Danny Giles is an artist, educator and art worker based in Chicago and Amsterdam. His work uses varied material and performative approaches to address the dilemmas of representing and performing identity and to reveal hidden languages of power within mundane objects and spaces. Giles received his MFA from Northwestern in 2013 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Giles’ work has been exhibited, performed and screened at venues including The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,  the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, IL, El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 


Danny Giles


Lives and works in Amsterdam and Chicago

2013    MFA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL  

             Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2011     BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions and Performances

2019     The Practice and Science of Drawing a Sharp White Background, Seattle, WA

              Figura, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

              The Thing and its Double, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2018      dead(air)(performance), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017      Here (performance),Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL 

              Remembrancer,Sector 2337, Chicago, IL

2016      Lyric, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014     go/figure(with eliza myrie), Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

2012     Phantom Shapes and Ghost Events, Incident Report, Hudson, NY 

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances

2019     Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Tufts University Art Gallery

2018     Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, Contemporary Art Museum Houston,              Houston, TX

              Preview 8, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

              Bio (performance), True/False film festival, Columbia, MO

              Dialogue/Diálogo(performance with Eduardo Rabasa) Lit and Luz Festival, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Lyric (performance), Eclipsing Festival, Links Hall, Chicago, IL

2017     Dialogue/Diálogo(performance with Eduardo Rabasa), Lit and Luz Festival, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL 

             The 3rdTerrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

             O(p)positions, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO

             Standards Variance, Public Access, Chicago, IL

             Expanded Chicago, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

             PDF Objects, Es Espectro, Mexico City, Mexico

2016     Ascend (MCA Prime Time), MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL

             Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

             PDF Objects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

             YesREMIXED, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Past Lives: Live Stream on ACRE TV, Union Docs Center for Documentary Art, Brooklyn, NY

2015     The Great Good Place, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

             Simplicity, Starcom Mediavest Group, Chicago, IL

             Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, IL

             The Annual, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

             Listening and Making Sound, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI 

             The 2ndTerrain Biennial, Terrain, Oak Park, IL

             Finnocchio, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

             Satellites, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

             Ideal Perfection, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL

             Were the Eye Not Sunlike, Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL 

             Direct Object/Direct Action, Threewalls, Chicago, IL 

             RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY 

2014     Open Office: A Project of United States Artists, Chicago, IL 

              Community Area One, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL 

              Please Stand By, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL


  Danny Giles, “Family History”, catalogue essay for exhibition “Tide/Tithe” featuring Alexandria Eregbu            and Rami George at Roots and Culture

Danny Giles, “Some Notes on Being and the Void”, Finnocchio exhibition catalogue


2019      “Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness”, by Emily Pothast, ArtPractical.com, https://www.artpractical.com/column/danny-giles-draws-a-black-frame-around-whiteness/

2018     “Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System”, catalog, edited by Risa Puleo, various contributors

2016     Too Many Degrees podcast, “Funky Timeshare”, http://www.toomanydegrees.com/

              Jared Richardson, “Danny Giles: “Lyric”

2015     Kate Sierzputowski, Hyperallergic, “A Procession of Black Love Responds to Controversial Michael Brown Exhibition in Chicago”, Sept. 7, 2015

             LVL Artist of the Week, Interview, LVL3 Gallery

2014     Review: Daniel Giles and eliza myrie at Roots and Culture, by Matt Morris, Newcity Art, September 29, 2014
                Kate Sierzputowski, Inside Within Web Archive, Danny Giles: “The Utility of the Synthetic”, Mar. 14
                Meg Onli, “go/figure”, catalogue essay (“go/figure” at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center)
                Danny Giles, “Black Art Sale”, Emergency Report, Ugly Duckling Press

Visiting Artist and Lecture Engagements 

2019     Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Black Embodiments Studio Residency, Seattle, WA

2018     Missouri Theater, True/False Film Festival, Columbia, MO

2017      ESPAC, Mexico City

               Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL

2016     California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

              University of Chicago graduate program, Chicago, IL

2015     Visiting Artist workshop, SAIC Homan Square Project, Chicago, IL


Curatorial Projects and Public Programming

2020     Guest Editor, Monday Journal 4thedition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

              Curator, Ox-Bow: Past and Present, Betsy Rupprecht Gallery, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

              Panel conversant with Greg Foster Rice, Julie Rodriguez, and Allison Cuddy, Illinois Humanities Festival: “VIOLENCE!”,Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018     Panel organizer with Christopher Meerdo, “Observing Power: History and Agency, Open Engagement conference, Chicago, IL

              Panel conversant with Julie Rodriguez, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL

2017     Curator, “Thinging Bodies” video screening, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015     Black Artists Retreat, panel chair, “Black Queer Feminisms, Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago, IL

2014     Black Artists Retreat, workshop leader, “Study Hall: Fugitive Planning in The Undercommons, Theaster Gates’ Studio, Chicago, IL