1995 Master of Fine Arts, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1989 Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


2019 A Study in Temperament, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland Maine (forthcoming)

2018 Things Remembered, Back Gallery Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY

2017 Picture not Portrait, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland Maine

2015 Joe Mama-Nitzberg, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium

1996 SURRENDER, Marc Foxx, Santa Monica, CA

1995 Newish Work, MFA Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena


2019 Boyz Keep Swinging, Keyes Art, Sag Harbor, NY, curated by Maynard Monrow

Joe Mama-Nitzberg/Marc Swanson, Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, Ojai, CA

2018 Red Thread; Good Grief, Collective, Woodstock, NY

The Creek Flows into the River, Walnut Hill Gallery, Hudson, NY

#2, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME

#3 (Sometimes They Come Back), Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Prtland, ME

2017 . #1, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME

2016 Love 2016, Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY

2015 American Masquerade, Prattsville Art Center, Prattsville, NY

2014 Far From Now, Bunker 259, Brooklyn, NY, organized by Regina Rex

Correspondence, PS Hudson, Catskill, NY

2012 B-OUT, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC, curated by Scott Hug

2009 Quizotic, 1717 Troutman, Brooklyn, NY

represents a nine -year hiatus in which Joe Mama-Nitzberg was a Creative Director in the music industry, was

a commercial photographer and taught at New York University

2001 Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: An Exhibition in Writing Only, Pulgar, Caracas, Venezuela

(Curated by Bruce Hainley and Siobhan McDevitt)

1999 I Me Mine,Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

The Living Theater, Salzberger Kunstverein , Salzburg Austria (catalogue)

1998 Recycling Art History, Pittsburg Center for the Arts (catalogue)

1997 Sunshine and Noir, Art in L.A. 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (catalogue)

The Shooting Gallery, L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA

1996 Joe Mama-Nitzberg and TJ Wilcox, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NYC

Stream of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Studio 246, Marc Foxx, Santa Monica, CA

Persona, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL, traveled to Kunsthalle, Basel, (catalogue)

Studio 246, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Sampler II, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, curated by Diana Thater

1995 Dark Memories..., Marc Foxx Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Curated by Larry Johnson

Gander Mountain High, Number 10, South Pasadena, CA

The Big Night (A Show for Colin Gardner), Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

Faggots: A Communique from North America, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1994 Dirty Pictures, Gramercy Park Int’l/ Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles CA, curated by Jack Pierson

Stonewall 25, White Columns, New York, curated by Bill Arning

Red Rover, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles

1993 Zuzuglich, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany, curated by Christopher Williams


2010 Kurt, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA (curated by Michael Darling)

2009 Dilettantes, Dandies and Divas, Gavlak Projects, West Palm Beach, FL

Other Arrangements, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

2008 . What Comes Naturally, Fake Estate, NYC

If Love Could Have Saved You.,Bellwether Gallery, NYC


2019 MCCORMACK, Chris, LOVEAIDSRIOT, Art Monthly

LANGEVIN, Julein, Review: “Picture Not Portrait”, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, FROG Magazine

MAMA-NITZBERG, Joe/BRANNON, Matthew, Interview, FROG Magazine

2017 LANGEVIN, JULIEN, Where Critical Tides Meet, The Chart Journal, Spring 2017

ROSEN, Sara, Joe Mama-Nitzberg: Picture Not Portrait, Miss Rosen Presents

1998 CLARK, Vicki. Recycling Art History, Pittsburg Center for the Arts, Pittsburg PA (catalogue)

1997 FERGUSON, Russell. Mike Kelley and the L.A. Art Scene, BIJUTSU TECHO Magazine, February, Vol 49.

1996 BROWN, Elizabeth. Stream of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Barbara (exhibition catalogue)

THATER, Diana. Person, Schwabe & Co. AG, Verlag, Basel, Switzerland

MARTIN, Timothy. L.A.: Particles and Waves, Studio 246, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany


Walker Art Center

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles


Art Matters Grant 2015