Stanya Kahn
Stanya Kahn

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Curriculum Vitae

MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Interdisciplinary Social Science/ Minor in History, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Honors and Awards
CCI Fellowship
Artadia Award
2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Film/Video
2011 ARC Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
2010 Jury Prize: Best Short, Narrative Fiction, Migrating Forms Film Festival
2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, nomination
Durfee Foundation, Artist’s Resource Grant
2008 United States Artists Fellowship, nomination
Durfee Foundation, Artist's Resource Grant
2007 Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, nomination
California Community Fund Fellowship for Mid-Career Artists
2006 Durfee Foundation, Artist's Resource Grant
2004 Winner, Backyard Invitational Video Competition
2002-3 Best Screenplay (for By Hook or By Crook): OUTFEST. Best Feature: Seattle Gay and Lesbian
Film Festival; Mardi Gras Film Festival (Australia); Paris International Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival; London International Gay and Lesbian Festival; South by Southwest (Audience Award)
2001 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
2000 Jerome Foundation, commissioned work for P.S. 122, NY

Solo Exhibitions
Museum of Modern Art/PS1, NY, curated by Klaus Bisenbach
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
The Pit, Glendale, CA
Stanya Kahn, Weiss Berlin, GDR
Die Laughing, Marlborough Chelsea, NY
"Blood Paper and Mud", Curated by Kendra Paltz, University Galleries, University of Illinois, Normal, IL
"Don't Go Back To Sleep", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, CA
Stanya Kahn, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
"Downer (but your ass looks huge from down here)," Curated by Emi Fontana, Pigna Project Space, Rome, Italy
"I can clearly see yer nuts", The New Museum, New York, NY
“It’s Cool, I’m Good”, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
“A cave walks into a bar…”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Galleria Perdida/Recess Activities, New York, New York
“It’s Cool, I’m Good”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY, with Harry Dodge
“No Ins and Outs”, Carlier | Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany, with Harry Dodge
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY, with Harry Dodge

Group Exhibitions
Triggered, New Museum, NY, curated by Johanna Burton
Teeter, Carl Louie Gallery, London, Canada
Videos, Anonymous Gallery, Armory Fair and Mexico City
Seasick in Paradise, Depart Foundation, curated by Amy Yao, LA/Rome
Mutual Admiration, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago
"LA is a Fiction," curated by Gunnar Kvaran, Fernley Astrop Museet, Oslo
"Future Ruins," Naughton Gallery, Belfast, IR
"3AM Eternal," curated by David Quadrini, Dallas, TX
"Teen Choice," curated by Drew Heitzler, CNP, LA, CA
"Survival is Not Enough," Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul and London
"Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance," curated by Jill Dawsey, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
"The Cat Show," curated by Laura Owens, 356 Mission, LA
“Real Emotions,” (collaborative work with Dodge), curated by Ellen Blumenstein at KW, Berlin, GDR
“Always Worried”, video screening, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, GB
“Always Worried”, video screening, Temple Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
“Elegy for Voice and Silence,” Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
"Between a Run and a Cascade: Constraint, Desperation, and Optimism in Water, CA" (w/Dodge); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
“Sunday @ 4”, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA
“Two Schools of Cool”, curated by Sarah Bancroft, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA
“Suelto”, curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Adrian Rivas, La Central, Bogota, Colombia
“Keren Cytter, Stanya Kahn, Dafna Maimon, and Shana Moulton”, Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
“Electromediascope: Inside/Out” (w/Dodge) curated by Gwen Widmer, Nelson-Atkins Museum, MO
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
"Ludicrous!", (w/Dodge) Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
“Virtuoso Illusions,” (w/Dodge) curated by Michael Rush, MIT, Cambridge, MA
“45 Years of Performance Video from EAI,” (w/Dodge) PS1 NY, NY
“45 Years of Performance Video from EAI,” (w/Dodge) Wiels, Brussels, Belgium
“Slightly Unbalanced,” (w/Dodge) curated by ICI, Harnett Museum, Richmond, VA
“Queer Voices,” (w/Dodge) Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
“Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video,” (w/Dodge) curated by Lauren Ross, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
“Code Share”, (w/Dodge) CAC Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Simon Reese
“Videonale 12”, (w/Dodge) Kunstalle Bonn, Bonn, Germany
“Unusual Behavior,” (w/Dodge) Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
“Desert Shore,” (w/Dodge) Luckman Fine Arts, curated by Jan Tumlirm, Cal State, LA
“Whitney Biennial 2008,” (w/Dodge) Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
“California Video,” (w/Dodge) Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“Laughing in a Foreign Language,” (w/Dodge) The Hayward, London, UK
“Between Two Deaths”, (w/Dodge) ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsrühe, Germany, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin
“Eden’s Edge”, (w/Dodge) Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Gary Garrels
“Shared Women”, (w/Dodge) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Eve Fowler, Emily Roysdon and A. L., Steiner
“Defamation of Character”, (w/Dodge) PS 1, Contemporary Art Center, NY
“Locale” (w/Dodge) Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“VIDEO MARATHON 2006”, (w/Dodge) Art in General, New York, NY
“Fair Exchange”, (w/Dodge) Millard Sheets Gallery, LA County Fair, Los Angeles, CA
“Marking Time” (w/Dodge) , Getty Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
“Sugartown”, (w/Dodge) Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York and Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
“The Early Show”, White Columns Gallery, New York (Masuka the Crazy Attack (1976) (by Stanya Kahn)
“Films/Stills”, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Backyard Invitational Video Competition”, (w/Dodge) group show and competition (winner), sponsored by the Believer Magazine, Hollywood Hills House and Lazy-J
“Pilot: 1”, (w/Dodge) Old Limehouse Town Hall, London, UK
“LTTR Show: Fail More”, (w/Dodge) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
“Inside of Inside”, The Lab, San Francisco, CA (Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down by Stanya Kahn)
“Fail Better”, (w/Dodge) Ocularis, New York, NY
“Soft Machines” (w/Dodge), Brewery Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Performative Screenings, School Gallery, Vienna, AT
Stand in the Stream, Home, Manchester UK
Expo Chicago, curated by Ali Subotnick
New York Flowers, w/Dodge, Essex Flowers Gallery, NY
"The Closer I Get to the End…," curated by Suzi Halajian and Clara Lopez, Human Resources, LA, CA
"Night Transmissions," Icelandic TV, curated by Margo Norton, TV/Internet
International Women’s Film Festival, Cologne, GDR
VIDEOS w/Dodge, Space Gallery, London, UK
Don’t Go Back To Sleep, HOME, Manchester, UK
Winner (w/Dodge) at Human Resources, LA
Magic Lantern Cinema w/Dodge, Brown University, RI
"Don’t Go Back To Sleep," Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, LA
Stanya Kahn, selected works, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
"The Expansion of the Instant," X-tra at Archive Books, Berlin, GDR
“Always Worried”, video screening, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, GB
“Always Worried”, video screening, Temple Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
"Happy Song For You", New Museum, New York, NY (with Llyn Foulkes)
"Who Do You Think You Are?" “And I’m Always Worried: An Anxious Evening”, Bloomberg New Contemporaries Screening, ICA London, UK
54th Venice Biennale, Film Program, Swiss Pavilion, (w/Dodge) Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, Italy
Jury Prize Films, BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn, NY
Migrating Forms, Closing Night Program, Anthology Film Archive, NY
Modern Mondays, (w/Dodge) Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Mike Smith/E-Flux Video Screening, (w/Dodge)The Building, Berlin, Germany
Combines Platter, (w/Dodge) (in conjunction with Rauschenberg Combines exhibition), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Let the Good Times Roll, (w/Dodge)Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
Winner, (w/Dodge) Ed Ruscha Film Night, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Let the Good Times Roll, (w/Dodge) New York Underground Film Festival, NY
Let the Good Times Roll, (w/Dodge) Provincetown International Film Festival, NY
Winner, (w/Dodge) Slamdance, New York; Best of Slamdance, Los Angeles; Mix Festival, New York; Los Angeles Film Festival; New Festival, New York; Slamdance Film Festival, Utah; London Lesbian/Gay Int’l Film Festival; OUTFEST Film Festival, LA; Silverlake Film Festival, Los Angeles; Hallwalls Art Space, Buffalo, NY, Flaming Festival, Minneapolis, MN
By Hook or By Crook (Contributing writer, actor, performance consultant: Independent feature film, written and directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard. DVD distributed by Wolfe Video. On cable TV, Sundance Channel. Selected Film Festival Screenings:
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; South by Southwest, Austin, TX; OUTFEST, Los Angeles, CA; New Festival, New York, NY; San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay, CA; Cleveland International, OH; Paris International Lesbian and Gay, Paris, France

Diehl, Travis, Stanya Kahn, Frieze Magazine, May 2017
Mirzota, Sharon, Stanya Kahn, LA Times, May 4, 2017
Scrimgeour, Alex, Stanya Kahn, Spike Magazine Quarterly, January 2017
Rosenthal, Tracy Jeanne, Stanya Kahn in the Studio, Art in America, June/July
Indrisek, Scott, The Apocalypse is Hilarious: Stanya Kahn, Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters, September/December
Whyma, Chloe, Stand Up as the New Performance Art, Artspace, August 28th
Mendelsohn, Ben, Plenty of Causes for Concern, The Brooklyn Rail, February 5th
McGarry, Kevin, In San Diego Art is a Laughing Matter, NYTimes Magazine, January 23
Marcus, Michelle, 10 x 10: Stanya Kahn, Malibu Magazine, December issue
Tumlir, Jan, "Stanya Kahn," Flashart, July-Sept
Guthrey, Summer, “Stanya Kahn,” Artforum Critic’s Pick May
Beck, Chelsea, “Selfing Togetherment Naturally: Stanya Kahn,” Artslant, May
Thorson, Allison, “Don’t Go Back to Sleep: The Time For Change is Now- Stanya Kahn,” Kansas City Star, May 22
Halter, Ed, Don’t Go Back To Sleep, brochure text, Grand Arts, June 2014
Myers, Holly, “Llyn Foulkes' art of raw emotion”, The Los Angeles Times, October 28
Allsop, Laura, "Stanya Kahn: It's Cool, I'm Good", Art Monthly, No. 359, September
Rahman, Sophia, "Interview: 'It's cool, I'm good' artist discusses first UK solo exhibition at Manchester's Cornerhouse", Mancunian Matters, June 21
Yablonsky, Linda, “Women’s Work”, New York Times, May 10
Mohebbi, Sohrab, “Stanya Kahn’s ‘A cave walks into a bar…”, Art Agenda, April 3
Wiley, Chris, “Stanya Kahn”, Artforum Critics’ Picks, March
Myers, Holly, “Art review: Stanya Kahn at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects”, Los Angeles Times, March 8
Wagley, Catherine, “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including a Penis Costume Film, LA Weekly, Februrary 29
“Stanya Kahn Exhibition Navigates the Art of the Joke”, Huffington Post, February 14
Bancroft, Sarah, “Two Schools of Cool”, Orange County Museum of Art / Fellows Of Contemporary Art, DelMonico Books
Clothier, Peter, “PST/OC”, The Huffington Post, October
Kramer, David Jacob, “Stanya Kahn, A Video Artist Who Defies Characterization”, Paper Magazine, April
Kilston, Lyra, “First View: Stanya Kahn – It’s Cool, I’m Good”,, March 26 (link)
Pagel, David, “Around the galleries: A film fest that is all her own”, Los Angeles Times, April 9 (link)
Hebron, Micol, “Critic’s Pick: Stanya Kahn at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects”,, March 25 (link)
Berardini, Andrew, “Scene & Heard: Tour of Duty”,, March 19 (link)
Smee, Sebastian, “MIT Exhibit bends More Thank Gender,” Boston Globe, February 14 (link)
Proctor, Roy, “Harnett Museum is Time-Based Art,” February 14
Woodard, Josef,“Off the Off Radar Art”, Santa Barbara News Press, November 20
Smith, Michael, “Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Bomb Magazine, No. 108, Summer
Bedford, Christopher, “Focus: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Frieze Magazine, Nov-Dec
Finkel, Jori, “Unsettling in a Funny Sort of Way,” New York Times, March 2
Kushner, Rachel “1,000 Words,” Artforum, January
"Art reviews, defamation of character", New Yorker, November
Halle, Howard, "Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn," Time Out NY, July
Schambelan, Elizabeth, "Whitney Biennial," Art Forum, Summer
Armetta, Amoreen, "Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,", June
Volk, Gregory, "Spring in Dystopia," Art in America, May
Saltz, Jerry, “Whitney Biennial,” Village Voice, April
Alemani, Cecilia, "Whitney Girls", Mousse Magazine, March
Cotter, Holland, “Whitney Biennial,” New York Times, March
Schjeldahl, Peter, “Lessness: The Art World,” New Yorker, March
Halle, Howard, “Whitney Biennial,” Time Out NY, March
Shaffer, Grant, "Art Review", Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn", New Yorker, March 18
Cornell, Loren, "Art Picks: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn," Time Out NY
Mellis, Miranda, “California Video,” Exhibition Catalogue, January
Blumenstein, Ellen, “Between Two Deaths,” Exhibition Catalogue, July
Garrels, Gary, “Eden’s Edge,” Exhibition Catalogue, July
“Art and Politics in LA, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn”, Modern Painters, January
Catalogue, Fair Exchange Show, Sept-Oct
Smith, Roberta, “Art in Review: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” New York Times, May 12
“Arts About Town: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” New Yorker, May 15
“Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Time Out New York, May 11
Kushner, Rachel, “Openings: Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn,” Artforum, February
Van, Tran Duc, “Scene and Heard: The Artforum Diary: Houses Proud”, December
Bailey, Cindy, “Radar Reading Series,” LitRave, September 9
Johnson, Ken, “Stanya Kahn and Harriet (Harry) Dodge,” New York Times, August 5
Cornell, Lauren, “Notes from Underground,” NYFA Interactive News, April
Gilani, Nadia, “Selected Shorts,” Gingerbeer, April
Weissman, Benjamin, “Slaves to the Visual,” The Believer, Dec 2004/January
Halter, Ed, “A Few Odd Girls Out…,” Village Voice, November 19-25
Hall, Phil, “Winner,” Film Threat, February 16
Specht, Mary, “Crappy Theater,” Houston Press, Volume 15, Number 19, May 8-14
Kehr, Dave, “‘By Hook or By Crook’,” New York Times, Friday October 25
Anderson, Melissa, “Tracking Shots,” Village Voice, October 23-29
“Success: By Hook or By Crook,” Seattle Gay Standard, November 2-8
Covan, Ellie, “Politics, Nakedness, and Other Hot Topics,” New York Times, September 20
Pilger, Faith, “The Absurdist Brilliance of Shempco AKA Stanya Kahn,” Dance Insider, January 19
Soloski, Alexis, “Rank Stranger,” Village Voice, May 25
Rasmusson, Erika, “Rank Stranger,” Shout Magazine, May
“A Bit of Strangeness in ‘Rank Stranger’,” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30
Molzahn, Laura, “Magnificent Irreverence: Ladylike Performance Festival,” Chicago Reader, February 5
Jast, Frank, “Exciting Political Stage Art” (translation), Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichten Wochenendausgabe, September 19
“Wild, Political and Exciting” (translation), Neus Deutschland- Berlin, October 8
Seidel, Miriam, “Opening up to Interrogation and Self-Interrogation in ‘Specimens’,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13
Dunning, Jennifer, “Fallen Angels in Energetic Theatricality,” New York Times, December 12
Campello, Lennox, “Stanya Kahn’s Delirium,” Echo Magazine Online, April
Jackson, Merilyn, “Thoughtful Gestures,” Philadelphia Weekly, June 12-18
Rudstrom, Sten, “Delirium: Stanya Kahn,” P-Form, Number 44 Fall1997/ Winter
Knaff, Deborah, “CORE’s Activist Artists try to bring sense to the Millenium,” San Diego Union Tribune, April 10
“Critics Pick,” Dallas Observer, December 8
Lloyd, Carol, “Intelligent Carnality,” San Francisco Weekly, Arpil 30 - May 8
“Entertainment for the Apocalypse,” San Francisco Weekly, April 16 - 22
“Guerilla Dance: Among the Ruins,” San Francisco Focus Magazine, July
Murrin, Tom, “Probing Mars,” Paper Magazine Online, December
Chonin, Neva, “Art Revolution,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, September 25 - October 2
Chonin, Neva, “Utility Beast,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, by October 4 - 10

Die Laughing, artist's book, 2nd Cannons Publications
Abstract Video, ed. By Gabrielle Jennings, conversation with Trinie Dalton and Stanya Kahn, UCPress
Artist Project, X-Tra Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 4
Forthcoming: New Drawings, 2nd Cannons Press, LA
Halter, Ed, "Stanya Kahn: Don't Go Back To Sleep", brochure/essay, Grand Arts
2012It’s Cool, I’m Good: Stanya Kahn, monograph, CornerHouse Publications, UK
Bryant, Tisa, Miranda Mellis, Kate Schatz, eds., “Hell”, Encyclopedia Project, Vol. 2, SPD Press
Cooper, Dennis, Ed. “Hell,” Userlands: New Fiction from the Blogging Underground, Akashic Press, January
Hull, Steven, Ed., “Let the Good Times Roll,” performance text in Nothing Moments, collection of art and fiction, Nothing Moments Press, Los Angeles
“Let the Good Times Roll,” performance text, Soft Targets Journal of Theory, Art and Literature, Vol. 1
“Lois and Conan,” short story, LTTR Journal of Art and Writing, #4
Athey, Ron, Interview, POZ Magazine, June
“7:15 AM: On Timothy McVeigh,” Movement Research Journal, 23, August
“The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole According to Shempco,” chapbook of performance text, December
“Rank Stranger,” chapbook of performance text, April
“Delirium,” chapbook of performance text, March
“Terminatrix Progeny,” Poetry and Performance Texts, Abundant F*CK Press, with M. Mellis and Anah-K
“Utility Beast”, chapbook of performance text, September

Select Performances
(Evening-length works, unless indicated by °)
Die Lauging, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA
JimboCherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lois Live°Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, CA
Let the Good Times Roll°Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Ballad of Crappy and SeapoleDiverseworks, Houston, TX
Delirium, production of 1996 one-person play Yale School of Drama, CT
Nobble Reading series curated by Lydia Lunch, Los Angeles, CA
The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY, NY, Stromereien Festival of Performance, Zurich, Switzerland, University Settlement, NY, NY
The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole Performance Space 122 (P.S. 122), NY, NY
Rank Stranger, Dixon Place, NY, NY, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA, Links Hall, Chicago, IL
Specimens, collaborative work w/ P.S. 122, NY and Christ Church Philadelphia, PA
Ishmael Houston-Jones
DeliriumSUSHI Performance Space, San Diego, CA, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Cleveland, OH
Movement Research/Judson Church, NY
Entertainment for the Apocalypse, collaborative work w/performance company CORE,
Pfefferberg, Berlin, Fabrik, Potsdam, Lot Theater, Braunshweig, GDR
Various Excerpts° Sister Spit Spoken Word Tour, 30 Venues, US
Delirium Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary,
Dallas, TX, WOW Café, NY, P.S. 122, NY, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Entertainment for the Apocalypse P.S. 122, NY, Highways, Los Angeles, CA, SUSHI
Performance Space, San Diego, CA, Brady St. Dance Center, San Francisco, CA
Delirium New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, Dixon Place, NY, NY
Entertainment for the Apocalypse Bay Area Dance Series, Lainey College, Oakland, CA
Utility Beast° P.S. 122, NY, NY, WOW Café, NY, NY
Selected performances and readings at Theater Artaud, Intersection for the Arts, New College of California, New Performance Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, SOMARTS, all in San Francisco. Selected live action street performance events with Theater Action Group.