Danny Giles is an artist and educator based in Rotterdam. He serves as Course Director of the Master of Fine Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute for Postgraduate Studies. His work uses varied material and performative approaches to address the possibilities and 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. 


 

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Daniel Giles

dannygiles1@gmail.com

+31 (06) 45 95 56 87

 

Education


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 Shows

(*indicates performance)

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)*, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017

Here*, 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

Cubed Luminous, Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL

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

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

2017

Anthropophagy for Pedestrians(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 

 


Residencies and Awards 

2019     

Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Black Embodiments Studio Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2018-19 

BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017

Sector 2337 Project Space Residency, Chicago, IL

Illinois State University Visiting Artist, Bloomington-Normal, IL
2015
     

Mana Contemporary Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL


2014

ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI
High Concept Laboratories Residency, Chicago, IL
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant 


Publications

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”

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

2015

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

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 Presse


 Visiting Artist and Lecture Engagements 

2019

Artist Talk, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Black Embodiments Studio Residency, Seattle, WA

2018     

Artist Talk, Missouri Theater, True/False Film Festival, Columbia, MO

2017     

Artist talk, ESPAC, Mexico City

Artist talk, Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL

2016

Artist Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Artist Talk, 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

2019     

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

In conversation 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