Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons’s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. She defines her studio practice, which is rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories-specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape-as cyclical rather than linear. In other words, Simmons is committed equally to the examination of different artistic modes and processes; for example, she may dedicate part of a year to photography, another part to performance, and other parts to installation, video, and sound works-keeping her practice in constant and consistent rotation, shift, and engagement.


Xaviera Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Transatlantic slave trade with Buddhist monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two- year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. In 2019, Xaviera Simmons work is included in over fifteen museum exhibitions including ICA Boston, SFMOMA, The Phillips Collection (D.C.), National Museum of Wowen in the Arts (D.C.), Barnes Foundation, and many others. In 2017, Simmons’ solo shows include Harvard University, and recent museum purchases also 2017, include three works acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Group exhibitions in 2017 include Wexner Center for the Arts; Prospect 4 New Orleans; Trussardi Foundation, Milan; Studio Museum in Harlem, MCA Chicago and numerous others. In 2015, Simmons was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Robert Rauschenberg) Grant. Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, The Sculpture Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and Brooklyn Museum, among many others. Her works are in major museum and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Nasher Museum, Deutsche Bank, The Rubell Family Collection, UBS, The Guggenheim Museum, The Agnes Gund Art Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Studio Museum in Harlem, ICA Miami, High Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami.

Born in New York in 1974; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York




Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY
Maggie Flanigan Studio, 2-Year Actor Training Conservatory, New York, NY


BFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY




Great Hall Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, NY
New Monuments commission, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY


Chord, Platform, curated by Sally Tallant, The Armory Show, NY


Sundown, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Xaviera Simmons: Convene, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY


Overlay, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
We Are The Common (Project/Performance), Cambridge Commons, Cambridge, MA
Flux Exchange, Flux Projects, Atlanta, GA


The Gold Miner’s Mission to Dwell on the Tide Line, The Museum of Modern Art – The Modern Window, Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, New York, NY
CODED, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Local, Half Gallery, New York, NY


Xaviera Simmons: Index Seven, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Dark Sound Blue, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA
Xaviera Simmons: Accumulations, Lightwork, Syracuse, NY
Xaviera Simmons: Number 16, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Number 16, Urban Video Project, Syracuse, NY


Foto, Annin Arts, London, UK


Open, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Underscore, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Archive as Impetus (Not on View), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Untitled, Real Art Ways, Hartford CT


This Is Not Just A Dinner, Theertha/ Red Dot Gallery, Colombo Sri Lanka
Untitled, 126 Gallery, Gallway, Ireland
Plant! Seed! Sew! ADAA/Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY
When You’re Looking At Me, You’re Looking At Country, More Art, New York, NY


Salt 4, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Studio! Studio! (Chelsea), More Art, New York, NY
Wilderness, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
Exhibition A, exhibitiona.com, New York, NY


(Harvest): Any Number of Myths and Stories, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Junctures (Transmissions To), The Goethe-Institute/ The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Limited Editionn, Art in General, New York, NY


Performance: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Oscillation: For A Minute There, I Lost Myself, The Museum of Art And Design, NY, NY


The Tunnel Room, John Connelly Presents, NY, NY
Perspectives 157, Electric Relaxation: Digital Good Time, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX


The Hustle Never Stops in Lagos (et al), The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA


How to Break Your Own Heart, Art In General, New York, NY
Landscape: Expanded Engagement, Extended Space, Jamiaca Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY




Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK
NXTHVN inaugural group exhibition, New Haven, CT
Eleven Figures, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, CA


When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
The Warmth of Other Suns, The Phillips Collection/New Museum, New York, NY
Gravity of Perception, Center for Visual Arts, MSU Denver, CO
American African American, Phillips Collection, New York, NY
Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
30 Americans, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
A History and a Moment: Works from the UBS Art Collection, UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Performance, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa. FL
Live Dangerously, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
New Monuments for New Cities, Network Joint Art Initiative Commission, The High Line, New York, NY
SOFT POWER, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Great Force, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Better Nights, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Down Time: On the Art of Retreat, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL


Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, MassArt, Boston, MA
Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Out of Easy Reach, Rebuild Foundation, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
This Imperfect Present Moment, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
tête-à-tête, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Echoes: Reframing Collage, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, IL
People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
For Freedoms, 50 State Initiative, Aberdeen, SD
Remember to React: 60 Years of Collecting, NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Gray Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Prospect 5, New Orleans Biennial, New Orleans, LA
La Terre Inquieta (The Restless Earth), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Fondazione Triennale, Milan, Italy
Excerpt: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
You Are Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Power, Sprueth Magers, Los Angeles, CA
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
The Stand, P!, New York, NY
Time as Landscape: Inquiries into Art and Science, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Migrations, Ulises Books, Philadelphia, PA
No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
American African American, The Phillips Collection, London, UK
Entering the Landscape, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
Out of Easy Reach, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
Lack of Location is My Location, Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn, NY


tête-à-tête, curated by Mickalene Thomas, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Artist’s Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Where Do We Migrate To?, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
Race, Love, and Labor, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
30 Americans, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
tête-à-tête curated by Mickalene Thomas, Aperture, New York, NY
The Grace Jones Project, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Revolution:Reflection Lauryn Hill Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Woven, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY
Carried Weight, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
Blue Jean Baby, SEPTEMBER, Hudson, NY
Danger Came Smiling: Feminist Art and Popular Music, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT


NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Inside:Out UBS Art Collection, Curated by Jacqueline Lewis, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Self-Proliferation, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC
tête-à-tête curated by Mickalene Thomas, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, BE
If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Hunter College East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY
30 Americans, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL
Poetics of Relation, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Frieze Sounds, London, UK
When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out, Bronx, NY
New New Corpse, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
Where Do We Migrate To?, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Frieze Sounds, Randall’s Island Park, NY
Radical Presence, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA


Race, Love and Labor, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Platz, NY
Pier 54, Presented by Friends of the Highline, New York, NY
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
When the Stars Begin to Fall, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Body Doubles, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rockaway!, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Rockaway Beach, NY
Daughter of Bad Girls, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Requiem for the Bibliophile, Museum Of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA
Black Eye, Curated by Nicola Vasel
When the Stars Begin to Fall, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
Draped Down, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
Animal Machine, La Box, Bourges France


Americana, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Tête a Tête, curated by Mickalene Thomas, QF Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary At, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting, MoCA North Miami, North Miami, FL
Un-Drawn, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA


Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
Primary Sources, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Emerge Selections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
A Matter of Practice, curated by Lydia Bell, Danspace Project, New York, NY
SuperHUMAN, Central Utah Center, Ephraim, UT; Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
What Do You Believe In, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, New York Photo Festival, New York, NY
Twisted Sister, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Tête-à-tête, curated by Mickalene Thomas, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Tête-à-tête, curated by Mickalene Thomas, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Record, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Where Do We Migrate To, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the New School, New York, NY
The Record, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Where Do We Migrate To, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA


The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
30 Americans, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C
Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
After Destiny The Contemporary American Landscape, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Sum of the Parts, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Oceanomania: Souveniers from a Mysterious Sea, Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Monaco
The Record, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA
Flux This! with Pope L. and Special Guests, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
30 Americans, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC
Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, The Bronx Museum Of Art, NY
Why Do We Migrate, The Center For Art, Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD
Stephen Burkes: Are You A Hybrid, The Museum Of Art and Design, New York, NY


Greater New York, PS.1, New York, NY
The Record, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC
Compass NY, Avant Guide To NY, Apext Art and The Storefront For Art and Architecture, NY
Open Score Variations, Hessel Museum Of Art and CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Group Show, Clifford Chance US LLP, New York, NY
The Reach of Realism, MoCA, North Miami, FL
30 Seconds Off An Inch, The Studio Museum In Harlem, NY


Foto Festival, Images Recalled, Curated by Tobias Berger, Heidelberg, Germany
In Practice, The Sculpture Center, New York, NY
Incheon Women’s Artist Biennial, Incheon, Korea
“Wrong” Eighth Veil Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Signs Taken For Wonder, Curated by Isolde Breielmaier, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, NY
Negritude, Exit Art, NY, NY
We The People, Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland


30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
T.error, Your Fear Is An External Object, Kunsthalle, Budapest-Menu Point, Budapest, Hungary
Untitled, John Connelly Presents, NY, NY
Facing Race: Four African-American Artists Speak Out, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Street Art, Street Life, The Bronx Museum Of Art, Bronx, NY
Richard Wright at 100, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Whitney Art Party, The Whitney Museum Of Art, NY, NY
Re-Imagine Kenya, Sikkema Jenkins &Co, NY, NY
Mixtape, Exit Art, NY, NY
Show One, Kate Werble Gallery, NY, NY
Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


The FM Ferry Experiment, (programmed by NeuroTransmitter), Staten sland Ferry, NY, NY
Interpreting Utopia, Samuel Dorsky Museum Of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
A New Era Americana, (Corona Plaza) The Queens Museum, Queens, NY
The Postmillennial Black Madonna, MOCADA, New York, NY
Shaken Not Deterred, Curated By Brian Keith Jackson, NY, NY
“A Jamaica Queens Thing,”, The Jamaica Center For Arts And Learning,NY, NY
Open Studio, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY


Black Alphabet (Contexts In Contemporary African American Art), Zacheta National Gallery Of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Peekskil Project, Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
E7, Aljira Center for Art, Newark, NJ
Harlem Art Project, Saatchi and Saatchi, New York,
Curators Choice, Scope Art Fair, curated by Franklin Sirmans, NY
Performance Art Fair, curated by Dean Dedirko
First Open, Christies, New York, NY
When Artists Say We, Artist Space, New York, NY
This Strangest Of Theatres, Roebling Hall, New York, NY
Artificial Afrika, Gigantic Art Space, New York, NY
From The Living Room, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Art Basel, Miami


Frequency, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
Relics and Remnants, Jamaica Center For Arts and Learning
Video Show, Takt Kuntsprojectraum, Berlin, Germany
The Politics Of Care, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
Whitney Museum ISP Open Studio, New York, NY
African Queen, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
Shorts Of The Self, Art In General, New York, NY


Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
re source, Art In General, New York, NY




Woven, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY




Inaugural Solomon Fellow, Harvard University, MA


Lecture, Center for Visual Arts, MSU Denver, CO
The Art of Sexuality moderated by Jerry Saltz, The Playhouse, New York, NY
Annual Benefit Gala honoring Agnes Gund & Xaviera Simmons, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY


Gary Metz Lecturer, Road Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Conversation, Faena Forum, Miami Beach, FL


Lecturer, Overlay Opening Discussion, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Lecturer, Covert Histories: Gray Matters Opening Discussion, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Visionary Artist Award Honoree, Art in General, Brooklyn, NY
Lecturer, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, NY
Forum on Contemporary Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award Winner, New York, NY
Visiting Artist and Critic, School of The Art Institute, Chicago
Visiting Artist, The Vermont Studio Center, VT
Visiting Artist, UCLA Department Of Art (MFA), Los Angeles, CA
Lecturer, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Dialogue with Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D, and Barbara McCaskill, Ph.D, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


Lecturer, Kent Presents: A New Ideas Festival, Kent, CT
Grant To Artist Award, The Foundation For Contemporary Arts, NY


Visiting Lecturer, Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
smARTpower Initiative, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC


Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
Residency, Center For Contemporary Art (Futura), Prague


Emergency Grant, Foundation For Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
Art Matters Fellowship, Art Matters, NY, NY


The David C. Driskell Prize, The High Museum Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Artist In Residence, Light Work, Syracuse New York
In The Public Realm, The Public Art Fund, NY, NY
Artist In Residence, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
Urban Artist Initiative, UAI, NY, NY


The New York Community Trust Fellowship
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant
Workspace Residency, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


Artist-In-Residence, The Center For Photography At Woodstock
New Commissions, Art In General, New York, NY


Acadia Summer Art Program (Kippy Kamp), Acadia, ME
Artist In Residence, Jamaica Center For Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY
Creative Capital/Aljira: Emerge 7, Newark, NJ
VKP Artist/Educator, The New Museum Of Contemporary Art, New York, NY


Cave Canem Poets Fellow, New York, NY




Saccoccia, Susan. “Exploring the human experience of immigration at ICA/Boston”, Bay State Banner, October 31, 2019.
Loos, Ted. “In San Francisco, Wielding Influence (Gently) Through Art”, The New York Times, October 23, 2019.
Hannon, Kerry. “In the #MeToo Era, Museums Celebrate Women”, The New York Times, October 23, 2019.
Sohail Shehmir Shaikh, Ayesha. “A Conversation with UBS Art Collection’s Global Head on the Importance of Corporate Art Collecting”, Harper’s Bazaar, October 10, 2019.
Bishara, Hakim. “Over 200 Artists and Scholars Urge MoMA and Board Member to Divest from Private Prison Companies”. Hyperallergic, October 10, 2019.
Goldstein, Caroline. “William Powhida’s First Gallery Show in Years Is Taking Aim at Problematic Art World Patrons—and It Turns Out All of Us Are Complicit”, artnet news, September 27, 2019.
Wickouski, Sheila. “Depicting Woman Who Live Dangerously”, Ms Magazine, September 25, 2019.
“ICA Boston Presents ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art”, Artfixdaily, September 24, 2019.
Haigney, Sophie. “A Festival in the Bronx Will Explore Climate Change and Culture”, The New York Times, September 18, 2019.
“Live Dangerously: National Museum of Women in the Arts”, The Eye of Photography, September 2019.
Smith, Roberta. “Modernism Reboots at the Museums”, The New York Times, September 9, 2019.
“After Kanders, Decolonization Is the Way Forward”, Hyperallergic, July 30, 2019.
Smee, Sebastian. “This D.C. exhibition should be seen by everyone concerned about the migrant crisis”, The Washington Post, July 13, 2019.
Belkhyr, Yasmin. “Can public art inspire productive political conversations?”, TED, July 4, 2019.
“Art Industry News: Artist Xaviera Simmons Says Critics Got This Year’s Whitney Biennial Totally, Offensively Wrong + Other Stories”, artnet news, July 3, 2019.
Simmons, Xaviera. “Whiteness must undo itself to make way for the truly radical turn in contemporary culture”, The Art Newspaper, July 2, 2019.
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Dennis, Ryan. “Commit to Memory: In a Houston Park, 25 Artists Propose ‘New Monuments for New Cities’, Artnews, April 23, 2019.
Stapley-Brown, Victoria. “Hope punctures darkness in The Armory Show’s Platform section”, The Art Newspaper, March 7, 2019.
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Mastrandrea, Paige. “Perez Art Museum Miami’s Sixth Annual ‘Art + Soul’ Party Returns”, Haute Living, January 22, 2019.
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Funderburk, Amy. “Artists Reinterpret Classic Fairy Tales, from Rapunzel to Snow White”, Hyperallergic, October 22, 2018.
Lescaze, Zoe. “8 Artists on the Influence of Carrie Mae Weems”, The New York Times Style Magazine, October 17, 2018.
Neuendorf, Henri. “Here are the 300 Artists Making Billboards for Every US State as Part of Hank Willis Thomas’s Midterm Election Project”, Artnet News, October 9, 2018.
Steinhauer, Jillian. “Mining the lessons of African American history”, The Art Newspaper, August 27, 2018.
Fontaine, Pearl. “Dread & Delight: The Darker Side of ‘Once Upon A Time’”, Whitwall, August 14, 2018.
Stapley-Brown, Victoria. “US Planned Parenthood campaign includes artists Shirin Neshat and Carrie Mae Weems”, The Art Newspaper, August 2, 2018.
Clayton, Drew. “Xaviera Simmons’ ‘Convene’ Canoes Serve as a Reminder of US Immigrant DNA”, Whitewall, July 16, 2018.
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Vogel, Maria. “Xaviera Simmons Represents America in its Totality”, Cultured Magazine, May 2018.
Borrelli, Christopher. “Kenneth Josephson : The Chicagoan who pioneered the selfie”, Chicago Tribune, April 20, 2018.
Guniss, Carolyn. “A Curated Affair: Art & Soul at PAMM”, South Florida Times, February 22, 2018.
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Alvarez, Ana Cecilia. “In Which We May Honour Our Boats”, Somesuch Stories, August 2017.
Smith, Roberta. “An Exhibition Worth Thousands of Words”, The New York Times, July 6, 2017.
“Walking Every Line: A Q&A with Xaviera Simmons”, Frontrunner Magazine, June 2017.
Gilson, Nancy. “’Gray Matters’ exhibit features female works of grisaille”, The Columbus Dispatch, June 26, 2017.
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“tête-à-tête David Castillo Gallery 28 Nov 2016 – 31 Jan 2017”, My Art Guides, December 2016
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Dudek, Ingrid. “Feminist Mixtape: Art and Music at Franklin Street Works”, Art in America, September 13, 2016.
“National Tour of Where Do We Migrate To? Visits DePauw’s Peeler Art Center, Sept. 8 – Dec.9”, DePauw, August 11, 2016
“Seeking The American South Through Art”, Duke Today, August 29, 2016.
“The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces 2016-18 Exhibitions, 8/17”, Broadway World, August 10, 2016.
Hadley, Craig. “National Tour of Where Do We Migrate To? Visits DePauw’s Peeler Art Center, Sept. 8 – Dec. 9”, DePauw, August 11, 2016.
“The Politics of Weaving: Xaviera Simmons’ Exhibition “Woven” at 60 Wall Gallery”, Art Mag, July 2016.
Smith, William S. “Xaviera Simmons at The Kitchen”, Art in America, July 29, 2016.
Schwendener, Martha. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”, The New York Times, July 14, 2016.
“Xaviera Simmons”, The New Yorker, July 2016.
Fateman, Johanna. “Xaviera Simmons The Kitchen”, Artforum, July 2016.
Dawson, Jessica. “Xaviera Simmons: CODED”, The Village Voice, July 2016.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, and Rick Lowe are Among the African American Creatives Addressing 2016 Commencements”, Culture Type, May 22, 2016.
“How Perfromance Art Questions The Way We Talk About Gender Today”, Huffington Post, May 18, 2016.
Rosen, Miss. “Pull Up! Curator Nicole J. Caruth Discusses “The Grace Jones Project””, Crave, May 10, 2016.
Bodick, Noelle. “JMW Turner Emblazons £20 Note, New Director of Art Dubai, and More”, Blouin Art Info, April 25, 2016.
McGee, Celia. “A ‘Super PAC’ Where Art Meets Politics”, The New York Times, April 24, 2016.
Davis, Ryan. “A tribute to Grace Jones, exploration of black masculinity in new exhibitions”, Examiner.com, April 23, 2016.
“NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection Will Open September 30 at NMWA”, FineBooks & Collections, April 14, 2016.
“Nasher 10: Celebrating a Decade 2005-2015”, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2016.
Seda-Reeder. “To Be American, Gifted and Black”, Cincinnati City Beat, March 30, 2016.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden Joins Board of Los Angeles County Museum of Art”, Culture Type, March 29, 2016.
Motsinger, Carol. “’30 Americans’ comes to Cincinnati Art Museum”, Cincinnati.com, March 25, 2016.
Feldblum, Samuel. “Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection”, The Brooklyn Rail, March 4, 2016.
Josephson, Kenneth. “The Light of Coincidence”, University of Texas Press, 2016.
Schwendener, Martha. “Museum & Gallery Listings for Feb. 19-25”, The New York Times, February 18, 2016.
Stevens, Ashlie. “Lexington Art League figures a way forward: reinventing its nude show”, Lexington Herald Reader, February 25, 2016.
Dunne, Jill. “Cincinnati Art Museum to present powerful African-American art in ’30 Americans’”, Art Fix Daily, January 28, 2016.
Roselione-Valadez. “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection”, catalogue, The Rubell Family Collection. December 2015.
Watson, Alexandra. “Apogee: Issue 6”, Apogee, Issue 6, December 2015.
Cotter, Holland. “’If You Leave Me Can I Come Too,’ a Show Whose Subject Is Death”, The New York Times, December 24, 2015.
“Lexington Art League to launch new year with Artist: Body, set to open in February”, KyForward, December 29, 2015.
Valentine, Victoria. “The Year in Black Art: January 2015”, Culture Type, December 13, 2015.
Langmuir, Molly. “14 of the Most Brilliant, Unexpected, and Powerful Women in Art Right Now”, Elle Magazine, November 25, 2015.
Loudis, Jessica. Landscapes of Desire, How Music keeps Xaviera Simmons’s Art in the flow”, Art Mag by Deutsche Bank, November 2015.
Hawgood, Alex. “Art Bookstore Printed Matter Has New Home”, The New York Times, November 18, 2015.
“Night + Day: Ten Best Things to Do in Broawrd and Palm Beach Counties This Week”, Boward-Palm Beach New Times, November 10, 2015.
Snow, Leida. “A Gallery Grows in Harlem,” Strausmedia, November 3, 2015.
Larsen, Christian A. “Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern”, catalogue, The Wolfsonian – FIU, October 2015.
Whitehead, Anna Martine. “Radical Presence, Absence, A Body Without Politics,” Art Practical, September 29, 2015
Matusow, Catherine. “Embracing the Spectacle in South Beach, FL,” Houstonia Magazine, September 29, 2015.
Bailey, Nadia. “Rose McGowan, Rain Phoenix & More on Art, Feminism And #YESALLWOMEN,” Oyster Magazine, September 16, 2015.
Pedro, Laila. “ FOR THOSE IN PERIL ON THE SEA; Seeing Édouard Glissant in Miami,” The Brooklyn Rail, September 8, 2015.
Edwards, Stassa. “PAMM’s ‘Poetics of Relation’ Probes the Immigrant Experience,” Miami New Times, July 2015.
Heddaya, Mostafa, “Toward the Same Sea”: Critical Cosmopolitanism at the Perez Art Museum,” Blouin Art Info, July 6, 2015.
Mosaka, Tumelo & Tobias Ostrander. “Poetics of Relation”, catalogue, Perez Art Museum Miami, May 2015.
Hoffman, Barbara, David Kaufman, and Marisa Mazria-Katz. “7 hot NYC artists you need to know right now,” New York Post, May 12, 2015.
Miller, M.H. “Here is the lineup for Frieze New York’s Sound Program,” Artnews, March 20, 2015.
Greenberger, Alex. “Art + Feminism Goup Announces Second Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon,” Artnews, February 18, 2015.
“Xaviera Simmons,” Site 95, February 2, 2015.
Cascone, Sarah. “Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg Award Winners Announced,” Artnet News, January 9, 2015.
Dean, Rowanne. “Landscape Artist,” Columbia Spectator, November 13, 2014.
Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
Russeth, Andrew. “A Tour of Expo Chicago 2014,” ArtNews, September 2014.
Fullerton, Elizabeth. “Playing a Different Tune,” ArtNews, June 2014.
“‘Black Eye’”: Impressive Gathering of Artists Aims to Defy Categorization,” ArtsObserver, May 2014.
Kirsh, Corinna. “NADA New York in Images,” Art F City, May 10, 2014.
Schwendener, Martha. “Gathering of Far-Flung Friends, and Trands,” The New York Times, May 8, 2014.
Picard, Caroline. “Untitled: an interview with Xaviera Simmons,” ArtSlant, April 2014.
Beth Mason, Shana. “Xaviera Simmons, Open.” The Miam Rail, Spring 2014.
Lax, Thomas J. “When The Stars Begin To Fall Imagination and the American South”, catalogue, The Studio Museum in Harlem. March 2014.
Rogers, Katie. “Beyond Basquiat: We shouldn’t use ‘black artist’ as a code for ‘other’”, The Guardian, February 28, 2014.
Johnson, Jarrett. “SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers –Xaviera Simmons,” Afropunk, February 7, 2014.
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos. “Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: January’s Best Gallery Shows,” Miami New Times, January 10, 2014.
Mason, Shana Beth. “Xaviera Simmons: Open,” This Is Tomorrow, January 7, 2014.
Frank, Priscilla. “Artist Xaviera Simmons Shares Her Art Basel Miami Beach Survival Tips,” The Huffington Post, December 6, 2013.
McDermott, Emily. “Xaviera Simmons, All Over the Place,” Interview Magazine, November 2013.
“Xaviera Simmons: Brooklyn Artist,” Ann Street Studio, November 2013.
Luxe Interiors+Design New York, October 2013
“Exhibition Features 30 Of The Most Influential Contemporary Black Artists,” The Huffington Post, September 27, 2013.
Kozinn, Allan. “Visual Artists, Choosing to Play by Ear: ‘Music,’ at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,” The New York Times, September 26, 2013.
“Miami museum gets $1M for works by black artists,” The Miami Herald, September 24, 2013.
Carter, Jordan & Hanna Exel. “Embodying the Archive: Xaviera Simmons on Archive as Impetus,” Inside Out: MoMA/oMA PS1 Blog, July 2, 2013.
Prajapati, Sheetal. “Living History: Xaviera Simmons and Archive as Impetus.” Inside Out, June 20, 2013.
“Artist Project: Xaviera Simmons.” Art Papers, June 2013.
Genest, Alexandra. “Xaviera Simmons: A Summary of Talent and the Artist’s Experiment.” DZI: The Voice, April 30, 2013.
Castro, Jan G. “In the Studio with MoMA”, International Sculpture Center Blog, March 27, 2013.
“Female Artists 2013: Celebrate International Women’s Day With 10 to Watch This Year,” The Huffington Post, March 8, 2013.
“Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know,” The Huffington Post, February 26, 2013.
McCleod, Carmen. “Tête-à-tête: Mickalene Thomas in conversation with Carmen McCleod.” Art Papers. November/December 2012.
“Keeping up with the Guthmans.” Michigan Avenue Magazine. November 2012.
Cotter, Holland, “Tête-à-tête”, New York Times, August 9, 2012.
Kazakina, Katya, Harpo’s “Wig, Mona Lisa’s Mustache, Black Nudes, Hamburger”, BloombergTV, July 31, 2012.
Toro, DJ EL, “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl”, The Kexp Blog, July 18, 2012.
Wender, Jessie, “Tête-à-tête with by Mickalene Thomas”, The New Yorker, July 16, 2012.
Markus, David, “Where Do We Migrate To?”, Art in America, June/July, 2012.
Elliott, Bobby, “Primary Sources, The Studio Museum’s Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition”, Huffington Post, June 26,2012.
McClemont, Doug, “Naked or Nude”, ARTnews, May, 2012.
Despain, Cara, “Surveyor. An Interview with Xaviera Simmons”, Art Pulse, April 20, 2012.
Pearson, Laura, “Mickalene Thomas curates Tête-à-tête at Rhona Hoffman Gallery”, TimeOut Chicago, April, 2012.
Wollenweber, Heike, “Xaviera Simmons- DJ, artist, serial jet-setter”, Wonderland, April, 2012.
Austin, Tom, “Miami Art Museum ‘Vinyl’ exhibition showcase art that sings”, The Miami Herald, March 27, 2012.
Brillson, Leila and Andrea Cashman, “The 9 NYC Artists You Need To Know Now”, Refinery 29, January 27,2012.
Pollack, Maika, “An Influential Citizen: ‘The Bearden Project’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” Observer, November 29, 2011.
“Art Basel Miami Beach: Delicious Up-And-Comers At This Year’s Fair,” The Huffington Post, November 26, 2011.
Kleinman, Rebecca, “Exploring the Panorama: in Art Nova, new work from 42 galleries and 104 international artists survey dust, repetition, and womanhood, ” Art Basel Miami Beach, December 2011.
Warchol, Glen, “Utah Museum of Fine Arts exhibits show the art the wanderer,” The Salt Lake Tribune, November 17, 2011.
Mahoney, J.W., “Where Do We Migrate To,” Artpulse Magazine, 2011.
White, Amy, “New American Landscapes,” August 10, 2011.
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos, “David Castillo, One of Only Two Galleries Selected for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011,” Miami New Times, August 24, 2011.
Warren, Tamara, “Back to the Land” Life + Times Magazine, August 12, 2011.
Tschida, Anne, “In ‘Sum:’ recreating the created image,” Knight Arts, June 03, 2011.
McGee, Celia, “First an Outcast, Then an Inspiration,” New York Times, April 21, 2011.
Cotter, Holland, “STARGAZERS: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists,” New York Times, April 14, 2011. Duray, Dan, “In Flux Art, Naked Meets Nonsense Meets Lard,” The New York Observer, March 29, 2011.
“Black History Month 2011: Bronx Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Black Power,” NY1, aired February 21, 2011.
Corwin, Will, “Xaviera Simmons,” Art International Radio, orginally aired January 1, 2011.
“Hot Shots,” Modern Painters, November 2010.
“Ten Female Artists You Should Know,” Essence Magazine, 2010.
De Jesus Suarez, Carlos, Miami New Times, February 2, 2010.
Smith, Roberta, “A Beating Heart Of Social Import,” New York Times, December 09, 2009.
Cotter, Holland, “Negritude,” The New York Times, July 2, 2009.
Penndleton, Adam, “Artist On Artist,” Bomb Magazine, 2009.
How To Break Your Own Heart, Exhibition Catalog, Art In General, NY, 2008.
Perspectives 157: Xaviera Simmons, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, 2007.
Schwyzer, Elizabeth, “Challenging Aesthetics” The Santa Barbara Independent, April 8, 2007.
Genocchio, Benjamin, “Down By The River” The New York Times, October 1, 2006.
Genochio, Benjamin, “E7: Emerge at Aljra,” The New York Times, September 15, 2006.
Simmons, Xaviera “Notes On How To Break Your Own Heart”, NYFA Current, April 2006.
Valdez, Sarah, “Bling and Beyond,” Art in America, April 2006.
Curators Choice, Scope Art Fair Catalog, 2006.
Garcia, Miki, “Xaviera Simmons,” Frequency catalogue, The Studio Museum In Harlem, 2006.
Kastner, Jeffery, “Frequency” ArtForum International, January 2006.
Smith, Roberta. “Where Issues Of Black Identity Meet The Concerns of Every Artist,” The New York Times, November 18, 2005. Blackside Productions, This Far By Faith, PBS Documentary of a Two-year walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, 2004.




The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
ICA Miami, Miami
The High Museum Of Art, Atlanta
The Nasher Museum Of Art at Duke University, North Carolina
The Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Perez Art Museum Miami
UBS Art Collection, New York
The Studio Museum In Harlem
Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina
The Agnes Gund Art Collection
Deutsche Bank, New York

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