ACT Director, Professor 2017 - present

JUDITH BARRY utilizes a research – based methodology to explore wide range of topics. Both the form and the content of her work evolve as the research proceeds. She often makes use of installation, in various forms, as a way to combine many of her disparate interests. These immersive environments are based on experiments incorporating architecture, sculpture, performance, theatre, film/video/new media, graphics, and interactivity.

Since her first performances in the late 1970’s, Judith Barry has produced unique, habitable, visual environments that are activated by the viewer. Each of her projects aims to provide new ways for engaging conceptually and visually within a space

Emerging from architecture, literary and film theory, and dance, she has translated these disciplines directly into specific physical relations that place the viewer in a dialogue with the content of her research. She constructs a variety of ‘subject positions’ for the viewer to inhabit which function like point-of-view perspectives and allow the viewer to both cohere the meaning of the work by inhabiting the space of the installation, and simultaneously to ascribe a multiplicity of meanings to the experience.

She has exhibited internationally at such venues as the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, and the Whitney Biennale, among others. Her awards include the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2000), “Best Pavilion” at the Cairo Biennale (2001), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Public Fantasy, a collection of Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden (2003) and Judith Barry: body without limits (2009).


Selected Solo Exhibition, Performances, and Screenings



“Judith Barry”, “untitled…”, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (inst.)
“…Cairo stories”, Mary Boone Gallery. NYC, (inst.)



“Judith Barry: Imagination, dead imagine”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC (inst.)



“Judith Barry: Voice off”, MCA San Diego (inst.)



“…Cairo stories”, Slought, Philadelphia, Pa. (inst.)

“Judith Barry: Voice off,” Mary S, Byrd Gallery, Augusta, Georgia (inst.)

“…Cairo stories”, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, LA (inst.)



“Judith Barry: Voice off” , MUMOK, Vienna (inst.)

“…Cairo stories”, ZKM, Karlsruhe (inst.)



“…Cairo Stories”, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich (inst. / other venues)



“Judith Barry: Body without limits, a survey”, Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (10 installations), (c)



“Judith Barry: Body without limits, a survey”, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (12 installations), (c)


Selected Group Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings



“Art in the Age of the Internet:1989 to Today”, ICA, Boston, traveled to UMMA, Ann Arbor, (inst.+c)

“West by Midwest”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (inst)



“Unholding”, Artists Space, NYC

“Related to Visions: Twenty years of the Friedrich Kiesler Prize”, Friedrich Kiesler Foundation, Vienna (c)

“Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era”, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (inst.)

“The Voice”, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul Korea (inst. + c)

“Exhibition as Image: Art Through the Camera’s Eye”, Ludlow 38/MINI/Goethe-Institut, NYC (inst.)

“Electronic Superhighway”, MAAT, Lisbon (inst+ c)


“Electronic Superhighway”, Whitechapel, London (inst.+c)

“Dis-play/Re-play”, Austrian Cultural Forum (inst. + c)

“Cinenova: Now Showing: Judith Barry and Claire Hope”, The Showroom, London

“Putting Rehearsals to the Test. In the Making: The Post – Dramatic Image”, VOX, Montreal (c)

“Secret Agent”, Guest Projects, London (film program: …cairo stories)



“to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer”, MUMOK, Vienna (inst. + c.)

“The White Giraffe”, Arts Verona and Promotorio Bibiloteca Civic, Verona, Italy

Hemera Collective: Secret Agent”, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

Triacontagon: 30 years of the Artists’ Fellowship Program, NYFA, Westbeth Gallery, NYC

“The Book in Extremis”, Minneapolis College of Art &Design, MCAD, Minneapolis

Nascent States”,Waterside Contemporary, London (inst.)

“Versions”, Krowswork/SFMOMA On the Go, San Francisco/Oakland

“Resonance”, NIMk, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam



“Take it or Leave it” Hammer Museum. Los Angeles, (inst. + c)
“Theatrical Fields”, CCA, Singapore, (inst. + c)



“Americana: Commodity Cultures”, Perez Art Museum Miami (c)

“Theatrical Fields”, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden  (inst.)

“This is not a Love Song”, la Virrena-Centre de la Image, Barcelona

“The Content of Form”, Generali Foundation, Vienna (c)

“Permutation 03.1: Re: Learning ”, P!, New York City, NY (inst. + c)

“Baby, I’m Bored”, C60 – Collaboratorium for Kulturell Praxis, Bochum, Germany



(d)OCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (inst. + c)

“Critical Episodes, 1957 – 2011”, MACBA Collection, MACBA, Barcelona  (inst.)

“This will have been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980’s”, MCA, Chicago, traveled to ICA, Boston, and Walker Art Center Museum, Minneapolis (inst + c)

“In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art”, The Drawing Center, NYC, traveled to 20 venues world – wide

“…Cairo stories”, Photography Society, UAE, Sharjah, multiple screenings

“Remote Sensing”, ICA London (c)

“This will have been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980’s”, MCA, Chicago (c)

“The Deconstructive Impulse”, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston



“Under the Big Black Sun: California 1974-1981”, MOCA, Los Angeles photos (c)

“The Deconstructive Impulse”, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY (c)

“Plot for a Biennial”, Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE, (inst) (c)

“Territorium der Frau in der Visuellen Kunst und der Femnine vorstellungskraft”, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg, Germany (inst) (c)

“In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art”, De Vleeshal, Middleburg, Netherlands, traveled to Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation, Venice,  KHOJ international Artists’ Association, New Delhi, Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, Nero HQ, Rome (c)

“Berlin Carré”, Pop-up Gallery Berlin, (curated by Annette Maechtel)

“F is for Fake”, (with Emma Hedditch and Laura Mulvey), Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn,

“Fresh Angle on the Arts”, Ford Foundation, NYC

“Are You Ready For TV”, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, (c)

“The Deconstructive Impulse, Part 2”, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina (c)

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