Kembra Pfahler

Selected Works

Rebel Without A Cock

Kembra Pfahler

01 June – 20 July, 2019

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


Kembra Pfahler

16 November – 21 December, 2016

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


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Born in 1961 in Hermosa Beach, CA, US.

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


1979 – 1983

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

Solo Exhibitions


The Show Must Not Go On, Emalin Stories (online)


Condo NY, Chapter NY hosting Emalin, New York, NY, US

Rebel without a Cock, Emalin, London, UK


Capital Improvements, Emalin, London, UK


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


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

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


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


Heaven & Hell, Deitch Projects at Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL, US


File Under ‘V’, Rove Gallery, London, UK


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

Riddle of the SphinxDeitch Projects, New York, NY, US

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

Wet Rainbow, HaNNa, Hpgrp Tokyo, JP

Group Exhibitions


Love Sign, Galerie Noah Klink, Berlin, DE

All of them witches, curated by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Deitch Projects, LA, US

Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Spago on the Sunset Strip, LA, US

Hybrids, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY, US


YOU X ART X CENTRE POMPIDOU, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

Familiar Machines, Backlit, Nottingham, UK


Breaking Wave, Participant Inc., New York, NY, US

Nightfall, curated by Erika Verzutti, Fernanda Brenner, Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, BE

The Condition Of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery & American Fine Arts, Co. Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson, NY, US



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


Grande, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, MX

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


The Unseen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, US

New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RU


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


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

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

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

Think Pink, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL, US


Inferno, Yautepec, Mexico City, MX

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


Whitney Biennial, curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

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

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


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

Womanizer, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, US

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


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

Other Projects


Calling on Twilight, 182 Avenue C, New York, NY, US

The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black (performance), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY, US

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

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


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


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

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, US


The Misandrists (film), Bruce La Bruce

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

Varda Artists Residency, Sausalito, CA, US


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

Turning (film), Charles Atlas


The Advocate for Fagdom (film), Angelique Bosio


Blank City (film), Celine Danhier

Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, US


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, US


Surf Gang (film), Katrina del Mar


Gang Girls 2000 (film), Katrina del Mar


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


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


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


The Fury Inside (film), Vince Benedetti


Red Spirit Lake (film), Charles Pinion


Sewing Circle (film), Richard Kern

War is Menstrual Envy (film), Nick Zedd


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


21 OCTOBER 2021

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Kembra will perform at cumgirl8’s EP release party with Girl Dick and Bobbie Hondo at the Knitting Factory, NYC.

18 AUGUST 2021

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Tonight! Kembra will be performing at the Tom of Finland: The Darkroom closing party  (20:00 – 00:00). 281 Park Ave South at 22nd St.

04 AUGUST 2021

KEMBRA PFAHLER: TONIGHT! Kembra Pfahler’s performance On the Record / Off the Record, in partnership with Participant Inc, will be livestreamed this evening at midnight BST / 7pm EST.

31 MARCH 2021

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Kembra Pfahler is featured in Mugler’s Spring 2021 Ready to Wear show.

15 DECEMBER 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Introducing Emalin Stories with a written conversation between Kembra Pfahler and Vaginal Davis, accompanied by a selection of Kembra’s works released specifically for the platform.

20 OCTOBER 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Tickets are now available for The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black: Halloween Special! Featuring Lydia Lunch, M. Lamar, CHRISTEENE, and Bob Gruen Livestream via The Bowery Electric. TVHOKB will perform on 27 October 2020 at 8pm EST.

29 JULY 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Kembra Pfhaler will be performing her Piñata Extravaganza tomorrow at The Hole, NYC (312 Bowery, NY) from 8pm! All welcome!


KEMBRA PFAHLER: Tomorrow Kembra Pfahler is performing at The Hole NYC at 7pm (312 Bowery, NY). The title of Kembra’s latest performance ‘Slippery when Dead’ is based on the 1959 Bruce Brown surfing film that also features her father, Fred Pfahler the 3rd. The performance is about Kembra’s relationship to the same places her father surfed in California and the songs she wrote for this new body of work are voluptuously horrific: “I use horror skit in my songs and sculptures because horror is always prophetic.”

Visitors will be able to safely view Kembra’s performance through the front window of the gallery.

06 JUNE 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Kembra Pfahler is included in Love Sign, a group exhibition at Galerie Noah Klink, Berlin. Opening today, through to 15 August 2020. For more information, click here

08 FEBRUARY 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: Opening next week! Kembra Pfahler is included in the upcoming exhibition Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome organised by Jeffrey Deitch and Nicodim galleries. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, 11 February until Sunday, 16 February | 11am-6pm | 1114 Horn Avenue, Los Angeles. For further information, contact Nicodim galleries


04 FEBRUARY 2020

KEMBRA PFAHLER: All of Them Witches, organised by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons – including works by Kembra Pfahler opens this week at Jeffrey Deitch, LA 

19 April 2019

Kembra Pfahler is performing at the Kitchen in New York in The Johnsons present SHE WHO SAW BEAUTIFUL THINGS (19-20 April).

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