Sterling Ruby (born 1972) is an American artist who works in a wide range of aesthetic and material strategies, from sculptures made of saturated, glossy, poured polyurethane, bronze and steel, to drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, spray-paint paintings, photography and video, as well as textile works that include quilts, tapestries, garments and soft sculptures.

He was born on an American military base in Bitburg, Germany to a Dutch mother and an American father. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Ruby has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies, urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, masculinity, violence, public art and civic monuments, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption.

Even as his work deals with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, and art history, it also reflects his personal biography. In his work, he vacillates between the fluid and static, the minimalist and expressionistic, the hard and the soft, the pristine and the defaced. His voracious cycling through materials and subject matter has given rise to numerous recurring series and extended bodies of work.

Ruby has exhibited at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Drawing Center, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; and Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy.

Public collections include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Tate Modern, London; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

In 2014, Ruby exhibited at the Taipei Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, and the Whitney Biennial. His work was included in the biennial MADE IN L.A. 2016 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Winterpalais, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria in 2016.


Born

January 1972, Bitburg, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Master of Fine Arts 2003-2005
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts 2000-2002
Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA 1992-1996

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
MIX PIZ, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Sterling Ruby, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, United States (cat.)

2016
THE JUNGLE, Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Germany
Sterling Ruby, Winterpalais, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
WORK WEAR: Garment and Textile Archive 2008-2016, Sprueth Magers, London, England

2015
STOVES, Kulm Hotel, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland
STOVES, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, (cat.)
PARIS, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France, (cat.)
PARIS, Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget, Paris, France, (cat.)
Study #8. Monument Stalagmite/P.T.A.C., David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England
Spray, Memory: Sterling Ruby & Mike Kelley, Inigo Philbrick, London, England
SCALES, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
ECLPSE, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)

2014
VIVIDS, Gagosian Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
BC RIPS, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
SUNRISE SUNSET, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, United States
STERLING RUBY, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, United States

2013
DROPPA BLOCKA, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium
CHRON II, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany, (traveling exhibition)
STOVES & QUILTS, Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
CHRON II, Fondazione MEMMO, Rome, Italy, (traveling exhibition)
SOFT WORK, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy, (traveling exhibition)
SP Paintings, Nahmad Contemporary, New York, NY, United States
Sterling Ruby—Selected Works, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Sterling Ruby, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, (cat.)
EXHM, Hauser & Wirth, London, England

2012
SOFT WORK, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, (traveling exhibition)
SOFT WORK, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, (traveling exhibition)
SOFT WORK, Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, (traveling exhibition)

2011
VAMPIRE, The Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
Sterling Ruby & Lucio Fontana, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE I CAN BE EXPLODED ANYTIME, Spru?th Magers, Berlin, Germany
PAINTINGS, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)

2010
Sterling Ruby, Ovitz Family Collection Project Space, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Metal Works, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
ASHTRAYS, Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
New Works, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Melanie Schiff and Sterling Ruby, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Long Live the Amorphous Law: Videos by Sterling Ruby 2002-2009, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, United States
2TRAPS, Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2009
Sterling Ruby & Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
The Masturbators, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Modern Mondays: An Evening with Sterling Ruby, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States

2008
SPECTRUM RIPPER, Spru?th Magers, London, England
GRID RIPPER, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, (cat.)
ZEN RIPPER, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
SUPERMAX 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
CHRON, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, United States, (cat.)
Kiln Works, Metro Pictures, New York, NY, United States

2007
Slasher Posters & Pillow Works, Bernier Eliades, Athens, Greece
Paintings & Benches, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Killing the Recondite, Metro Pictures, New York, NY, United States
Superoverpass, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United Statess

2006
Interior Designer, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recombines, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
SUPERMAX 2006, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany

2005
SUPERMAX 2005, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA, United States
This Range, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY, United States
Adjoining the Voids: Sterling Ruby & Kirsten Stoltmann, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
New Work, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United Statess

2004
Interior Burnout, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
Disintegrating Identities Morph into One Solid Rainbow, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States

2003
Free Association Always Ends Up with Pelvic Mirroring, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
The Dior Years, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre, Paris, France
99 Cents, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, United States
Oracle, The Broad, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Selections from the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby, Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, United States
BUILD, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, United States
Concrete Island, VENUS, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Age of Ambiguity: Abstract Figuration / Figurative Abstraction, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland (cat.)

2016
To Have and to Hold, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, United States
The Return of Darkness: Gothic Fantasy for Frankenstein, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States
MOVED, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Bloody Hell, Edward Ressle Gallery, New York, NY, United States
My Abstract World, me Collectors Room / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Adhesive Products, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
THE PUBLIC BODY .01, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Omul Negru, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States (traveling exhibition)
Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile, VENUS, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Milk of the Poppy, Capital, San Francisco, CA, United States
Fierce Generosity: The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Memorial Exhibition, Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA, United States (cat.)
Mount Analogue: A Show of Symbolically Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing, Performance Ski, Aspen, CO, United States
Collector's Summer #1, Galerie Cristophe Gaillard, Paris, France
Good Dreams, Bad Dreams - American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (cat.)
Omul Negru, Cantacuzino Palace, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania (cat.) (traveling exhibition)
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, United States (cat.)
Sèvres Outdoors 2016, Sèvres - Cité de la céramique, Sèvres, France (cat.)
La Mia Ceramica, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, France (cat.)
LEXICON, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France (cat.)
Ship of Fools, Video Databank TV, Chicago, IL, United States
What's Up, Soho Revue, London, England
A Whisper of Where It Came From, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, United States
Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Nice Weather, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Reveal the Rats, The Pit, Glendale, CA, United States (cat.)
Stars & Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga; Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Morwell; Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, Australia (cat.) (traveling exhibition)
Material Considerations, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States

2015
The Shape of Time, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Beverly Hills 20-Year Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, 1995-2015, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Good for Nothing (Cracks in the Mirror), GOODROOM, Munich, Germany
New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, (cat.)
Losing the Compass, White Cube, London, England
Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Monday Me, Soccer Club Club (Drag City), Chicago, IL, United States
Surface Tension, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, United States
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
AMERICANAESOTERICA, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, (cat.)
Civilization and Its Discontents: SAIC 150th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Selections from 1985–2015, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States
Theories on Forgetting, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Être Chose (Being Thing), Treignac Projet and the Centre d’art de Vassiviere, île de Vassivière, France
Esprit Dior, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul, South Korea, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Sprayed: Works from 1929 to 2015, Gagosian Gallery, London, England, (cat.)
The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
“Z-ing”, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Line, London, England
The Melting Point of Reason, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College for the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Stars & Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton; Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney; Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra; Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, Australia, (traveling exhibition)
Selected Sculptures, Riva Project, Brussels, Belgium
Bound to Be Held: A Book Show, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, United States
West Coast, Lefebvre & Fils Gallery, Paris, France
Meet Me Halfway: Selections from the Anita Reiner Collection, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY, United States
COOL – As a State of Mind, MAMO, Centre d’Art de La Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France
Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Boston, United States
Chromophobia, Gagosian Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Obsession, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Matters of Pattern, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, United States
EAGLES II, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2014
Beneath the Surface, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, FL, United States
Esprit Dior, Tamaya AS Building, Tokyo, Japan, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Secret Passions: Private Flemish Collections, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France, (cat.)
One Man’s Trash (is Another Man’s Treasure), Danjuma Collection, London, England
Stars & Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, Australia, (traveling exhibition)
FIRE!, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY, United States
Taipei Biennial 2014: The Great Acceleration, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
The Los Angeles Project, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, South Korea, (cat.)
Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Summer Highlights, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Love Story – The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria, (cat.)
Infinite Jest, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, (cat.)
Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, United States, (cat.)
Room by Room: Monographic Presentations from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, United States
1 + 1 = 1. When Collections Collide. The Musée d’art contemporain at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum

2013
Summer in Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Looking at Process, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, FL, United States
California Landscape into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States, (cat.)
Abstraction/Figuration, Inigo Philbrick, London, England
Somos Libres, MATE, Asociación Mario Testino, Lima, Peru, (cat.)
Island, Dairy Art Centre, London, England
ANAMERICANA, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Esprit Dior, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, (cat.)
t-shirts, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Dead Inside, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY, United States
Why Not Live for Art? II: K.N. Collection, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Transforming the Known, Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Back To Earth. From Picasso to Ai Weiwei – Rediscovering Ceramics in Art, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumunster, Germany
EXPO 1: NEW YORK, Cinema Module, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, United States
The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil
Contemporary Future: To Invent, Create and Imagine the Future, CAB Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
An Endless Theatre: the convergence of contemporary art and anthropology in observational cinema, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, England
Fun House, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Beg, Borrow and Steal, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, United States, (traveling exhibition)
Black Cake, Team Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2012
Pothole, Salon 94, New York, NY, United States
Cellblock I & II, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
California, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Spheres 2012, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Crossing Mirrors, Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
Americas, Modern Collections, London, England
Sõida tasa ule silla (ride gently over the bridge), ART IST KUKU NU UT, Tartu, Estonia
The Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the Present, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, United States
The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
Prima Materia, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Spring Fever, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain, (cat.)
Material, Salon 94, New York, NY, United Statess

2011
American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (cat.)
WYSIWYG—What You(ngs) See Is What You Get, Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
Structure & Absence, White Cube, London, England, (cat.)
New Works in Ceramics, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, (cat.)
Eslöv Wide Shut: 100 year Anniversary of Eslöv, Blomsterberg’s Warehouse, Eslöv, Sweden, (cat.)
Soft Machines, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States
George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown), Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Lustwarande ’11 – Raw, Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands, (cat.)
Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York, NY, United States
Silence and Time, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, United States
The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Greater L.A., SoHo Loft (483 Broadway), New York, NY, United States
Dystopia, CAPC Musee D’Art Contemporain De Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, (cat.)
After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, Bowery, New York, NY, United States
New York Minute, The Garage: Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia, (traveling exhibition)
At Capacity: Large Scale Works from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, Jepson Center, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Artprojx Cinema, SVA Theatre, New York, NY, United States
California Dreamin’—Myths and Legends of Los Angeles, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
Highways Connect and Divide, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
13th San Francisco Indie Fest, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, CA, United States

2010
Aftermath, Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
28th Torino Film Festival: Waves, Museo Nazionale Del Cinema, Torino, Italy
It’s All American, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, Wickatunk, NJ, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, The Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
P.P.P.-Public Private Paintings, Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium
The Transformation Show, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, United States
Painting Extravaganza, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
Misericordia, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States, (cat.)
Rive Gauche/Rive Droite, Marc Jancou Contemporary, Paris, France, (cat.)
Carl Andre, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, Michel François, Adam Fuss, Antony Gormley, Evan Holloway, Thomas Houseago, Alessandro Pessoli, Jack Pierson & Sterling Ruby, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Psychotrope, Institute of Visual Arts (Inova), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, United States
Ceramic & Alabaster, Fukutake House 2010—Art Galleries Around the World & Special Project, Setouchi International Art Festival, Megijima, Japan, (cat.)
Arte 10, Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal
Endless Bummer/Surf Elsewhere, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Pencil Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Carol Bove / Sterling Ruby / Dana Schutz, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Permanent Mimesis: An Exhibition on Realism and Simulation, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy, (cat.)
Spray!, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Rethinking Location: Anytime Anywhere Everything, Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Germany
New Art for a New Century: Recent Acquisitions 2000-2009, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Melanie Schiff and Sterling Ruby, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Permanent Trouble: Art from the Collection Kopp Munich, East German Art Forum Gallery, Regensburg, Germany, (cat.)
Supernature: An Exercise in Loads, AMP, Athens, Greece
Suitable Video: Works form the Suitable Exhibitions Archive, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, United States
Long Live the Amorphous Law: Videos by Sterling Ruby 2002-2009, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, United States
The Quiet Edition, White Slab Palace, New York, NY, United States

2009
Beg, Borrow, and Steal, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
California Maximalism: Sticking a Spike into the Vein of Memory, Nyehaus, New York, NY, United States
Cave Painting, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY, United States
New Photography 2009, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Why Painting Now?, Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
Second Nature, The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer Museum, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Dirt on Delight, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY, United States
Works on View, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Five, Baibakov Art Projects, Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia, (cat.)
Modern Mondays: An Evening with Sterling Ruby, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
Beaufort 03, Art by the Sea, Ostend, Belgium
Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (traveling exhibition), (cat.)
In Bed Together, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Breaking New Ground Underground, Stonescape, Calistoga, CA, United States
Nothingness and Being, Seventh Interpretation of La Colección Jumex, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

2008
The Station, The Station, Miami, FL, United States
Endless Summer, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, United States
Base: Object, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Begin Again Right Back Here, White Columns, New York, NY, United States
If You Destroy the Image You Destroy the Thing Itself, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, (cat.)
NOW: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, United States
Stray Alchemists, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, (cat.)
Substraction, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, United States
Skat Players, Vilma Gold, London, England

2007
Fearful Objects, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
New Acquisitions 2, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX, United States
Uneasy Angel/Imagine Los Angeles, Sprueth Magers, Munich, Germany
Circumventing the City, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, United States
SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, United States
Dark Mirror, Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
I Want to Believe, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
The Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Material Photographs, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL, United States
Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, United States
Raise High The Roof Beam, Rainbo Club, Chicago, IL, United States

2006
Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (cat.)
LA Trash and Treasure, Miliken Galerie, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States, (cat.)
Only The Paranoid Survive, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY, United States
Into Black, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA, United States
Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, United States
Behind the Pedestal, Jonathan Viner, London, England
Back From the End of the Earth, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany

2005
All the Pretty Corpses, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States
VOICEOVERS AND GUEST STARS, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Pantagruel Syndrome: T1 Turin Triennial Threemuseums, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy, (cat.)
SINISTER, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, United States
Fast Forward: A Passion for the New, House of Campari, Venice, CA, United States
Richard Aldrich, Anne Collier, Sophie von Hellermann, Roger Hiorns, Evan Holloway, Luisa Lambri, Jason Meadows, Sterling Ruby, Frances Stark, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Sugartown, Elizabeth Dee Gallery and Participant Inc, New York, NY, United States
5 X U, Team Gallery, New York, NY, United States
RESONANCE, Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploding Plastic Inevitable: 40 Fun Galleries, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY, United States
Excessive Projections / Projections of Excess, Open Screen CAA: New Media Caucus, Atlanta, GA, United States
Richard Aldrich, Olivia Booth, Brian Fahlstrom, Carrie Gundersdorf, Daniel Hesidence, Candace Nycz, Sterling Ruby, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA, United States
GEO, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States

2004
21st Kasseler Documentary Film and Video Festival, Filmladen Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Face-Off, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, United States
Dark Side of the Sun, Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
Imitations of Life, De Balie Cinema, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Infinite Fill Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Chicago Expérimental, Les Musees de Strasbourg-Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Tapestry from an Asteroid, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Depression: What Is It Good For? , Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL, United States
Signal and Noise Festival 2004, Video In Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada
VARIED MARKS: Contemporary Drawings and Works on Paper, Moser Performing Arts Center, mUniversity of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, United States

2003
Material Eyes, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY, United States
When Darkness Falls, Midway Contemporary Art, Saint Paul, MN, United States, (traveling exhibition)
When Darkness Falls, UIC College of Architecture, Design & Arts, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, United States, (traveling exhibition)
See How The Land Lies, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, United States
Blinky 2: The Screening, Tate Britain, London, England
Behind the Pedestal, The Bower Gallery, San Antonio, TX, United States
Hysterical Pastoral, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, United States
Chicago’s Own: New Work by Jennifer Reeder and Sterling Ruby, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL, United States
Video Mundi, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, United States
Subtle, Not So Subtle, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
Fiction In Video, WORM, Nighttown Theater, Rotterdam, Netherlands
America Annihilates Consciousness, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Curatorial Projects

2014
Sarah Conaway & Melanie Schiff, Taka Ishii Gallery Modern, Tokyo, Japan
TRAINS, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United State

2011
Selections: Morris, Trockel, Holzer + Pink,, Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Germany

2007
Post Rose: Artists in and out of the Hazard Park Complex, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

2005
Autonomy, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States

 

Collaboration and Special Projects

2017
Calvin Klein Showroom and Look Space, Calvin Klein 205 W 39 NYC, NY, United States

2016
L.A. Dance Project: Murder Ballades, Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC, United States (traveling exhibition)

2015
L.A. Dance Project: Murder Ballades, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA, United States, (traveling exhibition)
Family Dynamic: Sterling Ruby, Melanie Schiff and Family, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2014
Basilica SoundScape, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY, United States
L.A. Dance Project: Murder Ballades, The Theatre, Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, United States; Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France; Opéra Berlioz, Montpellier, France; La Coursive, La Rochelle, France; Théâtre de l’Olivier, Istres, France; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY, United States, (traveling exhibition)
Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby FW 2014, Paris, France

2012
Christian Dior FW 2012-2013, Paris, France

2011
Tresspass Parade, West of Rome Public Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2009
RSSR, Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby Collaborative Denim Line

2008
Raf Simons Store, Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan