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Associate Professor


Visual Arts Facility 554


Danielle Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the geopolitical and material processes that colonize the mind and body. Drawing from the aesthetics and history of advertising, and from her multinational background—born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, and brought up in a suburb of London—her work explores the ideological function of technology, architecture, marketing, and media as tools of subjection, oppression, and resistance. Dean received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She recently worked on a new commission for Performa 21, New York (2021); Amazon Proxy and a solo show at The Tate Britain, London (2022); Amazon. Other solo shows include Trigger Torque at The Ludwig, Germany (2019), True Red Ruin at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018), Bazar at 47 Canal in New York (2018), Landed at Cubitt gallery in London (2018) and Focus: Danielle Dean at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York) (2016). She is was included in The Whitney Biennale in New York (2022) Her work has also been included in group exhibitions Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Anti, Athens Biennale in Athens Greece, The Centre Cannot Hold, Lafayette Anticipation, (Paris) Artist’s film international, The Whitechapel Gallery, (London), From Concrete to liquid to spoken worlds to the word, Centre D’Art Contemporain Geneve (Geneva, Switzerland), In Practice: Material Deviance at Sculpture Center (New York), Experimental People at High Line Art (New York), Lagos Live at the Goethe Institut Nigeria (Lagos), and Made in L.A. 2014 at The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) among many others.