OFRI CNAANI
Born 1975, Tel Aviv, Israel
Lives and works in New York City

EDUCATION
2002 - 2004 MFA, Hunter College Art School, New York, NY
1997 - 2000 BFA, Magna Cum Laude, Beit-Berel College, School of Art, Israel

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Seven Words, live video installation accompanying Lavard Skou Larsen's Salzburg Chamber Soloists, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Five Ghosts Answer Ten Questions, Public art project with More Art, New York, NY
National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

2012
The Sota Project, Fisher Museum of Art at USC, Los Angeles
The Sota Project, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy
Special Effects, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Public Notice: An Exhausted Film, BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, New York, NY
performance by Ofri Cnaani, Cheryl Kaplan and Kathryn Alexander
The Sota Project, Rothschild 96, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Sota Project, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY

Three Acts of Betrayal, lecture –performance by Ofri Cnaani and Hadas Cohen, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2010
The Vanishing Woman, Live-Cinema Performance at PS1/ MoMA (as a part of the Greater New York performance program), New York
Manja, The Bialik House, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2009
Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums (10 sites in 10 different museums), Italy
Ofri Cnaani: Works Since 2004, Ugo Ferranti Gallery, Rome, Italy
A Tale of Ends, (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY

2007
Two Dimensional Days, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)
Decreation, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2006
Death Bed, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel, (curator: Ilana Tennbaum) (catalog)

2005
The Blind Scenario, Pack Gallery, Milan, Italy, (curator: Claudia Zanfi) (catalog)
The Colonel and I, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY

2004
WE, MFA Thesis Show, Hunter College / Times Square Gallery, New York, NY
The Sun Still Shines, Pack Gallery, Milan, Italy

2003
The Black & White Theater, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Focus 4, Jerusalem, Israel (curators: Yigal Zalmona and Susan Landau)
Patrol, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel (curator: Dalia Levin)

2002
Ofri Cnaani – Dror Daum, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2000
Waiting Room, Peer Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
Perchance to Dream, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
Israel Now: Reinventing the Future, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy

2012
ANIMA VISCERA, Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Rome, Italy
Private/Corporate VII, The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, Tel Aviv, IL
The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, Princeton and Rutgers University New Jersey (curators: Judy Brodsky and Ferris Olin)
Video works from Hamidrasha Art School, Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Universita di Roma La Sapienza (curators: Giorgia Calo, Doron Rabina, and Ben Hagari)
Accelerating Toward Apocalypse, works from Doron Sabag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010
Handheld Histories, Queens Museum of Art, New York 

Correspondences, Bezalel Academy Art Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
Longitude & Latitude, Tivon Art Gallery, Israel (curator: Taly Cohen-Garbuz)
Finzioni-Videoracconti Contemporanei, Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualinodi (curator: Paola Nicita)
Looking In, Looking Out, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (curator: Hagit Alon)
Rupture and Repair, The Adi Foundation and The Israel Museum, Artists' House, Jerusalem, Israel (curator: Emily Bileski)
Metamorphoses: Error, Ofri Cnaani, Tamar Halpern and Vlatka Horvat, Braverman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Ecstasy, The Former Convent Of St. Cecilia’s P 21 Monitor Street, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Forum Des Images, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France (curator: Marie Shek)
The Situation, Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (curator: Elizabeth M. Grady)
Wild Exaggeration: The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (curator: Tami Katz-Frieman)
Fresh Fruits, Ten Haaf Project, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2008
Real Time: Art in Israel 1998-2008, The Israel Museum, Israel
Video Zone, The Fourth International Video-Art Biennial in Israel
A Re-Reading of the Future, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery Prague (curator: Danna Taggar)
LOOP, Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Mexico New York Paris, Estación Indianilla Centro Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico

2007
Playing with Solitude, Ursula Blickle Videolounge at the Kuntshalle Wein, Vienna, (curator: Tal Yahas)
Port-City, Arnolfini foundation Museum, Bristol, UK (curator: Tom Trevor)
Storytellers, Castello Dell’Acciaiolo, Scandicci, Italy (curator: Pietro Gagliano)
The Space Between, Petach Tikva Museum, Israel (curator: Drorit Gur Arie)
Bat Yam Museum, Israel (curator: Neta Gal-Atzmon)
Art and Urban Practices- New City-Territories, Venice, Italy

2006
Disengagement, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Floating Symmetry, Going Public '06- Atlante Mediterraneo, Nicosia, Cyprus
I Can’t Quite Place It, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, NY (curator: Elizabeth M. Grady)
LOOP, Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2005
AIM 25, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
ARCO 05, Madrid, Spain

2004
Going Public 04: maps, confines, new geographies, aMAZE cultural lab, Modena, Italy (curator: Claudia Zanfi)
Visionaries, Makor Art Center, New York, NY
Video: 1Min: 1800 Frames, City without Walls, Newark, NJ

2003
Artik 5, American - Israeli "Sharet" Cultural Foundation Winners Exhibition, Ramat-Gan Museum, Ramat-Gan, Israel

2002
The Kiss, Kalisher Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2001
Action Express, Kalisher Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Graduate Exhibition, Beit Berel-College-School of Art - Midrasha
Artik 3, American - Israeli "Sharett" Cultural Foundation Winners Exhibition, University Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
VideoTrip, Video Art Nightly Project, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
2007
HBI Research Award, Hadassah- Brandeis Institute, MA
Six Points Fellowship, New York, NY

2005
AIM – Artist In the Marketplace fellowship program at the Bronx Museum

2003 - 2004
American - Israeli "Sharett" Cultural Foundation Overseas graduate scholarship

2000 - 2001
American - Israeli "Sharett" Cultural Foundation
Beit Berel Certificates of Honor for artistic excellence and academic achievements

1999
The Germany Foundation Certificate of Honor for academic excellence

1998
Beit Berel Certificate of Honor for academic achievements


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2013
Heartney, Eleanor. “Crescent Women,” Art in America, February 2013

2012
Sarah Lehat, “Redeeming Eve: Female Orthodox Jewish Artists Come Out,” Huff Post Religion, huffingtonpost.com, December 19, 2012
Rena Silverman, “Translatable Narratives,” Psychology Tomorrow, November 2012
Jonathan Maseng, “’Sota Project’: Sealed With a Kiss,” Jewish Journal.com, October 17, 2012
Carly Berwick, "Lifting the Veil," ARTnews, October 2012
Rachel Wolff, "A Tale of Two Sisters," Modern Painters, October 2012
Joshua Mitnick, “Tel Aviv’s Art Scene: Edgy, Political and Expanding,” The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2012
“Tomorrow: A Live Radio Play in Chelsea,” Modern Painters Daily, May 4, 2012

2011
Ezra Glinter, “Forward Fives Mark Best in Arts”, The Forward, December 23
Benjamin Sutton, “Top 10 Exhibitions in Brooklyn in 2011”, The L Magazine, Dec 21
Orit Gat, “Artist Profile: Ofri Cnaani,” Rhizome, December 14, 2011
“Three Acts of Betrayal”, Time Out New York, April 2, 2011
Samuel Jablon, Exhibition Review, Bomblog, March 16, 2011
Herschthal, Eric. “The Art of ‘Sisterhood,’” The Jewish Week, March 1, 2011
Cheryl Kaplan, “Dangerous Liasons,” The Jewish Daily Forward, February 23, 2011
Eszter Margit, “Moving Talmudic Murals,” Jewish Art Now, February 17, 2011

2009
Noam Segal, “A Viewer in Search of Meaning,” Programma, September 2009
Carmela Ciu, “Slippery Caberet Art,” The Forward, February 4, 2009
Adam Eisenberg, “Ofri Cnaani: A Tale of Ends,” Flavorpill, February 2009

2008
“1998 - 2008: Real Time,” Eretz Magazine, June/July 2008

2007
Two Dimensional Days, Catalogue, Nuit Baniai, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
The Space Between, Catalog Petach tikva Museum, Israel
Director, Ruthie, Yedioth Achronot, Israel
Storytellers, Catalog, Catello E Parco dell’Acciaolo, Scandicci, Italy
“Occasional Cities,” Block Magazine #4, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sweet 16, Catalog, Bat Yam Museum, Israel.
Going Public 06: ATLANTE MEDITERRANEO. Zanfi Claudia.
Sheffi Smadar, “Creation From the End to the Beginning,” Haaretz, February 2007.
Tzur Uzi, “Summer in the Winter,” Haaretz, February 2007
Shuepi Dana, “Decreation,” Time Out TLV, January 2007

2006
Ofri Cnaani – Death Bed, Catalog, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
OFRI CNAANI, Catalog, Gallerie PACK, Milano, Italy
Stephen Maine, "SPACE IS THE PLACE," Artnet Magazine, June 2006
Stephenie Young, Ofri Cnaani, Vellum Magazine, December 2006
“Dungeon,” Block Magazine, June 2006
“Loop Barcelona 2006” Catalog, Spain
Martha Casati, “Ofri Cnaani,” EspoArte 39, February – March 2006
“The Blind Scenario,” ExhibitArt on Paper, January 2006

2005
Deborah Garwood, “A Multi-Media Artist’s Taut Reporting,” April 16, www.artcritical.com
Deborah Garwood, “A Multi-Media Artist’s Taut Reporting,” Gay City News, Vol. 14, Issue 15, April 14
“Colonel Collection,” New York Sun, March 16

2004
“Ofri Cnaani: The Colonel and I," ed. David Cohen, artcritical.com, April 2005
Going Public04, Catalog, October
Deborah Garwood, “Visionaries”, NYArts, August
Anat Litwin, “Visionaries,” Exhibition Essay, July
“Self Portrait,” Tema Celesta, July
Claudia Zanfi, “The Sun Still Shines: One Journey One Hope,” Milan, March
Uzi Tsur, “Ofri Cnaani: The Black & White theater”, Haaretz, January
Smadar Sheffi, “Ofri Cnaani: The Black & White theater” Haaretz, January

2003
Art Focus 4, Catalog, December
Gil Goldfine, “Under the plastic tree”, The Jerusalem Post, May
Gilad Meltzer, “Twilight zone”, Yediot Ahronoth, April
Ruty Director, “The understanding of the ceiling”, Ha-Eir, April
Art In general’s 5th Annual Video-Marathon Catalogue, January

2002
Smadar Sheffi, “A playground full of surprises”, Haaretz, July
Dana Gilerman, “It’s From Home”, Haaretz, July
Aviv Naomi, "The kiss: Yehiel Hemi, Yael Cnaani & Ofri Cnaani," Catalog, Kalisher Gallery, April
Dana Gilerman, “A Game with Secret Rules,” Haaretz, January
Uzi Tsur, “Reverberating Between Spaces and Senses,” Haaretz, January

2001
Uzi Tsur, “The Possible Revolving of the Young Artist,” Haaretz, August
Naomi Sanderson, “Everything is in Order: Ofri Cnaani’s Video-Art Trilogy”, online essay, available at www.comme-il-fault.com, August
Smadar Sheffi, “Directly to the central circle”, Haaretz, July
Dana Gilerman, “Harmony of Negatives,” Haaretz, July

2000
Guy Ben-Ner, “Waiting Room,” Exhibition Essay, Peer gallery, Tel Aviv, June

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