Born Los Angeles, California

Resides Brooklyn, New York


University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., M.F.A.


2022        Ellen Brooks, Trees 1987/2022 Leaves 2022, Catskill Art Space, 

                Livingston Manor, NY

2022/27  Ellen Brooks, Hang, Catskill Art Space, Livingston Manor, NY

2017        Screens, Lord Ludd Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013        Photographs and Tableaux Reliefs from the Early 80’s, Roth Gallery, NY, NY

2006        Ellen Brooks: Photographs From The 70’s, Roth Gallery, New York, NY

2003        Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, New York

2000        Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, New York

                Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, California

1997        University of Nevada Art Gallery at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

1996        Wooster Gardens, New York, New York

1993/4     Palm Beach Community College Museum of Art, Lake Worth, Florida

                University of Washington, Bellingham, Washington

                Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia

                Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Work from 1986 - 1992), traveling show

                Stux Gallery, New York, New York

                Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1992        Vikky Alexander/Ellen Brooks, Wooster Gardens, New York, New York

                Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

                Vikky Alexander/Ellen Brooks, Ansel Adams Center, Friends of 

                Photography, San Francisco, California

1991        Polaroid Project: Ellen Brooks/Vikky Alexander, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, 

                Santa Monica, California

1990        Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California

                Urbie et Orbie, Paris, France

                Ehlers/Caudhill Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

1989        Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

1988        Ellen Brooks: 1979-1987 Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Pennsylvania

1987        Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

1986        Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

1985        Window Installation, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

1983        Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

                Rhode lsland School of Design, Providence, Rhode lsland

1982        Galerie T’Venster, Rotterdam, Holland

1981        Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, New York

1978        N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

1977        San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1976        University of Nevada Art Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada


2017        The Unreliable Narrator, Art Helix

2014        The Photographic Object 1970, Hauser and Wirth, New York, NY

                Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY

2013        A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art 

                Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

                The Photographic Object 1970, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

2011        Photography into Sculpture/The Evolving Photographic Object Cherry 

                and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, Museum of

                Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA

2009        Incheon Women’s Artist Biennale, Tuning Exhibitions, Incheon,

2006        Witness Protection, San Bernadino,California

2005        Shelter From The Storm,Allston Skirt Gallery,Boston, Ma

                Heavenly or A Slice of White, The Hunter College Art Galleries, New York,


2002        Doors: Image and Metaphor in Contemporary Art,New Jersey Center for the Arts

                Arrested Development, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle

                Global Priority:Artist Network Via Mail,Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning,

                Jamaica, NY

2000        Process/Reprocess Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, New York

                The Snapshot Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore,Maryland

1998        Goldman Sachs Collection, James Michener Museum, Doylestown 

                Pennsylvania Tourism Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, New York

1997        Adolescents, Julie Saul Gallery, New York

                Avon Collection, international Center of Photography, New York

1996        Prospect 96, Frankfurter Kunstveren, Germany

                Lush Christine Rose Gallery, New York

                Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975-Now, Nicole Klagsbrun 

                Gallery, New York

1995        lnstallations Real Art Ways Hartford, Connecticut

                Bit by Bit Post Photographic Imaging, The Art Gallery at Hunter College

                It's Only Rock & Roll, The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati

                Bit by Bit, Hunter College Galleries, New York, NY

                min-i-mund-us, White Columns, New York, NY

               Abstract Photographs, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1994        Content and Discontent in Today's Photography, Ansel Adams Center for

                Photography, San Francisco, CA

                Museum of Modern Art Collection, New York, NY The Gallery at

                Takashimaya, New York, NY

1993        Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph 1960 - 1980, Laguna Art Museum, 


                Travelling show from Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach 

                Center for the Arts, Virginia

1992        Ellen Brooks, Geoffrey James, Michael Smith, Trepanier Baer Gallery, 

                Calgary, Alberta

                Blum-Hellman Gallery, Warehouse Space, New York

                Photography Reproduction Production: The Work in the Age of

                Mechanical Representation, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington

                College, Vermont

                Between Home and Heaven, National Museum of American Art, 

                Washington, D.C.

                Departures Photography 1923- 1990, travelling show organized by independent

                Curator's incorporated

                New Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                 SPECS, Annina Nosei, Gallery,New York

1991         Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum of Modern Art, New York

                 De Persona, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

                 Landscape, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

1990         The Indomitable Spirit, lnternational Center of Photography, New York

                 About Nature: A Romantic Impulse, Barbara Toll Gallery, New York

1989         Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California

                 L'lnvention d'un Art, Pompidu Centre, Paris, France

                 The Photography of Invention, National Museum of American Art,

                 Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

                 Chaos, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York,

                 Nature and Culture, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, California

                 Schmidt/Markow Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

                 Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Hamilton College, Hamilton, 

                 New York

                 Constructed Realities, Kunstverein Munchen, Munchen, West Germany

                 Through A Glass Darkly, University of lllinois Art Gallery

                 Mediated Knot, Robin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

                 Ehlers/Caudhill Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

                 Landscope, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York

1988         Aids Show curated by Group Material, DIA Foundation, New York

                 Milford Gallery, New York

                 Certain Shots, McNeil Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                 Dart Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

                 Photography and Art, Queens Museum, Queens, New York

                 A Visible Order, Otis Parsons Exhibition Center, Los Angeles, California

                 Robin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

                 Sex, Death and Jello, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

1987         New York Art, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California

                 Photography and Art:1946-1986, Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

                 Los Angeles, California

                 The Art of Portraiture in Contemporary Photography, October for the 

                 Arts, ELAC, Lyon, France

                 Photography, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

                 The Spiral of Artificiality, Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, New York

                 Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                 Who's Who in Photography, Hoffman-Borman Gallery, Los Angeles, California

                 Portrayal, lnternational Center of Photography, New York

                 Cash Newhouse Gallery, New York

                 This Is Not A Photograph: Twenty Years of Large Scale Photography

                 966-1986, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

1986         A Visible Order, Lieberman and Saul Gallery, New York

                 Ellen Brooks, Stephen Frailey, Richard Prince, Josh Baer Gallery, New York

                 Signs of the Real, White Columns, New York

                 The Real Big Picture, Queens Museum, Queens, New York

                 Altered States, Bard College, Annandale-on- Hudson, New York

                 Photographic Fictions, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CT

                 Imagie, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada

1985         In Plato's Cave, Marlborough Gallery, New York

                 Thought Objects, Cash Newhouse Gallery, New York

                 The Family in Contemporary Art, Washington Projects for the Arts, Washington, 


                Alumni Show, University of California at Los Angeles

1984        The Anxious Interior, Laguna Museum of Art, La Jolla, California

                Yajima Gallery, Montreal, Canada

                Pushing the Boundaries: Photography in California 1945-1980, San

                Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1983        L'lmage Fabriques, Centres Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1983        Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

                The Self as Subject, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, New Mexico

1982        Photographers lnvite Photographers, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, lllinois

                lmage Scavengers, lnstitute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

               Staged Photo Events, Rotterdamse Kunststichting, travelling to NEUE

               Galerie/Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen and Municipal Van Reekum 

               Museum, Apeldoorn

               Beyond Photography: The Fabricated Image, Delhaunty Gallery, New York

               California Photography, Museum of Art, Rhode lsland School of Design, 

               Providence, Rhode lsland

               Color Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

1981       Color Photography: New Images, University of California at San Diego, California

               Contemporary Photography, Jeffrey Fuller Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

               Love is Blind, Castelli Gallery, New York

               New Voices Two: 6 Photographers: Concept/Theater/Fiction, Allen

               Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio

               Life as Story, Northlight Gallery, University of Arizona, Tempe,

1980       Interiors, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

1979       Fabricated to be Photographed, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 

               San Francisco, California

               Four Bay Area Artists, University of California at Santa Barbara

               Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California

               Attitudes: Photography in the 1970's, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 

               Santa Barbara, California

               Susan Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

               Four Installations, Los Angeles lnstitute of Contemporary Art, Los 

               Angeles, California

1978       Photographs from the Collection of Samuel Wagstaff Jr., Corcoran Gallery of 

               Art, Washington, D.C.

               A Peek into the Private Life of Rose Selevay, Helene Euphrat Gallery, 

               De Anza College, Cupertino, California

               Optica Gallery, Montreal, Canada

1976       Contemporary American Photographers, Frederick S. Wright Art Gallery,

               University of California at Los Angeles

               Conceptual Photographers, La Mamelle Art Center, San Francisco, California

1975       Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburg, Scotland

1974       Light and Substance, Art Galleries, University of California at San Diego

               New Photographs in San Francisco and the Bay Area, De Young Museum, 

               San Francisco, California

1973       Images: Dimensional,Movable, Transferable, Akron Art Institute, Ohio

               Light and Substance, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

               Light and Lens, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York

1972       The Cup Show, David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California

               Two Woman Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1971       Art for Public Places, Henry Gallery, University of Seattle, Washington

               Phelan Award Show, San Francisco, California

1970       California Photographers, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, California

               Photography into Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York

               Group Show University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida


2006       Aletti, Vince, New Yorker, February 13+20, 2006

               Cotter,Holland,New York Times February 10, 2006

2005       “NO 1 First Works by 362 Artists” edited Francesca Richer and Matthew 

               Rosenzweig, DAP [book]

2003       Village Voice,Voice Choice January 29-February 4,2003

               Art in America, September 2003

2002       Zimmer, William New York Times, May 5,2002

               Bischoff, Dan, Star Ledger, April 21,2002

2000       Blind Spot, Issue 15

               Cotter, Holland, New York Times, March 10, 2000

               Aletti, Vince, The Village Voice, March, 2000

               The New Yorker, March 19, 2000

               Schmerlen, Sarah, Time Out New York, April 6, 2000

               Frank, Peter, LA Weekly, May 5, 2000

1996       Aletti, Vince. The Village Voice, June 25.

               Saltz, Jerry. "Ellen Brooks", Time Out New York, July 3-10, issue No. 41.

1993.      Rubin David. "Ellen Brooks, Nature as Artifice", Cleveland Center for 

               Contemporary Art. [catalog]

1992       Ottman, Klaus. "Ellen Brooks" Middletown Connecticut, Ezra & Cecile

               Zikha Gallery, Wesleyan University [catalog]

               Hagen, Charles. "A Show of Five Artists Who Use the Look of Photo 

               Reproduction", The New York Times, May 18.

               Muchnic, Suzanne. "Reaping the Rewards ‘Avarice’", Los Angeles Times, July 8.

               Vogel, Carol. "The Art Market", The New York Times, September 1

               Hagen, Charles. "Scoping Out New Photography at the Modern", The

               New York Times, November 15.

1991       Jones, Ronald. "de Persona at the Oakland Museum", Photo Metro, June p. 25.

               Bonetti, David. "de Persona': Go Figure It", San Fran. Examiner, June 7, pC7.

               Barrie, Lita. "Body Parts - de Persona at the Oakland Museum", Artweek, July 4, 


               Kahn, Alice. "A One Time Bimbo Becomes a Muse: Barbie's Odd Odyssey, 

               From Toyland to Artville", The New York Times, September 29.

               Squires, Carol. Art Forum, November

               Tonkonow, Leslie. Interview, Journal of Contemporary Art, Fall/Winter

1990       McCracken, David. "Five Alternatives for Expophobe", Chicago Tribune, May 11.

               Foerstner, Abigail. "Enderlein Exhibit views Frailty; Brooks' Art Uses Illusion" 

               Chicago Tribune, May 11

1989       Sayag, Alain, De la photographie comme un des beaux arts.

               Paris:Centre National de la Photographie [catalog]

               Brenson, Michael. "Straitened Landscapes Of a Post Modern Era", The 

               New York Times, January 13.

               Haus, Mary Ellen. "Beyond Nature, Ellen Brooks", TemaCeleste, Jan/Feb

               Grundberg, Andy. "Mapping the Traces Man Leaves on the Land", The 

               New York Times, March 5.

               Arts Magazine, Spring.

               Heartney, Eleanor. "Ellen Brooks at Annina Nosei", ArtNews, Spring

               "Photography", The New Yorker, March 13.

                McCoy, Pat. "Ellen Brooks", Artscribe, September/October.

                C Magazine, full-page reproduction, Portfolio Section, Winter 1989

1988        Rubin, David S. "Ellen Brooks: Photographs and Configurations", 

                Reading, Pennsylvania, Freedman Galler, Albright College,1988 [catalog]

                Art News, February.

                Argence, Guy. "Octobre des Arts, Lyon", Opus lnternational #107, Mars-Avril.

                New York Times, July 5.

                McCoy, Pat. Artscribe, September.

1987        Jones, Ronald. "Ellen Brooks" New York: Annina Nosei Gallery [catalog]

                Schwendenwien, Jude. "Ellen Brooks, Richard Prince, Stephen Frailey,

                Oliver Wason", FlashArt, Summer.

                Heiferman, Marvin and Jacobs, Joseph. "This is Not a Photograph:Twenty

                Years of Large Scale Photography 1966-1986", John and Mable Ringling

                Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida [catalog]

                Steinbach, Charles and Squiers, Carol. "Portrayals", lnternational Center 

                of Photography. [catalog]

                Art Rite, July.

                Village Voice, July 7.

                Grundberg, Andy. "Critic's Choices: Photography", The New York Times, Aug 9.

                Knight, Christopher. "A Cultural Self-portrait, Warts and All", Los Angeles 

                Herald Examiner, August 7.

                Gerome, Elyane. "Coups de coeur", Le Progres, 15 Octobre.

                Bost, Bernadette. "Portraits dAmerique", Le Monde R.A., 10 Octobre

                Peillod, Claire. "Portraits Photographiques", Lyon Poche, 21 Octobre

                Touraine, Lillane. "Octobre des Arts a Lyon", Intervention, Quebec,

                Octobre Sozanski, Edward. "On Galleries", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 29, 

                p. 5-C. New York Times, November 13.

                 Durand, Regis. "Portraits Americains Ou Le Sujet En Crise", Art Press 

                 No. 120, Decembre.

                 Ottman, Klaus. "Photomannerisms", FlashArt, November/December pp. 70-72.

                 Village Voice, December 1.

                 Goldberg, Vicki. "Take Two Media, Mix Well", New York Times Book

                 Review, December 6.

1984         Katzman, Louise. "Pushing the Boundries: Photography in California

                 1945-1980" New York: Hudson Hill Press in association with the San 

                 Francisco Museum of Modern Art [catalog]

                 "The Anxious Interior" Laguna Museum of Art, La Jolla, California.

                 [catalog] Godeau, Abigail Solomon. "ln Plato's Cave".

                 "Photography in California 1945 - 1980" San Francisco Museum of Modern

                 Art. Parachute, Canada.

                 Simon, Cheryl. "lmages Fabriquees", Vanguard, Canada, March.

1983         Asaki Camera, Feature on Selected Photographers Japan and New York.

                 Naef, Weston. "New Trends", volume of The Gallery of World

                 Photography "Biennial" Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. [catalog]

                 "Family Feuds", Modern Photography.

                 Glueck, Grace. "Artists Who 8cavenge' from the Media", The New York

                 Times, January 9.

                 Village Voice, January 11.

                 Grundberg, Andy. "ln the Arts: Critics' Choices", The New York Times, Feb. 20.

                 Chicago Sun-Times, March.

                 Artner, Alan G. "Doctored lmages as an Emerging Photographic Trend Are

                 Pulled into Focus", Chicago Tribune, March 18.

                 Alderson, John. "Photographers Often lmpose Their Will on Images", Chicago 

                 Sun-Times, March 27.

                 Grundberg, Andy. "Photography:Biennial Show", New York Times, Apr. 1 p.C23.

                 Smith, Roberta. "The Whitney Biennial- Taking Con Sensus", The Village 

                 Voice, April 26.

                 Handy, Ellen. Arts Reviews, Arts Magazine, April, p.37.

                 "Camera at Work" Life Magazine, May

                 Bellevance, Leslie. "Photographers lnvite Photographers", New Art Examiner, 

                 May, p. 18.

                 Cohen, Ronny H. " Image Scavengers: Photography, an Exhibition", The

                 Print Collector's Newsletter, May/June,

                 Grundberg, Andy. "Exploring the Improbable", The New York Times July 11.

                 Grundberg, Andy. "Post-Modernists in the Mainstream", The New York 

                 Times November 20, p.H-27.

1982         Picture Magazine, Tableaux lssue

                 Johnson,Deborah. "California Photography", Museum of Art, Rhode lsland 

                 School of Design, Providence XXXlX Supplement 1981-82.

                 Coke, Van Deren. "Fabricated to be Photographed", San Francisco Museum 

                 of Art, California. [catalog]

                 New York Times, July 11.

1981        "Exposure", Women's Issue.

                 Thomas, Lew and dAgostino, Peter. "Still Photography: The Problematic 

                 Model", N.F.S. Press. [catalog]

                 "New Voices Two: 6 Photographers: ConceptTTheater/Fiction", Bulletin,

                 Oberlin College. [catalog]

                 Artweek, March 7.

                 The Soho Weekly News, April 15.

1979         Witkin, Lee and London, Barbara. "The Photograph Collector's Guide", 

                 Morgan & Morgan. [book]

                 Los Angeles Times, January 8.

                 Madans, Christina J. "Four Uses of Space", Artweek, January 20.

                 "Cupid Meets Mr. Peanut", Art News, LXXClll March.

                 Los Angeles Times, September 16.

                 San Francisco Chronicle, November 25.

                 Art Week, November

                 Art Week, December 8

1978         "Photographs from the Collection of Samuel Wagstaff Jr., Light Impressions" 


                 "Who's Who in American Art", Marquis Publication, Chicago, Illinois. [book]

1977          Mangelos, M. Basicevic. Foto; San Francisco. Zagreb, Yugoslavia: Centar 

                  za Fotografiju, Film i Televisiju

                  Fischer, Hal, Artweek, November 12.

1976          "lntersection, Photographic Images, Resources, Processes" San Jose

                   State University. [catalog]

                   LeVeque, Ann. "Gallery As Studio", The Gallery of The Claremont 

                   Colleges, Claremont, California. [catalog]

                   “Catalogue of the U.C.L.A. Collection of Contemporary Photographs", 

                   University of California Press. [catalog]

1975           "Sculpture, Materials and Methods", Holt, Rinehart, Winston, New York

                   [book]  "Time -Life Yearbook", Time-Life Inc., New York. [book]

1974           "Photography 1974", Holt, Rinehart, Winston, New York [book]

                    Barrow,Thomas F. "Light and Substance", Albuquerque: University Art 

                    Museum, University of New Mexico.1974. [catalog]

1973            "lmages: Dimensional, Movable, Transferable", Akron Art Institute, Akron, 

                    Ohio. [catalog]

1971            Arts in Virginia XI, Spring.

                    Bunnell, Peter C., "Photography lnto Sculpture".

                    California Photographers 1970, University of California at Davis. Print,

                    Spring.  [catalog]

                    Arts Canada, Summer.

                    "Continuum", Downey Museum of Art.

1970            California Photographers, Davis: University of California [catalog]

TEACHING EXPERIENCE [including guest residencies]

2006-1984     New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

2005              Cooper Union

2001-1999     School of Visual Arts, New York

1999              Guest artist, School of the Art lnstitute of Chicago

1997              Visiting artist University of Vancouver, Victoria ,B C

                      Washington University, Saint Louis ,Missouri

                      California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1995              Visiting artist at the School of the Art lnstitute of Chicago

1985              School of Visual Arts, New York

1983              University of New Mexico at Albuquerque

                      Rhode lsland School of Design, Providence, Rhode lsland

                      International Center of Photography, New York

1982-1973     San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1978              Neighborhood Arts, San Francisco, California

1977              School of the Art lnstitute of Chicago, Spring Semester


2002            MacDowell Residency

1998            MacDowell Residency

1995            Fellowship peer panel, National Endowment for the Arts

1991            National Endowment for the Arts, lndividual Fellowship

1979            National Endowment for the Arts, lndividual Fellowship

1972            Phelan Award, Oakland, California

                    Alumni Award, University of California at Los Angeles


Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Deutsche Bank ,Frankfurt, Germany

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Musee d’Art Contemporain of Montreal, Canada

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York

Getty Museum of Art, Malibu, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museo d' Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

City of Paris

Capitol Group Corporation (commissioned project), Los Angeles, California

University of California at Los Angeles

Deutsche Bank ,Frankfurt, Germany

Southeast Banking Corporation, Coral Gables, Florida

Standard Oil

Merrill Lynch

Goldman Sachs Corporation

Progressive Corporation, Ohio

Arthur Andersen Corporation

Allan Goldring, New York

Fred Alger Corporation

Pitney Bowes Corporation, Connecticut

Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe

U.S. Trust

Willis Corroon Corporation

Continental lnsurance Company, New York

Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts