MacArthur Fellows Program

Janine Antoni

Sculptor and Installation Artist | Class of 1998

Sculptor and Installation Artist
New York, New York
34 at time of award
Area of Focus
3-D Visual Art
Published July 1, 1998

About Janine's Work

Janine Antoni is an artist who combines sculpture and conceptual art to examine cultural preconceptions of social codes, identity, and gender roles.

Antoni uses a variety of media, some conventional, such as bronze, video, and photography, and some unconventional, such as chocolate, soap, hair coloring, and construction materials in her work. In Slumber, she combined the use of an electroencephalograph with a traditional loom. At night in an art gallery, she slept on a bed nestled inside a loom; by day, she wove a blanket according to the patterns of her dreams captured on the EEG. Her video and photography installations are characterized by humor and mystery, creating an experience for the viewer that is both visceral and intellectual.


Janine Antoni works independently in New York City. Antoni’s art has been featured in numerous prestigious group shows including the Whitney Biennial, Biennale di Venezia, the Istanbul Biennial, and in “Young Americans” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. She has had solo exhibitions in London, Dublin, New York City, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Antoni received a B.A. (1986) from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. (1989) from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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