Glenn Kaino

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b. 1972 Los Angeles, California Lives and works in Los Angeles

Glenn Kaino (born 1972) is an American conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. By integrating innovative methodologies with established art historical traditions, Kaino orchestrates spectacular aesthetic phenomena that engage with, and offer critical commentary on the collective contemporary consciousness.


Kaino’s oeuvre is omnidisciplinary. It predominantly includes sculpture, painting, filmmaking, performance, installation, and large scale public work. But since his practice is fundamentally idea based, Kaino is committed to engaging any techniques, processes, materials, tools, technologies, environments or collaborators necessary to manifest the concept at hand.


As an art student in the 1990s at UC Irvine and UC San Diego, Kaino adopted a layered, philosophical approach to art making, founded on the primacy of ideas. Simultaneously, he also immersed him self in the study of computers and digital technology. His dual, high-level grasp of creativity and technology have brought Kaino into the orbit of influential figures within the broader culture and resulted in multiple noteworthy professional opportunities within the internet, entertainment and communications industries.

Solo Exhibitions, Projects, and Performances


Glenn Kaino, In The Light Of A Shadow, upcoming exhibition, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA


Radical Empathy, upcoming exhibition, Compound Long Beach, Long Beach, CA


When A Pot Finds Its Purpose, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino And Tommie Smith, San José Museum of Art, CA


With Drawn Arms, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA


Glenn Kaino: A Shout Within a Storm, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, November 17, 2017 – April 22, 2018

Sign, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | Washington, Chicago, IL
In & Of Itself, Created by Derek Delgaudio, directed by Frank Oz and produced by Neil Patrick Harris, Daryl Roth Theatre New York, NY, April 5 – September 3
FOCUS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Labyrinths, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Tank, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

Leviathan, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | Elizabeth St. Chicago, IL
19.83, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

In Every Grain, U.S. Pavilion, 13th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt. U.S. Commissioner: Cesar Garcia

Bring Me The Hands of Piri Reis, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
The Trials of Slydini, Performance Commission with Derek DelGaudio for LACMA
Collector’s Weekend, Private Residence, Los Angeles, CA.

Levitating The Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship), Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL. Curator: Christine Y. Kim
A.Bandit: The Space Between, The Kitchen, New York, NY.
A.Bandit: A Walk Through China, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Lauri Firstenberg

Honor Among Thieves, Performa09 in collaboration with Creative Time, New York, NY. Curator: Nato Thompson

Transformer: The Work of Glenn Kaino, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. Curator: Tom Sokolowski
The Burning Boards, Hausdenchild Garage, La Jolla, CA.

New Works 07.1: Glenn Kaino, Artpace, San Antonio, TX. Curator: Debra Singer
The Burning Boards, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, NY. Curator: Shamim Momin

Laws Were Made For Rogues, Cerca Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CA. Curator: Stephanie Hanor

Of Passed Pawns and Communicating Rooks, The Project, New York, NY.

Bounce: Glenn Kaino and Mark Bradford, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Eungie Joo

Simple Systems for Dimensional Transformation, The Project, New York, NY.
Glenn Kaino, The Project, New York, NY.

Style Télégraphique, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Blue, Venetia Kapernekas Fine Art Inc., New York, NY.
Chasing Perfect, Three Rivers Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.

Scratch, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Group Exhibitions, Projects, and Performances


Parallel Lives, Kavi Gupta | Washington, Chicago, IL


Desert X Coachella Valley, CA

Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art Birmingham Museum of Art,

Birmingham, AL

Observatories Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY


March Madness Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY

Ground Control Art Basel Miami Beach Public 2016, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL

L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA

Gold Rushde Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Prospect.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans, LA Curator: Franklin Sirmans

Art on Paper 2014, Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, NC

The Avant-Garde Collection Orange County Museum of Art Newport Beach, CA

ALTER/ABOLISH/ADDRESS Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)Washington, DC

GOLD, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL Curator: Jose Carlos Diaz
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Cage & Kaino, World of Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, MO

Kiss Me Deadly: A Group Show of Contemporary Neo-Noir From Los Angeles, Paradise Row, London, England
Meanwhile…Suddenly, and Then, 12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
13th International Cairo Biennale, U.S. Pavilion, Cairo, Egypt
The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part VI, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada
12th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.

The Mistake Room, as A.Bandit, LAXART Annex, Los Angeles, CA
Selections From The Hammer Contemporary Collection, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The [Space] Between, as A.Bandit, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Trespass, West of Rome Public Art, Los Angeles, CA
Role Model – Role Playing, Museum der Moderne Monchsberg, Salzburg, Germany
A Walk Through China, LAXART Annex, Los Angeles, CA

The Artists’ Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
New Art For A New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.
Mapping Identity, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.

We Are Time: Seven Installations, Impakt Festival, Utrech, Netherlands.

Southern Exposure: Works from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, Asia Society, New York, NY. Curators: Karin Higa, Susette Min, and Melissa Chiu

Only Make Believe: Ways of Playing, Compton Verney, Warickshire, UK.

Untitled, Whitney Gala, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Dreamscape, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA.
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. Curators: Elizabeth Armstrong and Irene Hoffman
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Curators: Chrissie Isles, Shamim Momin, and Debra Singer

Blackbelt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY and Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA. Curator: Christine Y. Kim Mine, Lombard + Fried Fine Arts, New York, NY.

One Planet Under a Groove: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, NY and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Curators: Franklin Sirmans and Lydia Yee

Surf Trip, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Xtrascape, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Tania Martinez-Lemke
iCandy, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Access All Areas, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Joseph Santarromana

Faculty Exhibition, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
The Zapatistas are Coming!, CSO 3rd Floor Hall, Los Angeles

Radius, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA.
Riverfront Properties, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Robert Hori
Testimony: Reconstructing Histories, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona, CA.

Finding Family Stories, Japanese American National Museum and Korean American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Curator Clement Hanami
Treasure in the House, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Boomtown: The Explosive Nature of our Relationship to the Urban, Site-Specific Works, City of San Diego, CA. Curator: Susan Schuppli

Japanese American Family Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center and Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
California, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA.
Third Generation Japanese-American Exhibition, Gallery IV, Los Angeles, CA.
Strategizing Cultures, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
FAR Bazaar, The Brewery, Los Angeles CA. Organized by Foundation for Art Resources.

Computer Influence, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA.





Glenn Kaino — Glenn Kaino - Imagination Is A Perishable Skill

How do we reach conclusions that cannot be articulated through words? Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino heads into his studio, to see how he uses the creative process to explore critical issues facing the world.

Glenn Kaino — L’ènetènafionale, Glenn Kaino Studio

“In a black room sits a re-creation of a nineteenth century Pierrot and the Moon automaton. Upon entering the room, the visitor’s depth perception is impaired inside the illusion of an infinite darkness. A slight mechanical sound is audible as the Moon sculpture’s eye follows the visitors’ steps. The Pierrot character is dressed in his familiar clown outfit and holds a mandolin, but his face is a smooth robotic mask, crafted to resemble the image of Frantz Fanon.

The Moon’s eye continues to track visitors when two people are present in the room. When three or more people enter the space, the Moon’s eye closes, Pierrot begins to generate music, represented with a glowing choreography of lights in his head, and the Moon begins to sing The Internationale, the classic French song of the nineteenth century socialist movement.

When the song is finished, Pierrot and the Moon rest in silence awaiting new visitors.”

-Glenn Kaino Studio

Glenn Kaino — Glenn Kaino - Tank

“Tank” is inspired in part by Reef-Ex, a U.S. government program that has been in action since the 1990’s. The programs centered around the dumping of outdated military tanks into coastal waters with the intent of creating artificial reefs as well as fish habitats.

“I saw a poetic contradiction in the notion that some of the smallest organisms in the world were reclaiming the instruments of much larger organisms. Corals are fascinating to me because they are reactionary and survive by responding to need but also to instinct. They have an embedded memory and programming that requires a battle with other corals for territory. Fighting is in their nature, but one would not see this unless they were trained to.” – Glenn Kaino

Glenn Kaino — With Drawn Arms - Official Theatrical Trailer

At the 1968 Olympics, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists from the podium during the medal ceremony as the American anthem played. Though this choice radically impacted Smith, throwing his personal and professional life into disarray, the defiant gesture has reverberated throughout the decades, adopted by generations of civil rights activists in their fight for social justice. Fifty years later, in an attempt to unpack the full breadth of Smith’s sacrifice—and the myriad ways it continues to resonate in the current reckoning over the racial injustice that still plagues America—artist and filmmaker Glenn Kaino partners with the gold medalist to finally tell his story and cement his legacy. As the two collaborate on a multidisciplinary art project, they connect with a new generation of activists. Featuring interviews with Megan Rapinoe, Colin Kaepernick, the late Congressman John Lewis, and Jesse Williams—who, along with John Legend, also executive produced the film—Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi’s WITH DRAWN ARMS is a testament to the courage of those willing to make their voices heard, no matter the cost.

Directed by Glenn Kaino & Afshin Shahidi
Produced by Glen Zipper & Sean Stuart
Executive Producers John Legend, Jesse Williams, Ty Stiklorius, Mike Jackson