Nancy Lupo

born 1983 in Flagstaff, USA. LA -artist Nancy Lupo intentionally manipulates and combines different materials in her artistic practice. She explores the nature of everyday objects and highlights the existence of sculptures that already exist in their environment but often go unnoticed. Her installations and objects incorporate familiar objects such as furniture, dog bowls, and trash cans, shifting their perception and inviting a reevaluation of the objects they encounter. By challenging traditional sculpture, her works serve as "activators" that subvert the interplay between physical space and subjective perception. Her works have been shown internationally at venues like the Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; the Oxygen Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Tbilisi; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; the Sydney Gallery; the Los Angeles Public Art Triennial, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the Visual Arts Center University of Texas, Austin; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the MAC Lyon; the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Atlanta Contemporary; The Swiss Institute, New York; the Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles and the MoMA PS1, New York.

Gallery exhibitions

Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower at Jan Kaps, Cologne
Golden Shower
03 Sep – 21 Nov 2021
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Nancy Lupo, The Square at Noon bis at Jan Kaps, Cologne
The Square at Noon bis
11 Apr – 22 Jun 2019
Jan Kaps, Cologne

Institutional exhibitions

Nancy Lupo, In Prima Persona Plurale at MACRO, Rome
In Prima Persona Plurale
27 Apr – 24 Sep 2023
Nancy Lupo, Nancy Lupo: Scripts for the Pageant at Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego
Nancy Lupo: Scripts for the Pageant
21 Nov 19 – 15 Mar 2020
Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego
Nancy Lupo, Made in LA at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Made in LA
03 Jun – 02 Sep 2018
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Nancy Lupo, Bench 2016 at Dodge Caravan License Plate 7kaa008, Los Angeles
Bench 2016
02 May – 19 Jun 2016
Dodge Caravan License Plate 7kaa008, Los Angeles
Nancy Lupo, Parent and Parroting at Swiss Institute, New York
Parent and Parroting
13 Mar – 10 Apr 2016
Swiss Institute, New York
Nancy Lupo, The Third Badger at 1857, Oslo
The Third Badger
04 Sep – 11 Oct 2015
1857, Oslo
Nancy Lupo, Taster's Choice at MoMA PS1, New York
Taster's Choice
23 Mar – 26 May 2014
MoMA PS1, New York
Nancy Lupo, Open Mouth at Pershing Square, Los Angeles
Open Mouth
from 05 Oct 2019
Pershing Square, Los Angeles



Lives and works in Los Angeles Born 1983, Flagstaff, AZ


A Reflection on the Sublime, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (Group)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Max Payday, Móran Móran, Polanco, Mexico City

2022 Dying Play, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles The Failure of the Imaginative Cafe Players, Jeffrey Stark, New York

2021 Golden Shower, Jan Kaps, Cologne

2020 Beat Me Bite Me Whip Me Fuck Me, Sydney Gallery, Sydney Teller, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles

2019 Scripts for the Pageant, MCA San Diego, San Diego The Square at Noon bis, Jan Kaps, Cologne The Square at Noon, Visual Arts Center University of Texas, Austin

2018 No Country for Old Men, Antenna Space, Shanghai

2017 All Always Already, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles

2016 Parent and Parroting, The Swiss Institute, New York

2015 The Third Badger, 1857, Oslo Not S.A.D., Wallspace, New York

2014 Old Zoo Food, LAXART, Los Angeles

2013 Hats and Balls, Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn

2012 PET, Reynolds’s Gallery, Richmond

2010 A Desire to Learn Esperanto: Having a Thing to do with Esperanto, Ballantine Beer, both or neither, curated by Olivian Cha, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 In Prima Persona Plurale, MACRO, Rome Something or Other, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich Tsinamdzgvrishvili 49 / Mazniashvili 10, LC Queisser, Tbilisi Dirt Bag, Coastal Signs, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa, NZ

2022 Destiny Cornucopia, Veda, Florence In Heat Wind Wounds Holes, LC Queisser, Tbilisi

2021 Happy Mechanics, Hollybush Gardens, London Autohaus St. Marx, Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna Rites of Passage, Oxygen Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Tiblisi Antwerp, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Lichtenfels Sculpture, Ruine Lichtenfels, AT-Friedersbach

2019 Open Mouth: Pershing Square, Los Angeles Public Art Triennial, Los Angeles

2018 Made in L.A., (curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Grand Opening (Summer Rhapsody), (curated by KURA), Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan Fences & Windows, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London Pond and Waterfall, (organised by Julia Trotta), The Gallery at Michael’s, Santa Monica (a.) Orality; or, a general assembly on delay, Jan Kaps, Cologne The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, (curated by Andrew Berardini and Chris Sharp), Lulu, Mexico City

2017 Camille Henrot: Days are Dogs, Palais de Tokyo, Paris Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours, (curated by Margot Norton), Reykjavík The Forecast, (curated by Laura McLean-Ferris), Croy Nielsen, Vienna Cells, Marianne Boesky, New York Los Angeles – A Fiction, MAC Lyon

2016 Los Angeles – A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo When Did Intimacy Begin Width, (curated by Torey Thornton), Jeffery Stark, New York The Poet, The Critic, and the Missing, (curated by Lauren Mackler), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles It Can Howl, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta

2015 Assisted, (curated by Jessica Stockholder), Kavi Gupta, Chicago Our Lacustrine Cities, (curated by Laura McLean-Ferris), Chapter NY, New York I Am Attracted None The Less..., Casey Kaplan, New York A New Rhythm: Charles Atlas, Benjamin Carlson, Nancy Lupo, Silke Otto-Knapp, Park View, Los Angeles Apple of Earth, High Art, Paris

2014 Musique Concrète, Michael Thibault, Los Angeles Rockaway!, MoMA PS1, New York Light Night, (curated by Kristina Kite), Wallspace, New York Mineral Spirit, Laurel Gitlen, New York LITTLE MESSAGES FOR MODERN SHUT-INS, curated by Olivian Cha and Eli Diner, Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles Taster’s Choice, curated by Christopher Lew, MoMA PS1, Queens The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, CLEARING, New York

2013 As We Had All Been Flesh Together, Now We Were Mist, curated by K. Chung, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Nancy Lupo, Asha Schechter, Brendan Fowler and Trevor Schmizu, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles CULM, curated by Sayre Gomez and J. Patrick Walsh III, Night Gallery, Los Angeles A Round World Distorts a Flat Map, curated by Isaac Resnikoff, Lot in Highland Park, Los Angeles - Homes & Gardens, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles Works Sited Reprise, Cleopatras, Brooklyn

2012 On Walls, organized by Nancy Lupo, VCU FAB Gallery, Richmond