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Michel Auder is a French photographer and filmmaker. For forty years, since he bought his first portable video camera in 1969, this video art pioneer has recorded his daily life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. After working with the avant-garde Zanibar Group in France, Auder married Warhol cohort Viva in 1969 and moved to New York City. There he found himself at the center of the city’s downtown art scene.

His radical approach to the medium—diaristic, immediate, unrelenting—anticipated the current fascination with personal videos. However, Auder’s works defy any type of prescribed genre. He has amassed an enormous archive of footage from which he selects unaltered excerpts from his life, at times supplementing them with staged scenes, hired actors, and recorded broadcasts. His works address questions of the human experience with a cool dispassion seemingly at odds with his intensely personal subject matter.

One series includes Auder curating old footage of his youth from the vantage point of age; this habitual revisiting and redefining of intimate moments proves the hallmark of an artist uniquely equipped to reflect for us the ever-shifting nature of personal perception.

Born in Soissons, France Michel Auder now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has had exhibitions and screenings of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Lund Kunsthalle, Sweden; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; and the Serpentine Gallery, London.  He has been a faculty member at Yale University School of Art since 2005 and was selected by the 2016 DAAD’s Berliner Künstlerprogramm’s jury for a one-year visual art residency. 

Born 1945 in Soissons, France. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


Gulf War TV War, documenta 14, EMST—National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Roman Variations, Sant'Andrea de Scaphis, Rome, Italy

The Magic Flute: A Film in Pieces, 80WSE Gallery, New York, NY
Visual Artists at the Atrium: Michel Auder and Kevin Beasley, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Cleopatra, Cleopatra’s, New York, NY

Everybody Knows (or Should), Martos Gallery, New York, NY
Mixing Up the Medicine, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

Michel Auder / Józef Robakowski: Street Life, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, CA
Large As Life, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands 2015
Michel Auder: Made In New York, 1969-2014, curated by Kristine Jærn Pilgaard, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Video Pieces, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

Screen Life #13 & Polaroid, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
Selected Works, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Portrait of Michel Auder, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Clown Eggs, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium

Monographic Screenings, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
Matter of Fact, Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Etablissement d’enface, Brussels, Belgium
Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, CA

Language is Only a Word and I'm so Jealous of Birds (curated by Kristine Jærn Pilgaard), NoPlace, Oslo, Norway
Dinner Is Served, Art Unlimited, Art 42 Basel, Switzerland
Endless Column and Narcolepsy, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy

The World Out of my Hands, Lund Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Keeping Busy: An Inaccurate Survey of Michel Auder, Zach Feuer Gallery, Newman Popiashvili Gallery & Participant Inc NY & Volume2 LA

Heads of Town, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
Michel Auder Survey, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK

Peace Among Topographers, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, NY
European Kunsthalle (curated by Anders Kreuger), Cologne, Germany
The Feature, Berlin, London and Denmark Film Festivals

Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium
Dope and Narcotica Series, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin, Germany

Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
The World Out of My Hands, Newman Popaishvili Gallery, New York, NY

Retrospective at 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland
Michel Auder: Viewer and Participant, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
Other Things with Michel Auder (curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner), Ocularis, Brooklyn, NY

Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Michel Auder: Secret Sharer, Participant Inc., New York, NY
Michel Auder: Selected Works 1970 – 2003, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Michel Auder: Retrospective 1969-2002, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Michel Auder: Video, Film, Photography 1969-2001, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden
Portrait of Alice Neel, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Vanuatu Chronicles, AC Project Room, New York, NY
Jacob Fabricius-Nicolaï Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Daniel Buchholz Gallery, Cologne, Germany
All My Worldly Posessions (with Wolfgang Tillmans), Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Halle für Kunst e.V., Lüneburg, Germany
Robert Prime Gallery, London, UK
Cleopatra, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

A Personal Narrative of Travel to Bolivia, AC Project Room, New York, USA

5 Ring Circus, AC Project Room, New York, NY
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

A Personal Narrative of Travel to Bolivia, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

Screen Life, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Voyage to the Center of the Phone Lines, Nicole Klagsburn Gallery, New York, NY

Diaries, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Selected Video Works 1970 – 1991, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Alice Neel, Keene State College, New Hampshire, NH
A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Seduction of Patrick, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
TV America, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Cindy Sherman, I.T.A. Corporation, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Chasing the Dragon, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Cindy Sherman, B.R.T. Television, Brussels, Belgium

Fragments/Text/Notes/Documents…, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
All Lights Off, Short Reports, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Alice Neel, Gippsland Institute, Churchill, Australia
Alice Neel, Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, VA
Cindy Sherman, Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Cindy Sherman, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

Installation (Cindy Sherman), Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Stories, Myths, Ironies, Songs, Squat Theater, New York, NY
The Kitchen, New York, NY

Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY


Fields of War, Massimo De Carlo, London, UK
Apeirophobia/ Aporia, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
NYU 80WSE Gallery, New York, NY                         
Art Sheffield Festival, Sheffield, UK
Robert Bordo and Sam Anderson with Michel Auder, Bortolami, New York, NY

EAGLES II, Galeria Marlborough, Madrid, Spain
Fictions, organized by Adam Marn, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Nuit Américaine, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
Whitney Biennial, New York, NY

City of Disappearances, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Cat Show (curated by Rhonda Lieberman), White Columns, New York, NY
Almanac, Newman Popiashvili, New York, NY
The Jesus Show, Microsope Gallery, New York, NY

Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Pursuit of Perfect: The politics of Sport, South London Gallery, London, UK
LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London, UK
Idea of Latin America, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain

Something in the Way, Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lust Und Luster, Kunst Museum, Bern, Germany
Strange Comfort, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Feature, Anthology Film Archive and MoMA, New York, NY

Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
BB5, Fifth Berlin Biennial V (curated by Adam Szymczyk & Elena Filipovic), Berlin, Germany
FIDMarseille, Marseille, France
Andy Warhol, Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia

Alain Robbe-Grillet: Art, Architecture and Cinema, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Blago Bung, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY
Videoex Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
Dear Mosquito of My Heart, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY
Manhattan Transfer (curated by John Weber), Zone: Chelsea Center for the Arts, New York, NY

The Future has a Silver Lining, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Amator/: Camera Buff, SUITE 106 Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Shorts, Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
Prêts à prêter, Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille, France

The First Decade-Video From the EAI Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
St. Petrischnee, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Re-Make, Re-Model. Secret Histories of Art, Pop, Life and the Avant-garde, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
Hollywood Realism (with Jeremy Blake), Venetia Kapernekas Fine Arts, New York, NY
Cindy Sherman Retrospective, “Cindy Sherman”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Inglenook, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
The Cultured Tourist, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks and Projects, New York, NY


Cindy Sherman Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Cindy Sherman Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Froment Puttman, Paris, France
Voyeurs Delights, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
The Real, The Fictional, The Virtual, Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Ariane Lopez-Huici and Michel Auder, AC Project Room, New York, NY
Mondo Cane V.R., International Video Week, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland
Video Viewpoints, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Pure Hinterland, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Better Living through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Rome Project, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

The Arts for Television, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Hamburg Forum Messe, Germany
Vienna Museum Moderne Kunst, Austria
Pallazo dei Diamanti, Florence, Italy
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Twilight, Festival Belluard Bollwerk, Fribourg, Switzerland
Cindy Sherman Retrospective, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Roles, Representation, Sexuality Series, Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence, RI

L’Epoque, La Morale, La Mode, La Passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Roles, Representation, Sexuality Series, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Two Moon July Benefit, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Meditated Narratives, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Famous for Thirty Seconds (Artist in the Media), Artists Space, New York, NY
Fragments, Stories told, Mysterious Landscapes, Millennium Film Workshop, New York, NY
Video Viewing Room, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York, NY
Transference, White Columns, New York, NY
Video: Heroes/Anti-Heroes, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Cindy Sherman Survey, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Akron, OH
Festival Internazionale del Video, Campo Boario, Rome, Italy
Cindy Sherman, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
May 27, 1984, “TV America”, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
Annie Sprinkle, Arts and Commerce Gallery, New York, NY
Benefit Bash at the World for White Columns, New York, NY
The 17th Sao Paulo International Biennale, Brazil
Progressive Video, “Six Television: Cityscape…Landscape…Escape”, Jon Leon Gallery, New York, NY
New Soap Video, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Video Tape Review, Video Data Bank, Chicago Art Expo, Chicago, IL
The Red Bar, Arts and Commerce, New York, NY

The Video Diary of a Madman, The Kitchen, New York, NY
A.F.I. National Video Festival, Los Angeles, CA
J.F.K. Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC
Meet the Makers, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library, New York, NY
A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Jesus, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Video vis a Tergo, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NJ