Caledonia Curry, who exhibits her artwork under the name SWOON, is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 14 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environments. Her early interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, and her public practice has expanded to using art to rebuild communities and humanize today’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She co-founded Konbit Shelter in 2010, an artist’s response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti that same year. Other community-based endeavors include collaborating on the construction of musical architecture in New Orleans, and a neighborhood revitalization project in North Braddock, PA. Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture, and installations. Curry’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the São Paulo Museum of Art

 

CV/Bibliography

Born 1977, New London, Connecticut Raised in Daytona Beach, Florida

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1998–2001

Lives and works in Brooklyn

SELECTED PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS

2017

Upcoming CAC, Cincinnati, OH, Retrospective, September 2017

Upcoming Allouche Gallery, New York, New York, April 2017

Skissernas Museum, Sweden, site-specific installation January 2017

2016

Tandem Press Printmaking Residency, Madison, Wisconsin November 2016

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Fresh Talk Lecture Series, Washington DC October, 2016

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, September 2016

Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI site-specific installation, September 2016

Parrish Museum Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, May 2016

MIMA Museum, Brussels, site-specific installation, March 2016

Chandran Gallery, San Francisco, CA – site-specific installation, January 2017

2015

Commission, Facebook Headquarters, October 2015

Philly Mural Arts Residency, Open Source, May 2015

New Orleans Airlift, Music Box Project, March 2015

2014

Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY – site-specific installation, April 2014

Djerbahood, Tunisia, North Africa, August 2014

Present Project – International Artist Residency – Hawaii, September 2014

Wynwood Walls, Mural Project, Miami, Florida, December 2014

2013

Galerie Jeudy, Paris, France – solo exhibition, November 2013

Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario – group show, October 2013.

Museum de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico – ‘Zona Urbana’, group show, July 2013.

State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery, Brandenton, Florida – ‘Petrichor’, solo exhibition, February 2013.

2012

Black Rat Projects, London, England – ‘Wunderkammer’, group show,

November 2012.

Prague, Czech Republic – ‘Stuck on the City’, group show, October 2012.

2nd Annual Ural Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Russia – group show, September 2012.

XYZ Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – ‘Honeycomb’, solo exhibition, April 2012.

Dithyrambalina, New Orleans, LA – Group sculpture (ongoing).

2011

Black Rat, London, England, – ‘Murmuration’, December 2011.

Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, – ‘Inside Out Outside In’, group exhibition, August 2011.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachussettes, – ‘Anthropocene’ solo exhibition, August 2011.

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, – ‘Thalassa’ commissioned sculpture, June 2011.

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, – ‘Art in the Streets’, group exhibition, April 2011.

Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, – solo exhibition, February 2011.

2010

Konbit Shelters, Phase #2, Barrier Juedy, Haiti, December 2010/ January, 2011

Black Rat Projects, London, – ‘Small Acts of Resistance Group Exhibit’, November 2010.

Galerie L.J, Paris, – ‘Fata Morgana’, October 2010.

Konbit Shelters, Barrier Juedy, Haiti, August 2010.

NYC Parks Department and Urban Art Projects, Brooklyn, New York, -‘Konbit Park Sculpture’, May 2010.

Philagrafika, The Graphic Unconcious, Philadelphia, January 2010.

2009

Threshold, Tokyo, October 2009.

Urban-Art Info, Berlin, – ‘Swoon + Ben Wolf’, September 2009.

NuART, Stavanger Norway, September 2009.

Venice Biennale, – ‘Swimming Cities of Serenissima’, June 2009.

Town House Gallery, Cairo, Residency, February-March, 2009.

‘The Influencers’ Group exhibition, Barcelona, February, 2009.

2008

Deitch Projects, Long Island City – ‘Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea’ Solo exhibition, September 7-October 18.

Honey Space Gallery, New York City – ‘Portrait of Silvia Elena’ Solo Exhibit, May 2008.

Braddock Active Arts, Braddock PA- ‘Points of Interest’ April.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco – ‘The Way That We Rhyme’ March 29- June 29.

Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco – ‘Feral’ Collaborative exhibition with Monica Canilao. March 21 – April 26.

New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles – ‘Drown Your Boats’ Solo exhibition, February 16- April 19.

2007
Pictures on Walls, Bethlehem –‘Santa’s Ghetto’, December.

Galerie LJ Beaubourg, Paris – `Swoon, Chris Stain, and The Polaroid Kidd’, November 10- December 8.

Black Rat Press, London – ‘Heap’ Collaborative exhibition with Monica Canilao and

David Ellis, October 25 – November 20.

New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles – ‘The Burning House’ Collaborative exhibition with Faile and David Ellis, January 20- February 24.

2006

Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – ‘La Boca del Lobo’ Collaborative exhibition with Polonia Soloveichek and Allison Corrie, April 7-28.

Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev – ‘Generations USA’ Group exhibition of Ukrainian and American artists, December.

2005
Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida, SWOON, December 1 -January 28. Deitch Projects, New York, SWOON, July 7-August 13.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York, Greater New York, March 13- September 26.

Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin – ‘Project Backjumps Part 2′ International exhibition of street art and hip hop culture, August 19 – October 16.

2004

Publico, Cinncinnatti, ‘Good World’ Group exhibition working in conjunction with The Beautiful Losers and the CAC.

Space 1026, Philadelphia -‘Change Agent’ Call it a Crew Group exhibition with members of the music and design collective Change Agent.

Roda Sten, Gothenburg – ‘Ever Wanting Streets’ Group exhibition, international crosssection of graffiti, street art and urban interventionists.

DCKT Contemporary, New York – ‘1:100’ Group exhibition organized by Glowlab.

Urbis, Manchester, Ill – ‘Communication II’, Group show of ten contemporary street artists.

The Vinyl Factory, London – ‘Something Else’ Group show of large scale temporary installations

2003

Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin – ‘Project Backjumps’ International exhibition of street art and hip hop culture.

2002

NGBK, Berlin, Recipient of the Evolutionaere-Zellen grant given to individuals or groups who creatively shape their environment,

exhibition held at Die Neue Gesellescheft fur Bildende Kunst.

Urban-Art.info, Berlin – ‘Swoon loves Solovei’ Collaborative exhibition with Solovei of Toyshop collective.

 

AWARD / FELLOWSHIPS

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: Rauschenberg Residency 2017

NYFA Fellowship in Architecture / Environmental Structures 2013

SGC International Community Engagement Award 2011

Creative Time Global Residency Grant 2010/2011

Creative Time Grant 2009

Tides Foundation 2007 – Lambent Fellowship

Evolutionaere-Zellen

 

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Tudor Investments

Tate Modern

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art

Deitch Projects
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art

New Orleans Museum of Art

 

SELECTED PRESS

Sunday Times, UK  

ArtNews 2008

“Monthlong ‘Open Source” Exhibition Is Transforming Philadelphia’s Mural Scene”, Max Kutner, Newsweek, October 22, 2015

“Mural Arts artist helps addicts tell their stories”, Samantha Melamed, Philly.Com, October 2, 2015

“Life of Wonderment, Swoon Blurs the Line Between Art and Activism”, Melena Ryzik, New York Times, August, 6 2014

“In the Music Box, New Orleans Residents Hear Hope”, NPR, January 25, 2012.

“Swoon: Murmuration”, Ossian Ward, Time Out London, November 25, 2011.

“A Street Artist Steps Inside”, Rachel Wolff, Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2011.

“Swoon in Studio”, Jamie Rojo and Steven Harrington, Huffington Post, January 17, 2011.

“Swoon’s First Community Center INaugurated in Haiti”, Hyperallergic, January 11, 2011.

“Barging into Venice”, Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Magazine, June 7, 2009.

“A Two Way Street”, ARTNEWS, November 2008.

“A Floating City with Junkyard Roots”, New York Times, August 17, 2008.

“Lawbreakers, Armed with Paint and Paste”, New York Times, July 9, 2008.

 

SELECTED BOOKS

“Unexpected Art”, Jenna Moussa Spring, Chronicle Books, 2015

“Art in the Streets”, Jeffrey Deitch, Skira Rizzoli, 2011.

“Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine”, William Perry, Lawrence Hill, 2011.

“Swoon”, Abrams, 2010.

“Graffitti Women”,Thames & Hudson, 2006. “re:vision”,

Chris Pieretti, 606, 2006.

“Graffitti World”, Thames & Hudson, 2004.

“Street Logos”, Tristan Manco, Thames & Hudson, 2004.

 

MOVIES

Swoon as herself, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Banksy, 2010.

Swoon as herself, “Our City Dreams”, Chiara Clemente, 2009.

 

In 2015 she founded The Heliotrope Foundation to support her community based projects.