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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

iona rozeal brown

Born in Washington, D.C., 1966
Lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Day 26: iona rozeal brown

iona rozeal brown often takes cues from her explorations as a DJ when  juxtaposing elements of Japan’s ganguro culture and black American hip-hop and fashion. In such acclaimed works such as 2003’s Untitled I (Female), 2009’s King Kata #3: Peel Out (After Yoshitoshi’s Incomparable Warriors: Women Han Gaku, and A Children’s Story, she also draws upon Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints and paintings.

Listen to Megan Lykins Reich, director of education and associate curator at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art, talk about the influence of music on her work.

iona rozeal brown reflects on the role that artistic community plays in her artwork. November 3, 2011.


2002 M.F.A., Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1999 B.F.A., Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1996 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (one year of coursework)
1995 Montgomery County Community College, Takoma Park, MD (two years of coursework)
1991 B.S., Kinesiological Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2010 mythologies and mash-ups, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA
MOCA Cleveland, OH
2008 VOLTA4: Voltany, Basel, Switzerland
2007 the epidemic of excess, the detriment of denial, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Say it LOUD! A Hip-Hop Conversation, with Nikki S. Lee, SAC Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony
Brook, NY
2004 a3 the revolution: televised, terrorized, sexualized, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
iona rozeal brown MATRIX / 152, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
2003 a3…black on both sides, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 battle of yestermorrow, Performa via Salon 94, New York, NY
Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Curated by Isolde Brielmaier, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2010 Public Enemy No. 1, Curated by Shaheen Merali, Exhibit 320, Dehli, India
The Global Africa Project, Curated by Lowery Simms, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Vivid, Curated by Janet Phelps, Schroder Romero & Shredder, New York, NY
Pattern I.D.,Akron Art Museum, OH
2009 New Acquisitions, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
2007 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
Japan, INC., Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
New York – States of Mind, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; traveled to Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY [cat.]
2006 Dragon Veins, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL [cat.]
Paper Trail: African American Works on Paper, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2005 Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora: Selections from the Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton
Contemporary Collections, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA [cat.]
2004 New Visions: Emerging trends in African American Art, The Anacostia Community Museum,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [cat.]
2003 Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Collections

Collections of Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, Santa Monica, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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