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Clifford Owens is an American artist who was born in 1971. Clifford Owens has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the The Studio Museum in Harlem and at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. There have been Numerous articles about Clifford Owens, including '‘Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art’ at the Grey Art Gallery and the Studio Museum in Harlem' written by Maika Pollack for New York Observer in 2013.

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Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art - The Studio Museum in Harlem
USA / New York / Harlem : Exhibition
The Studio Museum in Harlem

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‘Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art’ at the Grey Art Gallery and the Studio Museum in Harlem
New York Observer / Maika Pollack
A joke, credited in the “Radical Presence: Black...
October at MoMA PS1
The MoMA PS1 Performance Dome returns this month to host...
The Possibilities of Performance: Deliverance at ACAC
BURNAWAY / Henry Detweiler
On two consecutive nights the week prior to the opening...
Clifford Owens and Kara Walker at MoMA PS1: An Epilogue With RoseLee Goldberg
New York Observer / Rozalia Jovanovic
Last week, artist Clifford Owens told The Observer in an...

Clifford Owens was born in 1971, in Baltimore, MD. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and has participated in independent study and artist residency programs. 

Owens, is a contemporary artist whom works in multiple media: performance, photography, text and video. In his work, no one media is subordinate to the other.  Instead each mode drives the other, and has an integrity of its own as the live experience is crystallized or fragmented. The resulting work, whatever its manifestation, serves to challenge expectations of race and gender, time and space, power and permission, performer and spectator.

Selected exhibitions include PS1 and the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and Centro Arte Contemporanea in Italy. He has also exhibited art at P.S.1/MoMA, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA, Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Para-Site Art Space, Hong Kong, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC and On Stellar Rays Gallery, NY. As an artist and cultural critic, he has been featured in Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Greater New York, and Vibe Magazine.

He also a recipient of numerous residencies and awards, including the Louis Tiffany Comfort Award; the Lambent Fellowship for the Arts; NY Foundation for the Arts and the  William H. Johnson Prize in 2012. Owens has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; the Studio Museum in Harlem and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a two week program, featuring performances from his series Photographs with an Audience. 

Clifford Owens is represented in New York by On Stellar Rays, he lives and works in New York.