John Schlesinger




Grants, Fellowships and Residencies

John Armstrong Chaloner Rome Prize Fellowship in the Visual Arts, 2002        

Peter S. Reed Foundation Award, 2002        

Aaron Siskind Fellowship, 2000        

Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, 1999         

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow, The MacDowell Colony, 1998        

Aaron Siskind Fellowship, 1992        

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1988        

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1986        

Minnesota State Arts Board Special Projects Grants, 1984, in collaboration with Dorit Cypis        

Bush Foundation Fellowship, 1983        

McKnight Fellowship, 1983

Residencies include:

The MacDowell Colony (5 stays)

Blue Mountain Center (3 stays)

Virginia Center for the Arts


Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017        AC Institute, New York, NY,  Dear Volunteers, collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

2016        Unsmoke Art Systems, Braddock, PA,  Dear Volunteers, “You Doom Chunx” collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

2016        Whittier College, Greenleaf Gallery, LA,  Dear Volunteers, collaboration with Tra Bouscaren,

2016        Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture, San Francisco, Metal Memory vs. Affect Horizon, Dear Volunteers, collaboration with Tra Bouscaren

2016        Totally Rad Gallery, Berkeley, Daft Affect, Dear Volunteers, collaboration with Tra Bouscaren

2015        Pop-up installation, Philadelphia, Dear Volunteers, collaboration with Tra Bouscaren

2014        Untitled Installation, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

2013        Maureen’s Wholesale Flower Shop, “My Future Ex” , Dear Volunteers,  installation with Tra Bouscaren

2012        Untitled Installation, The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2003        American Academy in Rome, Front Gallery, Rome, Italy

2001        Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco

2001        Williamsburg Art NeXus, Brooklyn

1996        Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

1996        Julie Saul Gallery, “Writing Pictures”, New York (catalogue)

1995        “Fragmented Images” (three person exhibition), The Alternative Museum, New York

1994        The Tampa Art Museum, “Working the Blade: Jacob Kass/John Schlesinger”

1991        White Columns (White Room Installation), New York

1990        Camera Work, San Francisco

1990        Van Rooy Galerie, “David Schaefer/John Schlesinger” Amsterdam, The Netherlands (catalogue)

1989        Lieberman and Saul, New York

1989        De Zaak, Groningen, The Netherlands

1987        Jeffrey Neale Gallery, New York

1987        Thomas Barry Fine Arts (with Dorit Cypis), Minneapolis

1986        Jeffrey Neale Gallery, New York

1985        Eye: A Photography Gallery, San Francisco

1984        Chicago Film Makers, Chicago

1984        Daedalus Fine Art Acquisition, Minneapolis

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013        “My Future Ex” installation at University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2012        “Singular Visions/Multiple Views”, curated by Lena Hyun, Hopper House, Nyack, NY

2012        “Untitled Exhibition” at Art on the Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

2011        “Vox VII” juried exhibition, Philadelphia

2011        “Hive/Cave”, Pageant, Philadelphia

2011        DCCA, “Duets”, Wilmington, DE

2006        ”Works on Paper, Arcadia University

2005        “Art Basel Miami Beach”, Lemon Sky Projects, Miami Beach, FL

2005        “Romania Redrawn”, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005        “Powelton Photographs”, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002        “Photography 21”, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey

2002        “Snapshot”, Arcadia University, travels to Aldrich Museum

2002        “Gallery Artists”, Seraphim Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001        Group Exhibition, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA  

2001        San Francisco Art Fair, Nikolai Gallery of New York, San Francisco, CA

2000        “Our Town”, Photo Gallery West, Philadelphia, PA

2000        “Because Sex Sells,” Nikolai Fine Arts, New York  

2000        Berlin Arts Fair, Ubu Gallery of New York, Berlin, FDR

2000        “Yard Sale”, Downtown Arts Festival, New York City Lab School, New York

1999        “The Artist as Patron”, The Alternative Museum, New York

1998        “The Erotics of Denial”,  E.S. Van Damm Gallery, New York

1998        “Beyond the Image…”, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis

1997        “Sex/Industry”, Stux Gallery, New York

1997        “Inside Out”, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

1997        “TwoFold”, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York

1997        Spot Gallery, New York

1997        “The Figure in the Landscape Revisited”, Montgomery Glasoe Gallery, Minneapolis

1996        “Out takes, Obscure Selections by Gallery Artists”, Julie Saul Gallery, New York

1994        “Don’t Leave Me This Way; Art in the Time of AIDS”, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Two installations/catalogue)

1994        Group Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago

1994        Group Exhibition, Julie Saul Gallery, New York

1994        Group Exhibition, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York

1993        “Breda Photographica ‘93”, De Beyerd Institute, Breda, The Netherlands

1993        New York Artists, W-139 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1993        The Amsterdam Art Fair, Kunstrai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1993        “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis”, The Drawing Center, New York (travelling exhibition)

1992        “More Than One Photography: Work Since 1980 from the Permanent Collection”, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1992        Group Exhibition, Blum Helman Warehouse, New York

1992        “Voyeurism”, Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York

1992        “Cannibal Eyes”, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (catalogue)

1992        “Addressing the Forbidden”, Brighton Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

1991        “The Body in Question”, Burden Gallery, New York (catalogue)

1991        “Moving Light”, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

1991        “Erotic Desire”, Centrum Voor Fotographie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1990        “The Big Picture: Selections from the Permanent Collection”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1990        “Wagner, Berman, Schlesinger”, Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York

1990        “Photography: 1980’s—Discovery and Invention”, curated by J. Smith, Basel Art Fair, Switzerland

1990        “The Indomitable Spirit: Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS,” International Center for Photography, New York and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (catalogue)

1990        “The Photography of Invention”, The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (catalogue)

1990        “Sequence (Con) Sequence”, Bard College, Annandale, New York

1989        “Unbesehen”, Kampnagel 3, Hamburg, FDR

1987        “Poetic Injury”, Alternative Museum, New York

1987        “Recent Acquisitions”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1987        “This is Not a Photograph”, John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

1986        “Stills: From Cinema and Video into Photography”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

1986        “The Real Big Picture”, The Queens Museum, New York

1985        “Wider Perspectives”, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

1985        “Figures, Spaces, and Structures, 1972-83”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Publications and Reviews

Catalog, American Academy in Rome, two images, text, 2003

Art in America, “Artworld”, a description of Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, March, 2000, p. 158

Catalog, Biennale, Toscano, Italy

Pandemic: Facing AIDS, Umbrage Editions, edited and curated by Nan Richardson, Spring, 2003

New York Times, review of “Snapshots” at Aldrich Museum, by Sarah Boxer

NY Arts, ”Because Sex Sells.”, review by Jenni Sorkin, March 2002

Art Issues, “San Francisco e-Mail: Burtynsky, Schlesinger, Nimoy”, Mark Van Proyen, Summer, 2001

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, award catalogue, two photographs, 1999-2000

The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Picture Imperfect”, photos and article by Leaonard Boasberg, Jan. 31, 2000

Mediations, Illinois State University, two photographs, Spring, 1998

Art of the X Files, Chris Carter, one photograph, 1998

Art in America, “Writing Pictures” photo with review by Eileen Myles, p. 108, March, 1997

Art News, “The Image of the Hand” photo with article by Barbara Pollack, March, 1997

Writing Pictures, a catalogue by John Schlesinger, 24 pages, 14 photographs, includes text fragments from a number of writers, essay by Linda Yablonsky, 1996

The New York Observer, “Secret Codes: A Touch of Noir” review by A.D. Coleman, Sept. 30, 1996

Village Voice, an especially recommended selection, by Vince Aletti, Sept. 17, 1996

National Gallery of Australia Exhibition Catalogue, “Don’t Leave Me This Way: Art in the Time of AIDS”, essay by Ted Gott, 1994

Blind Spot, premier issue, four photographs, 1993

Village Voice, a Choice selection: “Off the Wall”, review by Vince Aletti, July 27, 1993

Art in America, “Complex Vision”, article by Paul Smith, (three photos) March, 1993

Future Safe, donated photographs in pamphlet about estate planning for artists with HIV, 1993.

White Columns Catalogue, “Update 92”, essay by Bill Arning, one photograph, 1992

Village Voice, a Choice selection: “Voyeurism,” review by Vince Aletti, March 3, 1992

MIT Catalogue, “Cannibal Eyes”, essay by Ron Platt, four photographs, 1992

Art News, “Wagner, Berman, Schlesinger”, photo with review by Richard Woodward, January, 1991

Perspektief #40, photographs, January, 1991

San Francisco Examiner, photo with review by David Bonetti, 1990

San Francisco Camerawork Quarterly, description of exhibition with photo, spring, 1990

Village Voice, a Choice selection: “Wagner, Berman, Schlesinger”, Vince Aletti, Oct. 13, 1990

Aperture, “The Body in Question”, ed. by Melissa Harris, one photograph, winter, 1990

 “The Indomitable Spirit”,  Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, catalogue (cover photo), 1990

J. Schlesinger/D. Schafer: “Exhibition Catalogue”, pictures and essay, Van Rooy Galerie, Amsterdam, 1990

The Photography of Invention: Pictures of the 80’s  by Joshua Smith, one photograph, 1989

Bomb Magazine, cover photograph, summer, 1988

Drukwerk De Zaak, #37, two photographs, 1988

Sequence (Con) Sequence, by Julia Ballerini, two photographs, 1988

Art News, review by Mary Haus, 1987

Aperture, #103, summer, five photographs, 1986

The New York Times, review by Andy Grundberg, July 11, 1986

New Art Examiner, review by William Horrigan, 1984

Selected Collections

American Academy in Rome

Allen Memorial Museum

Art Institute of Chicago

Bill Arning, New York

Bonni Benrubi, New York

Blue Mountain Center

Henry Buhl, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Carnegie Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

Deutsche Bank, AG, FDR

Richard Flood, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Barry Friedman, New York

General Mills, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, FDR

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Lehigh University Gallery

The MacDowell Colony

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Irene Nikolai Fine Arts

Oberlin College Art Museum, Ohio

Princeton University, New Jersey

Aaron Siskind Foundation

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Tampa Art Museum

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Education and Professional Experience

BA        University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Mn;  Philosophy and Photography, 1980

BS        University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Mn;  Art Education, 1980

MFA        University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, (Interdisciplinary Art), 2012

Certificate in Time Based Media, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Associate Professor of Art, 

SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern. NY

Adjunct Teaching experience includes:

School of Visual Arts, (undergraduate and graduate)

Drexel University

Rice University

Visiting Artist and Lecture opportunities include:

Cooper Union, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt, SVA, Ramapo, SUNY Purchase, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Arizona, Tyler (Rome) and University of the Arts,