Donald Moffett lives and works in New York, NY. Moffett received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.
Moffett has had domestic and international exhibitions at The 8th Floor, New York, NY; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; American Art Museum, Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C.; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Beaver College of Art, Glenside, PA; The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY; Lora Reynolds, Austin, TX; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA; Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; New Art Projects, London, UK; Simon Watson, New York, NY; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK; Texas Gallery, Houston, TX; Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, and Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, NY.
Recent group exhibitions include APMA, CHAPTER THREE – From the AMPA Collection, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2021; Manifesto: Art x Agency, 2019 and Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, 2018, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; cart, horse, cart, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY; This is Not a Prop, David Zwirner, New York, NY, 2018; Texas, Phillip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2018; Monuments to Us, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA, 2018; COUNTERPOINT: Selections from the Peter Marino Collection, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY, 2018; Snarl of Twine, Magenta Plains, New York, NY, 2018; Tonic of Wildness, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, 2017; Range: Experiments in New York, 1961 - 2007, The Met, New York, NY, 2017; An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 2017; Voice= Survival, The 8th Floor, New York, NY, 2017; Touchpiece, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2017; New Ruins, American Art Museum, Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C., 2017; More than Words, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2016; Pioneer Lust, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, 2016; Eric Hanson ‘Two Years of Looking’, New Art Projects, London, UK, 2016; In the Making, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY, 2016; Floss: Pino Pascali and Donald Moffett, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, 2016; Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, 2016.
Selected public collections include Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin, TX; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt am Maim, Germany; Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
The exhibition "Donald Moffett: The Hollow" will be on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen, Colorado from 27 November 2020 - 18 January 2021.
Donald Moffett's work "Aluminum / White House Unmoored" will be on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen from 2 July to 13 September 2020. This work is the central work from Moffett's D.C. series, in which the artist projected handheld video of the capital's landmarks and symbols onto silver extruded oil painting—in this case, a flickering disembodied seat of ultimate power.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Donald Moffett's exhibition "ILL (nature paintings)" from 7 November - 21 December 2019 in New York. In "ILL", Moffett takes up an array of references, from pictographic bleached sea corals, to scans of the human brain, to the vast galaxies spinning deep within the night, blue sky.
Produced in a range of colors, from deep black to crisp white, these abstracted organic forms serve as guideposts to a much-needed discussion on how we have found ourselves in the predicaments of today. The featured works also continue Moffett’s vision to break free the canvas from its rectangular confines and the wall. The paintings, which extend forward into space on steel supports, are in instances perforated, punctured, and inflated. Their resin surfaces range from the high gloss pours seen in any fallow field, to a new matte finish that absorbs and softly reflects the light, while also revealing unexpected infiltrations of color. Despite the ominous undertones, the works in ILL offer important pockets of brightness, as they capture a kaleidoscope of material diversity—one that stands in for the diversity of the world, a world that can yet change, yet again.
Donald Moffett will be included in the exhibition "Painting/Sculpture" at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Chelsea, New York from 10 July - 9 August 2019. The exhibition will explore contemporary painting and its relationship to the formal and conceptual language of sculpture. Painting/Sculpture will include works realized as three-dimensional sculpture, but understood intrinsically as paintings, as well as two-dimensional works that create the illusion of volume and layers. Together, the works capture ongoing questions about how we draw the lines between artistic practices.
Donald Moffett and Zoe Leonard will be included in the exhibition "Manifesto: Art x Agency" at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on view June 15–Jan. 5, 2020. Organized by the Hirshhorn’s Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin and comprising more than 100 works of art and ephemera created over a hundred-year period, “Manifesto: Art x Agency” explores how artists used manifestos to engage with the political and social issues of their time and how contemporary practices still employ art as a tool in the making of history.
Donald Moffett will be included in the group exhibtion "100 Sculptures" at anonymous gallery, Paris, France from 13 - 20 May 2019. Curated with Todd von Ammon, 100 Sculptures is as advertised: one hundred small sculptures created by over one hundred international artists. The only given framework being that no sculpture have more than a 5 x 5 inch (12.7 x 12.7 cm) footprint. This traveling, regenerative, and celebratory exhibition is a meshwork; an extremely populous show with the objective to create the most dynamic, non-hierarchical system that is possible within the limited confines of a gallery space. The one hundred (+) objects on view have the ability to interact with and decode one another freely.
Southampton Arts Center is pleased to present the group exhibtion, COUNTERPOINT: Selections from The Peter Marino Collection, with works by Donald Moffett. The exhibtion will be on view from 28 July through 23 September 2018.
A longtime resident of Southampton, Peter Marino’s architectural work includes award-winning residential, retail, cultural, and hospitality projects worldwide. Well known for integrating art within his designs, Marino has commissioned more than 300 site-specific works. COUNTERPOINT continues Marino’s cross disciplinary practice, revealing influences that have shaped the architect’s career and life-long connection to art.
COUNTERPOINT is organized into four thematic chambers designed on site by Peter Marino: Gardens Gallery serves as a connection to the Southampton community with a Jason Schmidt photograph of Marino’s Southampton garden, nine bronze Grand Moutons de Peter by Francois-Xavier Lalanne from the garden itself, and a series of screens showing a selection of Marino’s local architectural projects. The Pop Art Gallery features works by Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Joel Morrison, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol. The Treasury Room focuses on photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Marino’s sculptural bronze boxes. Lastly, the Modern German Art Gallery includes a selection of works by Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is pleased to present the group show Give a damn. with works by Donald Moffett. The exhibition presents artists who, quite simply, give a damn about the world around them and the people in it. Not all artists included in the exhibition identify as activists, but through their art and its interpretations, they become advocates for freedom, equality, justice, and understanding.
The exhibition connects many media including painting, textile, photography, and drawing by 20th- and 21st-century artists diverse in race, sexual orientation, gender, age and nationality.
David Zwirner is pleased to present a group exhibition with works by Donald Moffet, 27 June - 3 August 2018. "This Is Not a Prop" brings together a multigenerational group of artists whose work explores the liminal space between body and object.
Donald Moffett treats the canvas as a surrogate for the body, creating orifices by drilling holes into the surface of his paintings. Suggestive of both sexuality and erosion, his work is steeped in social, political, and sexual critique.
Donald Moffett is included in Range: Experiments in New York, 1961 - 2007 at The Met - on view 18 August 2017 through 25 February 2018.
This installation borrows its title from a series of drawings by Donald Moffett (born San Antonio, 1955) rendered in fudge on paper pierced with a bullet shot by his friend, Robert Beck (born Towson, Maryland, 1959). As a young artist who arrived in New York in the late 1970s, Moffett was inspired by more-established colleagues, including Alice Aycock, Lynda Benglis, and Elizabeth Murray, whose post-Minimalist work resonated with what he calls his "fractured formalist impulses." Taking this intergenerational artistic milieu as its point of departure, this exhibition brings together works by artists whose output subverts a rigorous formalism through references to subjectivity, narrative, and process.
Donald Moffett, whose paintings and prints are currently on view at the Blanton, discusses growing up in San Antonio, and his career as an artist and an activist based in New York with acclaimed novelist and art critic Jim Lewis. Lewis has written about Moffett's work, What Barbara Jordan Wore, a 2001 series of digital prints exploring the legacy of the Texas politician.
Donald Moffett is included in VOICE = SURVIVAL at the 8th Floor.
VOICE = SURVIVAL, an exhibition curated by Claudia Maria Carrera and Adrian Geraldo Saldaña for Visual AIDS, examines voice as a medium and a metaphor used by artists and activists confronting oppression amid the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The multidisciplinary exhibition features work and archival materials by ACT UP, Jordan Arseneault and PosterVirus, yann beauvais, Adinah Dancyger, Chloe Dzubilo, Gran Fury, Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes, Shan Kelley, Audre Lorde, Donald Moffett, Pat Parker, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Marlon Riggs, LJ Roberts, James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, Ultra-red, Rosa von Praunheim, James Wentzy and Diva TV, David Wojnarowicz, and others. The exhibition will be on view from June 15 through August 11, 2017 at The 8th Floor.
Donald Moffett is included in the group exhibition, New Ruins at the American University Museum.
Curated by Danielle Mysliwiec and Natalie Campbell, New Ruins explores the tactile, perceptual, and temporal dimensions of surface and form among a resonant grouping of abstract works. Physical processes such as rubbing, layering, building, wearing away and, on occasion, obliterating, combine to offer an alternative to the traditional painter's mark, altering perception of time and presence. Materials such as bronze, marble, plaster, stone, metal, clay and wood are used to expand the language of painting and its traditional viewing modes. New Ruins feature works by N. Dash, Jessica Dickinson, Donald Moffett, Sam Moyer, Nathlie Provosty, and Brie Ruais. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the AU Studio Art Department.
Janine Antoni, Donald Moffett and Gary Simmons will be included in Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s is the first major American museum survey to historicize the art of this pivotal decade. The exhibition showcases approximately 60 works in a diverse range of media by 45 artists including Janine Antoni, Donald Moffett, Byron Kim, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nikki S. Lee, Fred Wilson and Kara Walker. The exhibition offers an overview of art made in the United States between 1989 and 2001—from the fall of Communism to 9/11—and is organized around three principle themes: the so-called “identity politics” debates; the digital revolution; and globalization. Its title refers to the 1992 song by Nirvana (the quintessential 90s band); moreover, it speaks to the issues of identity that were complicated by the effects of digital technologies and global migration. The artists in the exhibition made their initial “point of entry” into the art historical discourse during the 1990s and reflect the increasingly heterogeneous nature of the art world during this time when many women artists and artists of color attained unprecedented prominence.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Floss, a two-person installation of Pino Pascali’s Bachi da Setola and the extruded paintings of Donald Moffett.
Lora Reynolds is pleased to announce a project-room exhibition of new paintings by Donald Moffett in his second show at the gallery.
The Blanton currently has the greatest number of works by Donald Moffett of any museum in the United States. This fall, in celebration of the Blanton’s commitment to Moffett, a San Antonio native, the museum will present a gallery dedicated to new acquisitions by the artist in a rich variety of media including painting, drawing, and projected video on painting. The installation will illuminate Moffett’s diverse and influential practice. Highlights of the presentation include a suite of works that examine the legacy of Texas congressman Barbara Jordan to seductive and bold abstract paintings. This intimate exhibition is part of a growing initiative to increase the Museum’s holdings of Texas artists.
29 August 2015 - 28 February 2016
Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, Zoe Leonard, and Donald Moffett are included in Art AIDS America at the Tacoma Art Museum.Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. More than ten years in the making, the exhibition of 120 works is now on view at TAM through January 10, 2016.
Lora Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce Donald Moffett: head., an exhibition of projection paintings by Donald Moffett.
November 20, 2014 - January 17, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 6-8 pm
Donald Moffett will be included in A Chromatic Loss, a group exhibition opeing on 9 January 2014 at Bortolami Gallery.
Opening 9 January 2014
Jane Kim Gallery is pleased to announce Swing State, a group show of 13 New York based artists: Lisa Beck, Steve DiBenedetto, David Diao, Lydia Dona, Tamara Gonzales, Joanne Greenbaum, David Humphrey, James Hyde, Fabian Marcaccio, Donald Moffett, Thomas Nozkowski, Lucas Samaras, and David Shaw.
7 April - 5 May 2013
119 Hester Street
New York, NY 10002
Donald Moffett: The Radiant Future and Mr. Gay in the U.S.A. is currently on view at the Columbus College of Art & Design.
Nov. 16, 2012–Jan. 11, 2013.
Donald Moffett will be featured in a survey exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, on view 23 June through 9 September 2012.