• Jeanine Oleson

    Associate Professor of Photography


    Jeanine Oleson is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1995), Rutgers University (MFA 2000), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000). Oleson has exhibited and performed at venues including: Hammer Museum, LA (2017); Commonwealth & Council, LA (2017), Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, S. Korea (2017), Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2016); SculptureCenter, NY (2016); Pierogi, Brooklyn (2015), New Museum, NY (2014); Exit Art, NY (2012); Beta Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012); Commonwealth & Council, CA (2012); X-Initiative, NY (2010); Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO (2009); Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2009); Diverseworks, Houston, TX (2009); L.A.C.E., Los Angeles (2006); Monya Rowe Gallery, NY (2005); Samson Projects, Boston, MA (2005); Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL; Bates College Museum of Art, ME; H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Museum of Art, MO; Participant, Inc., NY; MoMA P.S.1, NY; Santa Fe Art Institute, NM; Pumphouse Gallery, London; White Columns, NY; and Art in General, NY. Oleson has received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant (2016), Creative Capital Artist Grant (2015), Puffin Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Art emergency grant (2014), Franklin Furnace Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2009); a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant (2008 and 2009); and a Professional Development Fellowship, College Art Association (1999–2000); and was in residence at the Hammer Museum (2016-2017), Macdowell Colony (2016), Smack Mellon Studio Program, NY in 2009. She also published two books about performance projects in 2012, “What?” and “The Greater New York Smudge Cleanse.” Oleson has also been a lead collaborator on the Photo Requests from Solitary project since 2012.

    Recent Publications:


    -Amy Kaeser, review: “Jeanine Oleson: Can you feel it? Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles,” Art and Cake, August 12, 2017 (

    -T. Cole Rachel, interview: “Jeanine Oleson on the pleasure of making things,” The Creative Independent, July 21, 2017 (

    -Alex Teplitzky, interview: “Jeanine Oleson’s critique of capitalism through craft and humor,” Creative Capital blog, May 25, 2017 (

    -Emma Specter, “Six L.A. Art Exhibits to See With Your Mom This Mother's Day,” Arts and Entertainment, Laist, May 10,2017 (

    -“Hammer Projects: Jeanine Oleson: Conduct Matters,” video interview produced by Chisa Hughes for the Hammer Museum, May 2017 (

    -Mia Lewis, interview: “Jeanine Oleson and Photo Requests from Solitary,” Hammer Museum blog, November 30, 2016 (

    -Jennifer Krasinski, “Nothing’s Sacred: Two Exhibitions Clown Around with Convention,” The Village Voice, February 9, 2016 (

    -Erin Jane Nelson, review of “It Can Howl” at Atlanta Contemporary, Art Papers, July/August 2016 (

    -“Photo Requests from Solitary” co-organized new images published in VICE, Prison issue (print), Oct. 9, 2015



    -“The Voice,” exhibition catalog, published by the Coreana Museum of Art, published June 2017

    -“Hammer Project: Jeanine Oleson: Conduct Matters,” exhibition brochure, published by the Hammer Museum, May 2017, essay by Connie Butler

    -Published color image in “Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art”, 1948-1988, ed. Cornelia Butler and Luis Pérez-Oramas, MOMA Publications (Hardcover 2014) ISBN: 9780870708909

    -Stefan Helmreich, Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science, in The Oxford  Handbook of Sound Studies. Karin Bijsterveld and Trevor Pinch, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

    Authored Publications

    -“Dorito Divas: Isaac Pool interviewed by Jeanine Oleson,” BOMB magazine online (, January 25, 2018

    -“Bea Santiago-Muñoz by Jeanine Oleson,” BOMB Magazine, Issue 139, Spring 2017 (archived online:

    -“Photo Requests from Solitary” collaborative writing/materials published in anthology titled Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, MIT Press 2016, part of “Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture” series

    -Published “Breathe In” in “Crossing Listening Thresholds,”curated by Regine Basha, What Now? Symposium 2016, Art in General ( and Art F City, NY, January 22, 2015 (

    -Published writing in “Ignorance: Between Knowing and Not Knowing,” ed. Gavin Morrison/Sigrid Sandström, Axl Books, Sweden (Hardcover, 2015) ISBN: 9789186883331

    -Included images, “Lesbians and Exile,” Sinister Wisdom, Volume 94, Fall 2014, edited by Joan Nestle and Yasmin Tambiah, pgs. 72-73


    Performances And Appearances:

    Solo & Group Exhibitions


    Can you feel it?, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA July 10-August 19 (solo)

    Conduct Matters, Hammer Project, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, May 6-August 6, curated by Connie Butler and Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett (publication) (solo)

    The Voice, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, S. Korea, curated by Jieun Seo (catalog)


    It Can Howl, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA, curated by Daniel Fuller

    The Eccentrics, SculptureCenter, Queens, NY, curated by Ruba Katrib (catalog)


    Destroy, she said, Pierogi, Brooklyn, curated by Saul Anton and Ethan Spigland

    A Sea Change Into Lands Rich and Strange, Abrons Art Center, curated by Amanda Parmer


    Hear, Here, residency/exhibition/public programs, New Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Johanna Burton (solo)

    Still Acts, La Mama Galleria, NY, curated by Ian Daniels and Sara Reisman

    Selected Screenings and Performances

    Breathe in the World, (or, problems with you, me, we, they, hear and see), Hammer Museum, May 13-14


    Breath Sessions, In Real Life: 100 Days of Performance, Hammer Museum, October 20

    Open Audition, In Real Life: 100 Days of Performance, Hammer Museum, October 27. Collaboration with Lisa Reynolds


    Performance in Double Mouth Feedback, RECESS, organized by Jonah Groeneboer, Sept. 19


    Hear, Here (excerpt), experimental opera, Utterances, BRIC Brooklyn, curated by Martha Wilson and Ben Thorpe Brown, October 14

    Hear, Here (excerpt), experimental opera, Performance as Publishing, The Classroom, NY Art Book Fair, MOMA/PS1, curated by Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale, September 28
    Hear, Here, full-length experimental opera at New Museum, June 13-14
    The Rocky Horror Opera Show, live event for audience and performers at New Museum, co-organized with Cori Ellison, March 7

    Collaborative/Curatorial Projects


    Photo Requests from Solitary, one-year installation at Eastern State Penitentiary (forthcoming in May)


    Photo Requests from Solitary, exhibition in collaboration with Solitary Watch and Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, New York State Legislature, Albany, NY, May 2


    Photo Requests from Solitary, exhibition in collaboration with Laurie Jo Reynolds, Tamms Year Ten and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch, included in Mills College Art Gallery, Mills, CA, Sept. 16-Dec. 13

    Photo Requests from Solitary exhibition, Wave & Particle, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Feb.14-Mar. 21
    Photo Requests from Solitary exhibition, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Univ. of Texas, El Paso, Feb. 5-Apr. 25


    Photo Requests from Solitary, exhibition/panel/advocacy office in collaboration with Laurie Jo Reynolds, Tamms Year Ten and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch, St. Lawrence University, March 13-June 1

    Photo Requests from Solitary exhibition, included in Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Sept.13-Dec. 13

    Research Interests:

    photography, performance, sculpture, language, social justice, art criticism,cultural studies,curatorial practice

    Awards And Honors:


    2017-2018 GIDEST Fellow, The New School, 243<317 project

    2016 Artist Community Engagement Grantee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, for Photo Requests from Solitary

    2015 Creative Capitol Artist Award, Visual Arts, $50,000 multi-year award for the production of work at the Hammer Museum

    2014 Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, for The Rocky Horror Opera Show at the New Museum



    Hammer Museum Residency, Los Angeles, CA, two one-month sessions, 2016

    UrbanGlass Artist Fellowship, Brooklyn NY, year-long production of proposed work, 2016-2017

    Macdowell Colony Fellow, Peterborough, NH 2017


    BOFFO International Artist Residency Program, Fire Island

    New Museum, NY, five month residency




    Current Courses:

    Independent Study (Fall 2019)