Stanya Kahn
Stanya Kahn

Curriculum Vitae (downloadable PDF here)

Lives and works in Los Angeles
2003 MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College
1992 BA, Magna Cum Laude, Interdisciplinary Social Science/ Minor in History, San Francisco State University

Honors and Awards (select)
2020 Anonymous Was a Woman nomination
Herb Alpert nomination (film/video)
2018 Herb Alpert Award nomination (film/video)
MacDowell Residency
Acts of Life Residency, Singapore and Manila, NTU CCA & Goethe Institute
2017 Herb Alpert Award nomination (two categories: visual art and film/video)
2014 CCI Investing in Artists Grant
2013 Artadia Award
2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Film/Video
2011 ARC Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
2010 Jury Prize: Best Short, Narrative Fiction, Migrating Forms Film Festival
2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, nomination
Durfee Foundation, Artist’s Resource Grant
2008 United States Artists Fellowship, nomination
Durfee Foundation, Artist's Resource Grant
2007 Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, nomination
California Community Fund Fellowship for Mid-Career Artists?2006Durfee Foundation, Artist's Resource Grant

Solo Exhibitions (select)
2022 Forest for the Trees, Stanya Kahn solo exhibition, Vielmetter Los Angeles, LA, CA (opens June ’22)
2020 ICA/LA, curated by Jamilah James, Los Angeles, CA
Wexner Center for the Arts, museum, curated by Lucy Zimmerman, Columbus, OH
2018 Wexner Center for the Arts, the BOX, Columbus, Ohio
Schwules Museum, Berlin, GDR
2017 Museum of Modern Art/PS1, NY, curated by Klaus Bisenbach
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
Street Views, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
2016 The Pit, Glendale, CA
Stanya Kahn, Weiss Berlin, GDR
2015 Die Laughing, Marlborough Chelsea, NY
2014 Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2013 Pigna Project Space, Rome, Italy
2012 Project space, New Museum, NY, NY
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
Corner House, Manchester, UK
2011 Galleria Perdida/Recess Activities, NY, New York
2010 Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY, with Harry Dodge
2007 “No Ins and Outs”, Carlier | Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany, with Harry Dodge?2006Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY, with Harry Dodge

Group Exhibitions (select)
2022 For the Birds, Ecstatic Static online video show, curated by Jason Evans, This Long Century (online, USA)
Salt Istanbul, SALT online video show, curated by Katie Vida, Istanbul, Turkey
2021 Expanding the Frame, Walker Center for the Arts
100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, NY
2020 A Sculpture, A Film and Six Videos, Weslyan University Center for the Arts, Middleton, CT
Desk Toy, Rumplestiltskin Gallery, NY
Today’s Yesterday, Bejing Art Museum, curated by Liu Ding and Carol Lu Yinghua, China
2019 Inaugural Show, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, new space Los Angeles
Fruitful Labors, Zuckerman Museum, curated by Kirstie Tepper, Kennesaw, GA
Acts of Life, NTU, Singapore
TEN, Artists Curated Projects, LA, CA
2018 Gwangju Biennial, curated by Christine Kim and Rita Gonzalez, Gwanju S. Korea
2017 Triggered, New Museum, NY, curated by Johanna Burton
Today’s Yesterday, Anren Biennial, curated by Liu Ding and Carol Lu Yinghua, China
Teeter, Carl Louie Gallery, London, Canada
Videos, Anonymous Gallery, Armory Fair and Mexico City
Sea Sick in Paradise, Depart Foundation, curated by Amy Yao, LA/Rome
Mutual Admiration, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
2016 LA is a Fiction, curated by Gunnar Kvaran and Theirry Raspail, Fernley Astrop Museet, Oslo
LA is a Fiction, curated by Gunnar Kvaran and Theirry Raspail, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon
Future Ruins, Naughton Gallery, Belfast, IR
3AM Eternal, curated by David Quadrini, Dallas, TX
Teen Choice, curated by Drew Heitzler, CNP, LA, CA
2015 Survival is Not Enough, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul and London
Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Jill Dawsey (forthcoming), San Diego
2014 Special Madness, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
The Cat Show, curated by Laura Owens, 356 Mission, LA
“Real Emotions,” with Dodge, curated by Ellen Blumenstein at KW, Berlin, GDR (Feb)
2012 “Facing the Sublime in Water,” curated by Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
EAI at Lothringer Halle, Munich, GDR
“Sundays @ 4”, curated by Joey Kotting, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA
2011 “Two Schools of Cool,” Orange County Museum of Art, curated by Sarah Bancroft, CA
“Suelto”, curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Adrian Rivas, La Central, Bogota, Colombia
“Keren Cytter, Stanya Kahn, Dafna Maimon, and Shana Moulton”, Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany“Electromediascope: Inside/Out” curated by Gwen Widmer, Nelson-Atkins Museum, MO
2010“California Biennial,” curated by Sarah Bancroft, Orange County Museum of Art
“45 Years of Performance Video from EAI,” Wiels, Brussels, Belgium; PS1 NY, NY
“Virtuoso Illusions,” curated by Michael Rush, MIT, Cambridge, MA
“Ludicrous,” ICA Philadelphia, PA
“Slightly Unbalanced,” curated by iCI, Harnett Museum, Richmond, VA
2009 “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video,” curated by Lauren Ross, Elizabeth A. Sackler
Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY?“Code Share: 5 continents, 10 biennales, 20 artists”, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Simon Reese?“Videonale 12”, Kunstalle Bonn, Bonn, Germany?“Unusual Behavior,” Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2008 “Whitney Biennial 2008,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY?“California Video,” Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA?“Laughing in a Foreign Language,” The Hayward, London, UK
“Desert Shore,” Luckman Fine Arts, curated by Jan Tumlirm, Cal State, LA
2007 “Between Two Deaths”, ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsrühe, Germany, curated by Ellen Blumenstein
and Felix Ensslin ?“Eden’s Edge”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Gary Garrels
2006 “Defamation of Character”, PS 1, Contemporary Art Center, NY
“Locale” Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“VIDEO MARATHON 2006”, Art in General, New York, NY
2005 “Marking Time”, group show, Getty Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
“Sugartown”, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York and Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX?“The Early Show”, White Columns Gallery, New York (Masuka the Crazy Attack (1976) (by Stanya Kahn))

Video/Film Screenings (select)
2022 Rotterdam International Film Festival Special Programs (Six films over two days)
2020 Expanding the Frame, Walker Center for the Arts
2019 Stand in the Stream, Transmediale, Berlin, GDR
2018 Stand in the Stream, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA
Stand in the Stream, Carpenter Center, Harvard Univeristy, Cambridge, MA
Kathy and Sandra, both in Women Tell Stories, curated by Nellie Killian, Metrograph, NY
Stand in the Stream, National Gallery, Washington DC
2017 Stand in the Stream, Kaunas Film Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
Stand in the Stream, Museum of Modern Art, NY
Stand in the Stream, Home, Manchester UK
Performative Screenings, School Gallery, Vienna, AT
Expo Chicago, curated by Ali Subotnick
New York Flowers, w/Dodge, Essex Flowers Gallery, NY
2016 The Closer I Get to the End…, curated by Suzi Halajian and Clara Lopez, Human Resources, LA, CA
Multiple videos, Night Transmissions, Icelandic TV, curated by Margo Norton, TV/Internet
International Women’s Film Festival, Cologne, GDR
VIDEOS w/Dodge, Space Gallery, London, UK
2015 Don’t Go Back To Sleep, HOME, Manchester, UK
Winner (w/Dodge) at Human Resources, LA
Magic Lantern Cinema w/Dodge, Brown University, RI
2014 Don’t Go Back To Sleep, Migrating Forms Festival, BAM, NY, NY
Don’t Go Back To Sleep, Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, LA
Stanya Kahn, selected works, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
"The Expansion of the Instant," X-tra at Archive Books, Berlin, GDR
2013 “Always Worried”, video screening, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, GB
“Always Worried”, video screening, Temple Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
“Elegy for Voice and Silence,” Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
2011 54th Venice Biennale, Film Program, Swiss Pavilion, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, Italy
2010 Migrating Forms, Closing Night Program, Anthology Film Archive, NY
Jury Prize Films, BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Modern Mondays, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Mike Smith/E-Flux Video Screening, The Building, Berlin, Germany
2006 Combines Platter, in conjunction with Rauschenberg Combines exhibition), MOCA, LA CA
2005 Let the Good Times Roll, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT?Winner, Ed Ruscha Film Night, MOCA, LA, CA?Let the Good Times Roll, New York Underground Film Festival, NY; Provincetown Int’l Film Festival, MA
2002-4 Winner, Slamdance, NY; Best of Slamdance, LA; Mix Festival, NY; LA Film Festival; New Festival, NY;
Slamdance Film Festival, Utah; London Lesbian/Gay Int’l Film Festival; OUTFEST Film Festival, LA; Hallwalls Art Space, Buffalo, NY, Flaming Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2001-02 By Hook or By Crook - Contributing writer, actor, performance consultant. Independent feature film, written
and directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard. DVD distributed by Wolfe Video. TV: Sundance Channel. Selected Film Festival Screenings: Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; South by Southwest, Austin, TX; OUTFEST, LA, CA; New Festival, NY; SF International Lesbian and Gay,
CA; Cleveland International, OH; Paris International Lesbian and Gay, France

Performances: Selected work, solo and collaborative (Select. Evening-length works, unless indicated by °)
2016 Die LaughingSusanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
2006 Jimbo°Cherry and Martin Gallery, LA, CA
2004 Let the Good Times Roll°Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Ballad of Crappy and SeapoleDiverseworks, Houston, TX
2002 Delirium, production of 1996 one-person play Yale School of Drama, CT
2001 The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
Jack Tilton Gallery, NY, NY
Stromereien Festival of Performance, Zurich, Switzerland
University Settlement, NY, NY
2000 The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole Performance Space 122 (P.S. 122), NY, NY
1998 Rank StrangerDixon Place, NY; Diversworks, Houston; Chirst Church, PA,
Links Hall, Chicago
1998 Specimens (w/Ishmael Houston Jones)Christ Chuch, PA; Performance Space 122, NY
1997 DeliriumIntersection for the Arts; SUSHI San Diego; HERE, NY
1997 Entertainment For the Apocalypse (w/CORE)Performance Space 122, NY; Fabrik, Potsdam; Lot Theater,
Braushchweig; Highways, LA; SUSHI San Diego; Brady St.
Dance Center, SF; Laney College, Oakland

2018 Today’s Yesterday, Anren Biennial Catalogue, China
Gwanju Biennial Catalogue, Gwanju
2017 Trigger, catalogue, New Museum, NY
2016 Die Laughing, artist’s book by Stanya Kahn, 2nd Cannons Press, LA
2015 Moving Image, ed by Omar Kholeif, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London, UK
Abstract Video, ed. By Gabrielle Jennings, conversation with Trinie Dalton and Stanya Kahn, UCPress
Material, Issue 4, artist project, Material Press
2014 Artist Project, X-Tra Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 4
2012 It’s Cool, I’m Good: Stanya Kahn, monograph, CornerHouse Publications, UK
2010 Bryant, Tisa, Miranda Mellis, Kate Schatz, eds., “Hell”, Encyclopedia Project, Vol. 2, SPD Press
2007 Cooper, Dennis, Ed. “Hell,” Userlands: New Fiction from the Blogging Underground, Akashic Press, January
Hull, Steven, Ed., “Let the Good Times Roll,” performance text in Nothing Moments, collection of art and
fiction, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles
“Let the Good Times Roll,” performance text, Soft Targets Journal of Theory, Art and Literature, Vol. 1
“Lois and Conan,” short story, LTTR Journal of Art and Writing, #4
2002 Athey, Ron, Interview, POZ Magazine, June
“7:15 AM: On Timothy McVeigh,” Movement Research Journal, 23, August

Articles and Reviews (select)
2020 Teens Wander a Post-Apocalyptic World inStanya Kahn’s No Go Backs, Art in America, by Travis Diehl, May
Stanya Kahn’s Communication Breakdown, Frieze, by Jan Tumlir, Nov
Portfolio: Stanya Kahn, Bomb Magazine, by William J. Simmons, Oct
Against Inheritance: Stanya Kahn’s No Go Backs, Another Gaze, by Gabriella Beckhurst, August
A Surreal and Eerie Look at Los Angeles Over the Past Decade: Stanya Kahn, Hyperallergic, by Nathalie Haddad, Nov
Teens Lead the Way Forward in No Go Backs, Alive, April
Art Review: Stanya Kahn, Columbus Underground, March
2019 Stanya Kahn interviews Jim Shaw, Spike Art Quarterly, Winter
2018 Frieze 200th Issue, drawing by Stanya Kahn, Dec
2017 Anna Griz, interview with Stanya Kahn, Mousse Magazine,
Taubin, Amy, “A River Runs Through It: Stanya Kahn’s Stand in the Stream,” Artforum, Aug 31
Diehl, Travis, Stanya Kahn, Frieze Magazine, May
Mirzota, Sharon, Stanya Kahn, LA Times, May 4
Scrimgeour, Alex, Stanya Kahn, Spike Magazine Quarterly, January
2015 Rosenthal, Tracy Jeanne, Stanya Kahn in the Studio, Art in America, June/July
Indrisek, Scott, The Apocalypse is Hilarious: Stanya Kahn, Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters, September/December
Whyma, Chloe, Stand Up as the New Performance Art, Artspace, August 28th
Mendelsohn, Ben, Plenty of Causes for Concern, The Brooklyn Rail, February 5th
McGarry, Kevin, In San Diego Art is a Laughing Matter, NYTimes Magazine, January 23
Marcus, Michelle, 10 x 10: Stanya Kahn, Malibu Magazine, December issue
2014 Tumlir, Jan, "Stanya Kahn," Flashart, July-Sept
Guthrey, Summer, “Stanya Kahn,” Artforum Critic’s Pick May 2014
Beck, Chelsea, “Selfing Togetherment Naturally: Stanya Kahn,” Artslant, May 2014
Thorson, Allison, “Don’t Go Back to Sleep: The Time For Change is Now- Stanya Kahn,” Kansas City Star, May 22, 2014
Halter, Ed, Don’t Go Back To Sleep, brochure text, Grand Arts, June 2014
2012 Allsop, Laura, Stanya Kahn: It’s Cool, I’m Good at Cornerhouse, UK, Art Monthly, September, 2012.
Mohebbi, Sohrab, “ ‘A cave walks into a bar…’ Stanya Kahn, ” Art Agenda, April 3, 2012
Staff, Stanya Kahn, the Art of the Joke, Huffington Post, Feb 14th, 2012
Myers, Holly, “Stanya Kahn at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” LA Times, March 8, 2012
Wiley, Chris, Stanya Kahn, Artforum Critic’s Pick, March 17, 2012
2011 Taft, Catherine, “Stanya Kahn and Llyn Foulkes Interview” Catalogue, Two Schools of Cool, 2011
Wahlquist, Grant, “Stanya Kahn: Interview,” catalogue essay, California Biennial, 2010
Kramer, David Jacob. “Stanya Kahn, A Video Artist Who Defies Characterization,” Paper Mag, April?
2010 Pagel, David, “Stanya Kahn: A Film Fest That is All Her Own,” LA Times, April 9th, 2010
Campagnola, Sonia, “Stanya Kahn,” FlashArt, May-June 2010
Hebron, Micol, “Stanya Kahn,” Art Forum Cirtic’s Pick, March 2010
Kilston, Lyra, “Stanya Kahn,” Art Review, March 2010
Smee, Sebastian, “MIT Exhibit bends More Than Gender,” Boston Globe, Feb 14th, 2010
Proctor, Roy, “Harnett Museum is Time-Based Art,” Feb 14th, 2010
Wagley, Catherine, “Women of California Coolness,” Daily, Nov. 19
2009 Woodard, Josef, “Off the Off Radar Art”, Santa Barbara News Press, November 20
Smith, Michael, “Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Bomb Magazine, No. 108, Summer
2008 Bedford, Christopher, “Focus: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Frieze Magazine, Nov-Dec
Finkel, Jori, “Unsettling in a Funny Sort of Way,” New York Times, March 2
Kushner, Rachel “1,000 Words,” Artforum, January
"Art reviews, defamation of character", New Yorker, November
Halle, Howard, "Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn," Time Out NY, July
Schambelan, Elizabeth, "Whitney Biennial," Art Forum, Summer
Armetta, Amoreen, "Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,", June
Volk, Gregory, "Spring in Dystopia," Art in America, May
Saltz, Jerry, “Whitney Biennial,” Village Voice, April
Alemani, Cecilia, "Whitney Girls", Mousse Magazine, March
Cotter, Holland, “Whitney Biennial,” New York Times, March
Schjeldahl, Peter, “Lessness: The Art World,” New Yorker, March
Halle, Howard, “Whitney Biennial,” Time Out NY, March
Shaffer, Grant, "Art Review", Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn", New Yorker, March 18
Cornell, Loren, "Art Picks: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn," Time Out NY
Mellis, Miranda, “California Video,” Exhibition Catalogue, January
2007 “Art and Politics in LA, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn”, Modern Painters, January
2006 Smith, Roberta, “Art in Review: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” New York Times, May 12
“Arts About Town: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” New Yorker, May 15
“Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Time Out New York, May 11
Kushner, Rachel, “Openings: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Artforum, February
2005 Van, Tran Duc, “Scene and Heard: The Artforum Diary: Houses Proud”, December
Bailey, Cindy, “Radar Reading Series,” LitRave, September 9
Johnson, Ken, “Stanya Kahn and Harriet (Harry) Dodge,” New York Times, August 5
Cornell, Lauren, “Notes from Underground,” NYFA Interactive News, April
Gilani, Nadia, “Selected Shorts,” Gingerbeer, April
Weissman, Benjamin, “Slaves to the Visual,” The Believer, Dec 2004/January
2004 Halter, Ed, “A Few Odd Girls Out…,” Village Voice, November 19-25
Hall, Phil, “Winner,” Film Threat, February 16
Jackson, Merilyn, “Thoughtful Gestures,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 12-18
Rudstrom, Sten, “Delirium: Stanya Kahn,” P-Form, Number 44 Fall1997/ Winter