Richard Kennedy (b.1985)

바드 대학교, 순수미술 석사, 미국 뉴욕주

리차드 케네디는 예술공연과 오페라 분야에서 다양한 의상과 무대디자인 경험을 통해 현대미술에도 관심을 가지게 되었다. 그가 작업에서 선보이는 페인팅, 조각, 비디오는 오페라의 각 요소와 장면을 해체하는 작가만의 과정이다. 희망, 갈망, 희극과 비극, 화려함, 파괴와 같은 요소는 형식이나 캔버스 표면에 텍스트로 표현된다. 케네디는 '관객이 없는 오페라' 시리즈에서 미국 사회에서 흑인 성 소수자로서의 경험을 그만의 언어로 표현하며, 관람객이 수동적으로 관람하는 형태인 서양 연극의 전통에 새로운 방안을 제시한다. 

리차드 케네디는 현대미술, 작곡, 오페라 작곡과 같은 다양한 장르의 예술분야에서 활동하고 있다. 미국 오하이오 미들타운 출신의 작가는 현재 독일 베를린에서 거주하며 작업하고 있다. 바드 대학교의 밀턴 에버리 인스티튜트에서 순수미술 석사학위를 수료하였고, 2019년에는 미국의 맥도웰 콜로니 와 마나 컨템포러리, 독일 오픈 포럼의 작가 레지던시 프로그램에 참여하였다. 같은 해 첫 개인전을 베를린 페레스 프로젝트에서 진행하였고, 이어서 서울의 Gallery 2에서 개인전을 개최하였다. 2020년 가을 파리의 팔레드도쿄에서 단체전을 앞두고 있으며, 뉴욕의 MoMA PS1, 더 셰드 (The Shed), 더 키친 (The Kitchen), 할렘 스튜디오 뮤지엄에서 솔로 퍼포먼스도 선보여왔다. 

Throughout the process of creating costumes and set designs for opera during his professional career in music and opera, Richard Kennedy was led to painting, sculpture and video, each depicting an opera deconstructed into its various parts. Hope, longing, tragedy, comedy, opulence and destruction each play a role, whether formally or through the texts which emerge from the heavily painted canvases and textiles. In an opera without an audience series, Richard Kennedy presents the opera through a language of African American and sexual minority experience. Kennedy aims to disrupt the tradition of Western Theatre, where the primary mode of engagement is through observation, in order to generate new participatory modes of viewership.

Richard Kennedy is an artist, experimental composer and librettist originally from Middletown, Ohio and currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. He received his MFA from the Milton Avery Institute at Bard College. Kennedy is a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow and recently completed residencies at Open Forum Berlin and Mana Contemporary. In 2019, Kennedy presented his solo exhibitions (G)hosting at Peres Project in Berlin and missed connections at Gallery 2 in Seoul. In 2020, Kennedy will participate in a group exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi. He has recently presented solo performance works at MoMA, The Shed, The Kitchen, The Studio Museum Harlem, BOFFO Performance Festival and Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions


missed connections, Johyun Gallery, Busan, KR

STREET PROPHECY, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE


missed connections, Gallery 2, Seoul. KR

(G)hosting, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

Group Exhibitions


Poetic Resonance, A.ROUND, Busan, Korea

TIME SHARE, Performa, curated by Job Piston, New Yorrk, US

Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR


Great Force, curated by Amber Esseiva, ICA, Richmond, US



Confessions of Professional Side Rich, The Kitchen, New York, US

HIR, Open Call, The Shed, New York, US

FREECESS: Cheers, Chants, & The Cha Cha Slide, MoMA, New York, US

Blood Fountain, with A.R.M, The Highline, New York, US


Mice Bruce, Bruce Nauman closing, MoMA PS1, New York, US

Young Gifted Black, Last Look, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, US

Fluxus Karaoke, Fluxus Festival, LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles, US

Scene Pain Movement Research, Movement Research Festival, New York, US


The Infinity Beach Suite, Performa 17 Biennial, New York, US

Both, Artists Space, New York, US

From Under Above, MoMA PS1, New York, US

The Incident Report with Ann Lauterbach, September Gallery, Hudson, US


Authority Figure, Knockdown Center, New York, US

Artifacts of an Invented Body, New York, US

Black Rage, SIGNAL, New York, US

Comeuppance, SIGNAL, New York, US

NO.k, Danspace, New York, US

Airport Music for Black Folk, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Brooklyn, US


Smoke & Mirror, Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, US

Feast Of the Broken Hearts Tour / Hercules & Love affair



Seent, Performance Space, New York City, US


From under above, MoMA PS1, New York, US

Index festival, Knockdown Center, New York, US


Cool 54 Below, Joes Pub, New York, US


Strange Meat, SuperChief Gallery, New York, US

Artist Residencies


Open Forum, Berlin, DE

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, US

Mana Contemporary, Newark, US


Otion Front Studio, Brooklyn, US

MFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US