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Alex McQuilkin

Adjunct Faculty, MA Contemporary Art, New York

MFA, New York University, New York, NY
BS, Studio Art, New York University, New York, NY

Alex McQuilkin’s work has exhibited internationally since 2000. Her paintings, videos and drawings explore themes such as the role of cultural aesthetics in defining female identity and the power structures embedded within artifice. Recent highlights include solo exhibitions in NY and Germany and group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, KW Institute in Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Centre Pompidou in Paris. McQuilkin’s work has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Village Voice, FlashArt, Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from New York University and is currently a professor of art at New York University and The New School.

Alex McQuilkin
  • Exhibitions


    Feedback, Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY
    Escape Attempts, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA
    Squared x 2, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

    These Days; Leaves of Grass, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
    Queensize, Museum Arnhem, NL
    I Prefer Life, Reyden Weiss Collection, Weserburg, Bremen DE
    Shame, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, DE
    Television, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    My Way, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Frieze NY, New York, NY
    Auto Body, Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, AR
    The Now Forever, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
    PLAY, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    The Raw and the Cooked, Frosch & Portman, New York, NY
    In Your Dreams, Neuehouse, New York, NY

    Queensize, Collectors Room, Berlin, DE
    Auto Body, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL
    A Womanhouse or a Roaming House, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    The Undulation of Something Faintly Familiar, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
    Misrepresentation, Lesley Heller, New York, NY
    By Invitation Only, Kinz + Tillou, Brooklyn, NY
    Birds, Bernaducci Meisel, New York, NY
    The Whitney Art Party Auction, Highline Stages, New York, NY
    Unlooped-Kino, Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, RU
    The Reason for Beauty, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
    Still/Video, Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, CH

    Play- The Frivolous and the Serious, The Collectors Room, Berlin, DE
    Currents, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
    Holiday Show, NeueHouse, New York, NY
    Goddess, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

    En Désordre, Philara-Sammlung Zeitgenössischer Kunst, Dusseldorf, DE
    Ugly, Broke, Sober, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York, NY
    Graphomania, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
    These are the Good Times, New York University, New York, NY

    Guilty Pleasures, 2020 art, Sydney, Australia
    Desperate Acts, Columbia University, Macy Art Gallery, New York, NY
    Presages, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    Saccharine, Grimmuseum, Berlin, DE
    Highlights from the Kunstfilm Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
    Hip & Cool, Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander, ES
    Gewalt, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE
    Mother, New York University, New York, NY
    Julia Stoschek Collection- I Want to See How You See, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, DE

    On Portrait-01, Kunstagenten Gallery, Berlin, DE
    East Coast Video, Ramis Barquet, New York, NY
    Radiographas 09, Center for Ancient Art Institute, Gijon, ES
    KunstFilmBiennale, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
    Highlights from the KunstFilmBiennale, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
    Highlights from the KunstFilmBiennale, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
    Talk, Talk, Academy of Visual Arts [HGB], Leipzig, DE
    Talk, Talk, Kunstverein Medienturm Graz, Graz, AU
    That’s Just the Way It Is, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
    Talk Dirty to Me, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY
    Highlights from the KunstFilmBiennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
    Brooklyn is Burning, Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

    Diana und Actaeon, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, DE
    Number Two: Fragile, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, DE
    Busan Biennial: Expenditure, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, KR
    VIDEOCRACY, tina b., The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, CZ
    A Silence: Jesper Just/Alex McQuilkin/Jen Gustavson, Sala SAM, Santiago, CL

    Look Away, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY
    Teenage Kicks, Vegas Gallery, London, UK
    Aggression, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
    Kunstfilm Biennial, Cologne, DE
    Felt Temperature..., Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, DE
    Into Me/Out of Me, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, IT
    Final Cut, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, DE
    Je Suis Une Bombe, Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal, DE
    12th Biennial of Moving Images, Centre pour L’Image Contemporain, Saint
    Geneve, CH
    Final Cut, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, DE

    Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY
    Into Me/Out of Me, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
    HER-SELF, Ritter/Zamet, London, UK
    VIDEONALE Bonn, Ernst Museum, Budapest, HU
    Lo Ultimo de Nueva York, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
    America: How Contemporary Artists see the USA, Figge von Rosen, Cologne, DE
    When the Revolution Comes, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY
    Video Heroes, CGAC, The Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago de Compostela, ES
    Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Franfurt, DE
    COOLHUNTERS, Budapest Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HU

    COOLHUNTERS, Kunstlerhaus Wien, AU
    Vicious, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
    Orgien, Voelker & Freunde Galerie, Berlin, DE
    Dead Kids Do Nothing, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY
    Corpus 05 Brugge, Musea Brugge, Brugge, BE
    Realities III: Exceptions, Fotogalerie Wien, Wien, AU
    Poesia In Forma Di Rosa, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone, IT
    Video/Ekonomie, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Museum Karlsruhe, DE
    First We Take Museums, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, FI
    Himmelsbilder, Dommuseum zu Salzburg, Saslzburg, AU
    Boost in the Shell, Cultural Center of Bruges, Bruges, BE
    Nocturnal Transmissions, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC
    COOLHUNTERS, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Museum Karlsruhe, DE
    Unspeakable, Aeroplastics, Brussels, BE

    Body, Gimm Eis, Copenhagen, DK
    Black Milk, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
    Short Histories of Video, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
    Like a Virgin, Eastern Edge, St. John’s, CA
    Pulse of America, Aeroplastics, Brussels, BE

    Without Fear or Reproach, Witte Zaal, Gent, BeE
    Foreplay, Ritter/Zamet Galerie, London, UK
    Meanwhile in the Real World, Chapelle de la Sorbonne, Paris, FR
    Female Turbulence, Aeroplastics, Brussels, BE
    Interdit Aux Moins 18 Ans, Galerie Une, Neuchatel, CH
    Luxurious, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
    No Platform Just a Trampoline, Marcus Ritter Gallery, New York, NY
    Bad Girls, Ikon Ltd./Kay Richards Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA
    Emergencias, Galeria de Arte Carmen de la Guerra, Madrid, ES

    Cabaret Electronico, Galeria de Arte Carmen de la Guerra, Madrid, ES
    Porn Ar(t)ound the World, KC nOna, Mechelen, BE
    Room for a Revolution, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL
    Strip and Tease, Aeroplastics, Brussels, DE
  • Conferences/Lectures


    2016 Guest Critic, USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
    2014 Lecture/Presentation, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
    2013 Undergraduate Drawing Critiques, New York University, New York, NY
    2011 Lecture and Undergraduate Critiques, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
    Undergraduate Painting Critiques, New York University, New York, NY
    Lecture and Studio Workshop, Casita Maria, Bronx, NY
    Jury Member, KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne, Germany
    2009 Lecture, New York University, New York, NY
    2005 Lecture/Presentation, Tufts University, Medford, MA
    2004 Lecture/Presentation, New York University, New York, NY

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