about

Brian Zegeer was born in Lexington, KY. His works encounter the Appalachian and Lebanese landscapes of his parentage as highly-charged networks of belonging and collective hallucination. Zegeer believes that the process of stop-motion animation can awaken the quiet narratives embedded in a place.

Zegeer worked with archivists and community groups to recover the story of the Manhattan’s Little Syria and the early 20th Century literary movement that blossomed there. He recently completed a 2-year residency at the Queens Museum, examining this history against the backdrop of Robert Moses’ transformative vision for the city, and his role in the Little Syria community’s displacement.


CV

Brian Zegeer

Education

2010 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2005 MFA University of Pennsylvania

2001  BFA University of NC Greensboro

Selected Exhibitions / Screenings

2021

Endless State, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, https://www.endlessstate.work/ 

The Time Being, Tussle Projects, https://www.tusslemagazine.com/the-time-being

2020

Roadside Picnic: Brian Zegeer and Naomi Nakazato, two-person exhibition, Field Projects

A Sphinx: On the Hwang-Zegeer Macrobiome, wall installation, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn

Death Cafe: Hotpot Edition, Companion Video in collaboration with Heidi Lau, BRIC Media

Friendly Ghost, curated by Juiceboxx Projects, Miriam Gallery

2019

Billboard Commission, SaveArtSpace, Brooklyn

The Spectral Within, 5-50 Gallery, NY

Domestic Ecologies, Mitte Project Space, NY 

2018 

Faculty Exhibition, Marymount Manhattan College

2017

Near & Dear, Curated by Carrie Moyer,  Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts , NY

Little Gods, mixed-media performance with Baby Copperhead, I-Beam, NY

2016

The Flat Files: Year 4, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, NY 

Threaded Archetypes, NARS Foundation, NY

2015

The Museum Imagined, Curated by Lilly Wei, Danese/Corey Gallery, NY

World is New, Curated by Yin Ho and Andrew Prayzner , Space Available, NY

Artist in the Marketplace Biennial, Bronx Museum of Art, NY

Studio Program Exhibition, Queens Museum, NY

Little Syria Parade, Commissioned by Edge of Arabia for the 2015 Armory Show, NY

2014

Good Job, Everybody, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, NY

2013

Scene:Brooklyn Film Festival, Group Screening, Union Docs, NY 

do it (outside), Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Performance, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY

2012

In Search of… ,Traveling Group show, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle, Museum Biennial, Queens Museum, NY

2011   

Gameshow, Group show, Florida International University, Miami, Fl 

Into the Woods, Video Screening, Regina Rex, Queens, NY 

Shellgame, Two-Person Exhibition with Caleb Nussear, Local Project, Queens, NY

Futuro Perfecto, Group Exhibition, Curated by Anthony Allen and Katayoun Vaziri, Zora Space, Brooklyn, NY  

ESP TV Episode #1, Group Screening, Louis V. ESP Gallery and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Brooklyn

2010

Compostion/Entropy, Two-Person Exhibition with Antonio Serna, Vizkult / Transiant Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania 

 Drawing Blood,  Group Exhibition, curated by Kathleen Smith, Work Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

Meteor in the Mirror Cloud, Three-Person Exhibition with Caleb Nussear and Elizabeth Cooper, St. Cecilia’s Convent, Brooklyn, NY

Geometry and Gesture, Group Exhibition, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NY 

Moving Paper, Group Exhibition, Museum of Art and Design, NY 

2009

Will It Happen?,  Group Exhibition, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NY 

2008

Kraj Majales, Solo Exhibition,  Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY 

Avatar Atavistic, Group Exhibition, curated by Andrew Prayzner, Vaudeville Park,  Brooklyn, NY 

SLIDE RULZ II: $$$, Group Screening , curated by Tova Carlin, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY

Filmideo, Group Screening, Red Saw Gallery, Newark, NJ

In Praise of Apathy!, 2008, Two-Person Exhibition with Matt Neff, Bebe Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Natural Selection, Group Exhibittion, Maryland Art Place ,  Baltimore, MA 

Starting From Goo, 2008, Group Exhibition, Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia 

2007

Contemporary Videos, Group Screening,  Curated by Delmira Valladares, Jersey City Museum , Jersey City

SLIDE RULZ 1: BRING HOME THE BACON, Group Screening , curated by Tova Carlin, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY 

23 Degrees, Group Exhibition, Icebox Project Space , Philadelphia, PA 

Fever Pitch, Group Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 

2005

Voxenniel, Group Exhibition, Vox Populi Galley, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2016

Panel Discussion Moderator, “Underserving Syria”, Queens Museum 

2015

Assistant Professor, Marrymount Manhattan College, 2015-Present

2013

Co-Host, Segment Producer, I Ran into Iran, Creative Time Reports/ Six Pillars to Persia September 2013 – 2015 , NY, London

2012

Assistant Professor, Laguardia Community College, 2012-Present  

2009

Curator, VideoVaudeville, video art series for Manhattan Neighborhood Network, 2009-2010, NY 

2008

Co-creator, performer, Pull My Daisy, Collaborative Animation and Sound performance series with Baby Copperhead, 2008-present, NY, touring

Art Critic, Timeout NY, 2008-2009

2007

Co-founder, Co-director, Vaudeville Park, Performance and Exhibition space , 2007-2012 , Brooklyn, NY 

Panelist, Re-inventing the Miniature  | School of Visual Arts | 2007 | NY, NY 

Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Residencies and Awards

2016

BRIC Arts Media Fellowship

2015

Best Video Art Production, 3rd i Awards, Alwans for the Arts  

2014

Queens Museum Artist-in-Residence , Queens, NY, 2014 – 2016

Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY 

2013

Flockhouse Resident, NY

2010

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,  Maine

2008

Center For Emerging Visual Artists Travel Grant, Philadelphia

2005

University of Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowship, Philadelphia

2004

Vermont Student Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT 

Publications

“Brian Zegeer: Porous Identities”, Interview with Etty Yaniv, Artspiel, April 5, 2021, https://artspiel.org/brian-zegeer-porous-identities/

“Death Cafe:Hotpot Edition”, Editor’s Pick, Artnet, April 7, 2020, https://news.artnet.com/art-world/editors-picks-april-27-2020-1840047

“Near & Dear”, Artforum Critics’ Picks, October 2017 https://www.artforum.com/picks/near-dear-71471

“Queens Museum Studio Program”, Interview, Queens Museum, 2016,  https://vimeo.com/171462667