Born: New York, New York, 1981

Resides: Bronx, New York

Education: Yale University School of Art (M.F.A., 2011); Fashion Institute of Technology (B.F.A., 2009); Pratt Institute (2000)


Selected Solo Exhibitions



“No Space Hidden (Shelter),” Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

“Chaos or Community?,” Galerie Michel Rein, Brussels.



“Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars,” The Contemporary, Baltimore.



“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Byerly Gallery, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Selected Group Exhibitions



“Lift Every Voice and Sing (amerikanskie gorki),” Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

“Empire State Works in Progress 2017,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

“20/20,” Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

“A Picture of the Universe in Clock Time,” Momentum 9, Moss, Norway.

“Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

“Harlem: Found Ways,” Cooper Gallery at Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Cambridge.

“Urban Planning: Contemporary Art and the City 1967–2017,” Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.

“The Intersectional Self,” Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, New York.



“Home,” Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York.

“Landmark,” Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York.

“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947–2016,” Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles.



“If You Leave Me Can I Come Too,” Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York.

“When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out,” Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, Bronx, New York.



“Puddle, Pothole, Portal,” Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York.

“Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts and Mischievous Actions,” El Museo del Barrio, New York.

“Material Histories,” Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

“Rites of Spring,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.



“Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial,” Bronx Museum, New York.

“Future Generation Prize Exhibition,” The 55th Venice Biennale.

“They Might as Well Have Been Remnants of the Boat,” Calder Foundation, New York.



“Future Generation Prize Exhibition,” Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine.

“First Among Equals,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

“The Ungovernables,” New Museum Triennial, New York.


Selected Performances



“Parable of the Sower,” New York University Arts Center, Abu Dhabi (November).

“Geneva Project,” Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, New York (April 28–29).



“Can I Get a Witness? (The Gospel of James Baldwin),” Harlem Stage, New York (December).



“Prophetika,” La Mama, New York (March 20–April 5).



“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada (July 11– September 20).

“She Talks to Beethoven,” Brooklyn (January 16–25).


Selected Bibliography



Mountain, Lexie. “Abigail DeVille, Baltimore,” Art in America (September 15).

“Best Museum Show: Abigail DeVille, ‘Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars,’ ” Baltimore City Paper (September 13).

Kaplan, Isaac. “Abigail DeVille Looks to Disrupt New York’s History of Gentrification,” Artsy (August 1).



Cotter, Holland. “Racial Redefinition in Progress ‘Fore’ at Studio Museum in Harlem,” New York Times (November 29).

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Washington DC Becomes a Playground of Public Art,” Hyperallergic (October 13).

Cotter, Holland. “The Stuff of Life, Urgently Altered,” New York Times (August 28).

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