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Nikita Gale

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Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, Alaska; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 and a BA from Yale University in 2006.  Gale’s work applies the lenses of material culture and sound studies to consider how authority is negotiated within political, social, and economic systems. Gale has had solo exhibitions at California African-American Museum, Los Angeles (2021); MoMA PS1, New York (2020); Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin (2019); Reyes Finn, Detroit, MI (2019); 56 Henry, New York (2018); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2018); Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles (2017); and PARMER, New York (2014). Recent group exhibitions have been held at The Lobster, New York (2020); Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); CUE Art Foundation, New York (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Ceysson and Bénétière, Paris, France (2018); Studio Museum, New York (2017); LUX, London, UK (2017); LA><ART, Los Angeles (2016); and EFA Project Space, New York (2014). Nikita serves on the Board of Directors for Grex, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. Gale is the recipient of the FOCAFellowship (2021); Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2017); the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCLA, (2016); the National Endowment for the Arts Southern Constellations Fellowship (2013); and has had residencies at the Fountainhead, Miami, FL (2019); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (2011-14) and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY (2011).