Ranu Mukherjee 



MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London 1993

BFA Painting and Filmmaking, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 1988


Solo Exhibitions and Commissioned Projects:



Ranu Mukherjee: A Bright Stage, Wilsey Court, De Young Museum, San Francisco, Ca. 

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times Part 2, 

Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Sonoma, CA

BEAM, Gallery Wendi Norris HQ, San Francisco Ca.


Shivery Proof, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA. 

Shadowtime, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco , CA 


Phantasmagoria, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, ILL. 

Phantasmagoric, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 


Extracted: a trilogy, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Sites of Transformation, two person show, She Works Flexible, Houston


Beta Space: Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. 


Apparitions, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco


Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA.



Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, New York 

Kadist Foundation, San Francisco and Paris

JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York 

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland 

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose


Selected Group Shows:


2017- 2018

Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks and Pathways

Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

Beyond Transnational, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai 

Our Bones Are Made Of Stardust, 1A Space, Hong Kong 

Soul Mining, Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles

Beyond Transnational, Raza Foundation, AIFAC Gallery, New Delhi 

Soul Mining, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizon

Sanctuary, Fort Mason Chapel, For-site Foundation, San Francisco 


Changjiang International Photo and Video Biennial,

Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Art, Chongquing, China

Your Mind, This Moment and The Practice of Attention, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California


Matter Fictions, Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

Unruly City, Dold Projects, Sankt Georgen, Germany

Bring it Home, (re)locating Cultural Legacy through the Body, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco 


Momentum, Women, Art and Technology,

Dana Galleries, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey

Moving Image NY, Waterfront Tunnel, New York

Time Travelers, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California


Partial View; recoding sacred objects, Manresa Gallery San Francisco 

Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.


This is not America: Resistance, Protest and Poetics, Arizona State University Art Museum 

Vital Signs, New Media Art from the SJMA Collection, Wichita Art Museum

Grain, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space, Block Gallery, Oakland

Fruitique, a Fallen Fruit project for the Hammer Museum Los Angeles

A Tempting Fate: Inevitability and Scientific Fortune, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland 

Only a Signal Shown, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

Echoes of Eco, International Winter Arts Festival, Sochi Russia


Making Camp, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum Idaho 

United States of Asian America, 15th annual exhibition, SOMARTS, San Francisco 2011

Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora, San Francisco State University

2nd Floor Window Projection Series, Luggage Store, San Francisco

Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Hirshhorn Museum, DC 

Pangea, art at the forefront of cultural convergence, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern 


Kala Fellowship Show, Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley



18th Street Arts Complex, Los Angeles, Spring 2020

De-Young Artist Studio Program, De Young Museum 2016 Space 118, Mumbai Residency 2014

Kala Fellowship Award and Residency, Berkeley 2009


Recent Collaborations:

Dance performance, title TBD, Hope Mohr Dance, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, October 2018

Procession for the Extracted, book project with David Allen Burns, For-Site Foundation, Nevada City, CA., 2014- present

Meditation on Trust, participatory performance with Hope Mohr Dance Company for Sanctuary, Fort Mason Chapel, San Francisco, January 2018

Now Not Now, short dance work Hope Mohr Dance Company for Shadowtime, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco June 2017



Artist Talks, Presentations and Video 


Artists Talk, Institute for Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, Me.

In Conversation with Judy Dater, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Sonoma California

Artists Panel on Climate Change, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco

In Conversation with Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California

Artists Talk, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster


In Conversation with Saisha Grayson, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco Conversation: Surrealism and It's Legacy with Jodi Roberts and Jonathan Parker, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Artists talk: ’Making and Unmaking' Tarble Art Center, Southern Illinois University Art Department Video:Extracted: A Trilogy by Ranu Mukherjee, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


Trilogy Complete, Asian Art Museum San Francisco

Food for Thought, lunchtime lecture series, San Francisco Art Institute stARTup pilot, ACT Strand Theatre, San Francisco

Recent work, Faculty of Color research Alliance, California College of the Arts

Extracted Unearthed, Asian Art Museum San Francisco


Video: Collapsing Colonialism with Ranu Mukherjee, KQED Art School

Panel discussion, Art, Technology and Feminism, Dana Library, Douglass College, Rutgers Gallery

Conversation, Seeing Time, Time Travelers, with Desiree Holman and Freddy Chandra, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley


An Artist Who Cannot Speak English is No Artist,Asian Contemporary Art Week, Wattis Institute Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Sonoma State College

Interview with Art Speak for Women’s History Month, Bay Area youth for Mutiny Radio


Visiting Artist, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art History Dept., UC Berkeley Visiting Artist, Topophilia, MFA Program, California College of the Arts


Video: Ranu Mukherjee: Contemporary Nomads, YBCA Bay Area Now 6 Epic Everyday, Graduate Lecture Series, San Francisco Art Institute

Baat Cheet, Asian Art Museum San Francisco

Visiting Artist, Painting to Video, MFA Program, California College of the Arts Discover@Dosa, San Francisco

Art Table , Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern

Bay Area Now 6 Public Programs organized by Julio Cesar Morales

2010 Kala Fellowship Talk, Kala Art Institute

2008 Panelist, Ilovetheory,don’tyou, Graduate Painting, California College of the Arts


Reviews and Features

Summer 2018, Sanctuary, Surface Design Journal

5/17/18 ‘Soul Mining’ explores the shared history of the border between the Chinese and Latin American communities’, Alhambra Source

10/19/2017 ‘ASU Art Museum’s ‘Soul Mining’ offers insight into forced migration’ The State

7/6/2016 ‘Women to Watch’ KQED Arts

5/26/16 ‘Faculty Spotlight: Ranu Mukherjee, Fine Arts’, California College of the Arts

5/2/16 ‘All that Glitters is Gold:Ranu Mukherjee’s Phantasmagoric’, LACMA Unframed

3/17/16 ‘Re-Opening:San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’, Art Practical

1/21/16 ‘Asunder No More, SFAC Gallery Expands and Reopens in Civic Center’ KQED Arts

2/1/16 ‘Asian Art Museum Celebrates South Asia as Part of Golden Jubilee’ , India West

1/4/16 ‘“Extracted”: Indian diaspora artist Ranu Mukherjee at the Asian Art Museum’,Art Radar

12/2/15 ’Ranu Mukherjee Unearths Buried Histories in ‘Extracted’ Trilogy’, KQEDArts

3/19/15 ‘Seeing Time-Time Traveler’, Art Practical

3/6/2015 ‘The Bewitching Geometry of the Moving Image Art Fair’. Hyperallergic

5/15/14 ‘The Talismanic Tetrakaidecahedron #8: Ranu Mukherjee (Quintan Ana Wiskwo)’, Degenerate Art Stream

9/13 ‘Ranu Mukherjee, In the Make’ http://inthemake.com/ranu-mukherjee-2/,

5/5/13 ‘Preview Images from “GRAIN”, a four woman show at Gallery Espace’,BlouinArtInfo 5/13- ‘Grain at Gallery Espace’, First City, New Delhi

9/20/12 ‘Artist Investigates 21st Century Nomads’, Spartan Daily, San Jose State 9/6/12- ‘Artist’s videos evoke dreamy paintings’, San Francisco Chronicle 5/23/12

‘Interview with Exhibiting Artist Ranu Mukherjee’, SOMArts

8/19/11 ‘September Art Reviews’, SF Weekly

8/17/11 ‘Bay Area Now 6’ , Art Practical

7/30/11 ‘Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous’, California Home and Design 6/17/11 ‘Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous’, Art Practical

6/8/11 ‘Nomadic and Luminous: Ranu Mukherjee at Frey Norris’ ,Daily Serving



ORPHAN DRIFT www.orphandriftarchive.com                    

Exhibitions, screenings and performance

2017                                                                                                         Group Show, Lomex Gallery, NY                                                             Miasma, Res Gallery, London                                                                        2016                                                                                                   Unruly City, Dold Projects, Germany                                                       Matter Fictions, Berardo Museum, Lisbon                                               Housing, Immigration and Temporary Fabrications, Material Conjectures at Sorbonne, Paris                                                                                   After London, Horse Hospital London                                                       2015
Alternative 23 visitation, IMT Gallery, London
After Finitude, Sydney
Edge of Wrong, Capetown
Schizo-Culture, Space Gallery London
Sounding the Counterfactual, Goldsmiths College, London
Grotto Heavens, CAC Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Voudon, Art, Uprising and Gnosis, Regent Studios, London
Get Reassembled,:Time, intelligence,acceleration, P.A.F, France
Death of Rave, CTM Berlin
Hyperstition, Delphi Carstens, TED talks
Virtual Futures 2.0’11, University of Warwick
‘Post-apocalypse’ postcard series for ‘Shadowshop’ Stephaie Syjuco at SF MOMA
Videohole, Noma Gallery San Francisco
Obsidiana, Galeria AFA, Santiago Chile

0(rphan0d(rift>) Cyberpositive, 2nd edition, new intro by Suhail Malik, Cabinet Gallery, London          
Renegade Academia, Simon Reynolds for Sound Unbound ed. Paul D. Miller
Apocalypse Hyperstitions, Delphi Carstens, Simulfow, Capetown
Liquid Lattices, Frozen Tears 3, John Russell

0rphan drift 1994-2003                    

Solo Exhibitions:
Doublewalker, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver
Motion Capture and Mischief, Minimum Existence, London
Technical Support, Artspeak gallery, Vancouver                                  
Carrier, Projectroom, KunstnernesHus, Oslo (Nordraaks Prize Recipient)                     
Syzygy, Beaconsfield Arts, London
(Funded by the Arts Council of England)                    
0(rphan)d(rift<) ,Cabinet Gallery, LondonAriadne’s Gone Virtual, 30 Underwood Street, London                   

Video screenings, AV performance and Intervention 1994-2007
Rituals of Vodou, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Raindance Film Festival, London                    
Jacmel Film Festival-Fondation Sant D'A, Jakmel Haiti           
Art Live3, Festival of Contaminations, Turin Sharpening Arrows, Distilling Power, Increasing Desire, Bang, Capetown
Raindance Film Festival, London
Permanent Autonomous Zone, Horse Hospital, London
Video set for AI bySteven Spielberg
Nine Inch Nails ‘Fragile’ Tour USA  
Rhythm and Stealth Tour, Europe  
International Videoprogramm, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, curated by Angelika Richter, traveled to Trafo Galerie, Budapest, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe and Bunkier Sztuki, KrakowLineaments of the Lwa
‘Feels Like Vodou Spirit’ ,October Gallery, London           
Spiderman , Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen
9006,Raindance Film Festival, London  
Nerve, I.C.A., London            
Xchromosomes, Scala, London           
You It’s Eye’s, Global cafe, London    
Pressure, Cyberia, London
Bruises, ‘Classic’ ,Beaconsfield Arts, London   Orisa Bleed, ‘Thinking Alien’, Leeds University
Replicant Vision, ‘Technophobia’ conference, ICA, London    
Death Simstim, ‘Virtual Futures2’, Warwick University
Orphan drift book launch, Poster Studio, London
Possession, 121 Center, London

Group Exhibitions 1995- 2001                     
Century City, Tate Modern, London                                                  
Expo-Destructo, Poster Studio, London                               
Martin Commercial Gallery and Atlantis, London      
Traveled; Catalyst Arts, Belfast,  Maygood Gallery, Newcastle and Galeria Dziekanka, WarsawViper TV Bank, London and satellite venues               
Popoccultural 2, Southampton City Art Gallery                                                       Winkle and his woodland chums Bank, London                                                      
Post GPO Building Edinburgh                                 
Big Blue, Coins Coffee Store, London                        
Popoccultural , South London Gallery, London, curated by Cabinet Gallery
Charge of the Light Brigade, Bank, London                                                   
Cabinet Gallery, San Francisco Art Fair                       
Hanging Picnic, Factual Nonsense, London

Public Programs and Artist Talks

Artists Talk, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver
Interviewee for Vancouver art festival: Zero Degree Monstrosities ; UBC Radio, Vancouver     
Screening and discussion, Haitian Art Show, October Gallery, London            
Artists Talk, Beaconsfield Arts, London
Film presentation and discussion on the maligned vodou religion
Caribbean History Month, Goldsmiths College, London          
Performance of a Lecture, Thinking Alien Conference, Leeds University               
0rphan drift discussion with Michael Archer, Audio Arts Magazine                   
AV performance Technophobia Conference, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
AV Performance, Virtual Futures 2, University of Warwick                    
Performance of a Lecture, Embodied Knowledges, Goldsmiths College, London                   
Performance of a Lecture, Out of Control, Royal College of Art, LondonArtists talk, Canterbury College of Art, CanterburyArtists Talk, Goldsmiths College of Art, LondonArtists Talk, Middlesex University, London

Meshed, catacomic Beaconsfields Arts and the Arts Council of England         
Hybridized, Video compilation, Beaconsfield and Arts Council of EnglandRadius suck , Vocalist for audio compilation by Ocosi and Kode9
Treatment for Mumbo Jumbo, Intimacy, issue 5
Zone codes    i/o/d, Underground Publications on-line and Fringeware Review
0(rphan)d(rift>,  cyberpositive novel, Cabinet Editions 1994               
YouV gen, Mute Magazine, pilot issue

VJ gigs:1996-2005        
Viral Lounge, Groovy Troopers, Capetown
Beats for Boobs Fundraiser, 111 Minna, San Francisco
RedWhiteandBlue Beach Installation, Campground Santa Cruz           
Michael Franti and Spearhead, 9/11 Power to the Peaceful Festival, San Francisco    
Tipper, DNA Lounge, San Francisco   
BTX vs the Catacoombs of Boom, San Francisco
Noodle Factory Benefit, Oakland
BTX at Amnesia, San FranciscoLucid,
Soluna and Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco
Exotic Erotic, Cow Palace, San Francisco
Photek, DNA Lounge, San Franciscood,
Milk Bar, Vancouver
Ascension03, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco
Boombox Benefit, warehouse, San Francisco
Qool, 111 Minna, San Francisco
Video Riot, Transcinema festival, D7/Emarcadero, San Francisco
Project Valis, London Bughouse at 291 Gallery, London
Oojami, Barbican center, London,
Babylon, Istanbul
Soundscapes, Belgrade Yard Sound System, Belgrade
Raindance Festival Opening, Global Cafe, London
Fick, The Drome, London
Internet radio launch, Global Café, London
Audiovisual, BAKspace, LondonJ
ungle night, The End, London
Silverfish, Cloud9, London

Renegade Academia, Simon Reynolds, ‘SOUND UNBOUND’ ed. Paul Miller, MIT Press
Seeing the Beat: Retinal Intensities in Electronic Music Videos, Simon Reynolds,
Catalogue Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
The Underworld at Kunstnernes Hus, Christian Refsum, BilledKunst, nr.3
Syzygy at Beaconsfield Arts, Jim Flint, Mute Magazine Issue 13       
Martin, Pauline Van Mourik Broekman, Mute Magazine
Anteomega, Wave Magazine, Belgium
Beat Regeneration, Jim McClellan, Observer Life MagazineSex, Drugs and Remote Control, Dave Beech, The New German Critique.no.25Serotonin Overkill, ID MagazineTime Out