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, Basel, Switzerland 

2005 

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. 

2004 

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 

2002 

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 

2001 

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


Catalogues 

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. 


Bibliography 

2016

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

2015 

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. 

2014 

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. 

2013 

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 ArtInfo.com 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 

2012 

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

2011 

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  

2009 

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 

2008 

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.” Papermag.com 

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 

2007 

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.” ArtForum.com January 

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

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

Weinstein, Michael. Review. New City Chicago January

2006 

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

2004 

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 

2002 

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


Awards and Residencies 

2010 

The Chinati Foundation, Artist in Residence, Marfa, Texas 

2006 

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