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Tony Oursler (1957-)

He was born in New York in 1957.  Oursler completed a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California in 1979.

His art covers a range of mediums working with video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting.  He has gained international attention with controversial exhibitions staged around the world in museums and galleries.  For over ten years these shows have combined sculpture, video and performance with a unique primacy that rivets viewers with irony and pathos. The artist’s research into the history of moving images, spirit images, psychological disorders and cases of multiple personality have provided inspiration for the scripted mutterings, screams and twitches that he and his actors record on video.  Recent large installations have drawn from youth culture, and wireless communication.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2010  "Number Seven, Plus or Minus 2," Faurschou Gallery, Beijing, China
2009  "LOCK 2,4,6", Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2009 - 2010) (cat. and CD)
"Void or Everything Ever Wanted," Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada
"Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors," AGO, Toronto, Canada
"Five Take Radius," Clocktower, New York
"Cellphones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards," Metro Pictures, New York
"Splatter Project #1," Frank Sinatra High School, New York (Permanent public project)
2008  “Mirada Pensante” Espacio Cultural El Tanque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
“NixAlienClimaxCloudAxe,” House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
"St. Roch," KK Projects, New Orleans
"Project for Physic Garden," London, England
"AWGTHTGTWTA," New York
"Horizon Scander Jeu," (In collaboration with Tony Conrad and Constance DeJong) Gare du Nord, Paris, France
Project for Land and Beach, Gibbs Farm, New Zealand
2007  "Million Colors," Phoenix (Permanent public project)
2005  "Blue Invasion," Sydney, Australia
“Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some)”, “Climaxed”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Dispositifs,” Jeu de Paume, Paris (Cat.); Domus Atrium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (Cat.) Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
"Perfect Partner," Collaboration with Phil Morrison and Kim Gordon, Barbican, London
2004  "Unk," Aarhus Kunsthaus, Aarhus, Denmark
"Sexta de Cifra," Barcelona Civic Plaza, Barcelona, Spain (Permanent Public Project)
"Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some)," Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France
"Braincast," Seattle Public Library, Seattle
"PHOBOS," Bernier Eliades, Athens
2003  Metro Pictures, New York
2002  Parallel Lines, Galleria in Arco, Torino, Italy; Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Travai, Italy (cat.)
Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy
"Station" and "The Influence Macgine (Swedish version)," Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden (cat. and CD)
"Shock-Rock”, Gräflicher Kurpark Driburg, Garten_Landschaft Ost Westfalen Lippe, Germany
“Tony Oursler: Drawings, CD-ROM, Installation, Videotapes,” Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
2001 "Antennae Pods transmissions", Metro Pictures, New York
Institute Valencià D’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (cat.)
Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
“Flucht,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian, Spain
2000  “Sulfer, Glass, Silicon,” 1000 Eventi, Milan (cat.)
“The Empty Cabinet,” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego Lisson Gallery, London
“Tony Oursler,” Bernier/Eliades, Athens
“Tony Oursler: The Darkest Color Infinitely Amplified,” The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (broch.)
1999  Tel Aviv Museum of Art
"Introjection: Tony Oursler mid-career survey, 1976-1999," MASS MoCA, N. Adams, Massachusetts; Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts (17 April- 24 October 1999); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (11 December 1999- 13 February 2000); Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2 April- 30 July 2000); Des Moines Art Center (11 November 2000- 21 January 2001) (cat.)
Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
1998  Metro Pictures, New York
“Directions-Tony Oursler: Video Dolls with Tracey Liepold,” Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. (broch)
"Videotapes, Dummies, Drawings, Photographs, Viruses, Heads, Eyes, & CD-ROM," Kunstverein Hannover, Germany, Malmö; Konsthall, Sweden (cat.)
Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (cat.)
“The Poetics Project: 1977-1997”, in collaboration with Mike Kelley
1997  "Judy," Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
capc Musée, Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Salade Exposiciones Rekalde, Bilboa (cat.)
“Der menschliche Faktor—Das Individuum im Spiegel der zeitgenossischen Kunst,” Hypo Bank Luxembourg, Kunsthandel Achenbach, Dusseldorf
1996  Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (broch.)
"My Drawings 1976-1996," Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (cat.)
1995  "System for Dramatic Feedback," Portikus Frankfurt; Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, France; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; Stedlijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland (traveling exhibition)
"Tony Oursler: Video Installations, Objects, Watercolors," Musée des Arts Modernes et Contemporains, Strasbourg, France
Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
“Tony Oursler- Ouvres Récentes,” Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (cat.)
1994  “Tony Oursler—Recent Video Works,” The contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
1993  "White Trash and Phobic," Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; Kunstwerke, Berlin (cat.)
1991  The Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco
The Cinématèque, San Francisco
1990  The Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco
The Cinématèque, San Francisco
1989 Folkwang Museum, Essen (cat.)
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel
Collective for Living Cinema, New York
1988  “Tony Oursler’s Works,” Le Lieu, Quebec City
Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies/EZTV, Los Angeles
1987  The Kitchen, New York
1986  "Spheres of Influence," Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (cat.)
Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston
1985  The American Center, Paris
Kijkhuis, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Kunst Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
ELAC, Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain, Lyon
Schule fur Gestaltung, Basel
1984  Anthology Film Archives, New York
1983  Panic House/Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
1982  The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston
“A Scene,” P.S.1, New York
Soho TV M/T Channel 10, New York
1981  University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley “Video Viewpoints,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010  "C'est la Vie! Vanités—De Pompéï à Damien Hirst," Musée Maillol, Paris (cat.)
2009  "Likeness," The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg (2009-2010)
2008  "Listen Darling…The World is Yours," the Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal (2008-2009)
"California Video," J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (cat.)
"The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image. Part 1: Dreams," Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (cat.)
"Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix," LiFE International Space for Emerging Arts, Saint-Nazaire, France; Museion Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Navarra, Spain (2008-2010) (cat.)
"Slightly Unbalanced," Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Museum London, Ontario; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Rodman Hall Arts Center, Ontario; Paul and Lulu Hillliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia (2008-2010) (cat.)
2007  “Theater without Theater,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (cat.) (2007-2009)
“Contemporary, Cool and Collected,” Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina (cat.)
“Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007-2008) (cat.)
“Playback,” Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris
“Don’t Look,” Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, Massachusetts (cat.)
“Chelsea to Caochangdi,” Chambers Fine Art, Bejing
“Her (his)tory,” Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (cat.)
"Inaugural Exhibition: Wrestle," Hessel Museum of Art, Bard, New York (cat.)
“Rockín Roll Vol. I,” Norrköpings Museum of Art, Sweden
“Passion for Art,” Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria (cat.)
"Slightly Unbalanced," Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Museum London, Ontario; Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia; Rodman Hall Arts Center, Ontario; Paul and Lulu Hillliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana; Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia (2008-2010) (cat.)
2006  “Open House,” The Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal(cat.)
“Super Vision,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (cat.)
“New York New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Cinema, Performance, Photography and Video,” Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (cat.)
“Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty,” Whitney Biennial, New York
2005  “14th Rome Quadriennale,” Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma, Italy (cat.)
“Guardami: Video Perception,” Palazzo Delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2004  “A Fripon Fripon et Demi,” Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
“Bodily Space,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
“Freud – The Creative Analysis of Analysis,” University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
“Lonely Planet,” Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Japan
“Loachim Plum Collection,” Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany
“Making Visible,” Gallery Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
“North Folk/South Folk,” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
“Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
“Disparitiees & Deformations – Our Grotesque,” 5th International Site Santa Fe Biennial, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (cat.)
“Landscape and Memory,” Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Grand Canaria, Spain
Metro Pictures, New York
“Visions of America, Contemporary Art from the Essl and Sonnabend Collection,” Kunst der Gegenwart, Vienna (cat.)
“100 Artists See God,” The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, Ca, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2003  “videoMIX,” Arario Gallery, Cheonan-city, Chung nam, Korea (cat.)
“Drawings,” Metro Pictures, New York
“Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest,” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
“The Poetics Project: 1977-1997,” (collaboration with Mike Kelley), Barbican Center, London
“Skin: Contemporary Views of the Human Body,” Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, Florida (cat.)
“Mystic,” Massachusetts College of Art, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Boston
“De Jong, Oursler, Zansky Installations,” Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, New York
“La Vista Y La Visión,” Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (cat.)
“Fast Forward, Media Art Sammlung Goetz,” KZM, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat.)
“Art, Lies, and Videotape: Exposing Performance,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (cat.)
“Lux,” Andrew Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2002  “The First Decade- Video From the EAI Archives,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“The Uncanny,” Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada (cat.)
“Portrait as Performance,” Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia
“New York Renaissance– Masterworks From the Whitney Museum of American Art,” Palazzo Reale, Milan (cat.)
"Slow Motion," Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (cd-rom)
"Hautnah- The Goetz Collection," Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (cat.)
"Garten Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe," Gräflicher Kurpark Driburg, Driburg, Germany
"Los Exceosos de la Mente," Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (cat.)
“Ce Qui Arrive,” Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain, Paris
“Cardinales,” Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain (cat.)
“Video Acts,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (cat.); traveled to Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
“Body Electric: Video Art and the Human Body,” Cheekwood, Nashville, Tennessee
“Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (cat.)
2001  “A Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities- Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection,” Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (cat.)
“Wechselstrom- Alternating Current,” Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, St. Gallen, Switzerland (cat.)
“Black Box,” Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (cat.)
“Televisions,” Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
“I Need You to Be There,” Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
“Heart of Glass,” Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; The Crafts Council, London (2002) (broch.)
“Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (cat.)
“Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, John Miller, Mike Kelley,” Galerie Biedermann, Munich “Without Hesitation [Ohne Zögern]- The Olbricht Collection Part 2,” Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany (cat.)
“Das Innere Befinden,” Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (cat.)
“I’m Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century,” Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
“Black Box,” Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (cat.)
“Televisions,” Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
“Recent Acquistions,” Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
“Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990’s,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; Colorado Sprigs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2002); Hood Museum, Dartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire (2004); Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio (2004) (cat.)
“Outside of the Box,” Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
“Off the Grid,” Lehmann Maupin, New York
2000 “Ich ist etwas Anderes (I is Another),” Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf
"Moving Pictures," Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut
“Bizzaro World,” Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Florida (cat.)
“Blurring Boundaries: Installation Art 1969 - 1996,” San Jose Museum of Art, California
“Presumed Innocent,” Musée d’art contemporaine de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
“Head Over Heels into the Millenium,” Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Quebec
“Limited and Unlimited Editions,” Artists Space, (benefit exhibition) New York
“Exorcism/Aesthetic Terrorism,” City Collectin Rotterdam, Holland
"Présumés innocents- L'art contemporain et l'enfance," capcMusée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (cat.)
“Lisson Gallery in Covent Garden,” Lisson Gallery, London
“Illumiantions”, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (cat.)
“Contemporary Art and Technology Biennial,” Media City Seoul 2000, Seoul, Korea
"American Art Today: Fantasies & Curiosities," Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami (cat.)
“Wanås 2000,” The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
“Officine Senza Nome,” Polilab 2000, Terracino, Italy (cat.)
“long days, longer nights,” Galapagos Art & Performance Space, Brooklyn, New York
“Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences,” The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec (cat.); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2001) (cat.)
“Collecting Ideas: Works from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection,” Denver Art Museum, Colorado
1999 "Double Lives," Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
"Video Cult/ures," Center for Art and Media, ZKM Karlsruhe, Cologne, Germany (cat.)
"American Century," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.)
"Skin," Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Athens (cat.)
"Triennale Exhibition: Sentiment of the Year 2000," Triennale di Milano, Milan
"Millennium My Eye!" Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
“6th International Istanbul Biennial,” Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (cat.)
"Drawn by...", Metro Pictures, New York
“Rewind to the Furture’” Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
"Salome: Images of Women in Contemporary Art", Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York (cat.)
"Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990-1999", Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
"Heaven," Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf
"Der Anagrammatische Körper," Jahresmuseum, Mürzzuschlag, Austria; ZKM Medientheater, Karlsruhe (April 8 – 18 June, 2000) (broch.)
"I'm Not Here," Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
“Life Cycles,” Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
1998  "Video: Tony Oursler, Bruce Naumen, Sam Taylor-Wood," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art "Sao Paulo Biennale XXIV," Sao Paulo, Brazil
"Presumed Innocence," Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (cat.)
"The Secret Life of Clothes," The Nishinippon, Fukuoka, Japan (cat.)
"Mysterious Voyages," Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
"Pop Surrealism," Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut "Avatar," De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (cat.)
"Connections and Contradictions: Modern and Contemporary Art from Atlanta Collections," Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (cat.)
"From Figure to Floor: Sculpture in the Twentieth Century," Milwaukee Art Museum (cat.)
"Emotion," Deichtorhallen, Hambourg, Germany (cat.)
"I Love New York," Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
"Escences de L'Imaginari: Festival internacional de Teatre visuali de Titelles de Barcelona. XXV aniversari," Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain (cat.)
1997  "The Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.)
"Skulptur Projekte," Munster (cat.)
"The Body," The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (cat.)
“Documenta X,” Kassel (collaboration with Mike Kelley) (cat.)
“The Poetics Project: 1977-1997,” (collaboration with Mike Kelley), Watari-um, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (cat.)
"Anatomy of Space/Time," Kobe Fashion Museum, Kobe, Japan
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
The Digital Video Wall, Rockefeller Center, New York
“Scream & Scream Again," The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The Performing Garage, New York (performance with Constance DeJong, Stephen Vitiello)
"Gothic," The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
"M.A. Thesis Exhibition," Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York
":Engel: Engel," Kunsthalle Wien, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (cat.)
"Identité," Institut d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
"Being and Time: The Emergence of Video Projection," Contemporary Arts Museum, Texas, Site Santa Fe (cat.)
"World Wide Video Festival," Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam
"Zones of Disturbance," steirischer herbst 97, Graz, Austria (cat.)
"Der Menschliche Faktor-Das Individuum im Spiegel zeitgenossischen Kunst," Hypobank International S.A., Luxembourg
The Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, California
1996 "Altered and Irrational," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Sex & Crime: On Human Relationships," Sprengel Musem, Hannover (cat.)
"Young Americans: New American Art in the Saatchi Collection," Saatchi Gallery, London (cat.)
"Phantasmagoria," Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (cat.)
“10th Biennale of Sydney,” Australia (cat.)
"New Persona/New Universe," Biennale di Firenze, Florence
"Sampler 2," David Zwirner, New York
"Empty Dress," The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
"Tomorrow," Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, New York
The Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
"New York 'Unplugged II'," Gallery Cotthem, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
"Radical Images," 2nd Austrian Triennial on Photography 1996, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz and Camera Austria in the Kunsthalle Szombathely (cat.)
"Scream & Scream Again," Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
"Matthew Barney, Tony Oursler, Jeff Wall," Sammlung Goetz, Munich
"Being & Time: The Emergence of Video Projection," The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (performance with Constance De Jong)
"The Red Gate," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (cat.)
"The Scream," The Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Denmark (cat.)
"Face Value: American Portraits," Traveling venues from The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (cat.); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Tampa Art Museum, Florida
"Intermission," Basilico Fine Arts, New York
"ID," Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (cat.)
1995  "ARS 95 Helsinki," Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (cat.)
"Zeichen & Wunder," Kunsthaus Zurich; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (cat.)
"Fantastic Prayers" (collaboration with Constance DeJong and Stephen Vitiello), worldwide website project and performance, Rushmore Festival, Dia Center for the Arts, New York
"Video Spaces: Eight Installations," The Museum of Modern Art, New York (cat.)
"1995 Carnegie International," The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (cat.)
"Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon", Maison de Lyon, France
"Passions Privee," Museé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
"The Message is the Medium: Issues of Representation in Modern Technologies," Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New York
"Entre'Acte 1," Stedlijk Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands
"Festishism," Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, England
"Le Printemps de Cahors," la Compagnie des Arts, France
"Inside Out: Psychological Self-Portraiture," The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut (cat.)
"Configura 2 - Dialog Der Kulturen - Erfurt 1995," Erfurt, Federal Republic of Germany
"Immagini in Prospettira," Zerynthia, Rome
"L'Effet Cinéma," Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (cat.)
"Playtime: Artists and Toys," essays by Eugenie Tsai, Angela Kramer Murphy, Jennifer L. Gauthier, Cynthia Roznoy, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, Connecticut
1994  "Tony Oursler and John Kessler," Salzburg Kunstverein, Austria (cat.)
"The Laugh of #12," Fort Asperen, Amsterdam
"Home Video Redefined: Media, Sculpture and Domesticity," Center of Contemporary Art, Miami
"Light," ARTprop, New York
"Medienbiennale 94, Minima Media," Leipzig, Germany
"Beeld," Museum van Hedendaagsekunst, Utrecht, Holland
"Oh Boy, It's a Girl: Feminismen in der Kunst," Kunstverein Munich
1993  "3rd International Biennale in Nagoya-Artec '93," Nagoya City Art Museum
"Love Again," Kunstraum Elbschloss
1992  "Documenta 9," Kassel, Germany
"Station Project" (with James Casebere), Kortrijk Railway Station
1991  “The New York Times Festival," Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Holland
"Triune," Bluecoat Gallery, Video Positive Festival, Liverpool
1990  "Tendance Multiples, Video des Annees 80," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
"The Technological Muse," Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
"Video/Objects/Installations/Photography," Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
"Video Transforms Television: Communicating Unease," New Langton Arts, San Francisco
1989  "The Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.)
"Video Sculpture 1963-1989," Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
"XII Salso Film & TV Festival," Salsomaggiore
"Relatives" (video performance with Constance DeJong), the Kitchen, New York; Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyak; Seattle Arts Museum, Washington; Mikery Theatre, Amsterdam; ECG-TV Studios, Frankfurt
"Drawings, Objects, Videotapes," Delta Gallery, Dusseldorf Museum "Masterpieces," Stadtgarten, Cologne
"Video and Language," The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Sanity is Madness," The Artists Foundation Gallery, Boston
"World Wide Video Festival," Den Haag, The Netherlands
1988  "The BiNational: American Art of the Late 80s, German Art of the Late 80s," Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen; Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (cat.)
"Film Video Arts, 17 Years," The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"World Wide Video Festival," Den Haag
"Twilight, Festival Belluard 88 Bolwerk," Fribourg
"2nd Videonale," Bonn
"New York Dagen," Kunstichting, Rotterdam
"Videografia," Barcelona
"Varitish," Korea
"New York Musikk," Oslo "Festival International du Nouveau Cinema et de la Video," Montreal
"Replacement," LACE, Los Angeles
"Serious Fun Festival," installation for Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
1987  "L'époque, la mode, la morale, la passion," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
"Documenta 8," Kassel, Germany
"Aspects of Media: Video," Department of Video/Art Advisory Service of the Museum of Modern Art for Johnson & Johnson
"Japan 1987 Television and Video Festival," Spiral, Tokyo
1984  "The Luminous Image," Stedjelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat.)
1983  "X Catholic," (performance with Mike Kelley), Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles

Museum and Public Collections:
Eli Broad Family Foundaton, Los Angeles
Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cartier Foundation, Paris
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Depont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Goetz Collection, Munich
Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
JB Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Magasin 3, Stockholm
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Barcelona
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon
Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Osaka, Japan
Orange County Museum of Art, California
Saatchi Collection, London
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich
Tate Gallery, London
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
ZMK/Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Sources include:
tonyoursler.com
Gallery Paule Anglim

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Video-installation artist Tony Oursler believes, " . . . people are most attracted to the face." Oursler uses elements of the face along with video projection and loudspeakers where sounds of an insistent voice that complains, calls out for help or simply gives a death rattle bring his work to life.

Many of his subjects have dark humor and involve life-size rag dolls and globe shapes that serve as heads or eyes. His figures are often squashed under sofas, chair legs and mattresses, shut up in suitcases and trunks, or hang head-first from the ceiling.

Oursler was born in New York City to a cultured family of writers and artists, and he returned to that city to settle his studio. He attended the California Institute for the Arts, earning a B.F.A. in 1979.

Source:
Christoph Blase, "Art at the Turn of the Millennium"


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