Kembra Pfahler

Selected Works
EXHIBITIONS

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Kembra Pfahler

November 16 – December 21, 2016

Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6JU

NEWS

6 March 2019

Familiar Machines, a show including works by Kembra Pfahler, opens this Saturday at Backlit, Nottingham, UK

25 February 2019

During Frieze LA week, Kembra Pfahler performed at Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, USA as part of Sex Cells 2 Year Anniversary and at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, USA, hosted by Jeffrey Deitch and Kaleidoscope Magazine

17 October 2018

Kembra Pfahler is featured on the cover of Kaleidoscope Magazine. Find the whole story including photographs by Jack Pierson and an interview by Jeffrey Deitch in the magazine

11 June 2018

Kembra Pfahler features in Tour Without End (Twenty-One Portraits and a Protest), a part documentary, part fictional film by director Laura Parnes, premering today at The Kitchen, NY

24 May 2018

Kembra Pfahler features in Bruce LaBruce’s new film ‘The Misandrists’, released at the cinemas tomorrow

22 MARCH 2018

Kembra Pfahler’s work is featured in the group exhibition LUST LAUGHTER LIQUOR opening today at Gallery Sofie van de Velde in Antwerp, BE

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Born in 1961 in Hermosa Beach, CA, USA.

Lives and works in New York City, NY, USA.

Education

1979 – 1983

School of Visual Arts BA, New York, NY, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Pfrankenstein, Emalin, London (forthcoming, May)

2016

Capital Improvements, Emalin, London, UK

2015

Kembra Pfahler The Manual of Action, Bowman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012

Kembra Pfahler: Fuck Island, Participant Inc., New York, NY, USA

Giverny (with E.V. Day), The Hole Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2008

Sit-Ins, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

2007

Heaven & Hell at Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL, USA

2005

File Under ‘V’, Rove Gallery, London

2002

Availabism and Anti-naturalism: A Feminine Experiment, American Fine Arts Company, New York, NY, USA

Riddle of the Sphinx, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Tylenol Island, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, USA

Wet Rainbow, HaNNa, Hpgrp Tokyo, JP

Group Exhibitions

2019

Familiar Machines, Backlit, Nottingham, UK (forthcoming, March)

2018

LUST LAUGHTER LIQUOR, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2017

FUTURE FEMINISM, O Space on occasion of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017,  Aarhus, DK

2016

Grande, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, MX

Subject to Capital, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY, USA

2015

All Together, Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at Manny Cantor Center, New York, NY, USA

2014

Future Feminism, The Hole Gallery, New York, NY, USA

ALL HAIL GWAR! Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show, MF Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2013

Summer Reading, The Hole Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2012

Masterpieces: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book, ABC NO RIO, New York, NY, USA

Creepers, SUPERCHIEF GALLERY, New York, NY, USA

YOU KILLED ME FIRST The Cinema of Transgression, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

2011

The Unseen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, USA

New York Minute, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RU

2010

IT AIN’T FAIR 2010, OHWOW Miami, Miami Beach, FL, USA

RE:FORM SCHOOL, RE:FORM SCHOOL, New York, NY, USA

Closing Night, Participant Inc., New York, NY, USA

Dead Flowers, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Secret Knows: A LAND Exhibition, The Virgin Mobile Freehouse, Austin, TX, USA

Think Pink, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL, USA

2009

Inferno, Yautepec, Mexico City, MX

A New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT

2008

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

It’s Not Only Rock & Roll, Baby, curated by Jerome Sans, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, BE

Actresstocracy, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA

2007

Georg Gatsas: The Process VI, The Swiss Institute, New York, NY, USA

Womanizer, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Horrorshow, TELIC Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1983

The Extremism Show, ABC NoRio, New York, NY, USA

Further Projects and Residencies

2019

Sex Cells Two Year Anniversary, with Marc Almond (performance), Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

A life performance by Kembra Pfahler & the Girls of Karen Black (performance), hosted by Jeffrey Deitch & Kaleidoscope Magazine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2018

Doomtown Screenings: Kembra Pfahler presented by Dirty Looks (film screenings), PICA, Portland, Oregon, USA

2017

Dirty Looks: Kembra Pfahler (event), The Kitchen, New York, NY, USA

FUTURE FEMINISM (panels and performance Art 101 lecture), Aarhus, DK

DISRUPT THEIR LIVES (film), Curated by Anohni, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, DK

Ich Sehe Das Licht: Kembra Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black (film), Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016

The Misandrists (film), Bruce La Bruce

Kembra Pfahler on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything (symposium) , Rubin Museum, New York, NY, USA

Varda Artists Residency, Sausalito, CA, USA

2012

Kembra Pfahler: Availablism and Anti-Naturalism + A Conversation with Claywoman (discussion and performance), Southbank Centre, London, UK

Turning (film), Charles Atlas

2011

The Advocate for Fagdom (film), Angelique Bosio

2010

Blank City (film), Celine Danhier

Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA

2008

Otto; or, Up with Dead People (film), Bruce La Bruce

ABC No Rio Benefit Gala & Art Auction, ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (auction), New York, NY, USA

2006

Surf Gang (film), Katrina del Mar

1999

Gang Girls 2000 (film), Katrina del Mar

1998

Black Date (album), The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

1996

A National Healthcare (album), The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

1995

Anti-Naturalists (album), The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

1994

The Fury Inside (film), Vince Benedetti

1993

Red Spirit Lake (film), Charles Pinion

1992

Sewing Circle (film), Richard Kern

War is Menstrual Envy (film), Nick Zedd

1984

XS: The Opera Opus (performance), Pyramid Club, New York, NY, USA