Artist Ebony G. Patterson explores, through her practice, gender norms and  Jamaican dancehall culture. She blend different materials and techniques, such as tapestry, beading, sequins, crochet, and Internet-sourced images of violent murders, to represent the transformations of gender and body politics. Patterson’s work thus elicits a civic awareness that raises the stakes for popular culture as a whole and interrogates at the same time the looking mechanism of viewers.

Ebony G. Patterson, Kingston, 1981, Jamaica
Ebony G. Patterson
Kingston, 1981
Jamaica

Current Exhibitions

09 Nov — 05 May
Born in Kingston in 1981, Ebony G. Patterson is best known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads. “Ebony G. Patterson . . ....

Solo Shows

2018
…for those who bear/bare witness…, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL, USA
…while the dew is still on the roses…, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
…for little whispers…, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MA, USA
of 72, Institute of the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
the were…, University Art Galleries, College of Fine Art, Ilinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

2016
If We Must Die…, curated by Melissa Messina, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA
…when they grow up, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA
Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, USA

2015
unearthing treez, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL, USA
Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA, USA
Dead Treez, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2015); travelled to Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2016): Boston University Art Galleries, Boston, MA (2016); University of Buffalo Art Gallery,Buffalo, NY (2017), USA

2014
dy/nas/ty, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, USA

2013
…until you see them, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL, USA

Group Shows

2018
Beyond Fashion, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art. Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman., The Mennello M of American Art, Orlando, FL, USA
Open Spaces, Kansas City, MO, USA
SEED, curated by Yvonne Force-Villareal, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, USA
Embodied Politic, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Reclamation! Pan African Works from The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; will travel to DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL (2019), USA
SOUL RECORDINGS, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I am no bird, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, USA

2017
The Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
Coming of Age, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL, USA
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Carribean Archipelago, part of Pacific Standard Time, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA
Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
All That Glitters: Maria Berrio, Derek Fordjour, Ebony G. Patterson, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Ebony G. Patterson, Thomas J. Price, Zadie Xa, Hales Gallery, London, UK
Caribbean Queer Visualities, Transmission, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Third Space/Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art, curated by Hugh Kaul, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, USA

2016
32nd Bienal de São Paulo, curated by Jochen Volz, São Paulo, Brazil; part of touring exhibition throughout Brazil (2017)
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; travelled to The Speed Museum, Louisville, KY (2017), USA
About Face, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, USA
Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection, curated by Stephanie James, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
Visions Archipéliques, Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique
Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington, KY (2016); travelled to 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC (2017); 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY (2018), USA
Sanford Biggers and Ebony G. Patterson, moniquemeloche LES, New York, NY, USA
Jamaican Routes, curated by Selene Wendt, Punkt Ø/Galleri F 15, Norway
2015 Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diasporaa, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
Art of Transformation, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, The ARC, Opa-Locka Arts & Recreation Center, Miami, FL, USA
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
BOTTOMS UP: A Sculpture Survey, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY, USA
Reality of My Surroundings, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
ReSignifications: European Blackamoors, Africana Re-Stagings, Florence, Italy
Between the Idea and Experience, 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

2015
En Mas’: Carnival 21st Century Style, The Caribbean as Site Specific Performance,
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, USA (2015); travelled to The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman (2016); The National Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas (2016); The DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL, USA (2017); Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA; Unlrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, USA (2018)

2014
Jamaica Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane
University, New Orleans, LA, USA
Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity, 21C Museum Hotel, Bentonville, AR, USA
GOLD, Bass Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA; travelled to Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, USA
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

2013
eMERGING: Visual Art and Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn, NY, USA
Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica
Six Degrees of Separate Nations, Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi Waweru, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Natural Histories, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Kingston Country of birth: Jamaica Date of birth: 1981 Lives in: Kingston (Jamaica), Lexington (Kentucky)