Eleanor Antin USA, b. 1935

Eleanor Antin uses fictional characters, autobiography and narrative to invent histories. In her performance-based video works, Antin uses role- playing and artifice as conceptual devices, adopting archetypal personae in her theatrical dramatizations of identity and representation. In 2019, her solo show, Time's Arrow, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago. One of the most important feminist and Conceptual artists of her generation, Eleanor Antin challenged definitions of sculpture, performance, self-portraiture, and documentation with her 1972 work CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture. Antin's work has been exhibited in solo shows at MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, among others. Antin has also participated in many group exhibitions, at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, for the 2002 Sydney Biennale; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., and the 37th Venice Biennale. Antin has been honored with several retrospectives of her work, including Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's 'Selves,' held at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York in 2013. In 2000, a survey of Antin's work was on view at the Washington University Gallery of Art in St. Louis, Missouri and in 1999, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2006, Antin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association and a Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts Award from the Women's Caucus for Art, and was also awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1997. Antin lives and works in San Diego.