Ian Cheng

Born 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Lives and works in New York.



The Shed, New York - US (forthcoming)

Emissary Trilogy, Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Madrid - ES

BOB, Gladstone Gallery, New York - US

Emissary Forks at Perfection, Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Venice - IT

Ian Cheng: Emissaries, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin - DE

Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London - UK

Ian Cheng, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh - US

EMISSARIES, MoMA PS1 (Curated by Peter Eleey with Jocelyn Miller), New York - US

EMISSARY FORKS featuring THOUSAND ISLANDS, Espace Louis Vuitton München (in association with KINO DER KUNST Festival), Munich - DE

Forking at Perfection, Migros Museum, Zurich - CH

Emissary Forks At Perfection, Pilar Corrias, London - UK

Something Thinking Of You: Live 1 - 31 August, vdrome.org

Ian Cheng, Triennale Di Milano (Curated by Filipa Ramos & Organised by Edoardo Bonaspetti), Milan - IT

Baby Feat. Bali, Standard (Oslo), Oslo - NO

Frieze Frame, Formalise Sidewalk Poetry Club, Frieze London - UK

Entropy Wrangler, Off Vendome, Dusseldorf - DE

Too Humans All Too Humans, Vanity, Los Angeles - US

Emissary in the Squat of Gods, Standard (Oslo), Frieze New York - US

Emissary in the Squat of Gods (Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist), Fondazione Sandretto

Re Rebaudengo, Turin - IT

Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson (Curated by Elodie Evers, Irina Raskin),

Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf - DE


This Papaya Tastes Perfect, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami - US



Uncanny Valley, De Young, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco - US

On the Threshold, Luma, Arles - FR

Worlding Worlds, MU Hybrid Art House in Rotterdam - NL

Mud Muses, Moderna Museet, Stockholm - SE

If The Snake, Okayama Art Summit, Okayama - JP

The Sound of Silences Imploding, The Biennale of Moving Images, Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin - IT

May You Live in Interesting Times, Venice Biennale, Venice - IT

New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century, MoMA - New York - US

Leaving The Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 2019, Sharjah - AE

Trouble in Paradise: Collection Rattan Chadha, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam - NL

Life to come (Curated by Asad Raza), Metro Pictures, New York - US

WILDERNESS, Schirn, Frankfurt - DE

Low Form. Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, MAXXI, Rome - IT

Ghost: 2561, Bangkok City City Gallery, Bangkok - TH

In Tune with the World, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris - FR

Take me (I'm Yours), Villa Medici-French Academy, (curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi), Rome - IT

I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - US

Take Me (I'm Yours), Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan - IT

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris - FR

Take me (I'm Yours), Bienalsur, Buenos Aires - AR

The Garden, K11 Art Foundation (curated by Enoch Cheng), Shanghai - CN
Yokohama Triennale 2017 'Islands, Constellations and Galapagos,' Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama - JP

Being There, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk - DK

in relation to a Spectator, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover - DE

Suspended Animation: Headlong into digital space, Les Abattoirs, Musée FRAC Occitanie, Toulouse - FR

Generation Loss: 10 Years, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf - DE

Shanghai Project Chapter 2 Exhibition: Seeds of Time, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum (curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist), Shanghai - CN

BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern (curated by Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni), London - UK

After us, K11 Art Foundation, in partnership with the New Museum, New York (curated by Lauren Cornell), Shanghai - CN

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, Whitney Museum, New York - US

Take Me (I'm Yours), Jewish Museum, New York - US

Overpop, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Yuz Museum, Shanghai - CN

Liverpool Biennial 2016, Liverpool - UK

WELT AM DRAHT, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin - DE

Suspended Animation, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington - US

Stranger, MOCA, Cleveland - US

Co-Workers - Networks as Artist, curated by Angeline Scherf & Toke Lykkeberg & DIS, Musee d'Moderne Paris - FR

Co-Workers: Beyond Disaster, curated by Mélanie Bouteloup & Garance Malivel, Bétonsalon, Paris - FR

Screen Play: Life in an Animated World (Curated by Cathleen Chaffee), Albright-Knox, Buffalo - US

Works on Paper, Greene Naftali, New York - US

Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin - DE

Taipei Biennial - The Great Acceleration, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei - TW

Technokinesis (Curated by Jenny Jaskey & Andrea Neustein), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York - US

Phantom Limbs, Pilar Corrias, London - UK

Dreams that money can't buy (Curated by Cura Magazine), MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome - IT

chatbots, tongues, denial, and various other abstractions (Curated by Jacob King), Bortolami Gallery, New York - US

Season Eight: Pierre Huyghe (Curated by Jenny Jaskey), The Artist's Institute, New York - US

International Women's Day, Night Gallery, Los Angeles - US

The Time Machine (The Survivors), (Curated by Cura Magazine), Cura Basement, Rome - IT

Love of Technology, curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Miami - US

12th Lyon Biennial - meanwhile, suddenly, and then, curated by Gunnar Kvaran, Le Sucriere, Lyon - FR

Freak Out, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York - US

ProBio, Expo1, curated by Josh Kline, MoMA PS1, New York - US

HMV, curated by Alex Shulan, Foxy Production, New York - US

EIN HAMMER AUF DEN KOPF KANN DIE SEELE VERLETZEN, curated by Adam Harrison, Volker Bradtke, Dusseldorf - DE

3D MODELS, curated by Dis, DisImages.com

A programming language, curated by Kari Rittenbach, Primary Work Surface, London - UK

A Disagreeable Object, curated by Ruba Katrib, Sculpture Center, New York - US

You told me the other night, West Street Gallery, New York - US

how to download a boyfriend, curated by Badlands Unlimited, iTunes Store

December, curated by Howie Chen, Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York - US

Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, Fisher Landau Center for Arts, New York - US



MFA Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York


BA Cognitive Science, BA Art Practice, UC Berkeley, Berkeley



Bad Corgi, Serpentine Galleries Digital Commission, a mindfulness app for iOS

3D MODELS looking for work, DisMagazine, with Preston Chaunsumlit

Liars - Brats, Liars, Mute, music video



Gianni Jetzer, Portrait Ian Cheng, Spike Art Quaterly, April Ben Vickers, Hermetic Engineering, Artforum, March

Ian Cheng, Interview Magazine, December

Arielle Bier, Review: Ian Cheng at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Frieze Magazine, November/December

Agnieszka Gratza, Critics' Picks: Emissary in the Squats of Gods, artforum.com, November

Matthew McLean, Review: Emissary Forks At Perfection, Art Agenda, November

Stephanie Bailey, Ian Cheng: Entropy Wrangler, Leap Magazine, September/October

Ian Cheng, Forking at Perfection, Mousse Magazine, May

Ian Cheng, Live Simulations, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Spector Books (publication)

Ian Cheng, Infinite Game of Thrones, Mousse Magazine, November

Ian Cheng, Ian Cheng, Artforum, Summer

Dylan Kerr, Ian Cheng, Bomb Magazine, October

Ian Cheng, Future Fictions, Frieze Magazine, June/August

Kari Rittenbach, Focus Interview: Ian Cheng, Frieze Magazine, May



Design Media Arts Lecture Series, University of California, Los Angeles - US

new art, flag art, good art, portal art, Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley - US

GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, London - UK

An Evening with Ian Cheng, Museum of Modern Art, New York - US

Open Score: Together in Electric Dreams, Rhizome, New York - US

New Ways to See: Digital Art Criticism Now, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York - US

Art + Science: Artificial Intelligence, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC - US


Seven on Seven, Rhizome, New Museum, New York - US Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor - US

International Film Festival, Rotterdam - NL

Migrating Forms, BAM, New York - US

Off The Air, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network - US New Director's Showcase, Cannes Lion

BUG, British Film Institute, Southbank, London - UK



The Award for Filmic Oeuvre, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris - FR

New Director's Showcase, Cannes Lion

Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grantee

Ninah and Michael Lynne Fellowship

Eisner Award for Film and Video, Berkeley Pacific Film Archive


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