2018                 Some of the People, All of the Time, Brooklyn Museum

2017                 Private View, 83 Pitt Street

2017                 A People's History of Performance Art, Williams College Museum of Art

2017                Light Matter VII, Fondation Cartier, Paris

2016                 The Best New Work, Princeton University Art Museum

2015                Bystanders, Gallery TPW, Toronto

2014                WOW (work-in-progress), BRIC House, Brooklyn

2013                Talk Show IX, NADA Miami Beach

2013                The Sight of Blood Does Not Make Me Nervous or Afraid, CCS Bard/Luma Foundation

2013                Durance,  Boston Museum of Fine Arts

2013                Square of Paranoia, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

2012                Habit, Essex Street Market, New York City

2012                Light Matter III, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles

2012                Light Matter I & II, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

2012                Anger at the Movies, PS122, New York

2011                 Habit, Luminato /Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto

2011                 An Untitled Opera About Milli Vanilli, Watermill Center, New York

2011                 Habit, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

2010                       Elegant Solutions (performance), Museum of Modern Art, New York

2010                Habit, Watermill Center, New York

2010                Hopeful, Frîche du Belle du Mai, Marseille

2010                Hopeful, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

2009               Hopeful, Cabinet Magazine Exhibition Space, New York

2009               Hopeful, Galerie Feinkost, Berlin

2009               Venice Saved, PS122, New York

2008               The Gallery will be Relocating over the Summer, CWB, Berlin

2007               The Barber Trial, Documenta XII, Kassel

2007               2 Forms of Endurance, Galerie Magnus Muller, Berlin

2007               Bauerntheater, Biorama-Projekt, Joachimsthal

2007               Actors at Work, Ice Factory NYC

2004               4 Seminars, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin

2004               ‘Night, Motherfucker, Gavin Brown@Passerby, New York

2003               Babylon is Everywhere, Drama League, New York



2019 The Commons Artist, MCA Chicago

2019 Idiorhythmias, MACBA Barcelona

2017               Chalk Circles, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2016              That Time, CYCLE Festival, Iceland

2015               Hotel Theory, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2015               Drifting in Daylight, Creative Time, New York

2014               The Reluctant Narrator, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon

2013               Jew York, Untitled/Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

2012               Rogue States, Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art

2012               Test Run, Kunsthaus Dresden

2012               No Person May Carry a Fish into a Bar, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

2012               Meeting Point, Mount Tremper Arts, New York

2012               Our Work is Never Over, Matadero Madrid

2012               Boredom, Essays and Observations, Berlin

2011                Prelude ’12, CUNY Gallery, NYC

2011                You Are Free, Exnergasse, Wien

2011                The New Versimilitude, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

2011                Rehearsing Collectivity, Tanzfabrik, Berlin

2011                A Painting Show, Autocenter, Berlin

2011                pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous, ICSP, New York

2011                Stay Hungry, POG Berlin

2010               The Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp

2010                Feinkost Triennale, Program, Berlin

2010                During Office Hours, VGF Geschlossenes Fonds, Berlin

2010                Vivere Country, Grimmuseum, Berlin

2010                Love Letters to a Surrogate, Torrance Museum, Los Angeles

2010                Videodrome, Autocenter, Berlin

2010                In 15 Minutes Everybody Will Be Famous, Tape Gallery, Berlin

2010                One Million Random Numbers, Gridspace Gallery, New York

2010                You Are Free, Tape Gallery, Berlin

2010                 Freischuss, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin

2009                Assume the Position, Town House Gallery, Cairo

2009                Communism Never Happened, Galerie Feinkost, Berlin

2009                Sleeper, Brown Gallery, London

2009                Exhibition June 13, Exhibition (NY)

2008                No Food for Visitors, Appartment22, Rabat, Morocco

2008                All I Wanted was a Pepsi, West Germany (Berlin), Malkasten (Dusseldorf), Elektrohaus


2008                The Practice of Everyday Life, Galerie Feinkost, Berlin



2017                  Progeny!, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York

2017                   Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance, Williams College Museum of Art



Ryan Anthony Hatch, “Galleries: Resituating the Postdramatic Real”, in Postdramatic Theater and Form. Methuen: 2019

Jason Farago, “Best Art of 2018: Global Highlights,” The New York Times, December 12, 2018

Alex Bienstock, "Emotions for Hire: David Levine at the Brooklyn Museum", Art in America, June 11, 2018

Saul Anton, "David Levine Brings the Drama of a Political Antihero to the Brooklyn Museum", Cultured, Summer 2018

Paul David Young, "At the Brooklyn Museum, Actors Play at Faking Democracy", Hyperallergic, June 8, 2018

Ferdman, Bertie, Off Sites: Contemporary Performance Beyond Site-Specific. Southern Illinois UP, 2018

James N. Kienitz-Wilkins, David Levine, BOMB 139, Spring 2017

Judith Vranken, "Artforum Critic's Pick: That Time", November, 2016

Elvia Wilk, That Time,, November 9, 2016

Anna Altman, "A Real-Life GIF in Central Park", The New Yorker (online), May 15, 2015

Stephen Squibb, “Faux Pas: David Levine’s WOW,” Artforum, May 2014

Scott Indrisek, “The Surprise Genius of a Milli Vanilli Art-Opera,” Black Book, February 3, 2014

Hrag Vartanian, “Remember When Milli Vanilli Were Artists?,” Hyperallergic, January 31, 2014

Mike Thomsen, “Together We are None," The New Inquiry, January 30, 2014

Sara Kozinn, “Making Theater Art”, TDR/The Drama Review, Summer 2014

Andrew Russeth, “Do Opera Singers Lip-Sync?,” Gallerist NY/New York Observer, January 28, 2014

Dan Fox, “Act Natural,” Frieze, May/June 2013

Allison Vanouse, Notes on Odd Spaces,, June 25, 2013

Ryan Anthony Hatch, “Performance Geometries, a Primer,” PAJ 35.2, March 2013

Beckett, Andy, “A User’s Guide to Artspeak,” The Guardian, January 27, 2013

Mark Beasley, “Best of 2012: Habit,” Frieze online, December 26, 2012

Dan Fox, Best of 2012: “Habit," Frieze online, December 19, 2012

Dan Fox, "Best of 2012: "International Art English,” Frieze online, December 19, 2012

Daniel Schreiber, “Wie sind wir zu solchen Versagern geworden?” Theater Heute, October 2012

Dan Fox,  “In Habit,” Frieze online, October 10, 2012

Michael H. Miller, “Daily Housework: In ‘Habit,’ David Levine Makes Acting a Chore”, Gallerist NY/New York   Observer, October 2, 2012

Paul David Young, “David Levine’s Habit at the Essex Street Market,” Art in America online, September 29, 2012   

Anna Altman, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” The New Yorker online, September 28, 2012

David Cote, “Habit,” Time Out New York, September 25, 2012

Ben Brantley, “You Have a Role in this Play: Peeping Tom,” New York Times, September 24, 2012

Gideon Lewis-Kraus, “The Next Big Former Thing,” Modern Painters, March 2012

Ana Pinto, “American Idol,”Mousse #30, Fall 2011

Gideon Lewis-Kraus, "Over and Over," Threepenny Review, Winter 2011

Amy Holzapfel, “The Habit of Realism,” Theater 42:1, Winter 2011

Whitney Kimball, “How the Marlborough Gallery Besmirched Itself,” Artfagcity, August 17, 2011

Michael H. Miller, “The Straight Story of the Matter of Rothko,” New York Observer, August 12, 2011

Murray Whyte, “David Levine’s Habit,” Toronto Star, June 15, 2011

Vivian Rehberg, “Best of 2011: Matter of Rothko,” Frieze online, December 21, 2011

Paul David Young, “Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic,” PAJ 98, Spring 2011

Caitlin Berrigan, “Specters: David Levine,” EMPAC Uncertain Spectators Blog, January 2011

Nikki Columbus, “Double Play,”, June 1, 2010   

Michael Rush, “Interview with David Levine,” Art International Radio, May 7, 2010

Tom Sellar, “The City’s Best (and Not So Best) Progressive Theater,” The Village Voice, Jan. 5–12, 2010

Ana Texeira Pinto, “Susan Boyle, C’est Moi,” Von Hundert 010, 2009

Naoko Kaltschmidt, “Hopeful,” Spike, Autumn 2009

Dominikus Mueller, “Hopeful,” Artforum, October 2009

Ana Finel Honigman “Critic’s Pick: Hopeful,”, August 2009

Dominikus Mueller, “Hoffnung auf Erfolg,” TAZ, July 8, 2009

Kari Rittenbach, “Keeping the Hope Alive,” Art in, July 8, 2009

Ana Finel Honigman, “Inside the Actors’ Portrait Studio,”, May 18, 2009

Helen Shaw, “Venice Saved: A Seminar," Time Out New York, April 2–8, 2009

Jason Zinoman, “The Audience has its Say during the Performance,” The New York Times, April 1, 2009

Tom Murrin, “Stage Notes: Venice Saved: A Seminar,” Paper Magazine online, March 19, 2009

David Cote, “Politics as Unusual at PS122,” Time Out New York Online, March 19th, 2009

Alexis Soloski, “Mr. High Concept,” The Village Voice, March 17–24, 2009

Gary Winter, “Venice Saved: A Seminar,” The Brooklyn Rail, March 2009

“Christian Hawkey in conversation with David Levine,” The Believer, Winter 2009

Astrid Mania, “Berlin Dispatches,”  Art Review #25, September 2008.

Marvin Carlson, “David Levine’s Bauerntheater: The Return of the Matrix,” TDR, Fall 2008

Alix Rule, “David Levine in Conversation with Alix Rule,” Saatchi Gallery Online, July 2008

Walter Robbins, “Art Opening as Theater in Berlin,” Artnet, June 24, 2008

Geoffrey Scott & Aaron Cedolia, “David Levine & Bauerntheater,” BOMB #100

Thomas Irmer, “Auf fruchtbarem Boden” Shakespeare (Norway), Maska (Latvia), Didaskalia (Poland) July 2007, October 2007, May 2008

Wolfgang Behrens, “Wer Erntet die Dickste Kartoffeln?,” Theater der Zeit, June 2007

Anja Quickert, “Das Kartoffel-Konzept,” TheaterHeute, June 2007

Daniel Volzke, “Ertragreich,” Tagesspiegel, May 21, 2007

Sally McGrane, “An Actor Out Standing in his Field,” The New York Times, May 20, 2007

Max Glauner, “Die Kartoffeln sind Real,” Freitag, May 11, 2007

Kerstin Decker, “Es riecht nach Regen,” Der Tagesspiegel, May 8, 2007

Max Glauner, “Ackern fur die Kunst,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, May 6, 2007



 PUBLICATIONS (selected)

“Some of the People, All of the Time” (artist’s edition) PPP Editions, 2019

“Some of the People, All of the Time” n+1 32, fall, 2018

"The Sight of Blood Does not Make Me Sick or Afraid" in Eccles, Keenan, Malik, Zolghadr, eds, The Flood of Rights  Bard CCS/LUMA Foundation & Sternberg Press, 2017.

"Action" and "Installation" in Shannon Jackson, ed. In Terms of Performance. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, 2016

"You Had to Be There (sorta)" in Parkett, vol. 95, 2014

“A Genuine Subversion” in Mousse #41, December 2013

“Interview with Marina Abramovic”, Mono-Kultur, #35, November 2013

“Interview with Alexandre Singh,” BOMB online, November 12, 2013

“Curating People,” ed. Shannon Jackson (forthcoming), 2014

“Rothko Negatives,” Convolutions #2, 2013

“Hopeful,” reprinted in Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine. Cabinet Books, 2012

“International Art English,” Triple Canopy #16, 2012

Draw it With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment, Paper Monument Press, 2012

“Matter of Rothko” Triple Canopy #13, 2011

“Parking Plots,” Cabinet #41, 2011

“Unsolicited Submission,” Cultural Politics 6:1, 2010

I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette, Paper Monument, 2009

“Hopeful,” Cabinet #31, 2008

“Sin City: The Art of Howard Chaykin,” Nextbook, 2008

“Bauerntheater Production Diary,” Theater 28:2, 2008

Bauerntheater [catalogue], Biorama Projekt/Kulturstiftung des Bundes, 2007

“Interview with Michael Thalheimer,”, 2007

“Actors at Work,” Cabinet #25, 2007

“Bad Art & Objecthood,” Art/US #13, May–June 2006

“Re-Public,” Theater, 2005

“Babylon is Everywhere,” Theater, 2004



Guggenheim Fellowship, 2018

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, 2016

Artists on Artists Lecture on Bruce Nauman, Dia Art Foundation, 2015

Fellowship, Macdowell Colony, 2014

NYSCA Individual Artists Commission (for WOW), 2014

OBIE Award (for Habit), 2013

Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2012-2013, 2013–2014

Spencer Lecture in Drama at Harvard University, March 2012

Brecht-Tage Lecture, “Brecht and the Gallery,” Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Berlin, February 2012

Watermill Center Artist-in-Residence, 2010 and 2011

Columbia University Collaboration Lab Faculty, 2011

Prelude Festival of New Performance, 2007, 2009, 2011

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, 2007

Florence Gould Foundation Commissioning Grant for Venice Saved, 2008

Etants Donnés (French-American Fund for Performance) Commissioning Grant for Venice Saved, 2008

German Federal Cultural Foundation Commissioning Grant for Bauerntheater, 2007



Professor of the Practice of Performance, Theater, and Media, Harvard University, 2016-present

Professor of Art, Director of Studio and Performing Arts, Bard College Berlin, Germany, 2012–2016

Director, Studio Component, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin, Germany, 2005–2011

Faculty, Columbia University Collaboration Lab, Summer 2012

Guest Professor, Freie Universität, Berlin, 2008



1992–1996           Harvard University, MA, Department of English Language & Literature, 

                             Mellon Fellowship for Graduate Study

1988–1992           Cornell University, BA, 19th- & 20th-Century European Intellectual History