Mitchell Squire

(American, b.1958)


Mitchell Squire is an installation artist, sculptor and performance artist based in Iowa. He is primarily known for his work that explores culture through collected artifacts. He historicizes the performative aspects of objects through strategies of association and the incorporation of provocative materials including human hair, candy, and athletic tape, in an attempt to tease out the presence of complex structures of desire. In 2010, Squire was the recipient of the Midwest Voices and Vision award, administered by the Alliance of Artists Communities and funded by The Joyce Foundation, and the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship to participate in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. A nationally recognized educator in the field of architecture, his published works include the poetic treatise “Paris Done Burnt!” in White Papers, Black Marks: Architecture, Race and Culture (2000),and the object collection “cultureWARE: Implements of Desire; or EAT THIS!” in Eating Architecture (2004). He is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture and holds both Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Iowa State University.


London, White Cube Gallery, Mitchell Squire: Inside the White Cube, 07 September – 11 November
New York, CUE Art Foundation, Mitchell Squire: no ‘nother country, 19 November – 14 January 2012 (catalogue)
Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Wurster Gallery, Mitchell Squire, TOYZ: and other thoughtful objects for hours of play, 17 November – 03 December
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Taubman College Gallery, Mitchell Squire, Toyz: and other thoughtful objects for hours of play, 15 February – 29 March
Des Moines, Drake University, Anderson Gallery, Mitchell Squire: Still Life with Peaches (and a little black boy atop a spotted pony), 10 November – 11 December


New York, New Museum, Museum as Hub: Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, 12 October – 04 December