kyle goen

These Are
My Brothers:
Ayotzinapa 43

Black Lives Matters Banners

Who's Chelsea Manning?

Flags of Iraq

Dawson's Field

United We Stand Stand

We Are The 99%

The Voice That Arms
Itself To Be Heard

Altar of Hope
and Fear

Elect A Madman
You Get Madness

Brought to You By

Seal of the President

Homes & Gardens

John Walker Lindh
Tea Towels


News Drawings

By All Means Necessary

The King of Pop

By A Jury of
One's Peers

Manifest: Justice?
Group Show

Los Angeles May 2 - May 10, 2015 Mon-Fri: 6-10 Sat & Sun: 10-4 & 6-10

3741 S. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90016

After learning of the grand jury's decision to not indict Daniel Pantaleo, Smack Mellon postponed a planned exhibition in order to respond to the continued failure of the United States to protect its black citizens from police discrimination and violence. In order to channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change, Smack Mellon's gallery space will be used to present events, performances and artworks that affirm that black lives matter, express frustration and anger with the institutional racism that enables law enforcement to kill black members of the community with impunity, and imagine creative solutions and visionary alternatives to a broken justice system.

Over 600 artists working at all levels and in all media submitted work for the large exhibition that serves as the focal point of RESPOND. More than 200 voices of artists living across the country and internationally from seven countries were selected and will be represented in sculpture, video, and two-dimensional work—including emerging artists, mid-career artists, and young people exhibiting side-by-side.

Exhibiting Artists: Atikur Abdul, Derrick Adams, Doba Afolabi, Eozen Agopian, All Hands on Deck, Ben Altman, Albert Areizaga, Andrea Arroyo, Carole Ashley, Ron Baron, Amanda Barragry, Kimberly Becoat, Anthea Behm, Allison Behrstock, Daniel Bejar, Guy Ben-Ari, Jesus Benavente, Nina Berman, Sanford Biggers, Tom Bogaert, Patricia Brace, Faith Briggs, Michael Paul Britto, Elliott Brown, Melissa Calderon, Luisa Caldwell, Crystal Z Campbell, David Cassidy, Colin Chase, Bivas Chaudhuri, Mel Chin, William Claps, Tim Clifford, Tracy Collins, William Cordova, Brandon Cox, Molly Crabapple, Carla Cubit, Damien Davis, André LeRoy Davis, Sophia Dawson, Sharon De La Cruz, Rosetta DeBerardinis, Joseph DeLappe, Esteban del Valle, Elizabeth Dorbad, Luba Drozd, Oasa DuVerney, Alexander Dwinell, Louise Eastman, Melissa Eder, Savior Elmundo, Nicky Enright, Liz Ensz, Stevenson Estimé, Sarah Farahat, Danielle Faulkner, Nona Faustine, Felipe Galindo, Rico Gatson, Daniel Giles, Jessica Goehring, Kyle Goen, Tami Gold, Shane Gooding, Kearra Gopee, Risha Gorig, Morgan Green, Emily Greenberg, Sanae Guerin, Ronald Hall, Ryan Hanson, Carla Jay Harris, Christopher Harrison, Heather Hart, Sharon Hayes, Mary Henderson, Rohan Henry, YK Hong, Germaine "Coco" Howard, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Akiko Ichikawa, Tomashi Jackson, Shani Jamila, Steffani Jemison, Olalekan Jeyifous, Ann Johnson, Leon Johnson, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Olivia Johnston, Ayesha Jordan, David Joseph Jr, Dana Kane, Gautam Kansara, Kylene Kasch, Jerry Kearns, Coby Kennedy, Leslie Kerby, Basil Kincaid, Noelle King, Nsenga Knight, Mensa Kondo, Sandra Koponen, Anthony Lee, JC Lenochan, Jeremy Levine, Lmnopi, Dave Loewenstein, Vidho Lorville, Miguel Luciano, Wolf Luman, Kara Lynch, Jason Maas, Nina Macintosh, Maya Mackrandilal, Rhasaan Manning, Christina Massey, Rose Materdomini, Bud McNichol, Myra Miller, Al Miller, Amaris Modesto, Mario Moore, Ti-Rock Moore, Nyeema Morgan, Margaret Murphy, NCA 2nd Period Dance Class, Doris Neidl, NYC Solidarity with Palestine, Christopher Oates, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Shaw Osha, Zakiya Owens, Mario Padilla, Kwan Taeck Park, Jason Patterson, Jessica Ann Peavy, Joshua Peters, Andrew Phan, Mary Pinto, Terrance Pitts, Jenny Polak, Carol Quint, Sarah Quinter, Issa Randall, Kameelah Rasheed, Nadine Renazile, Ayla Rexroth, Roberto Rischmaui, Shellyne Rodriguez, Benjamin Rojas, Margaret Roleke, Bayete Ross Smith, Russ Rowland, Jaffia Royes, Jude Rubenstein, Cynthia Ruse, Ashleigh Sampson, Sarah Sandman, Romulo Sans, Mariel Santana, Sol Sax, Cesali Scarola, Dread Scott, Jean Seestadt, Jessica Segall, Beldan Sezen, Rudy Shepherd, Greg Sholette, Kim Sillen, Jeffrey Sims, Monifa Skerritt-Perry, Sable Smith, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, Fedele Spadafora, Savannah Spirit, Kurt Steger, Preach Sun, Dan Tague, Megan Tatem, Mirland Terlonge, Hank Willis Thomas, Ebony Thompson, Melissa Vandenberg, Kelly Vetter, Dareece Walker, Jordan Weber, Leila Weefur, Daryl Wells, Nafis White, Michelle Williams, Divine Williams, JB Wilson, Spencer Wolff, Jave Yoshimoto, Or Zubalsky + H??ng Ngô, Sarah Zucker


Smack Mellon's current Studio Artists Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott worked with Smack Mellon staff as lead organizers of RESPOND.

Smack Mellon's 5,000 square foot gallery is being provided to community organizers, activists, artists, writers and performers to organize, collaborate, speak, perform, teach, lead and act.

Events will continue to be planned and presented throughout the run of the exhibition. A calendar of events will be updated regularly on our website,

Smack Mellon

92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Who's Chelsea Manning?
Dumbo Arts Festival 2013

Opening: Friday September 27th 6pm – Sunday September 29th 6pm.

Location: Water Street, Btwn Main and Washington Streets, Brooklyn NY 11201

Now that the face of court-martialed Private Manning, with army cap askew, has been splashed on the front pages fewer people need to ask, Who’s Chelsea Manning? But who is Chelsea, really?

Artist Kyle Goen created 1,600 transparent colored flags, in reference to the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. White House address, to make up the installation "Who’s Chelsea Manning?". The installation will appear, from afar, as a mammoth pixelated image of that famous face and cap, hanging across Water Street as part of this year's DUMBO Arts Festival, September 27, 28 & 29, 2013.

Got the Message? - fifty years of political posters
Curated by Geoffrey J. Wallis

Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350 Australia

March 02, - April 14, 2013
Ian Potter Foundation Gallery
Admission: Free

This exhibition showcases some of the most artistically arresting posters created in Australia and internationally which have engaged with critical social issues of our time such as war, racism, sexism, AIDS, environmental destruction, nuclear proliferation, consumerism, and political leadership.

Got the Message? surveys the field of social and political posters over the last 50 years, from 1960s protest posters through to contemporary works when the printed word and image is being strongly challenged by new social media.

The exhibition includes work by internationally renowned artists and designers including Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Tomi Ungerer, Klaus Staeck, Moichi Umemura, Yossi Lemel, Maciej Urbanic, Lex Drewinski, and Henryk Tomaszewski. There will also be important posters by John Lennon/Yoko Ono, Keith Haring, Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey and feminist warriors the Guerrilla Girls.

While the exhibition focuses on the 1970s and 80s when Australian poster collectives were tackling the pressing issues of that era, it will also include significant posters from the new generation of Australian graphic designers and artists employing digital technology and other media in their quest to reach more hearts and minds.

It will include a strong contingent of highly-charged international posters, few of which have been seen in Australia before. There will be large and representative groups of posters relating to the Vietnam War (USA), May 1968 (France), 'Solidarity' (Poland), Chinese Cultural Revolution, and Amnesty International, as well as to more recent outbreaks of dissent such as the Occupy movement.

Photographic documentation of selected posters in situ and a range of other protest media will provide an essential backdrop to the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by a comprehensive illustrated catalogue which explores the essential history and social context in which these images were created and examines the future of the poster, the role of humour and the problematic function of propaganda and ideology. It will also discuss the social role that posters can play in our digital age.

Dawson's Field
New Painting by Kyle Goen

September 27th - October 27th 2012

126 Front Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Opening Reception
Thursday September 27th from 6-9pm
With a performance by Heavy Birds and beats by Sonny Choo.

Cultural Transference
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor New York NY 10018

June 15 - July 27, 2012

Opening Reception Friday,
June 15, 6-8pm
Closing event/reception,
Friday, July 27, 6-8 pm

Curator: Sara Reisman

Artists: Firelei Baez, Matthew Cowan, Hubert Czerepok, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Pablo Helguera, Christopher K. Ho, Yoko Inoue, LoVid, Umesh Maddanahalli, Dread Scott and Kyle Goen, Allison Smith, Juliana Irene Smith, Shinique Smith, and Elisabeth Smolarz.

United We Stand Stand
April 28th 2012
12 noon until 2:00pm
45th Steert and 7th Avenue
Time Square NYC

United We Stand Stand is a performance by Dread Scott & Kyle Goen. In the project Scott & Goen are vendors operating a stand that sells t-shirts bearing the popular slogan “United We Stand.” The slogan became a rallying cry in the US after the September 11, 2001 attacks, affirming US patriotism and unquestioning acceptance of American wars and occupations. The United We Stand Stand will feature shirts with this slogan but unlike the shirts that they reference, they will not be emblazoned with the US flag. Rather the slogan will appear beneath the Iraqi, Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian flags. Scott and Goen will attempt to sell the shirts and will engage in conversation with the public as they do so.

The performance will take place on the sidewalk in New York’s Times Square, a destination of tourists and an icon of America. As an absurd gesture, the performance takes the entrepreneurship of street vendors selling inexpensive wares as its foundation. By selling shirts in a public square calling for unity with countries that the US is waging war in or occupying, the performance encourages people to think about patriotism, including but not limited to US patriotism, the moral responsibility of people in the US for the wars waged in our name, consumer culture, fashion and the logic of (petty) capitalism.

The shirts themselves are limited edition screen-printed artworks.

Art in Celebration of Revolution
Monday April 11th
at Harlem Stage
135th Street at Convent Avenue

On the evening of Monday April 11th at Harlem Stage (NYC) there will be an extraordinary celebration of revolution and the vision of a whole new world.

As part of this event, Dread Scott and I have curated a bad ass exhibition that will be on view the night of the celebration.

Artists include:
Derrick Adams
Wafaa Bilal
Richard Duardo
Emory Douglas
Skylar Fein
Kyle Goen
Guerrilla Girls BroadBand
Steve Lambert
Wangechi Mutu
Dread Scott
Hank Willis Thomas

The evening as a whole will be an evening of great inspiration.

Some of the nights performers include: Ruby Dee
David Murray
Abiodun Oyewole
reg e. gaines
Rebel Diaz

Performa's The Red Party
Saturday, November 6, 2010
7 PM to Midnight
at 508 West 37th Street, New York

Master of Ceremonies Alan Cumming
Honoring Shirin Neshat
Performances by Barbara Sukowa, members of Yvonne Rainer’s group, Chica Vas and more
Dessert by Jennifer Rubell
Installations by artists Zach Rockhill and Kyle Goen
Quickie couture designed by KRELwear
Music by DJ Tikka Masala and Pierce Jackson
Silent auction of Performa Editions and Ephemera until 10 pm

Attire for the evening is RED!

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
September 17-18, 2010

Glasslands Gallery
located at 289 Kent Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
September 17th and 18th
Doors open at 8pm
Entry is $8

Spring/Summer 2011
showcases designs by:

Saddle Tramps Collection
Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty
Total Crap Uninc.
Rawan Rihani
Junk Star
La China Loca
King Gurvy
Jillian Lanierv
Minnae Chae
Robot Death Cult
Noname Collective

Friday Music Performers:
Bermuda Bonnie
Pink Stallone
Bad Credit No Credit

DJ Jim Thirwell, DJ Hamish Kilgour, DJ Wolfy, DJ K0unt Zery0

Saturday Music Performers
Magick Report
Food Stamps
Dub No Dub

DJ Jonathan Toubin of Soulclap Danceoff

Art Is:
closing reception

September 3, 2010
7pm - 9pm

Dash Gallery
172 Duane Street

Featured artists:
Sam Bassett
Beau Bradbury
Marcelo Eroeguy
Kyle Goen
Joseph Wolf Grazi
Elena Perez Guembe
Moishe Kampin
Clayton Patterson
Ricky Powell
John Sims
Andrew Russell Thomas
Sara Valente

The Dash Gallery presents:
A Closing Reception
"The Voice That Arms Itself To Be Heard" Featuring Works by Kyle Goen

May 4, 2010 6-9PM

The Dash Gallery
172 Duane Street NY NY 10013

with special musical guests

This is the last chance to see this exhibition at The Dash Gallery.

There will be new limited edition works on paper available.

Sol LeWitt and Adrian Piper Selected Infinite Extensions Arbitrarily Constrained:

curated by John Sims

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery NY, NY 10012

2 - 3:30pm
PoeticReFlections Featuring Poets:
Bob Holman, Monica de la Torre and Edwin Torre
Music: Yael Acher and Brother Num

8 - 10pm
Dissecting Intersections:
The Performative Responses
hosted by the NYU Rhythm
of Structure Class

Featuring Works/Performances by
Derrick Adams
Kyle Goen
Eboni Hogan/Jon Sands
John Sims and The Rhythm
of Structure Class
and Special Guests

Bowery Poetry Club/JohnSimsProjects in Association with Ringling College of Art and Design

Rhythm of Structure Mathematics,
Art and Poetic Reflection
September 11- August 30, 2010

Artist Talk

The Dash Gallery Presents
"The Politics of Art"

Thursday April 15th 6-8pm

The Dash Gallery
172 Duane Street, NYC

A panel discussion with:
Derrick Adams
Ellen Frank
Kyle Goen
Paul d. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Harrabic Tubman

Thus event will be followed by an invitation only cocktail reception.

Live music will be preformed by
special guests
McKenzie Eddy and
DJ Ski Beatz

The gallery is asking for a donation
($10 min) to help further art events
and projects such as this.

Kyle Goen: The Voice That
Arms Itself To Be Heard

The Dash Gallery
172 Duane St, NY 10013

March 25th - May 6th, 2010
Opening March 25th 7-11pm

Hosted by
Erykah Badu and Damon Dash
with music by
Rashad "Ringo" "Tumblin Dice" Smith

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
F/W 2010
Feb. 20-21, 2010

289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-1450

Featuring Designers
Alisha Trimble
Boiy Krazi
Desira Pesta
King Gurvy
Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty
Robot Death Cult
SDN (Showing Feb 21)
Tar and Feather
Total Crap Uninc.
Saddle Tramps Collection

The Cannabinoids
Doing projections for the Cannabinoids in Dallas.


VICTORY PLAZA - American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
Cost: FREE

DAC - Art Under the
Bridge Festival

Friday, September 25 6-9PM
Saturday, September 26 12-9PM
Sunday, September 27 12-9PM

I'll being participating in the open studios Saturday-Sunday 1-6

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
S/S 2010
Sept. 18-19, 2009
Secret Project Robot

Featuring Designers Alisha Trimble
Total Crap Uninc.
NinkyBink with Angel Lust
King Gurvy
No Name Collective

Featuring Perfomers
Hamish Kilgour
Pink Stallone
Hard Nips
Shira Goldberg
DJ C0unt Zyr0
Cleo Fishel

The Cannabinoids
Doing projecting of a 16mm film I hand painted for The Cannabinoids.

Davis Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA

Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA

Hollywood Palladium
Los Angeles, CA

or does it explode?
created by Dread Scott and Philadelphia youth through MAP's ArtWorks!

Thursday, May 7, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Logan Square - In front of the Family Court Building - 18th and Vine Streets

"or does it explode?" is a multi-media work of public art created by Dread Scott and Philadelphia youth through MAP's ArtWorks! program while Mr. Scott was in residence with the Mural Arts Program during summer 2009.

This outdoor installation consists of twelve human-scale full body photographic portraits of the teenagers in illuminated lightboxes supplemented by an audio component. The illuminated photographs are parallel to the ground and, by their placement and arrangement, reference graves. But unlike graves, which connote finality and death, these images and accompanying audio are be full of light and life. The contradiction between images of teenagers full of life, speaking about their dreams, and their display in a grave-like manner is intended to encourage visitors to the site to see the youth as beautiful and deserving a bright future in sharp contrast to their lived reality in a society which often silences their dreams and lives.

"or does it explode" draws inspiration from Langston Hughes' poem Harlem.

"or does it explode" will be temporarily installed in Logan Square in the heart of Philadelphia's civic and business center, directly in front of Philadelphia Family Court.

For more information, please contact Emily Squires, ArtWorks! Assistant Program Manager, at 215.685.0752 or

Hands Off Palestine Benefit
Sunday April 19th, 2009 6pm - 8pm

PNC Studios
10 Jay Street Suite 206
Brooklyn, New York 11201

A night of music, poetry, speaker and much much more

Door $20
100% of the proceeds will be donated to 4 youth centers within 4 refugee camps in the West Bank

Special performances by
Shadia Mansour, G.O.D., A-ALIKES, Marcel Cartier, Mohammed Yahya
Poetry by Remi Kanazi
Music by Vega Benetton

Presented by The "Hands Off Gaza" Adhoc Committee, Existence Is Resistance & Price Tags. For more info: or
call (917) 613-6065

Jackie Salloum's film
Slingshot Hip Hop on
Sundance Channel

Monday March 16 at 9PM
Tuesday March 17 at 1PM
Sundance on Demand

Rap music has had a long tradition of giving voice to impoverished lives and expressing the frustrations of the oppressed. Jackie Salloum's revealing documentary charts the origin and growth of the Palestinian hip-hop movement, profiling groups who use music as a catalyst for self-esteem and to oppose Israeli occupation. Some, like Tamar, the leader of DAM, express gratitude to American rappers like Tupac and Chuck D, while others find parallels between ghetto life under military occupation and life in urban America.

Politics and Media:
Pratt Students Respond

Schafler Gallery Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

February 27 - March 18, 2009

Opening reception 4 - 6pm
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Exhibition jury and critique of student work Tuesday, March 10, 12:30pm
by Eleanor Heartney, Larry Litt
and Kyle Goen

White Box
329 Broom Street
New York, NY 10002

October 29 - November 29, 2008

Curated by Dread Scott, Kyle Goen and Hajarah Abdus-Sabur

Artists: Melanie Baker, Wafaa Bilal, Sandow Birk, Emory Douglas,
Hasan Elahi, Jon Hendricks, Arnold Mesches, Naeem Mohaiemen, Sheryl Oring, Jenny Polak, Martha Rosler,
Jackie Salloum, Hank Willis Thomas
and Raphael Zollinger

When the President of the United States says, "You're either with us or you're with the terrorists", Sedition is the only option. In an era of war, lies and torture, Sedition is the only option. When Black people are left to suffer and die in a flooded city, when cops fire fifty shots at an unarmed person and are later found inculpable, when nooses are hanging in Jena, Louisiana, Sedition is the only option. Empires demand Sedition*.

*Sedition \si-di-shen\ noun: conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state - American Heritage Dictionary