todd gray



1989 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA., M.F.A.


1979 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA., B.F.A.





2010               “Caliban in the Mirror”, Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts

                       Theater, REDCAT, Los Angeles (with Max King Cap)


2009               “Water”, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena


2008               “Akwidaa:Kumasi”, Shrines and Masqueradess Live!

                        New York University, N.Y.


                       “Afrotronic” with Giavanni Washington,

                       Japanese American National Museum


                       “Akwidaa Mangroove”, 18th St. Arts Center,

                       Santa Monica, CA. (with Michael Grodsky)


2007               “Sonic Love Wave”, New Renaissance Theater,

                       Syracuse, N.Y


2004               “Look Me In The Eye”, Academy of Media Arts,

                       (Kunsthochschule fur Medien) Cologne, Germany


2003               Art Church, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles





2016               "Time Machine / Hippie Dandy", Melikstetian | Briggs,

                       Los Angeles, CA


2015               “Caliban in the Mirror: Exquisite Terribleness”,

                       Samson Projects, Boston, MA


2014               “Exquisite Terribleness”, Meliksetian | Briggs,

                       Los Angeles, CA


2012               “The Gray Room”, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery,

                       Atlanta, GA


2010               “Spirit Shack”, See Line Gallery, West Hollywood, CA


2005               “Todd Gray, Shaman”, Pablo’s Birthday, NY


2004               “Todd Gray: Immaculate”, Luckman Gallery,

                       California State University, Los Angeles


2003               “Media Tower”, Pasadena City College, CA


2002               “Todd Gray”, Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona

                       State University


1996               Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


                       Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA





2016               "a, the, though, only", Made in LA 2016,

                       curated by Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker,

                       Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


2015               "Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black

                       Male Identity", Maier Art Museum,

                       Randolph College, Virginia


                       "Above/Below/Within", Meliksetian | Briggs,

                       Los Angeles, CA


                       "Cry Me A River", Etoile Polaire Lodge  #1,

                       New Orleans, LA.


                       "Caliban in the Mirror, 2.0”, Samson Art Gallery,

                       Boston, MA


                       "Black Portraitures{S} Ii: Imaging The Black Body

                       And Re-Staging Histories", symposium presented by

                       NYU / Tisch School of the Arts, Florence, Italy


                       "Manifest Justice", pop-up exhibition, Los Angeles, CA


2014               “Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad” Ben Maltz Gallery,

                       curated by Meg Linton, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles


                       "Racial Imaginary", Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, CA


                       “Exquisite Terribleness”, Meliksetian | Briggs Gallery,

                       Los Angeles, CA


                       "Gettin’ off the Ground", curated by Isabelle Lutterodt,

                       Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA


2013               “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

                       California African American Museum, Los Angeles


2012               “Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community”

                       USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles


                       “Refocus: Multicultural Focus”, Arena 1, Santa Monica


2011               “The Bearden Project”, Studio Museum in Harlem,

                       New York


                       “Posing Beauty”, curated by Deborah Willis,

                       USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles,

                       Newark Art Museum, Figge Art Museum


2010               “From My Universe, Objects of Desire”, See Line Gallery,

                       West Hollywood “Contemporary Art From

                       The Douglas Nielsen Collection”,

                       Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona


2009               “Black Is Black Ain’t”, Detroit Museum of Art


                       “Oz, New Offerings From Los Angeles”,

                       Institution Cultural Cabaña, Guadalajara , Mexico


                       “Posing Beauty”, curated by Deborah Willis,

                       NYU Tisch, Gulf+Western Gallery, New York


2008               “Black Is Black Ain’t”, curated by Hamza Walker,

                       Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, travels


                       “Twenty Years Ago Today:  Supporting

                       Visual Artists L. A.”, curated by Rita Gonzalez and Kris

                       Kuramitsu, Japanese American National Museum,

                       Los Angeles, CA


                       “Truthiness:  Photography as Sculpture”,

                       curated by Tyler Stallings, California Museum of

                       Photography, Riverside, California


                       “PIX, Some Recent Photos From The Post-Filmic Era”

                       curated by Kristina Newhouse,

                       Torrance Art Museum, CA


                       “This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in

                       Los Angeles Photographs” curated by

                       Caudia Bohn-Spector and Jennifer Watts,

                       Huntington Library, San Marino


2007               “Celebrity”, curated by Marilu Knode, Scottsdale Museum

                       of Contemporary Art, Arizona Houston Center for

                       Photography, Houston, Texas


                       “Blacks in and out of the Box”, curated by Lisa Henry,

                       California Afro-American Museum, L.A., CA


2006               “Gray, Korfmann, Youngblood: New Forms in

                       Photography”, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles


                       “Brave New World”, curated by Heather Harmon and

                       Nicole Dungao, Pharmaka Art, Los Angeles


2005               “Framing the Triangle”, curated by Deb Willis,

                       Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana


2004               "Fade, 1990-2003", African American Art in

                       Los Angeles, L. A.  Cultural Affairs Department,

                       Luckman Gallery, CSULA


2001               “Committed to the Image”, Brooklyn

                       Museum of Art, N. Y.


                       “Beyond Boundaries  Contemporary

                       Photography in California”, The Friends of Photography,

                       San Francisco, CA


2000               "Made in California 1900-2000" Los Angeles

                       County Museum of Art


                       “American Dreams, 6th International Triennale”

                       Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia


                       "A History of African American Photographers"



1998               "Mouse: An American Icon", Alternative Museum,

                       New York


                       "Presumed Innocence", Anderson Gallery of Virginia

                       Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.,

                       travels to: Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH


                       "City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Grant Recipients",

                       L. A. Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park


1997               "Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art from the

                       Permanent Collection" "Spheres of Influence",

                       Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


1996               "Man's World", Museum of Contemporary Art,

                       Los Angeles


                       "The Present (H)our", Oakland Art Museum, CA.





2012               Thelma Golden, Diedra Harris-Kelley,

                       “The Bearden Project”, Studio Museum in Harlem


2010               Sharon Mizota, “Todd Gray and Kyungmi Shin

                       at See Line Gallery”, Los Angeles Times, August 12


                       Todd Gray, “Michael Jackson Fotografien, 1974-1983”,

                       Edel Publishing, Germany


                       Todd Gray, “Michael Jackson Before He Was King”,

                       P-Vine Books, Japan Todd Gray


                       “Michael Jackson Antes De Ser El Rey”,

                       NORMA Editorial, Spain


                       Todd Gray, “ Michael Avant Jackson”, Verlhac Editions,



2009               Todd Gray, “ Michael Jackson Before He Was King”,

                       published by Chronicle Books


2008               The Renaissance Society, “Black Is Black Ain’t”,

                       exhibition catalogue


2006               Holly Myers, Around The Galleries, Los Angeles Times,

                       June 23, 2006 pg E15


                       Tommy Freeman, “Brave New World at Pharmaka”,

                       Artweek, September, 2006


2005               Charlene Roth, “Todd Gray: Immaculate”

                       Artweek, March, 2005


                       Jody Zellen, “Todd Gray”, Art US, Reviews,

                       March-April 2005 Page 7


2004               Holly M yers, “A historical record that tends to

                       contain blots and erasures,” Los Angeles Times,

                       Calendar, December 21, 2004, page E3.


                       Julie Joyce, “Todd Gray:  Immaculate”, exhibition

                       catalogue, Luckman Fine Arts Complex


2003               Mat Gleason “Art Angelenos”, Modern Painters, London,

                       Spring 2003.


2002               Emory Holmes, “Breaking Away From Pictures

                       of Stereotypes”, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2002,

                       Art&Architecture page 57.


2001               Vince Alleti, “Body and Soul,” Village Voice, pg. 71,

                       March 13


1999               Ken Johnson, “Art in Review; Choice: 99”,

                       New York Times, December 10, 1999


1997               Hunter Drohojowska Philip, "I Tawt I Taw a ¢!#%?! --

                       Familiar cartoon characters take on a shadowy cast in

                       Todd Gray's photographs", Los Angeles Times,

                       Sunday Calendar, January 5, 1997


                       Jody Zellen, "Todd Gray", Technikart, Paris, pg 72-73



                       Claudine Ise, "Todd Gray", Art Issues., pg. 38,

                       March/April 1997


                       Susan Otto, "Todd Gray, Shoshana Wayne Gallery"

                       Art in America, pg.134, May, 1997


1996               Peter Lunenfeld, "Technofornia", Flash Art,

                       March/April 1996


                       Todd Gray, "Todd Gray: Michael Jackson Reconsidered",

                       see: A journal of visual culture, pg.48 - 56,

                       Issue 2:1 1996 Published by The Friends of Photography,

                       MIT Press


                       Paul Tomidy, "the present (h)our", catalogue,

                       Oakland Museum of California, 1996


1990               V. Aletti, "Photo", The Village Voice, 2/6/90


                       Shelley Rice, "Promoting Pictures", Art in America,

                       Oct. 1990


                       Susan Robinson, "Implicit References", Artweek,



1989               Illustrated Bio-Bibliography of Black Photographers,

                       1940-1988, by Deborah Willis-Thomas


                       C. Gerald Fraser, "Harlem Curator Helps Redefine P

                       hotography" The New York Times, 8/6/89


                       Joshua Decter, "New York In Review", Arts Magazine,






2012               CIM Group, Midtown Crossing, Los Angeles


                       Los Angeles International Airport, Video Installation,

                       (with Joseph Santarromana)


2009               Purchase, Los Angeles International Airport


2004               L. A. Firestation #43 City of Los Angeles for

                       permanent collection





2007               Public Art Commission: Los Angeles International Airport,

                       Video Installation, City of Los Angeles


2006               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB


2005               Sabbatical, CSULB


                       J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts

                       administered by the California Community

                       Foundation Visual Arts Initiative


2004               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB


                       Public Art Commission, L. A. Firestation #43,

                       City of Los Angeles


                       Pasadena Art Alliance Grant for “Immaculate” Exhibition


                       Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant,

                       The Durfee Foundation


2003               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB


2001               SCAC, Assigned Time release, CSULB Associate Professor,



2000               Assigned Time release, CSULB


1999               Public Art Commissions: Jefferson Branch Library,

                       and Baldwin Hills Branch Library, City of Los Angeles


1997               City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant


1991               Art Center College of Design - Great Teacher's Award


1988               Wasserman Scholarship (Cal Arts)





2011               Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference,

                       “Caliban in the Mirror”, New Orleans, LA.


2005               Luckman Gallery, “Immaculate” gallery talk


                       New York University, Accra, Ghana, Visiting Artist


2004               Yale University, “Regarding Michael Jackson: Performing

                       Racial, Gender, and Sexual Difference Center Stage"


                       Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien)

                       Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist


2002               Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien)

                       Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist


                       Claremont Graduate School, Visiting Artist


2001               Academy of Media Arts, (Kunsthochschule fur Medien)

                       Cologne, Germany, Visiting Artist


                       The Public + Artist Program, Museum of Contemporary

                       Art, Los Angeles, CA


                       California Community Foundation – J. Paul Getty Trust

                       Fund for the Visual Arts and Brody Arts Fund panelist

                       for the selection of Individual Artist Awards


1998               MOCA Mentors Program, presenter, Los Angeles


1997               The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego,

                       "Photographic Lecture and Workshop Series"


                       "Sunday Family Art Workshops with Todd Gray",

                       MOCA, Los Angeles


                       "Day Without Art", CSULB, organizer and participant


                       Education video: "Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art

                       from the Permanent Collection" Family Gallery, MOCA


                       "Introduction to Professional Careers in the Arts" seminar,

                       Community Arts Resources for the Getty Multicultural

                       Summer Interns, The Getty Grant Program, Los Angeles


1996               University of California, San Diego, Artist Lecture Series


                       Oakland Museum of Art, "the present (h)our",

                       artist lecture series


                       University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, "Stream of

                       Consciousness: Eight Los Angeles Artists", artist lecture


                       The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

                       artist lecture series


1995               Armand Hammer Museum, "Laurie Brown and Todd Gray,

                       exhibiting artists in the Contemporary Photography:

                       The California Focus" at the art rental and sales Gallery.


                       Society for Photographic Education, National Conference,

                       Atlanta, presenting artist, "Michael Jackson Reconsidered".


                       Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "P.L.A.N. Artist Panel"


                       Pomona College, Claremont, Media Arts Lecture Series


                       Korean American Museum, Los Angeles, panelist,

                       "Creating Context"


                       Panelist: City of Los Angeles Cultural Grants Program,



                       Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,

                       exhibitions committee


1994               Friends of Photography Annual Members Workshop,

                       San Francisco


                       Panelist: City of Los Angeles Cultural Grants Program,



                       State University of New York, Albany, Artist Lecture Series


                       Santa Monica Museum of Art Salon Presents: Todd Gray


1993               University of California, Los Angeles,

                       Artist Lecture Series


                       L. A. Art Fair, "The Kitchen Table", Eugenia P. Butler,



1992               University of California, Irvine, "Convergence",

                       Pat Ward Williams, moderator.


                       L. A. Art Fair, "L. A. Xtension Artist Panel"


1991               Panelist: Regional Individual Photography Grants,

                       National Endowment for the Arts, New England

                       Foundation for the Arts, Boston MA.


1990               Los Angeles Photography Center: The Visual Statement


1988               Todd Gray: Personal Myths, Columbia College Chicago

                       Photography Department Lecture Series


                       Panelist: Society for Photographic Education,

                       National Conference, Deborah Willis, moderator,

                       Houston, TX.





2015               Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowship, Englewood, FL





Studio Museum in Harlem University of Parma, Italy


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art/LACMA, Los Angeles, CA


Museum of Contemporary Art/MOCA, Los Angeles, CA


University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT


Eileen and Peter Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA


California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA

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