Brooklyn-based artist Ryan McNamara works in a multitude of media and methods including performance, installation, photography, and sculpture. Born and raised in Arizona, many of his works have a collaborative or participatory quality, incorporating elements of theater and dance into site- or situation-specific installations and events.
McNamara’s work freely moves through a variety of mediums and environments. He has demonstrated this range throughout his career, from his solo performance in his video piece “It Had to Be You” to his five-month-long breakout performance at MoMA PS1 in 2011, “Make Ryan a Dancer,” to his creation of a universe of handmade creatures for shows at Mary Boone Gallery and Ashes/Ashes. McNamara’s work stands apart by merging surprise, beauty, humor, spirit, courage, and sometimes darkness.
McNamara has collaborated with various institutions as well as brands, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Diane Von Furstenberg and Helmut Lang.
McNamara has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Garage Museum Moscow, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Kunstmuseum Bonn, The High Line New York and the Guggenheim Museum. He is a recipient of the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant, ArtMatters Grant, and the Performa Biennial’s Malcolm McClaren Award. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney.