Chitra Ganesh (born 1975) is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of Indian immigrant parents. She works in various media including drawing and installation and is inspired by non-canonical narratives and figures, botched love stories, present-day imperialism, lesser-known Hindu/Buddhist icons, nineteenth-century European fairytales, girl rock, and contemporary visual culture, such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books. She has also contributed to publications such as the anthology Juicy Mother 2, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and was edited by Jennifer Camper.
She has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York University, Headlands Center for the Arts, Smack Mellon Studios, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others.
Her works have been widely exhibited across the United States including at the Queens Museum, Asia Society, Berkeley Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, along with solo presentations at MoMA PS1, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Goteborgs Konsthalle. International exhibition venues include MOCA, Fondazione Sandretto, Monte Hermoso, Kunsthalle Exnergrasse, Kunstverein Göttingen, and the Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre. Her works are also represented in prominent international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Saatchi Collection, Burger Collection, and Devi Art Foundation.
Early life and education
Ganesh graduated from the prestigious Saint Ann's School, and magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2001 and received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University, New York in 2002.
Awards and honors
Ganesh is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships that include:
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts (2012)
- The Art Matters Foundation Grant (2010)
- The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painting and Sculpture (2010)
- The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowship (2009, 2005)
- Columbia University Dean's Fellowship (2000)
- Charlie, 2002, MoMA PS1, New York
- East of the Sun West of the Moon, 2004, White Columns, New York
- 1 x 1, 2005, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
- The Gift: Building a Collection, 2005, Queens Museum of Art, New York
- 739 feet running wall, 2005, Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea
- Contradictions and Complexities, 2008, d.e.n. contemporary art, Culver City, California
- The Strangling Power of Dust and Stars, 2011, Gallery Nature Morte, Berlin
- A Zebra Among Horses, 2013, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
- Eyes of Time, 2014-15, Brooklyn Museum, New York
- Protest Fantasies, 2015, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, California
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