Samuel Levi Jones

1978
Born in Marion, IN
 
Lives and works in Chicago, IL
2012
MFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2009
BFA, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Galerie Lelong, New York, NY (forthcoming)
 
"Samuel Levi Jones – Left of Center," Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (forthcoming)
2018
“Nexus,” Patron Gallery, Chicago, IL (link)
2017
"One Blood," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2016
“Burning all illusion,” Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
 
“Reciprocity,” PATRON, Chicago, IL
 
"Samuel Levi Jones," The Arts Club, London, UK
 
"Samuel Levi Jones," Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
 
“48 Portraits (Underexposed),” EXPO Projects, PATRON, Chicago, IL
2015
“After Fred Wilson,” IMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
 
“Unbound,” Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
2014
“Black White Thread,” PAPILLON, Los Angeles, CA
2013
DELETE, Los Angeles, CA
 
“48 Portraits (Underexposed),” Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

Group Exhibitions

2019
"Solitary & Solidarity: The Joyner/Guiffrida Collection," Smart Museum Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
 
"Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press," Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, New Mexico; Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona, Florida (forthcoming)
2018
"Sedimentations," 8th Floor Gallery, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York, New York
 
"Edge of Visibility," International Print Center New York, New York, NY (link)
 
"Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art," Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL
 
“Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press,” Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
 
“Sidelined,” curated by Samuel Levi Jones, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, NY (link)
2017
“Excerpt,” Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2016
“Chicago Invites Chicago,” Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
 
“Trust Issues,” Ronchini, London, UK
 
“A Dark Matter,” Tarble Gallery, Eastern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
2015
“Theory of Forms,” PATRON Gallery, Chicago
 
“Talk To Me,” 2x2 Solos, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
 
“I Like It Like This,” S2 Sotheby's Gallery, New York, NY
 
“The Silence of Ordinary Things,” The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA
2014
“The History of Technologies,” Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 
“Open,” PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles, CA
2013
“A Basic Measure,” SEUI ULTCW, Los Angeles, CA
 
“TRANSPORT,” ProArts, Oakland, CA
2012
“X Libris,” Root Division, San Francisco, CA
 
“BAILA con Duende,” Watts Towers Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
 
“MFA Show,” The Last Show on Earth, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Selected Press

2018
Sayej, Nadja. "Edge of visibility: celebrating artwork with hidden messages," The Guardian, November 19 (link)
 
Ollman, Leah. "Keep Looking: Samuel Levi Jones Speaks with Leah Ollman," Art In Print, September 6 (link)
 
Weisbrode, Kenneth and Heather H. Yeung, "How We Lost the Sky," The New York Times, July 23 (link)
 
Sussman, Anna Louie, “What Sold at Art Basel,” Artsy (web), June 17 (link)
 
Chi, Paul, “Blu Ivy Bid $10,000 at an Art Auction, and Won,” Vanity Fair (web), March 18 (link)
 
Rodney, Seph, "The Political Truths that Ground our Athletic Heroes," Hyperallergic (web), February 9 (link)
2017
Valentine, Victoria L., “Artist Samuel Levi Jones is Joining Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” Culture Type (web), October 12 (link)
 
Sargent, Antwaun, “Kara Walker, Juliana Huxtable, and More Challenge False White Recordings of Black History,” Creators, Vice (web), April 12
 
Rodney, Seph, “An Artist Gives Us a Vision of the Future Through Books,” Hyperallergic (web), January 10 (link)
 
Sargent, Antwaun, “Striking Deconstructed Book Paintings Challenge American History,” The Creators Project (web), January 2 (link)
 
Sheets, Hilarie M., “Samuel Levi Jones Unbinds Fractured History of Justice,” Introspective Magazine, January 2
2016
Volkening, Laura, “Tearing Up Power One Book at a Time, Samuel Levi Jones at PATRON Gallery,” Newcity Art (web), April 1
 
Lowe, Rhiannon, “Ripped,” CCQ Magazine, April 18
 
Steadman, Ryan,” 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before July 1,” Observer Culter (web), June 28
 
Lesser, Casey, “15 New York Group Shows You Need to See This July,” Artsy (web), June 28
 
Freeman, Nate, “EXPO Chicago 2016 Announces Roster for Special Projects Sectors,” ARTnews Magazine, August 23
 
Cataldo, Angelica, “‘A Dark Matter’ Artists Discuss Wor for ‘Artists-in-Dialogue’,” The Daily Eastern News, September 29
 
Helmke, Juliet, “Samuel Levi Jones on Raising Consciousness and Standing Rock,” Blouin Artinfo (web), November 23
 
Lesser, Casey, “20 New York Shows to See Over the Holidays,” Artsy (web), December 20
 
Pobric, Pac, “Three to see: New York,” The Art Newspaper, December 20
 
“9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week,” ARTnews (web), December 20
2015
Keith, Naima and Dana Liss, “Artist x Artist: Mark Bradford and Samuel Levi Jones,” Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, January 1
 
Edwards, Adrienne, “Blackness in Abstraction,” Art in America, January 5
 
Ollman, Leah, “Unbinding the System,” Art in America, April 1
 
Heddaya, Mostafa, “Bookworm: Samuel Levi Jones,” Blouin Artinfo, April 7
 
Willis Blair, Courtney, “4 Questions: Samuel Levi Jones,” Forbes, March 26
 
Martraire, Marie, “Talk to Me: Samuel Levi Jones at ProArts,” Daily Serving (web), September 13
 
Cristello, Stephanie, “Chicago’s Concept-Based Group Exhibitions Show Strength in Numbers,” Art Slant (web), October 20
 
Winkelman, Timothy, “Review: Theory of Forms at Patron Gallery,” Hairy Rainbow (web), December 17
2014
Dragovich, Sarah, “New Works at Recology San Francisco,” Art Nerd San Francisco, September 22
 
Ollman, Leah, “Review: Works of Defiant Beauty (Samuel Levi Jones),” Los Angeles Times, November 26

Grants and Awards

2018
Sustainable Arts Award, Sustainable Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2014
Recology Residency, San Francisco, CA
 
Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2012
Vivian and Margarita Stephenson Award, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2011
Mills Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Oakland, CA
2010
Evelyn V. Staton Fellowship in Fine Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2009
Mildred Darby Menz Award, Herron School of Art and Design Indianapolis, IN
2008
Junior Bratton Award, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

Public Collections

 
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
 
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
 
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
 
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, NY
 
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MO
 
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
 
Madison Art Collection, Harrisonburg, VA
 
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
 
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
 
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
 
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
 
Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
 
Whitney Museum, New York, NY