b. Landstuhl Germany

EDUCATION

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison (ME)

Yale University, New Haven (CT), US 2011 - 2013 (MFA, Sculpture)

Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles (CA), US 2001­ - 2003 (AA, Apparel Design and Production)

RESIDENCIES / FELLOWSHIPS

2018

Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, US

2017

Pioneer Works Residency, US

NurtureART Residency, US

Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US

2016

apexart Travel Fellowship, Uruguay

Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US

2015

Thomas Hunter Artist Residency, US

Triangle Arts Residency, US  

Fountainhead Residency, US  

2014

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, US  

2011 - 2013

ANALOG: Recess Activities, Inc., Online Residency, US  

2009­ - 2010

WorkSpace Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, US

STIPENDS + GRANTS + PRIZES

2018

Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

2016

Creative Capital Grant – Emerging Fields

2015

Rema Hort Mann Grant for Emerging Artists

2013

National Endowment for the Arts/ Grant for the curatorial project ‘TOONSKIN’

2011

Residency Stipend, ANALOG, US

2008

Brooklyn Arts Council Re­Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, US

AWARDS

2018

NURTUREart, ‘Outstanding Artist Award’

2015

Creative Capital, ‘On Our Radar’ (March – September 2015)

2011

Smack Mellon, ‘Hot Picks’ Artist

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013

ArtSPACE, New Haven (CT), ‘TOONSKIN’  

2012

RECESS Activities, Inc., New York (NY), “Sonic Diagrams”

2010

Brennan Gallery, Jersey City (NJ), ‘Vessel’

2009

Brennan Gallery, Jersey City (NJ), ‘AfricanAmericana’


SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2018

Orlando Museum of Art. Orlando (FL), Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Exhibition

Bortolami Gallery, New York (NY), ‘TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY OCCUPATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS EPISODE 1: Contemporary Materials’, presented by Gallery Kendra Jayne Patrick

2017

HOWL! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project, New York (NY), ‘Interiority Complex XVII’, curated by Laurie Berg, Monstah Black, and Amy Khoshbin

2016

Cindy Rucker Gallery,  New York (NY), ‘FUCKYOURCOUCH’ (solo)

Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, Lexington (KY), ‘INTER/ACTIVE’, Curated by Andrea Fisher

2015

Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York (NY), ‘Pussy Don’t Fail Me Now’

2014

RUSH Arts Gallery, New York (NY), 'GIRL BYE!', Curated by Rashaad Newsome

Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York (NY), 'we seemed to be unanimously elected...', Curated by Cindy Rucker

2013

Present Company Gallery, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Antithesis’, Curated by Omar Lopez – Chahoud Brooklyn

Academy of Music, Brooklyn (NY), ‘March On!’, Curated by Dexter Wimberly

2012

RECESS Activities, Inc., New York (NY), ‘Sonic Diagrams’, Curated by Kenya (Robinson)

New York Photography Festival, Brooklyn (NY), ‘What Do You Believe In?’, Curated by Amy Smith­-Stewart

C24 Gallery New York (NY), ‘CAMPAIGN’, Curated by Amy Smith­-Stewart

2011

The Skylight Gallery­ Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Crown Heights Gold’, Curated by Dexter Wimberly

Branch #47, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn (NY), ‘All Over The Place’ (solo)

The Kitchen, New York (NY), ‘Shame The Devil’, Curated by Petrushka Bazin Larsen

2010

The House of Bumble, New York (NY) ‘University Model Project Emerging Artist Showcase’, Curated by Forever & Today

Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Brooklyn Based’, Curated by Ali Evans

60 Wall Street Gallery ­Deutsche Bank, New York (NY), ‘There is No Looking Glass Here’, Curated by Kimberli Gant

Hendershot Gallery, New York (NY), ‘Digression’, Curated by Jessica Elena Shaefer

Museum of Contemporary African Diasoporan Arts, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’, Curated by Kimberli Gant

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City (NJ), ‘Hair Tactics’, Curated by Rocío Aranda­ Alvarado

Aljira, Newark (NJ), ‘Dreamtime overtones from a fantastic brown planet’, Curated by Edwin Ramoran

Thomas Center Galleries, Gainesville (FL), ‘HAIRPOLITIC: Pomade In America’ (solo)

PERFORMANCES + SPECIAL PROJECTS

2018

Global South Center at Pratt Institute, “You In Danger, Girl! Friendship as a Revolutionary Act in a Transactional Age”, Interactive Lecture

‘Another World’ Charity Postcard Sale, Artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Curated by Tracy Emin

Random Acts of Flyness, ‘THEY WON'T GO WHEN I GO’ (S1:E6)

Promotional Campaign for Random Acts of Flyness (HBO), #WHITEMANINMYPOCKET / White Divestment Institute

Providence Public Library, Providence (RI), “Like a Girl Being Pretty, No. 031418”,  a Tactile Lecture for HairBrained

‘Ali Wong’s JungleAsia™’, an animated series (pilot release date: TBD)

‘Mr. Kenya Robinson - a Peculiar Preparation for  the 2020 US Census’ (Date: TBD)

2017

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (NY), ‘CENOTAPHIC’

The Royal Peacock, Atlanta (GA), ‘Inside/Out: The Money Machine’ w/ activist Avery Jackson, Presented by Creative Capital

Gibney Dance Space, New York (NY), ‘Paper Rain’ for INVOCATION PROCLAMATION MANIFESTO, Curated by Ben Pryor

Friends of the High Line, New York (NY), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE/KARAOKE UNIVERSAL: LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE VOL. 01011863’ for the Out of Line Performance Series

New York Arts Practicum, New York (NY), Mentor

NurtureART, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Only The Finest of Fifis’ conversation with Illya Szilak, M.D.

Creative Capital Offices, New York (NY), ST4NKLOV3 Live! ‘TrapBack Season’ for Clocktower Productions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (NY), presentation for “Viral Images: Exploring the Historic and Conservation Challenges of Objects Created for Social Protest and Solidarity” - sponsored by the  International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Pioneer Books, Brooklyn (NY), ST4NKLOV3 Live! ‘Two in the Pink, One in the Stink’ for Clocktower Productions

2016

Sid Gold’s Request Room,  New York (NY), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE + THAT-THONG-SONG-SING-ALONG

New York Arts Practicum, New York (NY), Mentor

The University of Texas at Austin (TX), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE Sings BLACK SABBATH’ – for Sampling, Curated by the INGZ Collective

The WINTER SHACK, Brooklyn (NY), ‘The Cashmere Bouquet Reads: Waiting Is Not Easy’, Curated by
Nicole Antebi and Alex Branch

Clocktower Productions, Red Hook (NY), #trashDAY, Confessions of the ArtWorld™ ­ Radio Streamcast

2015

Thomas Hunter Project Space, New York (NY), ‘kenya eats a (big) cracker’, Curated by Aisha Bell

Arresting Patterns Conference: Perspective on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression and Community, New Haven

(CT), ‘DAVE meet MARK, No.091215’  

New York Arts Practicum, New York (NY), Mentor

Clocktower Productions, Red Hook (NY), #trashDAY, Second Sundays ­ Radio Streamcast

Triangle Arts Open Studios, DUMBO, (NY), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE: True or Falsetto’

The University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas (USVI), ‘#TRASHDAY’, Live Radio Broadcast  

2014

The Bemis Center, Omaha (NE), '#WHITEMANINMYPOCKET(S)'

The Bemis Center, Omaha (NE), ‘Six Thousand is A Lot’, A Pilot Program and Work for Performance in collaboration with the Ready in Five Program

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison (ME), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE at The Upper Field'

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison (ME), ‘twerkTRON 062014 (or Kenya’s 37th Birthday)’

Poets House, New York (NY), CHEEKY LaSHAE Presents KEVINYOUNGMONEY

Mike Shultis Studio, Brooklyn (NY), CHEEKY LaSHAE + The Red Bath Mat

2013

Brown Studio, Brooklyn (NY), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE + The Cashmere Bouquet’

Instagram @kenya9 (online), ‘#WHITEMANINMYPOCKET’

ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn (NY), ‘CHEEKY LaSHAE: Sack of Stars’

2012

Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY), ‘A Study for Staircase, No. 111012’ w/ Jerome Marshak

Creative Time, Rockaway Beach (NY), ‘Female Prostate’

Maple Street School, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Drawing Without Crayons’

RECESS Activities, Inc., New York (NY), ‘spoken for’

Triangle Arts Gallery, Brooklyn (NY), ‘Like A Girl Being Pretty’

C24 Gallery, New York (NY), ‘MONDAY NIGHT’

2011

AD Projects, New York (NY), BLOW’

The Kitchen, New York (NY), ‘YOURMAMADONTWEARNODRAWS’

New York City (NY), ‘The Inflatable Mattress’

The Kitchen, New York (NY), ‘kenya eats a cracker’

2010

The House of Bumble, New York (NY), ‘Displaced Threshold’ w/ Isis King

Wall Street Gallery ­ Deutsche Bank, New York (NY), ‘cut to fit’

Third Streaming, New York (NY), ‘The Ten Commandments’ w/ Nicky Enright (aka DJ Lightbolt)  

Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY), ‘Sit­In or Slaying the Minotaur’

RECESS Activities, Inc., New York (NY), ‘WHITEMANTALKING’

P.S.1, MoMA, New York (NY), ‘Black Trash: Sacred Melodramas’

Cabinet Space, Brooklyn (NY), ‘(W)RAPPING’

2009

Eyebeam: Art + Technology Center, New York (NY), ‘Universal Access’ w/ Rashaad Newsome

Low Lives: A Series of Live Networked Performances, Brooklyn (NY) ­ Miami (FL) – Houston (TX), ‘Dark Seeds(2)’

BIBLIOGRAPHY  

2017

The Village Voice (online): “Two Artists Ask Why We Put White Men on Pedestals” by Jillian Steinhauer

The Paris Review (online): “White Man on a Pedestal” by Toniann Fernandez

Creative Capital (The Lab): "Kenya (Robinson) Challenges the Imagination to Remold Privilege" Interview with Hillary Bonhomme and Alex Teplitzky

The New Yorker (online): “The Podcast as Performance Art” by Cassie da Costa

2016

The Creative Independent: “Kenya (Robinson) on Creating Your Own Opportunities”, Interview by Brandon Stosuy

HYPERALLERGIC ArtRx NYC: “That-Thong-Song-Sing-Along”, by Jillian Steinhauer

Blouin ArtInfo: “5 Can’t Miss Gallery Shows in New York” by Scott Indrisek

2015

Intercourse Magazine, #4: “Hood Tales – Fictional Pulp Fiction” (portfolio)

Huffington Post Arts + Culture: Art Review: “Kenya Eats a (Big) Cracker” by Illya Szilak

HYPERALLERGIC ­ ArtRx NYC: “Last Chance: Pussy Don’t Fail Me Now”, by Jillian Steinhauer

Brooklyn Magazine (online): “At Karaoke Universal, CHEEKY LaSHAE Wants YOU to Be a Performance Artist”, by Carey Dunne

The Creators Project: “CHEEKY LaSHAE Marries Karaoke, Puppetry, and Performance Art” by Charlie Schmidlin

LAPALME Magazine: “Kenya (Robinson) Mischief Maker”, by Coralie Claeysen­-Gleyzon

Huffington Post Arts + Culture: “How A 'White Man in My Pocket' Can Help You Understand Privilege” by Priscilla Frank

2013

BOMBlog: “Kenya (Robinson)” by Lee Ann Norman

2011

16 Miles of String (blog): “Kenya (Robinson) Eats a Cracker in The Kitchen” by Andrew Russeth The New York Times: “The Serial Sleepover Artist” by Penelope Green

2010

The L Magazine: “The NADA Emerging Artist”

Essence Magazine (online): “10 Female Artists You Should Know About”

Deutsche Bank ArtMag (online): “There is No Looking Glass Here: The current exhibition at the Wall Gallery of Deutsche Bank”

The International Review of African American Art: “Drawing Outside the Lines” by Samantha Raglan artcritical (online): “LES GALLS” by David Cohen

The L Magazine: “Who Ain’t Woman?” by Kathleen Massara

2008

Gainesville Magazine: “Hair, Art and Culture: Kenya Robinson Transforms the Familiar Into the Thought Provoking” by Amritha Alladi

SELECTED WRITING

2018

The New York Times - Sunday Review, “Monuments for a New Era” (Op-Art)

2017

Artsy.net, “40 Artists Share Their Favorite Shows of 2017”  (short review)

HuffingtonPost.com, “Sexual Dealing” (essay)

HILOBROW.com, “Political Objects (12): Burner Phone” (essay)

2016

Blouin Modern Painters Magazine, “The Fate of Excellence” (critical response)

JamaicaFlux: Workspace & Windows 2016 Catalog, “The Prep Is an Old School Dance: Performing The SAT - a Work for Performance by Ayana Evans” (essay)

2015

Intercourse Magazine #4, “Hood Tales – Fictional Pulp Fiction” (essay)

2014

Featured Blogger ­ Huffington Post Arts & Culture | “Practically Magic”, “Romantical”, “Ass, et al.”

2013

Featured Blogger ­ Huffington Post Arts & Culture | “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug”, “Blue for Black”, “Crap: A Philosophy of Shit”

2012

Featured Blogger ­ Huffington Post Arts & Culture | “Black Love: Off the Chain”, “Is That a Rectangle in your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy To See Me?”, “Soul Seasoning”, “The Box Marked Other”, “The Crying Game”, “…Bet Your Last Money”, “The Unbearable Whiteness of Beyoncé”