Dorothea Rockburne (b. 1932, Montréal, Canada) has been the subject of three significant survey exhibitions in the last decade, including Dorothea Rockburne, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY (2018-ongoing); Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2013-2014); and In My Mind’s Eye, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (2011). Additional solo museum exhibitions include A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine (2015); Dorothea Rockburne, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1989); and Dorothea Rockburne: Locus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1981), among others.
Significant group exhibitions include From Géricault to Rockburne: Selections from the Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Gift, Met Breuer, New York, NY and Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (both 2020); America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2015); Materializing ‘Six Years’: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2012); On Line: Drawing Through the 20th Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2010-11); The Women of Black Mountain College, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Ashville, NC (2008-9); High Times, Hard Times, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (2006); A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968, The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2003); Primarily Structural, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (1999); Abstraction, Geometry, Painting, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (1989); Language, Drama, Source and Vision, New Museum, New York, NY (1983); 39th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (1980); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1979, 1977, 1973); Eight Contemporary Artists, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1974); and Documenta 5 and 6 (1972 and1977), Kassel, Germany, among others.
Rockburne’s work is represented in prominent private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; and the Auckland City Art Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, among many others.
Rockburne lives and works in New York City.