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Park McArthur

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Park McArthur (born 1984, North Carolina, USA) is a conceptual artist living in New York City who works in sculpture, installation, text, and sound. McArthur is a wheelchair user whose work uses this position to inform her art.

Early life and education[edit]

McArthur received her B.A. from Davidson College in 2006. She then graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Miami in 2009 and studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program, 2011–2012. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012.


About McArthur's 2014 exhibition Ramps, wherein the artist exhibited the wheelchair ramps of institutions with which she had previously worked, writer Andrew Blackley said, "The exhibition displayed the means by which institutions both produce and deny access. Each ramp challenged reappraisal and reinforced a set of past and future foreclosures. ‘Ramps’ enlisted generative, generous responses to the negativity of the institution, to the point of engendering the reproduction of those very negative characteristics (by removing the objects’ previously assumed ‘function’). By extension, at stake and always under threat are the threaded relationships between queerness and disability, the breakdown of their concomitant binaries and the temporality of care."[1]

In 2015, McArthur addressed Felix Gonzalez-Torrez's "Untitled" (Love Letter From the War Front) in Whitney Museum of American Art, Lower Manhattan, New York.[2]

McArthur's work has been described as questioning of "care alongside questions of autonomy and dependency" in regards to the daily experience of disabled individuals.[3] McArthur uses her work to challenge the status quo and give those who are usually marginalized by societal structures a voice. Her choice of medium are sculptures and installations that "conceptually driven and often composed of utilitarian materials such as blocks of foam or a Wikipedia entry."[4] Her works elicit an “experience of activism and jerry-built ingenuity.”[5]

Other activities[edit]

In 2022, McArthur was a member of the jury that selected LaToya Ruby Frazier as recipient of the Carnegie Prize.[6]


In 2014, McArthur won the Wynn Newhouse Award, an annual prize given to disabled artists in recognition of their artistic merit.

In 2015, McArthur was an Artadia Awardee.[7]

in 2024, McArthur was awarded a Guggenheium Fellowship in Fine Arts.

Notable solo exhibitions[edit]

  • "Projects 195: Park MacArthur", MoMA, New York, New York (2018)[8]
  • "New Work: Park MacArthur", SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017)
  • "Poly", Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016)[9]
  • Yale Union, Portland, Oregon (2014)
  • "Passive Vibration Isolation", Lars Friedrich, Berlin, Germany (2014)
  • "Ramps", Essex Street, New York, New York (2014)

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • "2017 Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017)
  • "Incerteza viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo", São Paulo, Brazil (2016)
  • "Greater New York", MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2015)


  1. ^ Blackley, Andrew (Autumn–Winter 2015). "Park McArthur: Geometry, Material, Scale". Afterall Journal: 54–65.
  2. ^ "Park McArthur on "Untitled" (Love Letter From The War Front) by Felix Gonzalez-Torrez". Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Park McArthur". www.newschool.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  4. ^ "Park McArthur". Artsy. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ "The 19 Best Art Shows of 2014". Vulture. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  6. ^ Francesca Aton (26 September 2022), LaToya Ruby Frazier Wins 2022 Carnegie International’s Top Prize ARTnews.
  7. ^ "Park McArthur". Artadia. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  8. ^ "Projects 195: Park McArthur". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  9. ^ "Park McArthur "Poly" at Chisenhale Gallery, London •". 20 March 2016.

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