Alison O’Daniel is a visual artist and filmmaker. She has screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Art in General, New York; Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France; Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles. She lives and works in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.
O’Daniel’s film, The Tuba Thieves (in post-production), is supported by Ford Foundation Just Films; Sundance; Creative Capital; Field of Vision; ITVS; Chicken & Egg; SFFILM; IFP; Points North Institute, Sheffield Doc Fest, and others. She is the recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship and is a 2022 United Artists Disability Fellow. She has received grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; and Franklin Furnace Fund. She was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2019 25 New Faces of Independent Film issue. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES AND SCREENINGS
Alison O’Daniel: The Ownership of Onomatopoeia, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA
I Felt People Dancing, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
Alison O’Daniel: The Tuba Thieves, Gallatin Gallery, NY, NY
Echoes Echos: Score for 2 Trumpets and 2 ASL Signers, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Alison O’Daniel: Conversations at the Edge, SAIC and Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Alison O’Daniel: The Tuba Thieves, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Heavy Air, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Skater’s Score, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA
The Tuba Thieves, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France
Skater’s Score, Studio 13/16, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Marathon Screening, Los Angeles, CA
Landscapes, The Sea, The Stars, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Los Angeles, CA
No Mathematical Logic, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Say the Word 'Nowhere', Say 'Headphones', Say 'Nothing'., Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA
The Tuba Thieves, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
Alison O’Daniel; The Tuba Thieves, Mini Microcinema, Cincinnati, OH
Room Tone, New Commissions Series, Art in General, NY, NY
The Deaf Club, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY
The Tuba Thieves, Double Billboard - Art on the Outside, West Hollywood Arts / IF Innovation Foundation, West Hollywood, CA
CENTENNIAL MARCHING BAND, FORWARDS, BACKWARDS, PAUSE, SILENT Art Los Angeles Contemporary, commissioned by JOAN, Los Angeles, CA
All Component Parts (Listeners), Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France
Night Sky, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Night Sky, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA
Quasi Closed-Captions, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
One Hand Clapping, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Night Sky, Whaler’s Wharf Cinema, Provincetown, MA
Night Sky, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Night Sky, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Night Sky, Museum of Jurassic Technology, L.A., CA
Night Sky, USA Lounge, VAST Projects, Henderson, NV
Night Sky, The Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
Night Sky, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
Night Sky, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
Night Sky, MOCAD, Detroit, MI
Night Sky, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Night Sky, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
Night Sky, New York University, NY, NY
Night Sky, Whirled Cinema, London, UK
Hearing Aids, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS
VIII Fundación ONCE Biennial of Contemporary Art, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain
Hand to your ear, Part 1 (presence / surplus), Emalin, London, UK
Frieze LA, Commonwealth and Council and Frieze, Los Angeles, CA
Crip*, Gallery 400, UIUC, Urbana Champaign, IL
Art of the Real - Counter Encounters, Lincoln Film Center, New York, NY
Hand to your ear, Part 1 (presence / surplus), Emalin, London, UK
Crip*, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana Champaign, IL
Activating Captions, Argos, Brussels, Belgium
Nine Lives, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
True/False Film Festival, Columbia, MO
Psychic Plumbing, Canary, Los Angeles, CA
Social Residency, Untune, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Disarming Language: Disability, Communication, Rupture. Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
In Plain Sight, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Infinite Ear, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain
Sanctuary, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA
Vibrafusion, Guelph Museum, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Louder than Words, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
Moving at the Tempo of a Broken Song, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Drive In Theater, FLAX, Tin Flats, Los Angeles, CA
Melt My Heart But Spare my Soul, Stove Works + Seed Space, Chattanooga, TN
Here, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Angel's Share, Tin Flats, Los Angeles, CA
Made in LA 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Infinite Ear, Garage Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
Vernacular Environments, Pt. 2, Edward Cella Gallery, Culver City, CA
Relative Space, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA
Maybe I Hadn’t Been Paying Attention, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
It’s a Sign, Marquee Projects, Bellport, NY
Dialectic of the Stars, FLAX French Los Angeles Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, Nichols Gallery, Claremont, CA
The Fourth World, Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles, CA
Ours is a City of Writers, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Works Salon, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
VibraFusionLab, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario
In Real Life, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York City, New York
The Magazine Sessions, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK
The Infinite Ear, Bergen Council, Bergen, Norway
Let's Show Moving Images, Top-kino, Vienna, Austria
Siren, FiveCar Garage, Venice, CA
Mystery Theater Sports Bar, Machine Project with Cabinet Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Poetry, Mumok Cinema, Vienna, Austria
Orchestra of the Tactile, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Book of Scores, Disjecta, Portland, OR
Indigo Mind, Storefrontlab, San Francisco, CA
Sounds Like, Herron Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Art of the Lived Experiment, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
a sum other than its parts, parts of some; Luke Mastny, Alison O’Daniel, Jason Starr, Agency, Los Angeles, CA
LOUDsilence, Callit Gallery, UC, San Diego, San Diego, CA
LOUDsilence, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
The Third Ear, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Salon Zürcher, Zürcher Studio, New York, NY
Salon 12, Marine Projects, Santa Monica, CA
Alice Konitz, Alison O’Daniel, Jibade Khalil Huffman, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL
Some Fine Women, VAST Space Projects, Las Vegas, NV
Rogue Wave, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
The Archaic Revival, Zip Zerc Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ma Prochaine Vie, Courtesy at Here is Elsewhere Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Breaks and Breaks, Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA
What Can a Body Do?, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford, PA
Gateway Drugs, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, Liz Glynn’s The Blackbox, LA, CA
You Must Change Your Life, Krowswork, Oakland, CA
Prince at the Forum, Beacon Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
Walking Forward, Running Past, Art In General, NY, NY
L.A. Makes Art 2011, Calfund Fellows Exhibition, CAA, Century City, CA
The Church of Public Fiction, Museum of Public Fiction, L.A., CA
Night Sky, PERFORMA 11, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY
9 Stories, LAXART, Culver City, CA
Betamax, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
Conceptual Telegraphy & the Sound of the Wind Through its Wires, Workspace, L.A, CA
Strange Stranger, Strange Ranger Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Egosdayglo, Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA
Deep Woods, Filmwinter, Stuttgart Film Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
The Golden Fluffer, Transitions Gallery, London, UK
Deep Woods, Rencontres Film Festival, Paris, France
Deep Woods, Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Deep Woods, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
Deep Woods, Mister Motley Film Festival, Amsterdam
DRIP EVENT (for GEORGE BRECHT with Katie Herzog, Pawnshop Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
NYC vs. LDN, Inflatable Collapsing People, Sweet Home Gallery, NY, NY
Deep Woods, Lazy Marie Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Deep Woods, Netherlands Media Art Institute Screening, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Deep Woods, MadCat Film Festival, El Rio, San Francisco, CA
Never Finished, Always Ready, Spitalfields, London, UK
Living in a Material World, Constance Howard Gallery, London, UK
Deep Woods, Ladyspace, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Site-specific Crying, 45A Tudor Road Gallery, London, UK
Disability Futures Fellowship, United States Artists, Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Film / Video, New York, NY
IDFA Rough Cut Forum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
California Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship, Sacramento, CA
Stars Collective Project Advancement Fund, Sundance, Los Angeles, CA
Chicken and Egg Eggcelerator Documentary Film Fellowship, New York, NY
ITVS Open Call Funding Initiative, Independent Television Service + PBS, Oakland, CA
Ford Foundation Just Films, New York, NY
SFFILM Rainin Grant for Filmmakers with Disabilities, San Francisco, CA
Points North Fellowship, Camden International Film Festival, Camden, Maine
IFP Week, New York, NY
Arts and Accessibility Grant, National Arts and Disability Center, Los Angeles
Lincoln City Fellowship, Speranza, Los Angeles, CA
Talent Forum, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
COLA (City of Los Angeles) Artist Grant, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, New York, NYArtists Academy, New York Film Festival, Lincoln Film Center, NY, NY
Creative Capital Award, NY, NY
Sundance Creative Producing Lab (Fellow - Rachel Nederveld, producer, The Tuba Thieves), Los Angeles, CA
Department of Cultural Affairs artist grant, Los Angeles, CA
Mike Kelley Foundation Grant through JOAN gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, Los Angeles, CA
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, NY, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, New York, NY
Art Matters Grant, New York, NY
Franklin Furnace Fund fellowship, New York, NY
California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, L.A., CA
Puffin Foundation Grant
Thessaly Lynn Miles Award, Irvine, CA
Medici Foundation Artists Fellowship, Irvine, CA
Stuttgart Filmwinter film festival, Stuttgart, Germany, 1st Prize,
Peter B. Lewis Skowhegan Fellowship Skowhegan, ME and New York, NY
1st Agnes Gund Award, C.I.A., Cleveland, OH
Headlands Center for the Arts, Affiliate Artist, Marin, CA
Lucas Artist Residency, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
Social Tone, UnTune, Los Angeles, CA
HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) Resident Artist, Los Angeles, CA
Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio Program, Columbus, OH
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Critical Disability Studies Artist Residency, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
Vermont Studio Center, sculpture resident, Johnson, VT
The Genesis Project, Sea and Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Heckel, Jody. "'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers experiences with disability, access.", Illinois News Bureau, October 19, 2021.
Wolf, Stephanie. “The perplexing acoustics of an art show in northwest Germany”. Public Radio International, The World. September, 30, 2021.
Watlington, Emily. “The Kunsthalle Where No One Can Hear.” Art in America, September 1, 2021.
Rohlfs, Stephanie. “Videos in ‘Hearing Aids’ Open Door to a Wider Understanding of the Senses” KQED, August, 19, 2021.
Castera, Gregory. “Alison O’Daniel on Captioning Strategies to Honour the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Experience and Reimagine the Aural World.” Activating Captions Online Magazine, Argos, June 24, 2021.
Crawshaw, Gill. “Activating Captions – An Absorbing Demonstration of Caption Culture from Argos Arts.” Disability Arts Online, May 10, 2021.
Momin, Shamim. “In Plain Sight” Henry Art Gallery Catalogue, 2020.
O’Daniel, Alison. “The Noise Inside: Writer/Director Darius Marder on Sound of Metal.” Filmmaker Magazine, October 28, 2020.
Sylvestre, Liza and Christopher Robert Jones. “Inaccessibility as Material: an interview with Alison O’Daniel.” Sixty Inches From Center, May 24, 2020.
Macauley, Scott. “25 New Faces of Independent Film”, Filmmaker Magazine.
O’Daniel, Alison. “Visual Intonations: Christine Sun Kim’s Caps Subs.” X-TRA Magazine. Vol. 21, No. 4. Pg. 22-24.
Ellegood, Anne. "Generative Misunderstanding: Alison O'Daniel Interviewed by Anne Ellegood." BOMB, August 14, 2018.
Horst, Aaron. “Loose Aesthetics and Agreeable Politicking; On Made in L.A. 2018.” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Fall 2018, Issue 13, pg. 28-29.
de Dobay Rifelj, Claire. “Unfinished Finish Fetish.” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Fall 2018, Issue 13, pg. 27.
Mendelson, Zoe. “Hearing the call of The Tuba Thieves.” Folks, Aug 4, 2016.
Reese, Nathan. "Scenes From a Punk Rock and Storytelling Show, For Deaf People." The New York Times Style Magazine, April 29, 2016.
Disser, Nicole. "This Journey Into Sound and Silence Pays Tribute to John Cage and a ‘Deaf Club’ For Punks". Bedford + Bowery, April 5, 2016.
Wagley, Catherine. "A Compton Marching Band Took Over Art Los Angeles Contemporary and it Was Awesome." LA Weekly, January 30, 2016.
Speer, Richard. "The Book of Scores." Visual Art Source, October, 2015.
Baer, April. "On View. 'Book of Scores' at Disjecta." OPB FM, October 16, 2015.
Meyers, Ashley Stull. "Book of Scores at Disjecta." Daily Serving, October 20, 2015.
Appel, Kevin. "Alison O'Daniel; Interview by Kevin Appel." Issue Magazine, May 8, 2014.
Berardini, Andrew. "Alison O'Daniel." ArtReview, October 2013, p. 141.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. "Alison O'Daniel: A New Sensibility of Blended Senses." KCET Artbound, Sep. 25, 2013.
Drucker, Johanna. "Shut Up and Listen to the Artists!" L.A. Review of Books, Sep 5, 2013.
Mizota, Sharon. "Review. Alison O'Daniel at Samuel Freeman." L.A. Times, Aug 8, 2013.
Wagley, Catherine. "Art about Tuba Thieves." LA Weekly, Aug 8, 2013.
Kramer, Emily. "Whistle While You Work." Droste Effect, Aug 5, 2013.
Pagel, David. "Review: 'Rogue Wave' at L.A. Louver a micro-biennial at its best." L.A. Times, 8/2/13.
Pate, Christopher. "LA in the Summer." Installation Magazine, Issue 18, July 2013.
Cachia, Amanda. "What Can a Body Do?" (catalogue), Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Oct 2012.
McCullough, Danielle. "Alison O'Daniel: Night Sky." Whitehot Magazine, Oct, 2012.
Gerrity, Jeanne. "Best Performa Reprise in the East Bay: Alison O’Daniel, Night Sky, Krowswork, July 7, 2012." Art Practical, August 2012.
Tuck, Geoff. “Field Notes: Black Box, Alison O’Daniel, etc.” Notes on Looking. February 6, 2012.
Harren, Natilee. "Alison O'Daniel. 500 Words". Art Forum. January 25, 2012.
Myers, Holly. "Pacific Standard Time: Young Artists Talk about the sweeping exhibit". Los Angeles Times. Sunday, January 22, 2012.
Baum, Gary and Marissa Gluck and Alexis Johnson. “Arts & Power”. Angeleno Modern Luxury, Dec. 2011: p. 73.
Berardini, Andrew. “How’s This?” MOUSSE Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 28, Apr May 2011: p. 2-5.
Mackler, Lauren. “The Church Issue”, The Public Fiction Quarterly, no. 1, August 2011: p. 22-23.
Channing, Susan R. and Jeffrey D. Grove. “Back From Spacelab: 10 Years of Innovation”, (catalogue) Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH 2004
2010 MFA, University of California, Irvine
2005 Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Art, Goldsmith’s College, U of London, UK
2003 BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio
2001 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
VISITING ARTIST LECTURES | WORKSHOPS | PANELS
Artist Talk, CALARTS, Film Department, Santa Clarita, CA
Artist Talk, Sculpture Department, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
Anti-Ableism: Alison O’Daniel and Alice Sheppard, Disability Arts Talk, Powerhouse Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Disability in Documentary/Artist Talk, Trans-Media Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Dartmouth College, Masters in Digital Musics Program, Department of Music, Hanover, NH
UnionDocs Research + Development Summer Documentary Lab, Brooklyn, NY
Artist Talk, Art + Design Visitor Series, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL
Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Disability Studies Department, NYU, NY, NY
Conversations at the Edge, SAIC and the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL,
Access in Content and Form - In Conversation with Kenny Fries, Creative Capital
School of Art, Media and Technology’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Parsons Fine Arts MFA, The New School, NY, NY
School of Theater, CalArts, Valencia, CA
Accessible Futures Impact Intensive, Sundance, Los Angeles, CA
Triple Canopy Omniaudience, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA In conversation with Michael Davidson
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA In conversation with Tanya Zimbardo
Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France In conversation with Anna Milone
Sewanee University, Chattanooga, TN
Otis College of Art and Design MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series, Los Angeles, CA
New Media, Time-based Art Visiting Artist, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
UC Davis, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), Art Department, Davis, CA
Lost, Abundant, Fugitive Sound Panel, College Art Association Conference, New York, NY
University of California, Riverside, Art Department, Riverside, CA
Evergreen College, Art Lectures Series, Olympia, WA
University of California, San Diego
California College of the Arts, Master class on Cinema and Moving Image Arts, San Francisco, CA
Film as Collaborative Art Symposium, CSU Fullerton, CA
Haverford College, Visual Studies, Haverford, PA
New York University, Cinema Studies and Steinhardt School, NY, NY
Cleveland Institute of Art, Film and Photography, Cleveland, OH
University of Southern California, Sculpture Department, Los Angeles, CA
Evergreen College, Department of Experimental Music, Olympia, WA
Otis College of Art and Design, Fine Arts Department, Los Angeles, CA
Community Dance Series, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, L.A., CA
Art Center College of Design, Photography Department, Pasadena, CA