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

Born in Columbia, SC, 1969
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Day 6: Rodney McMillian

In many of Rodney McMillian’s enthralling instillations and performance pieces, he ignites our sensory functions as much as he does our cerebral ones. Whether it’s an empty, soiled upholstered armchair or floppy, cut-out canvas of the Supreme Court Building, his works evoke a melancholy past of bygone glory days as he depicts the emotional void. Still, there’s often a socio-political edge to his works, as they often touch upon important events and people who are sometimes omitted from conventional historical records.

POLL

Below is an image McMillian’s Untitled 2007. Does it evoke for you a sense of absence of any of the following?

Rodney McMillian poll

Education

2002 M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1998 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1991 B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2010 Succulent, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
2009 Sentimental Disappointment, Momentum 14: Rodney McMillian, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA
Haubrokshows, Berlin, Germany
2008 The Kitchen, New York, NY, curated by Rashida Bumbray
2007 Jutta Koether / Rodney McMillian, Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin, Germany
Rodney McMillian, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
2006 Odes, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2005 Untitled (ellipses) III, Triple Candie, New York, NY
2004 On Comfort, Adamski, Aachen, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Blues, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Shapes, Sammlung Haubrok, Berlin, Germany
Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Agitated Histories, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD and traveling to SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, curated by Irene Hofmann
2010 New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions, 2000-2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Summer Group Show, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Rodney McMillian, Charles Gaines, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
The Artist’s Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009 The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection II, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
MONITAUR, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
Out of School, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
2008 It’s all about Sculpture, Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, Germany
California Biennial 2008, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Index: Conceptualism in California from the Permanent Collection, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
International Artist-in-Residence New Works 08.1, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Mannerfantasien II, Centre for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin, Germany
Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times, Orange County Museum of Art, CA.
Black Is, Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL [cat.]
Whitney Biennial, 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY [cat.]
2007 An Atlas of Events, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal [cat.]
2006 Painting in Tongues, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Collections

Armand Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY


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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