Kristen Morgin (born 1968) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Morgin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from California State University, Hayward, CA, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from Alfred University, School of Ceramics, Alfred, NY. Morgin is the recipient of the 2011 Lamar Dodd Professorship of Art, University of Georgia, and the 2005 Joan Mitchell Award.
Morgin has had solo exhibitions at A-B Projects, Scripps College, Claremont, CA; Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA; Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY; Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, Athens, GA; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA; Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY; Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach, CA; Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA and Zach Feuer, New York, NY.
Recent group exhibitions include Total Collapse: Clay in the Contemporary Past, The Rubin Arts Center at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, 2019; Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2018; Interstitial, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, 2017; Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2016; The Treachery of Objects, Fine Arts Center Gallery at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2016; Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY, 2015; Reverberation, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA, 2013; Our Cups Runneth Over, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, 2012; Under the Table, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX, 2012; The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art, UC Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 2012; Ruins in Contemporary Art, University of California, Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, 2012; Untitled: Death By Gun, Istanbul Biennial, 2011; Overthrown: Clay Without Limits, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 2011; The More Things Change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 2010; Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2010; Contemporary Pop, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, NY, 2010; Unmonumental : The object in the 21st Century, The New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY, 2007; Sculptors’ Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2007; Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part II, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Red Eye: LA Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; and RAW, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2006.
Selected public collections include Alfred University, Alfred, NY; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Kristen Morgin will be included in "Total Collapse: Clay in the Contemporary Past" at The Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso from 26 September to 13 December 2019. Organized around ideas exploring the function of the ceramic object as an anthropological devise and early human technology, the exhibit features work in sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation. The exhibition further examines the value of the ceramic object, as an artifact with sociopolitical potential, but also puts into question the role of contemporary mass-produced ceramic objects and their impact on future histories.
Kristen Morgin is included in the group exhibition Interstitial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
What happens to ordinary entities of domestic life when they are driven into territories where their standard uses or functions are suspended and upended and new meanings are forged? Interstitial seeks to answer this question through the examination of new and recently-created free-standing sculptures by contemporary Los Angeles-based object makers whose work exists in the interstices, the spaces between the historical genres of the decorative arts, still life, and abstraction.
The upcoming Renwick Invitational presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano.
Each artist takes an innovative approach to his or her selected medium, at once breaking with tradition and referencing it to address contemporary themes. Together, the four artists can be seen to represent a current fascination in American craft with themes of ruin, resilience, and rebirth.
Kristen Morgin is included in The Treachery of Objects at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at the University of Arkansas, 29 January - 27 February 2016.
Kristen Morgin is included in Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact at the Museum of the Moving Image. The reimagining and recycling of Hollywood iconography in contemporary art, and the way that movies live on in our personal and cultural memories, are explored in the exhibition Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact. Organized by independent curator and scholar Robert M. Rubin, the exhibition includes 120 works by 40 artists that dissect, appropriate, and redefine some of the past century’s most iconic films through photography, drawing, sculpture, print, and video. They are joined by a selection of rare film ephemera re-positioned as artworks ranging from costume designs for Rosemary’s Baby to the complete original key book stills from The 39 Steps. With a nod to the "walkers,” or zombies, from the TV series The Walking Dead, the exhibition’s title references the lingering power of film detritus on the imagination of the living.
Marc Selwyn Fine Art is pleased to present Kristen Morgin: Messages to My Twenty Year Old Self, a solo exhibition of new works by Kristen Morgin.
6 June - 11 July 2015
Zach Feuer Gallery is pleased to present The Super Can Man and Other Illustrated Classics, an exhibition of more than thirty new works by Kristen Morgin.
3 April - 3 May 2014.