Ryan McNamara (b. 1979, Phoenix, Arizona) is a Brooklyn based artist who is known for blending different practices of dance, theater, and history in his work. His works are often situation-specific, and tend to be collaborative or participatory, creating a social discourse and commenting on participation within artistic production. McNamara has held performances and exhibitions at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, The Watermill Performance Center, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, The Whitney Museum, MoMA P.S.1, The Kitchen, and in various other locations throughout the world. His work is also in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. In his most recent solo exhibition, Still, in March 2012 at Elizabeth Dee, McNamara transformed the gallery into a photo studio filled with costumes and props where he staged a series of tableaux using visitor participation that were then captured on camera and posted online on the gallery’s website in a nod to social media. The New York Times called the resulting images “spirited and wonderfully improvisatory.” McNamara has participated in the past two Performa Biennials. In Performa 09 his work, Any Fag Could Do That, was inspired by the Sacred band of Thebes – a small brigade of homosexual lovers that defeated the Spartan army in 375 B.C. In Performa 11, he took part in the Performa Commission Three Performances in Search of Tennessee by Laurel Nakadate and James Franco, a three part-project based around Tennessee Williams’ famous play The Glass Menagerie.

Ryan Mcnamara
Ryan McNamara
Phoenix, 1979

Past Exhibitions

Ryan McNamara: Battleground

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
02/05/2016 — 04/05/2016

Solo Shows

Still, Elizabeth Dee, New York, NY
Independent, group presentation, New York, NY

Wind and Tears, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
Meditation, Repetition, Trance, Mendes Wood, Sao Paolo, Brazil
II, Watermill Performance Center, Water Mill, NY
On Shuffle, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
Jack Smith: Thank You For Explaining Me, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Dengue Dance Contest, Club Gong, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami, FL
Phase 3: Robert Filliou, The Artist’s Institute, New York, NY
Hallways, 100 Years of Performance, The Garage, Moscow, Russia
Forever, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Liste Performance Project, Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (catalogue)
And Introducing Ryan McNamara, Elizabeth Dee, New York, NY
This Is My Condition, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal
Live on Five Songs Presents, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Sacred Band of Thebes aka In Memory of Robert Isabell aka Any Fag Could Do That,
Performa09, X Initiative, New York, NY
Ryan McNamara Presents: Klaus von Nichtssagend, The Musical, Klaus von Nichtssagend
Gallery, New York, NY
Stars!, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY
Heaven: Splendid Isolation, 2nd Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
Ryan McNamara Presents: Bernie, the Magic Lady, Art Production Fund Lab, New York, NY
Sam Kim’s Darling, PS122, New York, NY

When Fear Becomes Form, Centre d’Art de Neufchatel, Switzerland

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Phoenix Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: New York, USA
W: http://www.ryanmcnamara.com/ M: studio@ryanmcnamara.com