Danny Giles is an artist and educator based in Rotterdam. His work uses varied material and performative approaches to address the possibilities and dilemmas of representing and performing identity and to reveal hidden languages of power within mundane objects and spaces. Giles received his MFA from Northwestern in 2013 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has been exhibited, performed and screened at venues including The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,  the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, IL, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Giles serves as Course Director of the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

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Danny Giles 

dannygiles1@gmail.com 

Education

2013

MFA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME 

2011

BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions

(*indicates performance)

2019

The Practice and Science of Drawing a Sharp White Background, Seattle, WA 

Figura, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Thing and its Double, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2018

dead(air)*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017

Here*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Remembrancer, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL

2016

Lyric, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Tufts University Art Gallery

2018

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX

Preview 8, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Provocations*, True/False film festival, Columbia, MO

Cubed Luminous, Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL 

Lit and Luz*, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Eclipsing*, Links Hall, Chicago, IL

2017

Lit and Luz*, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

The 3rd Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

O(p)positions, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO

Standards Variance, Public Access, Chicago, IL

Expanded Chicago, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

PDF Objects, Es Espectro, Mexico City, Mexico

2016

Ascend, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

PDF Objects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

YesREMIXED*, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Past Lives, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY

2015

The Great Good Place, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Simplicity, Starcom Mediavest Group, Chicago, IL

Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, IL

The Annual, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

Listening and Making Sound, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI 

The 2ndTerrain Biennial, Terrain, Oak Park, IL

Finnocchio, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Satellites, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Ideal Perfection, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL

Were the Eye Not Sunlike, Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL

Direct Object/Direct Action*, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

Professional Appointments

2020-Present 

Course Director/Hoofddocent, Piet Zwart Institute Master of Fine Art, Willem de Kooning Academy, Hogeschool Rotterdam

2017-2020 

Academic Director, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck MI

2020

Guest Critic, Northwestern University department of Art Theory and Practice

2015-2019 

Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2016-2018 

Faculty, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

2017

Artist-in-Residence, Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL 2016

Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Visiting Artist University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts, Chicago, IL 

Curatorial Projects & Public Programming

2020

Editor, Monday Journal vol. 4, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

2019

VIOLENCE!: Illinois Humanities Festival, panel conversant, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018

Observing Power: History and Agency, panel organizer, Open Engagement conference, Chicago,IL

2017

“Thinging Bodies”, video screening, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

Writing & Publications

2020 

White Pictures, Monday journal vol. 4, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle , WA

For White Folks who Have Considered Terror When Privilege was Enuf: the Thrills of the White Gaze, by Carris Adams, Jenn M. Jackson, Danny Giles, and Jared Richardson, Portable Grey, vol. 3 no.2/ Fall 2020, Grey Center for Arts and Inquiry, University of Chicago

2016

Family History, Tide/Tithe (Alexandria Eregbu and Rami George) exhibition catalogue, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

Residencies

2019

Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

Black Embodiments Studio Visiting Artist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

2018-19

BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017

Sector 2337 Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL

Illinois State University Visiting Artist, Bloomington-Normal, IL

Bibliography 

2020

Q&A: Danny Giles, Strange Fire Collective, http://www.strangefirecollective.com/2020-features#/qa-danny-giles/

2019

Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness, by Emily Pothast, ArtPractical.com, https://www.artpractical.com/column/danny-giles-draws-a-black-frame-around-whi teness/

2018

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, exhibition catalog, edited by Risa Puleo, various contributors


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