Olga Koumoundouros

Born in New York, New York
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
MFA, California Institute for the Arts, School of Art, Valencia CA
California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Boston, MA
BA, University of Vermont, Environmental Studies, Burlington, VT

Solo Exhibitions

Roundhouse Shines, The Bowtie Project, Los Angeles, CA
"We made life here for a little while," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Off-site, Altadena, CA
"Dream Home Resource Center," Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Transformer Display for Community Fundraising: Phase 4, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (two-person show with Andrea Bowers)
"Posessed by Glint and Dreams," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Wall Works: CART-What Do We Need to Get By and How Do We Get There?, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Susanne VIelmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Demand Management, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA (June 26 August 23, 2009)
"Great Expectations and The Wreck of the Hope, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Project Space)
"A Roof Upended, Open Satellite, Bellevue, WA.
"Thieves Vinegar, Adamski Gallery, Aachen Germany.
"More Yellow Wallpaper, Mullin Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles.
"Designated Hitters at the Spider Hole, Adamski Gallery, Aachen, Germany.
"#9", 5301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (two-person show with Rodney McMillian)
"Just in Case, INMO Gallery, Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

Group Exhibitions

Glomar: Strange Engineering (A Giant 8 Fingered Crane), Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
"MetaModern," Krannert Art museum, University of Illinois; traveling to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; The De Vos Art Museum, North Michigan University, Marquette; and the Cincinnati Art Museum
"Greece," Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA
"The Sunken Living Room," Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
"Your Shell is Made of Air," Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA
"If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution," Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, PA (with Andrea Bowers)
The Armory Show and Tell, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Painting in Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Bakers Dozen V - Marginal Revolutions: Concerning activism, the 99%, Occupy, Anonymous, Wikileaks and other manifestations of the political Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Greater LA," curated by Benjamin Godsill, Eleaonor Cayre and Joel Mesler, New York, NY
Site as Symbol, curated by Survey West Collaborative, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Go West, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, curated by Jill Dawsey
Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Rodney McMillian, Charles Gaines, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Thats All Folks. The Clash Between the Speech and the Fate., Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium
"Ohio, w/ Andrea Bowers, David Hullfish Baily, Sam Durant, Rodney McMillian, Adrian Piper, and Robert Pruitt Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.
"Informal Architecture, The Banff Centre - Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB, Canada.
"Touched: Artists and Social Engagement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.
"The Secretariat, w/ Walead Beshty and Yoshua Okon, Aftermodern, San Francisco, CA.
"Philosophy of Time Travel, collaboration w/ Edgar Arceneaux, Vincent Johnson, Rodney McMillian & Matthew Sloly, curated by Christine Kim, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY.
"On a Porch, performance w/Rodney McMillian, LAX-Art, Los Angeles, CA.
"Capitol Punishment, collaborative project w/ Pia Ronicke, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX.
"Sculpture, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
"Affair, Tart, San Francisco, CA.
"A Front Porch: Concurrent and Not Opposing, performance collaboration w/Rodney McMillian, The Suburban, Chicago Illinois.
"Thing, curated by Aimee Chang, James Elaine, Chris Myles, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
"New Balance Frontier, Soap Factory, curated by Aimee Chang, Minneapolis, MN.
"Poster Project, organized by Pia Ronicke, Coppenhagen, DN.
"Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 3 Day Extravaganza, Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
"Rent-a-Bench, Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark.
"Works on Paper, Stephan Adamski Gallerie, Aachen, Germany.
"Sculpture Invitational, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.
"Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, poster collaboration, Los Angeles, CA.
"Schindler House Reenactment, collaboration w/MAK residents at Schindler House, Los Angeles, CA,
"Rent-a-Bench, site specific installation, Los Angeles, CA.
"All You Can Eat Karaoke, C-level, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.
"Ars Moralis, Gallerie Fr Gegenwartskunst, Barbara Claassen-Schmal, Bremen , Germany.

Selected Press

Newhall, Edith, "Galleries: A long-forgotten artist, 1960s anarchy, and clay," The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28 (link)
Tewksbury, Drew, "Living Spaces: When a House Becomes a Piece of Art," Los Angeles Magazine, November 27 (link)
Testado, Justine, Housing Values: The Dream House Resource Center exhibit, Archinect, August 15
OLeary, Lizzie, Making art out of the housing crisis, NPR: Marketplace, August 14 (link)
Fricano, Mike, Got housing woes? The Hammer offers consumers help, UCLA Today, July 18
Sommer, Danielle, "Review: 'Olga Koumoundouros: Possessed by Glint and Dreams,' " Art in America, June 2013
Shaw, Michael and Jody Zellen, ArtScene: Olga Koumoundourous and Monique Van Genderen at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, April
Griffin, Jonathan, "Olga Koumoundouros: Possessed by Glint and Dreams," Art Review, May
Cheh, Carol, A Bizarre Exhibit in a Foreclosed Home that was Turned Into a GalleryIs Now in a Gallery, LA Weekly, March 22
Tuck, Geoff, Confusing, wrong, and sometimes okay art without purity, but with ethics, Notes on Looking, January 25
Ollman, Leah, Olga Koumoundourous takes on American Dream of Home Ownership, Los Angeles Times, March 21
Editors Picks: Miami Art Fairs, Interior Design Magazine, December 13
Bell Yank, Sue, "Do we need artists in Museums?", Artbound for KCET, November 14
Katzban, Nicholas, "Olga Koumoundouros: A Notorious Possession", 24700: News from California Institute of the Arts, October 19
McCullough, Danielle, "After the Gold Rush", In These Times, October 10
Cheh, Carol, When Olga Koumoundouros Neighbors Abandoned Their House, She Took It Over and Turned It Into Art, LA Weekly, October 2
Herbst, Robby, Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes with Art, KCET Artbound, September 25
A House Painted Gold, Hear In The City, September 20
Rosenberg, Karen, "Art Fair: Business Over Activism," New York Times, December 2
Alvarado, Francisco, "Max Rameau and Umoja Village Invade Art Basel," New Times Miami, December 1
Loos, Ted, "Ten Things to Look Forward to at Art Basel in Miami," Vogue Daily, November 28
Smith, Roberta, A Bit of Hollywood, Minus the Tinsel, The New York Times, May 31
Feil, David A., "Round 33: The Seventh House - Project Row Houses", Art Lies Quarterly, Issue 68, Spring - Summer
Miles, Christopher, Olga Koumoundouros at REDCAT, ArtForum, November
Myers, Holly, Intelligent, but hardly passionate, Los Angeles Times, September 1
Pagel, David, It adds up: Color steals the show, Los Angeles Times, July 24
Myers, Holly, Her financial statement, Los Angeles Times, July 6
Knight, Christopher, "Critics Preview, Los Angeles Times, June 12
Myers, Holly, "Startling, Strange and Elegant Works, Los Angeles Times, May 23
Machida, Nico, "Koumoundouros: New Sculpture, ArtSlant, May 19
Pence, Elizabeth, "A Roof Upended, ArtUS, January/February, Issue 21
Birk, Lacey, "Spotlight: Art Rising in the East, Seattle Magazine, December
Compton, Ann, "Philosophy of Time Travel at the Studio Museum, Art in America, p. 202, October
Grant, Adriana, "Upended Roof Speaks to, and About, its Condo-Filled Neighborhood., Seattle Weekly, 19 September
Graves, Jen, "The Other Half: A Crack House and a Luxury Tower Walk Into a Room. The Stranger, 5 September
Bach, Ashley, "Bellevue getting arts influx. The Seattle Times, 30 August
Myers, Holly, "Social issues leave imprint in 'Touched', Los Angeles Times, August 22
Graves, Jen, "Suburban Shacks and High-Rises: A Brave New Contemporary Art Project in Bellevue, The Stranger, August 1
"Better Living, In/Visible, Stranger Podcast, August 29
Goodbody, Bridget, "Riffing on Modernism: Through the Roof, Brancusi! New York Times, April 20
"Goings on About Town, New Yorker Magazine, April 25, 2007- June 26, 2007.
Schmerler, Sarah, "Tour de Force, Time Out: New York, February 22-28 2007
Anne Rochette, Wade Saunders, "Place Matters: Los Angeles Sculptures Today, Art in America, pp.182, no. 10, November
Knight, Christopher, "The Next Big 'Thing' in L.A.", Los Angeles Times, February 9
Schmelzer, Paul, "Making Another World Possible, Adbusters Magazine, # 57, January-February
Hunt, Jon, "Where the Hell Are We, Citypages, Minneapolis/St.Paul, volume 25, issue 1233, July 21
Myers, Holly, "Empty Lot, Blank Canvas, Los Angeles Times, Aug 14


"Informal Architecture, curated by Anthony Kiendel, Banff, to be distributed.
"Ohio, curated by Brad Killam, Gahlberg Gallery, to be distributed.
"A Roof Upended, Open Satellite, to be distributed.
"Philosophy of Time Travel, curated by Christine Kim, Studio Museum of Harlem, distributed.
"Thing, curated by James Elaine, Chris Myles, Aimee Chang, Armand Hammer Museum.
"Rent-a-Bench, curated by Jacob Fabricius with artists: Olafur Elliason and Sam Durant.

Grants and Awards

Center for Cultural Innovation "Investing in Artists" Grant
California Community Foundation Fellowship for the Visual Arts
California Community Foundation Creative Artist Agency Grant
Foundation for Contemporary Art, for exhibition Poor Pension Math, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Durfee Foundation, for exhibition Demand Management, at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Creative Time, for exhibition Democracy in America, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
"Open Satellite, curated by Lead Pencil Studio, Bellevue, WA.
Creative Capital Grantee, Art Collaboration 2005, for exhibition to be held at Studio Museum of Harlem, 2007
Atlantic Center for the Arts, w/ Charles Ray, Jennifer Pastor, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Center for Land Use Interpretation, Culver City, CA. Sagamore Institute, conducted research on American Great Camps, Adirondack State Park, NY.
California State University Long Beach, workshop w/ Sue Coe, Long Beach, CA.
"Frogmans Press, affiliated w/ University of South Dakota, Beresford, SD


Sidestreet Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Artists Voice Series, "Future Shock: Philosophy of Time Travel, Columbia University.
"Carved Verandah Posts of Nigeria and Site Specificity, Architecture and Monuments, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
"Art and Activism, 6 Months Space, presentation exploring social activism and art, Los Angeles, CA.
"Have a Cool Summer, Keep in Touch," discussion regarding transition from student to artist, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA.