Born in 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas
Lives and works between New York, USA and Nassau, Bahamas

Tavares STRACHAN

Tavares Strachan’s conceptual, interdisciplinary practice activates connections between art, science, history, and cultural critique to mobilize our senses, intellect and curiosity, asking us to consider our own relationship to what is seen and what is unseen.
 
Themes of invisibility, displacement and loss are elemental to Strachan’s investigations, which question ensconced systems and truisms by reframing canonized bodies of histories, and unsettling the conditions by which some are legitimized and others obscured. He uses the rubric of received knowledge to make networks and structures of power more visible, and to bring to light forgotten or little-known historical epics and human achievements. Aeronautical exploration, expeditions to desolate locations and extreme environments, and allegories of the human aspiration to surmount mortal limitations and adverse circumstances, are some of his settings for telling the history of the invisible.
 
Strachan embodies the migratory, cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, and open-ended nature of contemporary artmaking. Extensively researched, his projects are, oftentimes, monumental in scale and scope, and realized in collaboration with specialists and organizations across a wide spectrum of fields. He draws on both the resources and community of his birthplace, dividing his time between New York and Nassau in the Bahamas, where he has established the Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center (B.A.S.E.C.), an art studio and a laboratory for scientific research.
 

education

2006
-  MFA in Sculpture, Yale School of Art, Yale University

2003
-  BFA in Glass, Rhode Island School of Design

solo shows

2020
In Plain Sight, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK

2018
Invisibles, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In Broad Daylight (commissioned outdoor installation), Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, USA
The Other Side Of The Sun, Mestre Projects, Nassau, Bahamas
Always, Sometimes, Never, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA

2017
I Am (commissioned outdoor installation), Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA, USA

2015
-  How To Make Someone Invisible, Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barthélemy, Caribbean
Seeing Is Forgetting The Thing That You Saw, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

2014
You Belong Here (commissioned outdoor installation), Prospect.3 Triennial, New Orleans, LA, USA

2013
The Immeasurable Daydream, Meanwhile… Suddenly, And Then | The 12th Biennale de Lyon, France
Polar Eclipse | The 1st Bahamas Pavilion, The 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012
I Belong Here (presented by Anthony Meier Fine Arts), Art Basel Miami Beach, FL, USA
Here and Now, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2011
Seen/Unseen, undisclosed location, New York, NY, USA
Sometimes Lies Are Prettier, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK

2010
Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such A Bad Idea If I Never Went Home, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, USA
Orthostatic Tolerance: Launching Into An Infinite Distance, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO, USA

2009
The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want (Arctic Art Project), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
You Can Do Whatever You Like (The Orthostatic Tolerance Project), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008
Tavares Strachan, Pierogi 2000, Leipzig, Germany
A Hundred Years, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2006
The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want (presented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Pierogi 2000), Miami, FL, USA
Where We Are Is Always Miles Away, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA, USA
Tavares Strachan, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA
Tavares Strachan, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, USA
The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want, Albury Sayle Primary School, Nassau, Bahamas

group shows

2020
Unmastered, Mestre Projects, Nassau, Bahamas
We Belong Here (in conjunction with The NV STEAM Conference), Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
Winter Light, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK
The Willfulness of Objects, The Bass, Miami, FL, USA
Bright Golden Haze, Oklahoma Contemporary, OK, USA
Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus, University of South Florida (USF) Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, USA
INVISIBLE, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Countermythologies, NXTHVN, New Haven, CT, USA
You Belong Here (permanent outdoor installation), Inauguration of The Momentary | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, USA
Sometimes Lies Are Prettier (outdoor installation with AF Projects), Frieze Projects, Frieze Los Angeles, CA, USA

2019
Smoke & Mirrors, AF Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Soft Power: A Conversation For The Future, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | SFMOMA, CA, USA
How The Light Gets In, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Far Out: Suits, Habs, And Labs for Outer Space, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | SFMOMA, CA, USA
May You Live In Interesting Times | The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
The Visible Turn: Contemporary Artists Confront Political Invisibility, University of South Florida | USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, USA

2018
We Belong Here (commissioned outdoor installation), This Is Not America | The 1st Faena Festival, Miami Beach, FL, USA
The Encyclopedia of Invisibility (commissioned outdoor installation), The 57th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY, USA
Declaration, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

2017
Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/ Giuffrida Collection (in collaboration with Baltimore Museum of Art), Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, USA

2016
False Narratives, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, USA
Winter 2015: Collected Works, Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada

2015
The Transformation Business, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014
On The Blue Shore Of Silence, Tracy Williams Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Bringing The World Into The World, Queens Museum, New York, NY, USA

2013
Life: On the Moon, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Arctic, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
More Light | The 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Pataphysics: A Theoretical Exhibition, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2011
Roundabout, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010
Roundabout°, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
From The Liberty Square To Independence Square | The 3rd Fokus Łódź Biennale, Łódź, Poland

2009
Black & White Works, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

2008
Drawing Review: 37 Years Of Works On Paper, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA
Pierogi Et Al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
InnerOuterSpace, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2007
New York States Of Mind, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
20th Anniversary: In The Fullness Of Time, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA, USA
New York States Of Mind, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Block Party II: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
(Un)Natural Selection, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, USA
Connecticut Contemporary, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA
From The Fat Of The Land: Alchemies, Ecologies, Attractions, Grand Arts, Kanas City, MO, USA

2006
Surveillances And Observations: Subjecting To The Objective, Pierogi 2000, Leipzig, Germany
Factitious, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, USA
School Days, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2005
-  Untitled, Safn, Reykjavík, Iceland

2004
Nothing Compared To This: Ambient, Incidental And New Minimal Tendencies In Current Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2003
One-On-One, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, USA

2002
Mine, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

public collections

-  The Bass, Miami, FL, USA
-  Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA, USA
-  Los Angeles County Museum of Art | LACMA, CA, USA
-  The Momentary | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, USA
-  Musée d’art contemporain | MAC de Lyon, France
-  The Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art | QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia
-  Rhode Island School of Design | RISD Museum, Providence, RI, USA

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

20192020
-  Getty Research Institute Artist-in-Residence Scholar

2018
-  Frontier Art Prize
-  Allen Institute Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

2014
-  Los Angeles County Museum of Art | LACMA Art + Technology Lab Grant

2009–2010
-  Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT Artist-in-Residence

2008
-  Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

2007
-  Grand Arts Residency Fellowship

2006
-  Alice B. Kimball Fellowship, Yale School of Art

  • September 2020
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  • September 2020
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  • September 2020
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  • January 2020
    ArtAsiaPacific Almanac 2020 — 6 PAGES

  • October 2019
    The New York Times — 7 PAGES