Beverly Semmes

(American, b.1958)

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Beverly Semmes is an internationally recognized artist who has been showing her work since 1990. Her first exhibitions were two concurrent project rooms at PS1 and Artist’s Space in New York City. Other early exhibitions included a large installation at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a room-scaled work made for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. By the mid-1990s, she was exhibiting work across the United States and in Europe. European projects at this time included solo shows at such major venues as the Camden Arts Centre in London; the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She was also included in several important group shows early in her career, such as Plastic Fantastic Lover at the Blum Helman Warehouse in New York City, Bad Girls at New York City’s New Museum, and Bad Girls West at the UCLA Art Museum in Los Angeles.
 
In 1995, the artist designed costumes and sets for the French choreographer Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier, France. This collaborative production–titled “Nuit”–continues to tour worldwide today. In the following years, she had numerous solo museum shows, including major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), the Virginia Museum of Art (Richmond, VA), the Whitney Museum Philip Morris Gallery, (New York, NY) and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH). She exhibited large-scale projects in Japan in 1999 and in 2003. More recently, she has been included in several international shows such as Sonsbeek 9 (Arnhem, Holland), Regarding Beauty at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Rapture at the Barbican Museum (London, England), New Material as New Media at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA) and Dresscodes (St. Gallen, Switzerland).
 
Semmes has received numerous grants and awards, including an Alice Kimball English Award from Yale (1997), a grant from Art Matters (1998), an Artist’s Space Grant (1989), an NEA Fellowship (1994-95), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1997), and a prestigious award from the Art Critics International Association (AICA USA) (2001) for her exhibition at the Philadelphia-based Fabric Workshop and Museum. She attended the Boston Museum School and the Skowhegan School of Art and received a BA in Art History, as well as a BFA in Fine Art (1982). Semmes attended Yale University School of Art where she was awarded an MFA in Sculpture (1987).
 
Semmes’s work is in the permanent collections of many important museums, such as the Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), the Whitney Museum of American Art in (New York, NY), the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO) and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, (Los Angeles, CA). She has completed three major commissioned works for public lobby spaces: an installation for Microsoft Corp. headquarters in Redmond, Wash., a large wall work for the Progressive Corp. in Mayfield Village, Ohio and a grand entry sculpture for Musachino Art University Library in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, Semmes participated in a major survey exhibition called Dirt on Delight organized by the ICA Philadelphia, which traveled to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
 
Beverly Semmes lives in New York City and teaches at New York University and Pratt Institute.

 

Solo Exhibitions

*denotes catalogue

2012
Starcraft, Knoxville Museum of Art, 08 June – 09 September

2011
The Feminist Responsibility Project, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, New Jersey
Starcraft, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 15 May – 23 October

2008
Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?Testsite, Austin, Texas (collaboration with Ingrid Schaffner)
Pink Arms, Pairs and Bumps, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas

2007
Beverly Semmes, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
Certainly (Chartreuse) / Really (Red),Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf

2006
Blood Shot Pot, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

2005
HOLE/POT/DOT, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Ice Queen, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf
La Flor del Paraiso #2, Leslie Tonkonow Art + Projects, New York

2004
La Flor del Paraiso, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark (20 May – 10 October) *

2003
In the O, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2002
Sea Green Petunia, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf

2001
Beverly Semmes, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2000
Beverly Semmes, Ginza Artspace, Shiseido Co., Tokyo
Beverly Semmes: Watching Her Feat, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

1999
Beverly Semmes: Photographs, Susan Inglett, New York
Beverly Semmes: Super-8 Films, GAGA, New York
Beverly Semmes, Kunstverein Ulm, Germany
Beverly Semmes, Not Here, Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conneticut (01 September – 24 October) *
Beverly Semmes, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldor, Germany
Beverly Semmes, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998
Beverly Semmes, Galleria Marabini, Bologna

1997
Beverly Semmes: Stuffed Cat, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Beverly Semmes: New and Recent Sculpture, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (thru 16 February) *

1996
Beverly Semmes, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (21 March – 23 June) *
Beverly Semmes, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts (12 April – 30 June) *
Beverly Semmes, Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach (27 April – 07 July) *
Beverly Semmes, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (22 July – 08 September) *
Beverly Semmes, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Beverly Semmes: New and Recent Sculpture, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (02 October – 16 February 1997) *
Beverly Semmes: She Moves, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York
Beverly Semmes: Big Silver, Michael Klein Gallery, New York

1995
Beverly Semmes, Kemper Museum for Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City, Missouri
Beverly Semmes, Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Beverly Semmes, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1994
Beverly Semmes, Michael Klein Inc., New York
Beverly Semmes, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Beverly Semmes, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
Beverly Semmes, James Hockey Gallery, WSCAD, Farnham, England
Beverly Semmes, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England

1993
Investigations: Beverly Semes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia *
5501 Columbia, Contemporary Culture Inc., Dallas
South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1992
Beverly Semmes, The Sculpture Center, New York

1990
Beverly Semmes, Special Projects, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
Beverly Semmes, Artists Space, New York


Group Exhibitions

2011
Nicole Cherubini and Beverly Semmes, Samson Projects, Boston

2010
When Dog Turns to Wolf, David Krut Projects, New York
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Summer Interval, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf

2009
Art, Pret-a-Porter, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf
Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Motion Blur, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Gustavsberg, Sweden

2008
Great Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
Focus: The Figure, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Something New, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas
Psychotic Reaction, KS Art, New York
Sheldon Survey: An Invitational, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2007
Post Dec, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Connecticut

2006
The Bong Show (Or This is Not a Pipe),Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NY
Ice Queen, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Duesseldorf, Germany
DressCode, Historisches und Voelkerkundemuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York

2005
An Inner Glow, Kunstverein Kunsthalle, Linden, Germany
ME-tissages, Museum voor Industriele Archeologie en Textiel, Ghent, Belgium
SOMMERGAeSTE, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf
Clothesline: Art, Clothing, Identity, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pairs, Groups, and Grids, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
On Conceptual Clothing, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan
Art-Robe, Unesco, Paris

2004
On Conceptual Clothing, Musashino Art University and Library, Tokyo
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
About Sculpture, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
Corporal identity – Body Language: The moving Image, video program at the Donnell Media Library in conjunction with the Museum of Art & Design exhibition

2003
Imago: 10 Ans D’acquisitions du FRAC Franche-Comte, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dole, France
New Material as New Media: The Fabric Workshop and Museum at 25 Years, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Wrapture, Consolidated Works, Seattle
Me, Myself & I: Looking at Portraiture, CRG Gallery, New York

2002
New York, New Work, Now, The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Rapture: Art’s Seduction by Fashion 1970-2002, The Barbican Centre, London
Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Cleveland Center for the Arts, Cleveland
Art Unlimited, Art 33, Basel, Switzerland
Into the Woods, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
Nicole Klagsburn Gallery, New York
Dangerous Beauty, The Jewish Community Center, New York
Knockout Fairground, New York University Galleries, New York
Primal Screams and Songs: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Objects of Desire, Jan Abrams Fine Arts, New York

2001
Recent Acquisitions, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Objective Color, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conneticut
Uncommon Threads, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Sonsbeek 9: Locus/Focus, Arnheim, The Netherlands
Untragbar: Mode als Skulpture, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne
About the Bayberry Bush, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
Issue 17: World View, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston (traveling exhibition)
Skowhegan Faculty 2001, Colby College Art Museum, Waterville, Maine
The First 10 Years: Selected Works from the Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
New Work: Recent Additions to the Collection, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Brooklyn Collects, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Ellipsis, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2000
The Likeness of Being: Contemporary Self-Portraits by Sixty Women Artists, DC Moore Gallery, New York
Multiples, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
Beauty Now, Haus der Kunst, Munich

1999
Textil, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Regarding Beauty, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Rubell Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The Body in Question, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
School Reunion, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
A Space to Grow, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Almost Warm and Fuzzy; Childhood and Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines (traveling exhibition

1998
Masters of the Masters, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
L’entrelacement et l’enveloppe, La Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France
The Secret Life of Clothes, Artium Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
Fashion Happening, Gallery K, Washington, D.C.
Fashioned, White Box, New York
Cathedral City, St. Ann’s Church, Manchester, England
Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum, Pusan, South Korea
Seven Year Itch, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami
Douzieme Rencontres Video Art Plastique, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, Caen

1997
Thread, Christinerose Gallery, New York
Scene from Behind, Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York
Changing Spaces, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (traveling exhibition)
Angel, Angel, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Photography, From the Beginning, or Almost, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Art/Fashion, Guggenheim SoHo, New York
Fashion Moda, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland
Feminine Image, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York
Ceramics, White Columns, New York
New York University Faculty Show, Washington Square East Gallery, New York
Hanging by a Thread, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Art on the Edge of Fashion, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
The Hirshhorn Collects: Recent Acquisitions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

1996
A Labor of Love, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Handmade Readymades, Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York
A Bare Wall!…, Michael Klein Gallery, New York
Black, White and Gray, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
Bodyscape, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
Landscape Reclaimed, Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Conneticut
Recent Sculpture, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
Functionally Challenged, Ubu Gallery, New York
Biennale di Firenze: il tempo e la moda. Florence, Italy
Practicas Transgressivas: Women in Red, Galeria Luis Serpa, Lisbon, Portugal
Container ’96: Art Across Oceans, Copenhagen, Denmark
L’art au Corps, le corps expose de Man Ray a nos jours, Mac Galeries contemporaines des Musées de Marseilles, Marseilles
Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975 – Now, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York and Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
Millennium Eve Dress, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

1995
Cathy de Monchaux, Byron Kim, Beverly Semmes, Todd Gallery, London, England
Material Dreams, Takashimaya Gallery, New York
Object Lessons: Feminine Dialogues With the Surreal, Huntington Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
Blue, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
Mit sicherem Griff, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
Universe of Meaning, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont
New York University 1995 Faculty Show, Apex Art, New York, NY
In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the 90s, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York
Fashion Moda, Entwhistle, London
Currents 95: Familiar Places, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
This End Up, University of Wyoming Museum of Art, Laramie, Wyoming (travling exhibition)
Conceptual Textiles: Material Meanings, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconson
Blind Spot Exhibition, Soho Arts Festival, New York

1994
Bad Girls, Wright Art Gallery, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Bespoke, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Skulptur, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
From Beyond the Pale, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Written/Spoken/Drawing in Lacanian Ink, Thread Waxing Space, New York

1993
Addressing the Body, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco; Patricia Shea Gallery, Santa Monica
Meddlesome and Mettlesome: Selections from the Collection of Robert J. Schiffler, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
American Art Today: Clothing As Metaphor, Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami
Interzone, John Post Lee Gallery, New York
Mapping: An Index of Experience, Germans van Eck Gallery, New York
Contemporary Women Artists and the Issue of Identity: My/Self: Your/Other, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York
First Sightings, Denver Art Museum, Denver
Three Sculptors, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo
Yale Collects Yale, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Extravagant: The Economy of Elegance, Russisches Kulturzentrum, Berlin
Big Girls, Janet Borden Inc., New York
Times: New Art from the USA, Anderson O’Day Gallery, London
Surface Tension, Michael Klein Inc., New York
Fall from Fashion, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conneticut
The Rag Trade (Right Off the Rack), InterArt Center, New York
Image Makers, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York
Empty Dress: Clothing as Surrogate in Recent Art, Independent Curators Inc. (traveling exhibition)
Kurswechsel, Michael Klein Inc. at Transart Exhibitions, Cologne

1992
Invitational, Stux Gallery, New York
In Praise of Folly, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconson
Patently Missing, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
Susan Watkins Award Exhibition, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
Photoworks, Michael Klein Inc., New York
Pop Body, Sally Hawkins Gallery, New York
Installations and Constructions, Tavelli Williams Gallery, Aspen
Tennisport Arts Inaugural Exhibition, Tennisport Arts, Long Island City, New York

1991
Plastic Fantastic Lover (Object A), Blum Helman Warehouse, New York
Emerging Sculptors, Sculpture Center, New York
Ornament, John Post Lee Gallery, New York

1990
Drawings, Althea Viafora Gallery, New York

1989
Eccentric Natures, Art Awareness Gallery, Lexington, New York