Christopher Myers

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Christopher Myers is a multimedia artist, author, and playwright from New York City born in 1974. Myers earned his B.A. in Art-Semiotics and American Civilization with focus on race and culture from Brown University in 1995. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at venues including MoMA PS1, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Mistake Room at Paos GDL, Akron Art Museum, Contrast Gallery Shanghai, Goethe-Institut Ghana, Kigali Genocide Memorial Center Rwanda, San Art Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, and The Studio Museum Harlem. Myers won a Caldecott Honor in 1998 for his illustrations in the book Harlem and a Coretta Scott King Award in 2016 for illustrating Firebird with Misty Copeland. Myers currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


EDUCATION

B.A., Art-Semiotics and American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, RI

1995

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me, Fort Gansevoort, New York, New York

2018

Flags of No Nation, The Mistake Room at Paos GDL, Guadalajara, Mexico

2017

Urban Inspiration: The Visions of Christopher Myers, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

2003

Sketches for a Freak Museum, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

2000

Art from the book Harlem, Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, New York

1997

GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, California

2019

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, “Birth As Criterion”, MGLC, Slovenia

2017

Kochi Biennial: The Current Convening #2 Ginger Palace, Kochi, India

2016

Shorts Concerning Global Poverty, w/ Hank Willis Thomas, Sundance, Park City, Utah
Echo in the Bones, Prospect Biennial w/ the Propeller Group, New Orleans, Louisiana

2014


Ghost Effect in Real Time, Collaboration w/ Chitra Ganes, Tilton Gallery, New York, New York

2012

Mei Guo, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2008

Check Out, Haojing Hotel, Beijing, China

2007

Fables, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2006

Framing the Triangle, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York

2005


Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York

2004

Off the Record, Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, New York

2003

Once Upon a Picture: Caldecott Honor Books, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2001

Legends, Folklore, and Real-life Stories, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2000

RESIDENCES, AWARDS & GRANTS

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List, USA
MGLC Audience Award Residency, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2018

CCBC Choices, My Pen
Kirkus Reviews Best Book, My Pen
New York Public Library's “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, My Pen

2015


Coretta Scott King Award – ALA, Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin

2014

San Art Laboratory Residency, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2013

Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont

2012

Khartoum International School, Khatroum, Sudan

2010

National Book Award finalist, Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Illustrator

2005

National Book Foundation, Family Literacy, Author Residency

2001

Charlotte Zolotow Award for Writing– CCBC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press

2000

Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, Black Cat, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press
National Book Award finalist, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, HarperCollins

1999



Caldecott Honor – ALA, Harlem
Coretta Scott King Honor – ALA, Harlem
NAACP Measure of a Man Award, Harlem
Harlem, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, iIllustrator 1997, Scholastic Press

1997



Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program

1996

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Studio Museum
The Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Massachusetts
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York, New York

SELECTED BOOKS

My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Disney-Hyperion

2015

Firebird, Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers, Penguin

2014

H.O.R.S.E, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Egmont

2012

Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Hyperion

2008

Lies and Other Tall Tales, Zora Neale Hurston, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Harper Collins
Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Illustrator, HarperCollins

2005


Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press

2000

Monster, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, HarperCollins
Black Cat, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, Scholastic Press

1999

Harlem, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers illustrator, Scholastic Press

1997

THEATER

Jack &, Playwright and Designer
The Walker, Redcat November 16-18, 2018
Brooklyn Academy of Music, October 17-20, 2018 Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, 2018                      Cartography, Playwright and Designer Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany, October, 2017 NYU Abu Dhabi, June, 2018

2018-2017




Go Forth, Designer
Genocide Memorial Theater in Kigali, Rwanda 2016
CAC New Orleans November 6-12, 2017 CIFCET Theater Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 2017

2017-2016




SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Graeber, Claire. “6 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend”, The New York Times, September 12.
Brara, Noor. ‘There’s Nothing More Rewarding Than Making Art Accessible’: Art Production Fund Director
Casey Fremont on the Power of Public Sculpture, Artnet, September 11.
Vincentelli, Elisabeth. “Review: An Actor’s Life Story Grounds ‘Jack &’ With ‘Cotillion’ Cornell Alston In Kaneza
Schaal’s “Jack &” at New York Live Arts.” The New York Times, April 18.
“‘Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary’ at California African American Museum”, Blouin Artinfo, March 26.
BWW News Desk. “New York Live Arts Presents Remount of Kaneza Schaal’s JACK Accompanied by Premiere of New Companion Installation”, March 14.

2019











Tancons, Claire. “Claire Tancons’ 10 Best of 2018” Artforum, Dec 5.
Sayej, Nadia. “‘All art is political’: behind America’s most ambitious public art project ever” The Guardian, October 15.
Neuendorf, Henri. “Here Are the 150 Artists Making Billboards for Every US State as Part of Hank Willis
Thomas’s Midterm Election Project”,
Artnet news, October 9.
The Editors of ARTnews, “Christopher Myers at Fort Gansevoort, New York”, ARTnews, October 9.
Cascone, Sarah and Goldstein, Caroline. “Editors’ Picks: 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week”, September 10.

2018







Nechvatal, Joseph. "A Slovenian Bienniel that Breaks the Mold", Hyperallergic, August 30.
Thomas, Sky Arundhati. “TBA21-Academy’s Gathering at Fort Kochi addressed Urgent Matters in Isolation", Artnet, January 10.

2017


Beth, Citron. “Apt Pupil” Artforum, December 19.

2016

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Best of 2014: Our Top 10 Exhibitions Across the United States”, Hyperallergic, December 26.                       
Morris, Benjamin. “Let There Be Light: The Propeller Group with Christopher Myers” Pelican Bomb, December 10.
Jones, Sam. “Global Development Short Films”, The Guardian, April 25.
Myers, Christopher. “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature”, The New York Times, March 15.
Macauley, Scott. “Sundance Shorts on Global Poverty”, Filmmaker Magazine, January 22.

2014






Myers, Christopher. “Reading Rocks!”, WETA Public Television, Washington D.C.

2008

Weng, Wei. “Review”, Contemporary and Investment Magazine, April.
Epstein, Edward. “Review”, Art Papers, January/February.

2007

Williams, Patricia J., “ ‘Lies and Other Tall Tales’: Outrageously Speaking”, The New York Times, November 13.

2005

Cotter, Holland. “ART IN REVIEW; ‘Off the Record’ ” The New York Times, May 16.

2003