Bethany Collins: A Pattern or Practice
Gallery Universities of Illinois State University
February 15 - March 31, 2019
A Pattern or Practice, the most comprehensive presentation of artist Bethany Collins’ work to date, presents thirty pieces created from 2012 to 2019. In her drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and artist’s books, Collins incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or arduously rendered. As Holland Cotter recently wrote in The New York Times , “language itself, viewed as intrinsically racialized, is Bethany Collins’ primary material.” The artist elaborates, “I adore language because of its potential capacity, but if language is biased and not representative of us, it’s bound to fail.”
Solidary & Solitary Artist Commissions
January 29–May 19, 2019
The Smart Museum commissioned three local artists to create new work as part of the Chicago presentation of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Bethany Collins, Samuel Levi Jones, and Amanda Williams—who have all participated in Pamela Joyner and Alfred Giuffrida’s artist-in-residence program—enrich and expand the exhibition’s narrative.
Bethany Collins: The Litany at Locust Projects
November 17, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Locust Projects presents The Litany, a new site-specific installation by the Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins. In the center of Locust Projects’ Main Gallery is My destiny is in your hands, a white-on-white flocked wallpaper installation designed by the artist that exists within a “chapel” custom-built for the exhibition. The floral designs on the wallpaper represent official state flowers from the historical South where the artist’s family are from, as well as the state flowers where the artist’s family moved to during the Great Migration of millions of African Americans from the South to other parts of the United States.
Gray Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts
May 20 - July 30, 2017
Gray Matters is a multifaceted survey of 37 contemporary artists who have explored the practice of grisaille, the French term for working in shades of gray. These artists challenge an all-too-simplistic notion of colorless "neutrality" as they reveal the varegated spectrum of black, white, gray, and everything in between. Artists include Bethany Collins, Roni Horn, Mickalene Thomas, Marlene Dumas, Julie Mehretu, Vija Celmins, and more.
Excerpt, Studio Museum in Harlem
January 26 - July 2, 2017
This group exhibition explores how artists use books and language as a form of resistance, putting pressure on the way knowledge is written and shared. Featuring Sadie Barnette, Bethany Collins, Meleko Mokgosi, Xaviera Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gary Simmons, Kara Walker, and more.
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, University Galleries at Illinois State University
October 26 - December 18, 2016
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features works by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. Other artists in the exhibition in Stephanie Brooks, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Abigail DeVille, Diana Frid, Kay Rosen, Xaviera Simons, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Bethany Collins: In Evidence, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College
October 20 - December 9, 2016
A solo exhibition of Bethany Collins's recent work, including A Pattern or Practice, her installation of blind embossed paper depicting the US Justice Department's report on the Ferguson Police Department. The exhibition occurs in conjunction with the group exhibition Seeing | Saying: Images and Words at Van Every/Smith Galleries.
S/Election, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
October 20, 2016 - January 8, 2017
S/Election at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery addresses issues around citizenship within the context of the 45th presidential election. Other artists in the group exhibition include Aytaam Al Turab, Charles Gaines, Ramiro Gomez, Olga Koumoudouros, Jennifer Moon and Jane Szabo.
Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
September 15 - December 3, 2016
This group exhibition examines intersections of fashion and art by looking at the unique ways that black women through the African Diaspora construct their lives.
The Drawing Center
June 22 - July 1, 2016
The finalists' exhibition for the 2016 Prix Canson is on public view at the Drawing Center in New York City from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Recognized for their innovative uses of paper in their work, the finalists are ruby onyinyechi amanze, Bethany Collins, Njideka Akunyili Crosy, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer.
Interviewed on NPR's WABE Atlanta
May 4, 2016
In an extended interview, Bethany Collins speaks with WABE's Gabbie Watts about the evolution of her practice and her current projects, including an exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Listen on the WABE website.
Named finalist for Prix Canson
April 26, 2016
Bethany Collins is one of five finalists for the Prix Canson, an international drawing award. The finalists, who also include Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer, will exhibit together at the Drawing Center in New York City from June 22 through July 1, 2016. The winner will be announced before the exhibition opens.
Lines of Flight, Wallach Art Gallery
April 20 - June 4, 2016
Lines of Flight at Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery features Bethany Collins alongside Glenn Ligon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Emily Kloppenburg, and Wade Guyton, among others. Open through June 4.
Bethany Collins: The problem we all live with, Birmingham Museum of Art
April 16 - August 7, 2016
Bethany Collins opened the inaugural Birmingham Museum of Art Lobby Project with a collection of work called The problem we all live with. Open through August 7, 2016.
Art AIDS America, Zuckerman Museum of Art
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Bethany Collins is featured in the Zuckerman Museum of Art exhibition Art AIDS America.
In Conversation, Birmingham Museum of Art
January 9, 2016
Bethany Collins will appear in conversation with Emeritus U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Saturday, January 9 at 11am. The conversation, which is organized as a partnership between the museum and the Georgia-based publication ART PAPERS, will be moderated by Ivy Wilson, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University. Video of the conversation is available online: here.
Featured in Modern Painters
December 19, 2015
Bethany Collins has been profiled in the December 2015 issue of Modern Painters in an article titled "Bethany Collins: An Artist Who Performs Historical Erasures" by Courtney Willis Blair.
Featured in Art Papers
November 15, 2015
Bethany Collins is featured in the November/December issue of Art Papers in a piece titled In Version After Version, a pairing of Collins's work A Pattern or Practice (2015) with the poetry of Natasha Trethewey, former US Poet Laureate.
Bethany Collins: Inquiry's End named Artforum Critics' Pick
October 9, 2015
Richard Gray Gallery
EXPO Chicago 2015
September 17, 2015
Richard Gray Gallery at EXPO Chicago 2015: Booth 319. Presenting work by Marc Chagall, Bethany Collins, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Eric Fischl, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, John McLaughlin, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Leon Polk Smith, Ed Ruscha, Mitchell Squire, Evelyn Statsinger, John Stezaker, Marc Swanson, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool.
Bethany Collins: Inquiry's End, Richard Gray Gallery Chicago
September 11 - October 31, 2015
Bethany Collins: Inquiry's End is the first Richard Gray Gallery exhibition for Atlanta- and New York-based artist Bethany Collins.
This is how the myth repeats, Atlanta Contemporary
August 29, 2015 - February 27, 2016
Bethany Collins has unveiled a new monumentally-scaled installation at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The piece, titled This is how the myth repeats, is a 14 x 20 feet installation of toner and graphite directly on the walls of the Atlanta Contemporary Atrium. Drawing from multiple epilogues, ending passages, and final pages of written works concerning race and identity, the piece transforms architecture into a sprawling text of endings woven into a whole.
Interviewed on NPR's WABE Atlanta
June 29, 2015
Bethany Collins was interviewed by WABE's Jason Parker about her work in the wake of being awarded the 2015 Hudgens Prize. Discussing the broad themes of her work, Collins asked, "how much can language capture about race and identity?" She goes on, "I believe that it can, and I also believe that it is inherently fallible and that it is destined to fail. I'm really interested in that destined-to-fail quality and what then it can reveal about our understanding of identity." Listen to the entire story at WABE and watch a video of the interview on PBS.
Wins Hudgens Prize
June 13, 2015
Bethany Collins has won the Hudgens Prize, a prestigious award given by the Hudgens Center that recognizes excellence in emerging Georgia artists. The prize comes with a $50,000 purse and a solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center in Duluth, Georgia. Collins will have her first solo gallery exhibition at Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago in September of 2015. More information about the Hudgens Prize in this Atlanta Sun Times spotlight.
Named finalist for Hudgens Prize
April 14, 2015
Bethany Collins has been named a finalist for the prestigious Hudgens Prize, a biennial award bestowed by The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Georgia. The prize, which carries a purse of $50,000, is given this year by a jury consisting of Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Rochester Art Center, Buzz Spector, Professor of Art at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator at The Renaissance Society. Collins and the other three finalists, Scott Ingram, Orion Wertz and Ryan Steele, will exhibit in a Finalists Exhibition at the Hudgens Center from April 7 - June 27. Bethany Collins will conduct an artist talk there on Saturday May 16.