Solo Exhibition: Even the Stars Were a Mess

Wolfstaedter Gallery
Rotlintstrasse 98 60389 Frankfurt Germany
February 09, 2018 - April 07, 2018 
Opening: Friday February 09 7pm 
Wed.-Fri. 2 pm-6pm, Sat.1am - 4pm 

Solo Exhibition

Curated by Suzy Spence

Closing reception September 9, 2017

The Gallery at 1GAP

Richard Meier on Prospect Park

Faculty Research Fund Award

This grant from the Provost's Office at The New School supported research travel in Yunnan and Sichuan, China for an in-process project “A Botanical Imaginary” re-envisioning the plants native to the historical region of Kham.

Workshop: "Seeing Through Objects"

Museum of World Culture archives, Gothenburg

Co-organized by Alyssa Grossman, Selena Kimball, and Adriana Muñoz 

May 26, 2017


“Seeing Through Objects” is part of a pilot study for a collaborative research project on the colonial archives of Gothenburg’s Museum of World Culture. While this museum has been open for just over a decade, its holdings come from the city’s now defunct Ethnographic Museum, with artifacts from around the world that were collected, categorized, and interpreted by Europeans through several centuries of colonial activity. This workshop, situated on-site at the museum’s archives, brings together a diverse group of researchers to actively “see” certain pieces of this collection through multiple disciplinary lenses. Our aim is to compile these perspectives into a composite reflection, which may be blurry, fragmented, even contradictory, but ideally will lead to new and critical insights into everyday practices of attention, observation, and the complex production of visual regimes of knowledge.

MacDowell Fellowship

View of Firth studio at MacDowell with in-progress collage "Plotlines" 

"Staging the Archives" Research Travel Grant

Generously funded by Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, Embracing the Archives Research Cluster. Travel funding for second round of research in collaboration with visual anthropologist Alyssa Grossman in Gothenburg’s Museum of World Culture archives

December 2016

Launch: Observational Practices Lab /Parsons The New School

Symposium: Observational Practices and the Everyday


Talking About Seeing: A cross-disciplinary panel Discussion with science journalist AATISH BHATIA, artist MARTHA ROSLER, filmmaker and ethnographer PACHO VELEZ, filmmaker and educator MEGHAN O’HARA, and the writer and curator JAMES MERLE THOMAS, moderated by LATIF NASSER, director of research at WNYC’s Radiolab.


This symposium was organized by Selena Kimball & Pascal Glissmann: The OBSERVATIONAL PRACTICES LAB at Parsons, The New School, in collaboration with Karina Nimmerfall: The LABORATORY FOR ART AND RESEARCH, Institute for Art and Art Theory at the University of Cologne.

Material Matters

Material Matters: Water, Pigment, and Light

 Van Avery/ Smith Galleries Visual Arts Center Davidson College                                                      315 N Main St, Davidson, North Carolina 28036

Material Matters: Water, Pigment, and Light, features works from 8 artists from across the US: Nancy Baker, Matthew Brandt, Chris Duncan, Selena Kimball, Lavar Munroe, Liz Nielsen, and Shoshanna Weinberger in the Van Every Gallery, and William Córdova in the Smith Gallery. August 29th through October 7, 2016

Photo credit: David Ramsey

Anette Frontek + Selena Kimball

"Perfect Day"

Rotlintstrasse 98, Frankfurt

June 25th though September 3rd, 2016

Review in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Visiting Researcher at the University of Gothenburg

Alyssa Grossman and I are beginning a new long-term collaborative project working with (and re-working) the collections at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Night Vision at Morgan Lehman Gallery

Selena Kimball/ Night Vision

535 W 22nd Street NYC 10011

September 10 though October 17, 2015

Jerome Foundation 2015 Study and Travel Grant

Thanks to the Jerome Foundation

Solo Show at Wolfstaedter Gallery

Florilegium Opening: March 13
“Florilegium” in Latin literally means “a gathering of flowers”. In medieval practice, it referred both to a compilation of exotic plant drawings, and to a personal collection of cut-and-paste parts of a text that held personal interest and required further reflection. This exhibition addresses both meanings in its reworking of herbarium specimens collected in the borderlands between Tibet and China by the American Joseph F. Rock in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

March 13 though May 2, 2015

Article by Anne Doran in Tricycle Spring 2015

"The first piece of yours I ever encountered, in 2011, was an enormous, irregular, mostly white field of glued-together scraps of glossy paper, in the middle of which fragments of black-and-white photographs formed a kind of scribble. It knocked me out with its scale, its sheen, its tactility, its calligraphic qualities, and most of all, its mysteriousness--what was it?"

link to article here

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