Caitlin Cherry

Caitlin Cherry

b. 1987, Chicago, IL

Lives and works in Richmond, VA

Cherry’s paintings feature larger-than-life subjects in striking color: Black femme figures, familiar composites drawn from an image culture that thrives on appropriating these women’s likeness while rarely crediting their creativity. Across her recent work, these women’s bodies are overlaid with cryptic alphanumeric symbols—kaleidoscopic incursions that refer back to the codes and algorithms that power our media landscape, fueling the algorithmic tools of Black culture’s dissemination and extraction. They also play at themes of authenticity and authentication, gesturing towards the PIN numbers and digital locks that facilitate the online sale of artificially-editioned art. While the women on view would seem to bare it all, the invocation of cryptography suggests a layer of nuance and agency—a reproach to the traditional female nude figure who passively abides her own sexualization.

Education

2012

M.F.A., Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

2010

B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009

Yale University, Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Crichoues Indignation, The Hole, New York, NY

Corps Sinore, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2019

Threadripper, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

2018

Dirty Power, Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI

Etherpaint, The Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2021

Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm, curated by Christina Ine-Kimba Boyle, Canada, New York, NY

2020

Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

2019

On Their Own Terms, Windgate Center of Art + Design, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

2018

A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN, Performance Space, New York, NY

Punch, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY

Touchstone, American Medium, New York, NY

Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR

THE SUN IS GONE BUT WE HAVE THE LIGHT, Unclebrother/Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Hancock, NY

SOUL RECORDINGS, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2016

Objected: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

2015

Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park, Weston-super-Mare, UK

Civilization and its Discontents: SAIC 150th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition. Selections from 1985-2015, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Made in N.Y., Blueshift Gallery, Miami, FL

8 Painters, Danese Corey Gallery, New York, NY

Immediate Female, Judith Charles Gallery, New York, NY

2014

Don’t Look Now, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY

This Is What Sculpture Looks Like, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

Whitney Houston Biennial, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Corpus Americus, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York, NY

Recess, curated by Tempest Hazel, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL

2012

Fore, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY

Summer Show, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Retrospective of S, curated by Jonathan Safran Foer and Sam Messer, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

Columbia University MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Queens, NY

NEXT GENERATION, Contemporary Wing, Washington, D.C.

2011

Paperwork, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

1st Year MFA Exhibition, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Awards/Residencies

2017

Artist-in-residence, University Museum of Contemporary Art/UMass Amherst Printmaking Department

2016

Robert Rauschenberg Residency

2015

Leonore Annenberg Fellowship

2012

Lotos Foundation Grant Recipient

2009

Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University

 

Lectures/Conferences

2017

Visiting Artist Lecture, Boston University, Boston, MA

Panelist, Black Aesthetics Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Panelist, 1:1 Systems Theory in Practice Since WWII Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2016

Panelist, iHistory: Everyday Life and Culture in the Early 21st Century, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Caitlin Cherry’s Black Military Aesthetix, Afrofuturism Conference 2016, The New School, New York, NY

Panelist, Hypervisibility of Black Image Online, Afrofuturism Conference 2016, The New School, New York, NY

2015

Caitlin Cherry’s FB Google IMG Search Matrix, Recess Art, New York, NY

Panelist, SAIC 150th Alumni Panel, EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Panelist, How Do You Do What You Do?, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2014

Visiting Artist Lecture, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

2013

In Conversation with Nick Faust, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Talk, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mythological Creatures in Art – In Conversation with Lauren Haynes, Yashua Klos, Firelei Baez, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY

 

Selected Bibliography

2019

Tory Akers, “Respectability Politics and Painting: An Interview with Caitlin Cherry,” Artspace, June 15

Caitlin Cherry, “Pictorial SpaceX,” Art21 Magazine, Spring Issue: “21st Century Body,” May 30

Joel Kuennen, “Caitlin Cherry,” Art in America, March 1

Cate McQuaid, “Porn stars are powerful in the artist’s eyes,” The Boston Globe, February 20