Joanna Malinowska

Polish-born artist Joanna Malinowska works in sculpture, video, sound, and performance, exploring themes of national identity and its paradoxes, filtered through the lenses of "experimental anthropology" and quixotic ventures into the Western musical canon. Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Sculpture Center and Whitney Musuem of American Art in New York City; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris; Saatchi Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary in Great Britain; Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan; and Zachęta — National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

Having worked individually for many years, Malinowska currently collaborates with her partner C.T. Jasper. In 2015, the duo represented Poland at the 56th Venice Biennale with the project Halka/Haiti 18°48'05"N 72°23'01"W, which was later shown at the Göteborg Biennial for Contemporary Art, Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, the Krasnoyarsk International Biennale, and many other exhibitions around the world from Japan to Australia. Among their past projects are The Emperor's Canary, a sound installation commissioned by the High Line in New York City and later presented at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France; the installations In Savage Society (GGM, Gdańsk) and Jurassic Garden (Le Guern, Warsaw); and commissioned for the latest edition of the Triennale Brugge, Who is Afraid of Natasha?, a film and public space installation. 

A graduate of the sculpture departments at Rutgers University and the Yale School of Art, Malinowska has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among others. She is represented by CANADA gallery in New York, and her works can be found in many private and museum collections around the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul, and the Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Collaborative practice
  • Drawing
  • Film/video/sound
  • Installation art
  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Performance art
  • Public art
  • Sculpture
  • Technology and art

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2401 Introduction to SculptureThis course introduces students to artistic practice in three dimensions using a variety of materials and approaches. Problems require the student to address materials in terms of cultural and historical context. Assumes no prior knowledge of sculpture.
  • ART 2501 Introduction to DrawingThis course provides students entering the B.F.A. program a gateway to contemporary art practice through drawing. Drawing here is conceived both as a self-sufficient medium and as a tool useful for the conceptual and practical development of ideas in other media. A wide range of technically and conceptually conceived assignments will introduce students to the breadth of contemporary practice and drawing itself.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2013)
  • Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2013)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (sculpture) (2011)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2009)
  • Smack Mellon Grant and Studio Program (2008)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Not a Metaphorical Forest, CANADA Gallery, New York City (2017)
  • Mutations (in collaboration with C. T. Jasper), the High Line, New York City (2017)
  • Halka/Haiti 18°48'05"N 72°23'01"W (in collaboration with C. T. Jasper), the Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • Magdalena Moskalewicz et al., Halka/Haiti 18°48'05"N 72°23'01"W (Warsaw: Inventory Press and Zachęta National Gallery of Art, 2015)
  • Michał Jachuła et al., Relations Disrelations (Łódź: ms1, 2015)
  • Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami's Super Flat Collection (Yokohama: Kaikai Kiki Co., 2016)
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