Glenn Ligon

About Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York. He received a BA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, and was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, New York. He works in a variety of media, including painting, neon, installation, video, and print to explore issues surrounding race, sexuality, representation, language, and America’s cultural legacies. Ligon’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, including the travelling exhibitions Glenn Ligon: AMERICA (2011), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011-2012), and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2012); and Glenn Ligon: Some Changes, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2005), Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2006), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2007), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2007), and Mudam – Foundation Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2008). He has also been included in numerous major group exhibitions, such as NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (2013), New Museum, New York; The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Andy Warhol (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Untitled 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Learn to Read (2007), Tate Modern, London; Documenta 11 (2002), Kassel; 3rd Gwangju Biennale (2000); Venice Biennale (1997), Jurassic Technologies Revenant, 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996); and Whitney Biennial (1991 and 1993), New York. Upon entering office and moving into the White House, President Barack Obama installed Ligon’s Black Like Me No. 2 (1992) in his family’s private living quarters.