Josiah McElheny
American, born 1966
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
Memory Palace,
White Cube
JOSIAH MCELHENY: The Ornament Museum,
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center,
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Josiah McElheny explores the limits of memory, knowledge, and history in his elegant glass works. As he explains: “I don’t really believe in history. And I think that, at some level, that’s one subject of some of my work—the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history.” Through his handcrafted glass objects, which he displays in groups and in combination with mirrors, photographs, and text, McElheny evokes our continual striving to construct a coherent understanding of the past and the stories we tell in the process. In McElheny’s work, the infinite reflectivity of glass becomes a metaphor for the act of reflection—on ideas, memories, and history—itself. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.