School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art

Christopher Manning

Wed, September 30, 2020

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Christopher Manning is an artist of mixed media works, recently focused on manipulated Polaroids. A monograph of these Polaroid works entitled Everything, As Perfect As It Seems, was published this year by AINT-BAD. He also works in other 2 and 3-dimensional forms, including a series of sculptural works he refers to as “chandeliers.” Additionally, Manning is currently the Head of Exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as adjunct professor of visual arts at Manhattanville College. He received his BFA from Manhattanville and his MFA from SUNY New Paltz.

Manning has been in numerous exhibitions since 2007 across the US and Europe. In 2016 – 2017, “Fiction (with only daylight between us)”, was a traveling exhibition in UK, Germany, Australia, CA, TN, IL, and OH. He has shown his work extensively in New England and NY, including Exit Art, NYC, Fred Giampietro, New Haven, CT, and Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY.

His work has also been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, Queens Chronicle, AINT-BAD Magazine, Polaroid Originals Magazine, Photoklassik International, and other publications. He has been a visiting artist /critic at the Wassaic Project, NY, and the MFA program at SUNY, New Paltz. He has also been a lecturer and panelist at the Aldrich Museum, most recently presenting “Getting Contemporary Art: Artist Talk with Chris Manning,” and in 2019, as one of three panelists on “Confronting Vulnerability.”