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b.1983 in Boston, MA 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY 

 

EDUCATION 

 

2012 

Hunter College, MFA in Painting 

 

2008-9 

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio (Painting/Drawing) 

 

2006 

Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture and Planning Bachelors in Fine Art, Art History 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

Our House, Harper’s, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2021 

Moon Salon, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

View from Gowanus, Harper’s, East Hampton, NY 

 

2019 

Fish Tank TV (Project Room), Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

 

2018 

NIGHT, One River, Westport, CT 

 

2017 

Greenport Magic, Arts and Leisure, New York, NY 

Liminal Grove, One River in Allendale, and Englewood, NJ 

 

2016 

Wanderers and Wildflowers, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 

 

2014 

Through Every Leaf, Freight and Volume Gallery, New York, NY 

 

2013 

Of Other Places, Sardine, Brooklyn, NY 

 

2012 

The Brink of Utterance, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 

 

2007 

Dissolving Lucian II/ Points of My Compass, Gershwin Gallery, New York, NY 

 

2006 

Lucian is Dissolving, Willard Straight Art Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

2022 

The Pit, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming) 

Prism, Y2K, New York, NY (forthcoming) 

Lexicon of Love, Studio Archive Project, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming) 

Andrea Festa Fine Art, Rome, Italy (forthcoming) 

 

2021 

A Flower Show, Gangway NPT, Newport, RI 

Spiritual Art Advisory, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Melrose, Harper’s, Los Angeles, CA 

Oasis, The Pit, Palm Springs, CA 

Unraveling, Hesse Flatow, New York, NY 

Hello From the Living Room, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY 

Michael Berryhill & JJ Manford, One River, Allendale, NJ 

 

2020 

Summer Group Exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

Quarters, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York, NY 

 

2019 

The Mind is Also a Landscape, Public Land/ Print Club LTD, Sacramento, CA 

Under the Time of Lampshades, Transmitter NYC, Brooklyn, NY 

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Washington Art Association, curated by Timothy Bergstrom, NY Mushrooms, Y2K Group, 7 Franklin Place Decade, curated by Sun You, SFA Projects New York, NY 

New York, Just Like I Pictured It, Platform, Brooklyn, NY 

Making (It) Work, Hubbell Street Galleries, California College of Arts, curated by Karla Wozniak and Georgia Elrod, San Francisco, CA 

 

2018 

In Form: BMCC Art Faculty Exhibition, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY 

Big Holiday Show, LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY 7 Samurai, Platform Project Space, Brooklyn, NY GlenLily Grounds 2018, Newburgh, NY 

Idols and Icons Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, curated by Muskat/ Knoll Summer of Love, Freight and Volume Gallery, New York, NY 

Gangs of New York, Adds Donna, Chicago, IL, curated by Essex Flowers 

DNA Residency Show, Provincetown, MA 

Untitled Projects Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, NY, curated by Catherine Haggarty & Karen Flatow 

True North, LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY 

Foundation Faculty Exhibition, Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

Ring of Fire, Far x Wide, for Earth Justice, Brooklyn, NY

 

2017 

Nostalgisms, Able Baker Contemporary, Porland, ME, curated by Nick Benfey 

Indian Summer Disturb the Neighbors, New York, NY 

In Paper We Trust, at the Dot Project, curated by Sara Clarken & Brigette Mulholland, London, England

The Secret Life of Plants, Freight and Volume, curated by Jennifer Coates and Nick Lawrence Conference Object, curated by Sarah Butler, Cairo, NY 

 

2016 

Cave, curated by Michael Yaniro, Jay, NY 

Lunacy, Ortega y Gasset, curated by Eric Hibit Frieze New York

Canada Booth B4, organized by Katherine Bernhardt Jardin, No. 4 Studio, Brooklyn, NY 

Gazing Inland, COOP, Nashville, TN 

Family Values, 195 Christie St., curated by Paola Gallio 

Tread Ess Ef Eff at the Living Gallery, curated by Alex Sewell Your Bad Self, Arts and Leisure, New York, NY 

 

2015 

Improvised Showboat #5 curated by Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton with Ashley Garrett and Brian Wood, New York, NY 

Apples Turn to Water at Spring/Break Art Fair, curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow New Work City curated by Julie Torres, Momenta Art, New York, NY 

Botanic Revival: JJ Manford and Amy Lincoln, One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ

 

2014 

The Art of Compassion, Freight and Volume, New York, NY

Family Style, curated by Julie Torres, Formerly Pocket Utopia, New York, NY 

 

2013 

Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Relief Benefit, Lodge Gallery, New York, NY 

Strange Times, Novella Gallery, New York, NY 

 

2012 

Peaces On Earth, Sardine, Brooklyn, NY 

Soft Opening, Heliopolis, Brooklyn, NY 

Hogwarth Worldwide Biannual, Hogwarth Worldwide Inc, New York, NY 

Hunter MFA Thesis Show, Times Square Building, Hunter MFA Building, New York, NY Brucennial (Bruce High Quality Foundation Biennial), New York, NY 

The Whitney Houston Biennial, Murdertown, Chicago, IL 

Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Mic: Check (Occupy), Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

 

2011 

Idiot's Delight, Curated by Craig Olson, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Temporary Antumbra Zone, Group Show, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Purple Nurple, Beta Space, Brooklyn, NY 

Espacio Entre Medio, Chemi's Room, Santurce, Puerto Rico 

IT'S ALL GOOD, Apocalypse Now, Group show, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Stillness is the Move, Two-Person Show with Elisa Soliven, Saffron Space, Brooklyn, NY 

 

2010 

Half Invisible, Group show, Beta Space, Brooklyn, NY 

Painting Comes Alive!, Group show, Art Jail, Manhattan 12 and Under, Group show, Saffron Space, Brooklyn, NY 

A Mermaid Day, Mermaid Parade Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 

Dance Ghost, Group show, Vaudaville Park, Brooklyn, NY 

 

2009 

Cadaver Corpse, Space 1026, Philadelphia , PA 

Cadaver Corpse, Group show, Golden Age, Chicago, IL 

Fari Shams/JJ Manford Recent Paintings, 76 Harley St., London, England 

 

2008 

MFA Show, The Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago 

 

2006 

The Antiques Show, Group show, Tjaden Art Gallery, Cornell University 

Yay! Nature!, Group show, abandoned storefront, Ithaca NY 

 

2005 

The Bunny Project, Outdoor installation, group project Working Framework, Group show, Columbus, OH, and Ithaca, NY 


 

2004 

Overdue, Thesis and pre-thesis Open House, Sibley Arts Library, Cornell University 

The String Project, with architecture students; Tjaden Hall, Cornell University 

The Rome Show, Palazzo Lazzaroni, Cornell in Rome and Hartell Gallery, Ithaca, NY


 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

 

Emily Burns, “Interview with JJ Manford,” Maake Magazine, n.d.

Sean Montgomery, “20 Questions For: JJ Manford,” Ithaca MoMA, November 2, 2016

Liz Ainsle, “JJ Manford’s Domestic Stages for Acid Daydreams,” November 26, 2019

Nicholas Cueva, “JJ Manford: Unraveling at Hesse Flatow,” July 2020

Zachary Keating, “JJ Manford, Dec 2016,” video interview, December 21, 2016

“Art for the In Crowd - 8 Artworks Depicting the Great Outdoors,” Artspace, April 8, 2020