Duality and storytelling are main aspects of Christopher Manning’s work. Through the mediums of sculpture, photography, drawing and collage, he conveys a sense of contemplation and nostalgia, allowing the viewer to connect on both a personal and aesthetic level.
Each work presents a teetering of truths and lies, light versus dark and all passages between life, death and rebirth. The cumulative narrative comes to represent a portrait of what shapes us, while embodying the deluge of all that was forgotten or surplus to existence.
We exist in a state of flux. Manning’s work contemplates that balance.
Christopher E. Manning (b. 1983, New York) has a MFA from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College. Manning is the Exhibitions Coordinator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as a Professor of Visual Art at Manhattanville College. He has also taught at the College of New Rochelle, and has been a visiting critic at the Wassaic Project and SUNY New Paltz MFA and BFA programs. His work has been exhibited at The Parlour Bushwick, BK; Garrison Art Center, NY; Exit Art, NY; Dorsky Curatorial Projects, LIC, NY; Central Booking, NY; The Impossible Project Lab, Berlin, Germany; Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY; Lift Trucks Projects, NY; Hillyer Art Space, DC; The Auction Project, Miami; Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; CODA Gallery, PDX; Samuel Dorsky Museum, NY; Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Manhattanville College; Iona College; The Susan D. Goodman Collection, among others. He has been featured in The New York Times; The Queens Chronicle; Ain’t Bad Magazine; The Impossible Project; Kolaj Magazine and Vellum Magazine.
The artist lives and works in North Salem, NY.
b. New York, 1983.
Lives and works in North Salem, NY.
2007 MFA, SUNY New Paltz
2005 BFA, Manhattanville College
Selected Exhibitions (*Solo Shows):
Personal Territories Five Points Gallery. Torrington, CT.
Kerri Gaudelli and Christopher E. Manning. The Canterbury School. New Milford, CT.
Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us). Traveling: CLASS ROOM, Coventry, UK; Apothecary, Chattanooga, TN; Volunteer State CC, Nashville, TN; University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA; Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia; Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (2018). Curated by Jeffery Cortland Jones.
Paper Monument. CENTRAL BOOKING. New York, NY. Curated by Stephanie Young.
TYPECAST. Hillyer Art Space. Washington, D.C.
Meddwl. The Palour Bushwick. Brooklyn, NY.
Christopher E. Manning. Garrison Art Center. Garrison, NY. Everything, As Perfect As It Seems. Westchester Community College. Valhalla, NY.
Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us). Traveling: Corridor. Dayton, OH; Boeckercontemporary. Heidelberg, Germany; Angelika Studios, High Wycombe, UK; Elgin CC, Elgin, IL. Curated by Jeffery Cortland Jones.
Instant Works: Andrea Cicala Pozzuoli, Urizen Freaza, Christopher Manning, Wisse Ankersmit, Jacob Spriggs.. The Impossible Project. Berlin, Germany.
Small Works. Garrison Art Center. Garrison, NY. Curated by Don Nice.
Works On/With Paper. Concepto Hudson. Hudson, NY.
An Aberrant View. Ann Street Gallery. Newburgh, NY.
Flux. Catskill Art Society. Livingston Manor, NY.
dispatches from eternity. Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY.
Art, Manning & Williams LLP. Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY.
Westchester Biennial. Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY.
Dimensions of Domesticity. Backstreet Gallery. New Rochelle, NY. Curated by Peridot Smith.
Small Works. The Institute Library. New Haven, CT Curated by Stephen Kobasa
Divine Intersection: Religious Crossroads. Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College. Curated by Peridot Smith. New Rochelle, NY.
Paper Works. Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Faculty Exhibition. Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.
NYSSSA Visiting Artist/Faculty Exhibition. New York State Summer School for the Arts. SUNY Freedonia, Freedonia, NY.
Manhattanville College Biennial, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Three. Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY Curated by Tim Ross.
The Auction Project. Curated by Lina Hargrett. Miami, FL.
Where They Are. Arthur M. Berger Gallery. Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY.
Body of Work. CODA Gallery. Portland, OR
cause and affection. Lift Trucks Project. Curated by Kara Lenkeit. Croton Falls, NY.
Archipelago. Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs. Curated by Kathy Goodell. Long Island City, NY.
Habitat for Artists: Garrison Residency, Curated by Simon Draper. Garrison, NY.
goshgollygeewhatshappenedtome. Beacon Artist Union. Curated by Kara Lenkeit. Beacon, NY.
Recylcing the Studio. Helen Day Art Center. Stowe, VT.
Recycled Drawings. HFA at Chashama 112. New York, NY.
What Matters Most? ecoartspace at Exit Art. New York, NY.
Recycling The Studio. Presented by Habitat For Artists, WorkSpaceHarlem, in assoc. with ecoartspace co-director Amy Lipton. Curated by Simon Draper and Nadia Perucic. Harlem, NY.
Young Blooded. Paramount Center For the Arts. Curated by Jessica Denaro and Kara Lenkeit.
Christopher Manning and Todd Sargood. Spire Studios, Beacon, NY
Seasick Mama @ 303 Grand. 303 Grand Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Susan D. Goodman Collection, Armory Opening Exhibition. Curated by Lizzie Stein. New York, NY.
Two Young Artists, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY Curated by Jim Frank
The Susan D. Goodman Collection, Armory Opening Exhibition, New York, NY, Curated by Lizzie Stein
*MFA Thesis Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
London Drawings, Smiley Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Summer Series: Numero Tres, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
President’s Selections: Spring, President’s Gallery, Purchase, NY
BFA Commencement Show, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
David Fagin Award Show, French Parlor Gallery, Reid Castle, Purchase, NY
*Auster Winds, East Room Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase NY
President’s Selections: Fall, President’s Gallery, Purchase, NY
The Return of the Summer Series, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Grebstein Award Show, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
NYSSSA Staff Show, Brockport Tower Fine Arts Gallery, Brockport, NY
The Summer Series, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
2007 Nominee, MFA Joan Mitchell Grant in Painting
2005 David Fagin Award.
2004 The Phyllis and Gary Grebstein Award in the Visual Arts
The Susan D. Goodman Collection, New York
New York Times
Ain’t Bad Magazine
Two Coats of Paint
The Auction Project
2017 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Ridgefield Public Library, Thriving Through the Arts: Visual Arts Specialist Speaker
2017 Briarcliff High School AP Arts Salon, Keynote Speaker
2017 Five Points Gallery, Panelist/Exhibiting Artist
2017 Canterbury School, Exhibiting Artist/AP Portfolio Critic
2016 Westchester Community College, Exhibiting Artist Panel Discussion/Guest Lecturer
2016 Western Connecticut State University at The Aldrich, Lecturer
2015 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Portfolio Lecturer with Penelope Umbrico
2015 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Circumstance/STEAM Lecturer
2015 SUNY New Paltz, MFA & BFA Visiting Artist/Critic
2015 Catskill Art Society, Exhibiting Artist/Panelist
2014 The Wassiac Project, Visiting Critic.
2013 New York State Summer School for the Arts, Visiting Artist
2012 Manhattanville College: Lecturer, Three Person, Alumni Exhibition
2011 Manhattanville College: Lecturer, Where They Are Now
2008 Manhattanville College: Lecturer, Two Young Artists
Scandale Project http://scandaleproject.com/portfolio/christopher-e-manning/
Ain't Bad Magazine http://aintbadeditions.com/collections/magazines/products/vol-3-no-2-self-ie
Impossible Magazine https://magazine.the-impossible-project.com/fragmented-portraits/
Kolaj Magazine http://kolajmagazine.com/content/content/articles/first-person-reviewer
The Auction Project
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/nyregion/15artwe.html?_r=0