Born in Saigon, Vietnam

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Professor of Photography at Bard College


1993 MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT 1985 MS Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1981 BAS Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2020 On Contested Terrain, curated by Dan Leers, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh

2017 Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

29 Palms, Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE

2015-16 Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada

Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, curated by Kate Bush, Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

2013 Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, curated by Ann Shafer

2010 Murray Guy, New York, NY

2008 Events Ashore, Murray Guy, New York, NY

The Photographs of An-My Lê, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY 2006 Trap Rock, commissioned and curated by

Lynne Cooke, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY

Small Wars: Photographs by An-My Lê, Marion Center, Santa Fe, NM; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Museum of Contemporary

Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, traveling to National Media Museum, Bradford, UK; Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK; Henry

Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (2007); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Johnson

Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (2008)

2004 29 Palms, Murray Guy, New York, NY

2002 Small Wars, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2019 Civilization: The Way We Live Now, curated by William Ewing, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South

Korea and traveling

Another West, curated by Richard Misrach, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco CA

The American War, curated by Robert Cozzolino, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Pompeii: Photographs and Fragments, curated by Judy Ditner, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

This Land, curated by Christopher McCall, Pier 24, San Francisco, CA

Light in War Time, curated by Rola Khayyat, Apexart, New York, NY

2017 Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War, curated by Judy Ditner, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven,


Something Fierce, curated by Christie Davis, The Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

Whitney Biennial, curated by Chris Lew and Mia Locks, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Poetics of Place, curated by Doug Eklund, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

2016 The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel, the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Unsuspending Disbelief, Logan Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

New Genealogies, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

MoCP at 40, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Security Theatre, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, Whitney Independent Study Program Curatorial Exhibition, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2015 America is Hard to See, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; traveling to National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Singapore Art Museum

(2016); Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Staging Disorder, University of the Arts, London

2014 Taipei Biennial: The Great Acceleration (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London; traveling to Museum Fokwang, Essen; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2015)

La Guerra Che Verrà Non è la Prima (The war which is coming is not the first one), MART, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di

Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto Trento, Italy

Ri-Conoscere Michelangelo: la scultura del Buonarroti nella fotografia e nella pittura dallʼottocento a oggi, Galleria dellʼ Accademia,

Florence, Italy

Footnotes, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 2013 An I for an Eye, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY

Contemporary Vietnamerican Art, Maier Museum at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

2012 War / Photography: Photographs of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; traveling to The Brooklyn

Museum, New York; The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Prix Pictet, Saatchi Gallery, London; traveling to Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest, (2013); Instanbul Museum of Modern Art,

Instanbul; Dublin Gallery of Photography, Dublin; Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut; Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki;

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (2014)

Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Mechelen, Belgium

Provisional Aesthetic, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN; traveling to Site Sante Fe, Sante Fe, NM

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

2011 Prospect 2, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

After the Gold Rush, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Photography After Color: Roger Ballen, An-My Lê, Matthew Pillsbury, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Role Models – Role Playing, Museum der moderne, Salzburg, Austria

New Topography of War, Le Bal, Paris, France

2010 The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Pictures by Women: A History of

Modern Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, The Solomon

R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

In the Vernacular, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009 America, Beirut Art Center, Beirut

Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

Images Recalled – Bilder auf Aufruf:, 3. Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg; Kunsthalle Mannheim; Kunstverein

Ludwigshafen; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

Into the Sunset: Photographyʼs Image of the American West, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Vague Terrain: Analogues of Place

in Contemporary Photography, FLAG Art Foundation, New York Lives of the Hudson, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga

Springs, NY

2008 Soft Manipulation, or Who is Afraid of the New Now?, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Stiftelson 3,14, Bergen, Norway (2009)

Zones of Conflict, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York

On The Subject of War, Barbican Art Gallery, London

The Printed Picture, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Greenroom, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Portraits: Of People and Places, Gallery of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of

Documentary Photography, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

That was then and this is now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

Lugares comprometidos. topografía y actualidad/compromised places.topography and actuality, PhotoEspaña, Fundación ICO, Madrid

Así se escribe la historia/This is how history is written, Casa Encendida, Madrid

Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me (curated by Jeremy Deller), The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Intimacies of Distant War, Dorsky Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2007 transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, traveling to University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, Irvine CA;

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2008)

To the Point: A New Reality: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers

University, New Brunswick, NJ (cat.)

2006 Witness to War: Revisiting Vietnam in Contemporary Art, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco

Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam, Kennesaw State University Art Galleries, Kennesaw, GA; traveling

to Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers

University, Camden, NJ; Depree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, MI (2008); Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY;

Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, College of Holy Cross,

Worcester, MA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2009)

Dirty Yoga: 2006 Taipei Biennial, Taipei

Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York (cat.)

Hereford Photography Festival, Courtyard Gallery and left Bank Gallery, Hereford, UK

New Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict, CUNY Graduate Center Gallery, New York Beautiful Suffering: Photography and

the Traffic in Pain, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, CT

2005 The Pentagruel Syndrome, T1 Torinotriennale Tremusei, Castello di Rivoli Museo dʼArte Contemporanea, Galleria Civica dʼArte Moderna

e Contemporanea di Torino and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Turin, Italy

The Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice (curated by Kathy Goncharov), The Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC

Stages of Memory: The War in Vietnam, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Set Up: Recent Acquisitions in Photography,

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York The Art of Aggression (curated by Robert Hobbs and Jean Crutchfield), Reynolds Gallery,

Richmond, VA; The Moore Space, Miami, FL

2004 The Freedom Salon, Deitch Projects, New York

Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York: Seattle Art Museum; San

Diego Museum of Art (2005)

2002 Fiona Banner, An-My Lê, Ann Lislegaard, Murray Guy, New York

Road Trip, Murray Guy, New York

Gravity Over Time, Milleventi gallery, Milan, Italy

2001 Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NewYork 2000 Documents, Perceptions, and Perspectives,

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI Reconsidering Vietnam, St Lawrence University, Brush Gallery, Canton 1999 Things They Carry,

University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX 1998 Re-imagining Vietnam, Fotofest, Houston

1997 Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

New Photography 13, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Picturing Communities, Houston Center for Photography, Houston

1994–96 Picturing Asia America: Communities, Culture, Difference, Houston Center for Photography, Houston; traveling to Hunt Gallery of

Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

1994 Building, Dwelling, Thinking, Lowinski Gallery, New York

1993 Contemporary American Photography, Canton Cultural Center, China

Awards & Grants

2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship 2009 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

2007 National Science Foundation, Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Award 2004 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

2006 Anonymous Was A Woman

1997 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship 1996 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography 1995

Camera Works Inc. fellowship

1993 Blair Dickinson Memorial Award, Yale University School of Art

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Art Institute of Chicago Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Dallas Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art St. Louis Art Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago The RISD Museum, Providence

Sackler Gallery (The Smithsonian), Washington D.C. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca Indianapolis Museum of Art

CCS Hessel Museum or Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Palm Springs Art Museum

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Fonds National dʼArt Contemporain, Paris Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo amongst others

Books and Monographs

2014 Events Ashore. New York: Aperture, 2014. Essay by Geoff Dyer.

2005 Small Wars. New York: Aperture, 2005. Essay by Richard B. Woodward. Interview by Hilton Als.

Selected Bibliography

2017 Lê, An-My, A Portfolio, BOMB magazine

Fateman, Johanna. “Rights and Privileges, on the 2017 Whitney Biennial.” Art Forum, May 2017, pp.296-298

2015 Christoph, Sara. “In Conversation, An-My Lê.” The Brooklyn Rail (February 2015)

Maerkle, Andrew. “An-My Lê: Fires on the Plain.” [Three-part interview]. ART iT, 28 July 2015; 3 August 2015; 17 August 2015

McLemore, Elaine. “Re-enactors: History and Contemporary Art Photography.” X-TRA: Contemporary Art Quarterly (June 2015), pp.


2014 California Dreaminʼ: Thirty Years of Collecting. Palm Springs: Palm Springs Art Museum, 2014, p.

Fussell, Genevieve. “An-My Lêʼs “Events Ashore.”” The New Yorker, 23 October 2014 Friedewald, Boris. “An-My Lê.” In Women

Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman. Munich: Prestel, 2014, pp. 126–129

Good, Jennifer. “Neither here nor there.” Source, no. 80 (September 2014), pp. 48–49 Holland, Claire. “An-My Lê.” Photomonitor

(November 2014)

Jobey, Liz. “Sea Power.” Financial Times Weekend Magazine, 4 October, 2014

Lê, An-My. "Small Wars (rescue) (1999–2002)." Blindspot, no. 47, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (2014), pl. 45

Ri-Conoscere Michelangelo: la scultura del Buonarroti nella fotografia e nella pittura dallʼottocento a oggi. Florence: Gunti Editore and

Firenze Musei, 2014, pp. 276–77, 324, 339

2013 Altman, Anna. “Behind the Scenes: Point and Shoot.” The New Yorker, 23 September 2013, p. 48

Erickson, Ruth. “An-My Lê.” In Art for Rollins: The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Ed. Abigail Ross Goodman. Winter Park, FL:

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 2013, pp. 70– 71

Lê, An-My, as told to Leslie J. Ureña. “500 Words.”, 11 October 2013 Lê, An-My. “Events Ashore.” Aperture 209 (Winter

2013), pp. 80–87

Smith, Tim. “Baltimore Museum of Art showcases work by An-My Lê, Gerard Byrne.” The Baltimore Sun, 23 October 2013

2012 Briggs, Peter S. “We All Lie: More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness.” Afterimage (September/October 2012), pp. 29–31

Foster, Sally. “An-My Lê: Proof of a contradictory world.” In APT7: The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Brisbane:

Queensland Art Gallery, 2012, pp. 146–147

2010 Meyers, William. “Capturing Three Worlds Apart: An-My Lê.” The Wall Street Journal, 9–10 October, 2010

Schulz, Charles. “An-My Lê.” The Brooklyn Rail (October 2010) Sholis, Brian. “An-My Lê – Murray Guy.” Artforum (December 2010)

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp. 40, 69

Walleston, Aimee. “Battles for War Photography: An-My Le.” Art in America online, 15 September 2010

2009 Amado, Miguel. “Zones of Conflict – Pratt Manhattan Gallery.”, January 2009 Cotton, Charlotte. “Chapter 8 Physical and

Material.” In The Photograph as Contemporary Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009, pp. 231–232

Decter, Joshua. “Zones of Conflict.” Artforum (April 2009), pp. 187–188

Respini, Eva. Into the Sunset, Photographyʼs Image of the American West. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2009, pp. 20, 79

2008 “An-My Lê.” The New Yorker, 2 June 2008

Bart, Nadine, ed. Verschwindende Landschaften. Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 2008 Campany, David. Photography and Cinema.

London: Reaktion Books, p. 46

Churner, Rachel. “An-My Lê – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.” Artforum (April 2008), p. 377 Coggins, David. “An-My Lê – Murray

Guy.” Modern Painters (July–August 2008), p. 79

Dyer, Geoff. “I Was There.” The Guardian, 18 October 2008

Gopnik, Blake. “An-My Lê.”, May 2008

Hargreaves, Roger. “Revival.” British Journal of Photography, 24 September 2008, pp. 34–37 Hargreaves, Roger. “Say it Again Yʼall.”

Photoworks (October 2008–April 2009), pp. 74–77 Masters, HG. “Theater of Observation.” Asia Art Pacific, no. 6

(September/October 2008), pp. 170–179

Portillo, Monica. “Sobre el tema de la Guerra.” Exit Express (November 2008)

Russell, Ruby. “We know about war, but we donʼt want to see it.” Telegraph Review, 11 October 2008, pp. 10–11

Van der Leer, David. “The Art of War.” Domus (July 2008)

2007 Irvine, Karen. “An-My Lê.” In Photo Art – Fotografie im 21. Jahrhundert. Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, 2007, pp. 246–249

2006 “An-My Lê.” In Ecotopia – the 2nd ICP Triennial of Photography and Video. New York: ICP;

Göttingen: Steidel, 2006, pp. 154–159

Godfrey, Mark. “An-My Lê.” In Vitamin PH – New Perspectives in Photography. London: Phaidon, 2006, pp. 154–157

Gregory, Stamatina. “The Presence of Absence: Art and Media Critique.” In Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict. New

York: Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Sudies Program, 2006

2005 Als, Hilton. “Interview.” In Small Wars: An-My Lê. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2005, pp. 108– 117

Heffley, Lynne. “Vietnam, Virginia, California.” Los Angeles Times, 25 September 2005 Woodward, Richard B. “Essay.” In Small Wars:

An-My Lê. New York: Aperture Foundation, 2005, pp. 108–117

2004 Aletti, Vince. “An-My Lê.” The Village Voice, 6–12 October 2004, p. 151 Cotter, Holland. “An-My Lê.” The New York Times, 24

September 2004, p. E33

Gopnik, Blake. “For Art Lovers, A Chelsea Morning.” The Washington Post, 26 September 2004, p. N01

Kerr, Merrily. “An-My Lê, ʻ29 Palms.ʼ” Time Out New York, no. 472, 14–21 October 2004, p. 80

The New Yorker, 4 October 2004, p. 21

Moylan, Chris. “An-My Lê: 29 Palms,” Art AsiaPacific, no. 43 (Winter 2005)

Rosenberg, Karen. “An-My Lê – Murray Guy.” Artforum (November 2004), pp. 225–226 “Small Wars.” Blind Spot, no. 28 (2004)

Terranova, Charissa. “Manhattanism.” Dallas Observer, 28 October 2004 Vanderbilt, Tom. “An-My Lê, ʻ29 Palms.ʼ” Artforum (December

2004), p. 170

2002 Aletti, Vince. “Voice Choices-Photo.” The Village Voice, 28 August 28–3 September 2002, p. 67 “Art museums & galleries.” San

Jose Mercury News, 16 June 2002, p. 8E (illus.)

2001 Lê, An-My. “Small Wars.” Cabinet (Spring 2001) “Small Wars,” Trace #1, AIGA Journal (January 2001)

2000 “Vietnam.” DoubleTake Magazine (Spring 2000)

1999 Daniel, Mike. “Vietnam War revisited.” Dallas Morning News, 22 October 1999

Harperʼs, July 1999, p. 37 (illus.)

Scott, Whitney. “Must museum.” New York Post, 10 January 1999, p. 27 (illus.)

Whiting, Sam. “Datebook: Impressions of Postwar Vietnam-photographs by Vietnamese American An-My Le.” San Francisco

Chronicle, 10 May 1999, pp. E1, E5

1998 “Goings On About Town.” The New Yorker, 12 January 1998, p. 18 (illus.)

Maning, Dee. “Centralʼs FAC host to ʻRe-imaging Vietnam.ʼ” The Egalitarian, 8 April 1998, p. 13 1997 Cotter, Holland. “Art In Review:

ʻNew Photography 13.ʼ” The New York Times, 7 November 1997, p. E37

“Criticʼs Picks.” Time Out New York, 23–30 October 1997

1994 Aletti, Vince. “Building Dwelling Thinking.” The Village Voice, March 1994

Chadwick, Susan. “Through Asian-American Eyes.” The Houston Post, 4 November 1994 Sorensen, Edith. “Press picks.” Houston

Press, 17–23 November 1994, p. 20