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Lisa Oppenheim

Born 1975, New York, USA

Lives and works in New York, USA


Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Studio Program

MFA Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College, Department of Film/Video

BA, cum lade, Brown University, Department of Modern Cultutre and Media, Art and Semiotics concentration

Solo Exhibitions


hereditary language, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France


La Quema, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico

Forever is Composed of Nows, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany

Project Space: Nature’s Pencil, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany

From Abigail to Jacob (Works 2004–2014), Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria


Point de Gaze, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Heavens Blazing into The Head, The Approach, London, UK

Everyone's Camera, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany


Equivalents, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA

Vapours and Veils, Galerie Martin Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

Intervention: Lisa Oppenheim, curated by Martha Kirszenbaum, 21er Haus, Vienna


Art Statements, Art Basel 42, Lisa Oppenheim with Galerie Juliette Jogma


Blood to Ghosts, Martin Klosterfelde Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Blood to Ghosts, Galerie Juliette Jogma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Lisa Oppenheim; Open Source, Univeristy of California, Riverside/California Museum of Photography

Invention without a Future, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA


The Making of Americans, STORE, London, UK


By Faith and Industry, Galerie Juliette Jogma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lisa Oppenheim, Annex 14, Bern, Switzerland


Story, Story, Print, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK


Split Screen, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Parallax View, Galerie Juliette Jogma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Damaged, De Nederelandsche Bank Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions


Photo Poetics: An Anthology, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (forthcoming)

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany

Eppur si muove (And yet it turns), MUDAM, Luxembourg

wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles, KM– Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria

Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA 


American Photography: Recent Acquisitions from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paris Photo 2014, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Americans in New York 3, Matthew Buckingham, Lisa Oppenheim, Hank Willis Thomas, Michel Rein, Paris, France 

New in the Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize 2014, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

CLEAR, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, USA

Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia, curated by Shezad Dawood and Tom Trevor, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India

Constellations, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France

Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India


New Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

ICP Triennial 2013, International Center of Photography, New York, USA

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, USA

Every Serious Man in Dealing with Really Serious Subjects Carefully Avoids Writing, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Specific Collisions, curated by Melissa Gordon, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA

Jew York, UNTITLED, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, USA

Pyroerotomachy, curated by Krzysztof Gutfransk, Galeria Arsenal, Ponzan, Poland

Thirty Year Anniversary Group Exhibition of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, curated by Florence Derieux, Reims

The Story Behind, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona

L’apparition des images, curated by Audrey Illouz, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris


Lisa Oppenheim/Agnieszka Polska, Belevedere, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria 

No Person May Carry a Fish into a Bar, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, USA

Fact Mystic, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam

A revolução tem que ser feita pouco a pouco – Parte 2: As duas metades, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Galerie Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil

Group Show, curated by Benjamin Godsill, Bishoff Weiss, London, UK

Cantastoria, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA

Esta Puerta Pide Clavo, curated by Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium

Riot, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

On Geometry and Speculation, Parallel Project of Marrakech Biennale, Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco

Behind The Light, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

Artists’ Film Club: Lisa Oppenheim – Double, ICA, London, UK

Recto/Verso, The Approach, London, UK

Found In Translation, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany

Gallery Artists Group Show, Harris Lieberman, New York

A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Thom O’Nions, Cristina Guerra, Lisbon


The Ginger Island Project, curated by Liutarus Psibiliskis for Perform 11, The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, USA 

Flags for Venice, curated by Gianni Jetzer and the Swiss Institute, Venice, Italy

Found In Translation, curated by Nat Trotman, Guggenheim Museum, New York

New Existentialisms, curated by Alexandra Blattler, Gebert Stiftung fur Kultur, Rapperwil, Switzerland

Specific Collisions, Cosar HMT, Duesseldorf, Germany

Wild Sky, curated by Michael Conner, Edith Russ House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany


Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

On Gaps and Silent Documents, curated by Pieter-Paul Mortier, Artefact Festival, STUK, Leuven, Belgium

And So On, And So On, And So On, Harris Lieberman, New Yourk, USA

Image Transfer, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA

Time’s Arrow, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

Ever Prosperity, Bugda and Cargnel, Paris

Free, curated by Lauren Cornell, The New Museum, New York, USA


Fabienne Leclerc/In Situ Gallery, curated by Clément Dirie, Paris, France

Reduced Visability, Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

The columns held us up, collaboration with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, curated by Vasif Kortun and November Paynter, ARTISTS SPACE, New York, USA 

National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

PRUNE, guest-curated by Kathy Ryan, FOAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Solaris, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy

Don’t Expect Anything, Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy

A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA

The Third Place, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Turning Points, Outpost, Norwich, UK

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France 

Shake It: An Insult History of the Polaroid, Pump House Gallery, London, UK


The Museum of Modern Art of Rupublica Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia 

Sudden White (after London), GSK Contemporary at the Academy of Arts, London, UK

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Galerie de Multiples, Paris, France

Quiet Politics, Zwiner & Wirth, New York, USA

The Why of Life, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

Neutre Intense, Centre d’Arte Mira Phalania, Maison Popularie, Montreuil, France

Other Certanties, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, USA

The Gut of the Quantifier, Lisa Cooley Fine Arts, New York, USA

Present Futures, Artissima Torino, Italy with Harris Lieberman

Self-Storage, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA

Tell me everything you saw and what you think it means, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe, Germany

Sudden White, Royal Academy, London, UK 

Art Nova, Art Basel Miami Beach with Harris Lieberman


Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach with STORE

Presque Rien 1, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK 

Several Seconds of Badly Developed Film, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

How Soon Is Now?, Luis Seoane Foundation, Coruna, Spain

Extra-Room, Arti & Amiticae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Illy Prize, Art Rotterdam


Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Trifecta, Bellweather Gallery, New York, USA 

For Hollis, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria

Re:Visie, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Brave New World, Lizbeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles 

The Golden Hour, Gigantic ArtSpace, New York, USA

Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance), Bellweather Gallery, New York, USA

Story Study Print, salon orgainized by Lisa Cooley

The Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Lisa Oppenheim/Alexandra Leykauf, FOAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van bedeelnde kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Cinematexas, Austin, USA

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany


Botany, Sonoma County Museum of Art, Sonoma, California, USA

Documentary Evidence, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France 

Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van bedeelnde kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Good Words and Credentials, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New Yourk, USA 

Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York, USA

Hard Times, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Open Studios, Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, USA

Drive Into the Sunset, Western Front Society Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Tonight, Schnittraum Gallery, Cologne, Germany

Art in General’s 4th Annual Video Marathon, Art in General, New York, USA

Selected Screenings


Smoke, Parcours at Art Basel, Switzerland, 12th-16th June


Artists’ Film Club: Lisa Oppenheim – Double, ICA, London, 9th February


The Indiscipline of Painting Screening, Tate St. Ives, 28th October

What makes Free Will (with Melissa Gordon), Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam, 25th November


Lost and Found, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 9th September at Tate Modern, London, 11th December

Lisa Oppenheim,, July

Selected Bibliography


Derieux, Florence, Gruijthuijsen, Krist, Steinbrügge, Bettina, eds., Lisa Oppenheim: Works 2003–2013 (catalogue), Sternberg Press, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Grazer Kunstverein, Kunstverein in Hamburg
Khanna, Shama, Lisa Oppenheim, Frieze, January/February
Höller, Christian, Lisa Oppenheim: From Abigail to Jacob (works 2004-2014), Springerin, No. 3/14, p. 62-63
Lübbke-Tidow, Maren, Lisa Oppenheim: From Abigail to Jacob (works 2004-2014), Camera Austria, No. 126, p. 76-77
Smith, T’ai, Binding Economies: Tectonics and Sieve, Texte zur Kunst, June


Dawood, Shezad, ed., Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia, published on the occasion of Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India, Arnolfini, Ridinghouse
Johnson, Ken, Images Propelled Beyond Pictures, The New York Times, 13th September, p. C21-C23
Khanna, Shama, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Frieze, Issue 160, January
Herd, Colin, Redefining the Medium: New Photography 2013, Aesthetica, p. 34-38
Knoblauch, Loring, New Photography 2013 @ MoMA, Collector Daily, 1st October
Museum of Modern Art, “New Photography 2013”, New Yorker, September, p.33
Pollack, Maika, On View: ‘New Photography 2013’, The New York Observer, 30th Sebtember, p. 1,4
Pollack, Barbara, “New Photography 2013”, TimeOut New York, October/November, p. 48
Bryant, Eric, Shooting Stars, Art + Auction, October, p. 130-135
Corbett, Rachel, MoMA’s “New Photography” Survey Shows the Medium Morphing Into a New Dimension, Artspace, 13th September
Mall the right moves, Wallpaper, Issue 177, December
Pollack, Maika, ‘New Photography 2013’ at the Museum of Modern Art, Gallerist, 24th September
Jannssen, Renske, Lisa Oppenheim, Frieze, 18th February
Scholis, Brian, Lisa Oppenheim: Elemental Process, Aperture No. 211, May
Hanson, Sarah, Shooting Stars, Art + Auction, October
Woodward, Richard, Image Making in the Aftermath of the Digital Revolution, The Wall Street Journal, 24th July
Woodward, Richard, The SX-70 as Sexy Tech, The Wall Street Journal, 6th May
Holmes, Pernilla, Thinking outside the box, Financial Times online, 2nd May
Schwendener, Martha, Art Review: Instant Photographs, Lasting Images, The New York Times, 26th April
Oppenheim, Lisa. Fish Scale, Veritable Hollandais (Version 8), 2012 on the front cover of Nero, Winter issue.
Tilghman, Parker, Photogrpahy for the end of the world,, 11th December


Rhodes, David, Critics’ Picks: Lisa Oppenheim, Artforum, December
Tilgham, Parker, Photography for the end of the world,, 11th December
Kopsa, Maxine, Conceptual Sex: Modernism Acknowledges Colour, Metropolis M, June
Stuber, Tracy, Smoke on Film: Lisa Oppenheim’s conceptual photography, Modern Painters, May
Thorne, Sam, Recto/Verso, Frieze, Issue 147, May
Pataczek, Anna, Ich versteh nur Chinglisch, Der Tagesspiegel, 1st February
Richter, Peter, Lost in Isa Genzken. Frankfurter Allemeine Zeitung, 29th January
Rosenberg, Karen, Lisa Oppenheim: Equivalents, The New York Times, 31st May
Goings On About Town: Lisa Oppenheim, The New Yorker, 4th June
Woodward, Richard, Seeing Beyond The Surface: Lisa Oppenheim: Equivalents, The Wall Street Journal, 1st June
Herbert, Martin, Now See This, Art Review, November, p. 44.
Myers, Holly, Art Review: ‘No Person May Carry a Fish Into a Bar’ at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles Times, 2nd August


Vozmediano, Elena, Lisa Oppenheim, de la combustión, El Cultural, 30th September
Tan, Lumi, Free, Frieze, Issue 137, March
Kappeler, Suzanne, Review: "Historische Nachforschungen", Neue Zücher Zeitung, 16th February
Conner, Michael, Wild Sky (catalogue), Hatje Cantz Verlag


Cluitmans, Laurie, Extending Time: Lisa Oppenheim, Metropolis M, Number 5, October-November
Rosenberg, Karin, A Show Is All Cyber, Some of the Time, The New York Times, 21st October
Rattemeyer, Christian, Lunagrams, Fantom Photographic Quarterly, Issue 3, Spring
Wehr, Anne, Review: Invention Without a Future, Frieze, Issue 128, Jan-Feb
Tikhonova, Yulia, Review: Invention Without a Future, Flash Art, Jan-Feb
Lisa Oppenheim, Lay Flat 02: Meta, February 


Diaz, Eva, Critic’s Pick: Lisa Oppenheim,, 14th September
Droitcour, Brian, Looking Back: Lisa Oppenheim at,, Tuesday 14th July
Noé, Paola, Critic’s Pick: Don’t Expect Anything,, 10th March
Coburn, Tyler, Reviews Marathon: New York, ArtReview, March 
Twilight Art, Carefully Aimed, February
Killed Negatives: Lisa Oppenheim and Etienne Chambaud, Carefully Aimed, February
Schwendener, Martha, Get Your Anxiety Right Here, Village Voice, February


Simon, Taryn (guest ed.), Blind Spot, Issue 39
Alemani, Cecilia, The Dark Side of the Moon, Mousse Magazine, Issue 16, December
Goings On About Town: Quiet Politics, The New Yorker, 1st September
Special Focus: Photography, Lisa Oppenheim, ArtReview, September
Auricchio, Laura, Quiet Politics, Time Out New York, 13th-19th August
Goodrich, John, Political Art, Love It or Leave It, The New York Sun, 28th August
Carlin, T.J., Quiet Politics, Art Review, 26th June – 29th July
Coburn, Tyler, Rhizome News: The Quiet Storm,, 4th July
Reeves, Emma, Lisa Oppenheim: Killed Negatives, After Walker Evans, The Journal, Number 22, Spring
Gallois, Christophe, Neutre Intense/The Book, ed.


O’Connell, Brian, Between Appropriation and Reconstruction, Art and Research, Summer
Fanego, Pablo Fernandez, How Soon is Now?, (Exhibition Catalogue), Coruna, Spain
Downey, Anthony, Liverpool Biennial 2006, Flash Art, January–February, p.64
Malasauskas, Raimundas, Visiones y Revaleciones. Fahrenheit, vol. 26, December
Sholis, Brian, Conventional Center,, 6th December


Behrman, Pryle, In Search of the Ideal Biennial, Art Monthly, November
Mosquera, Gerardo, Lisa Oppenheim, Liverpool Biennial Catalogue, Liverpool, UK
Re:Visie, (Catalogue), Centraal Museum Utrecht, p.p. 241, 245
Knight, Christopher, Around the Galleries, The Los Angeles Times, 21st July
Fox, Killian, What a Turn-up: A Sprawling but Often Inspiring Collection has Emerged from the Beleaguered
Biennial Team in Liverpool
, The Observer, 24th September
LeFeuvre, Lisa, Lisa Oppenheim, Art Monthly, November, p.14-15
Smith, Roberta, Dice Thrown, New York Times, 3rd November
Doran, Ann, Dice Thrown, Time Out New York, 2nd–8th November
Griffin, Jonathan, Liverpool Biennial, Frieze, November
Kersting, Rita, Top 10 Shows of 2006, Lisa Oppenheim and Alexandra Lejkauf, Artforum, December, p. 298


Lutticken, Sven, Lisa Oppenheim, Artforum, December
Berrebi, Sophie, and Jonge Holland, The Document as Idea, December
Up and Coming Photographers of 2005, ArtReview, October
Gortzak, Roos, Lisa Oppenheim, ArtReview, September
Smallenburg, Sandra, Old Words, New Images: Lisa Oppenheim at Galerie Juliette Jongma, NRC Handelsblad, 1st July


Documentary Evidence, Cultural Supplement, Le Monde, 13th May
Snyder, George, Garden of Artistic Delights; At the intersection of nature and humans, art meets botany in a revelatory show at the Sonoma County Museum, San Francisco Chronicle, 22nd October
Keijer, Kees, Review of Open Studios, Het Parool, 27th November
Botany Catalogue, Sonoma County Museum of Art, Sonoma, USA


Waxman, Lori, Critic’s Picks: Hard Times,, Summer

Awards, Residencies and Fellowships:


Recipient of the AIMIA|AGO Photography Prize
Recipient of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography - The Israel Museum


Recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant


Illy Art Prize


Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Fellowship and Residency from the Dutch Ministry of Culture


Recipient of three Bard College Fellowships

Published Texts:


Survey: On Screen, Frieze, Issue 141, September

Lisa Oppenheim: Accidental Networks, MAP #25, Spring


Annette Kelm: A Precise, Wideranging Scavenger, Flash Art, March-April


Artist Talk, Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, New York, 19th November

Cimetière d'Ixelles, An Art in General New Commission, curated by Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, New York, USA


Artists’ Film Club: Lisa Oppenheim – Double, ICA, London, February
High Line Channel: Eyeballing, The High Line, New York, 6th March – 10th April


LLAMA, Conduits Gallery, Milan, December


A Twilight Art, co-curated with Jessie Washburne-Harris, Harris Lieberman, New York, January

Public Collections:

The Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

FRAC Nord-Pas Calais, France

FRAC Piemonte, France

Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shpilman Institute of Photography, Tel Aviv, Israel

Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK