Xaviera Simmons

Born in New York, 1974 and lives in New York, USA

Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, and video and performative works. She received a BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending 2 years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s ISP in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Xaviera has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include; The Museum of Modern, MoMA PS1, Nouveau Museum National de Monaco, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, and The Sculpture Center. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awards including The David Driskell Prize, The Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, an Art Matters Fellowship, and a SmARTPower Fellowship. Simmons was a 2012 AIR at The Studio Museum In Harlem.
Selected projects and exhibitions scheduled for 2013 include “Artists Experiment” with The Museum Of Modern Art, “Radical Presence” at The Contemporary Arts Museum In Houston, “Rehearsals” at The Savannah College Of Art and Design, “Untitled” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and “Untitled” at The David Castillo Gallery among many others. Her works are in major museum and private collections including Deutsche Bank, UBS, The Guggenheim Museum, The Agnes Gund Art Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2013 Simmons will be a visiting critic and lecturer in the Graduate Department of Sculpture at Yale University and an Artist In Residence at Anderson Ranch. Simmons is on the Board Of Directors of Spaceworks, a non profit real estate organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long term stable and affordable workspace for arts practitioners in New York City.

Poetics of Relation
Inspired by the writings of author and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928 – 2011), this exhibition...
29 May 2015 - 18 Oct 2015
Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Sanford Biggers and Xaviera Simmons
Sanford Biggers’ works integrate film/video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. ...
14 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2016
David Castillo Gallery
No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the RFC
The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation presents NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from...
02 Dec 2015 - 28 May 2016
The Rubell Museum
David Castillo Gallery presents “tête-à-tête”, a group show on view from November 28, 2016 until...
28 Nov 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
David Castillo Gallery
The Restless Earth
La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi present La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth),...
28 Apr 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Triennale di Milano
Art Spaces
David Castillo Gallery
Galleries in Miami