Phyllis Galembo

Articles & Reviews

Wild, wacky and sometimes serious: The surreal outfits of African masquerading, 2016.
The Washington Post

A Photographic Survey of Africa’s Enduring Masquerade Traditions, 2016.

The Astonishing Artistry and Aesthetics of African Masking, 2016. AnOther Magazine

National Geographic Magazine, April 2012, African Masks. Story on the work of Phyllis Galembo

Telegraph Magazine (UK) October 9, 2010. Article PDF (6.4 MB)

GEO (Germany) November 2010. Article PDF (German language, 8.6 MB)

British Journal of Photography October 2010. Article (jpeg 477 kb)

The FADER Issue 66, Feb/March 2010. Article PDF (1.1 MB)

TAR magazine, Winter 2008. Article PDF (1.5 MB)

Photograph, September/October 2008. Article (jpeg 214 kb)

DAMnº17 magazine, June/July 2008. Article PDF (710 kb)

Phyllis Galembo, Sepia / The Alkazi Collection, New York, June–July, 2005. Exhibition reviews


Master of Fine Arts (Photography/Printmaking), University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1977


Professor, Fine Arts Department, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1978–2018

Visiting Photography Professor, Parsons School of Design, West Africa Program, Ivory Coast,
Summer 1988-89


Mexico, Masks & Rituals, Photographs by Phyllis Galembo, published by Radius Books / D.A.P., 2019

Maske, by Phyllis Galembo, first published by Chris Boot in 2010
Republished by Aperture in 2016

Dressed for Thrills, 100 Years of Halloween/masquerade costume, Harry Abrams Press, 2002

Vodou: Visions and Voice of Haiti, by Phyllis Galembo, introduction by Gerdes Fleurant, 10 Speed Press, 1998, reprinted 2005

Aso-ebi, Cloth of the Family, by Phyllis Galembo, essay by Dympna Ugwu-Oju, 1997, sponsored by New York Council for the Arts, Catalogue Grant

Divine Inspiration from Benin to Bahia, University of New Mexico Press, 1993. Photographs by Phyllis Galembo with essays by David Byrne, Robert Farris Thompson, Joseph Nevadomsky, Norma Rosen and Zeca Ligiero

Pale Pink, by Phyllis Galembo, Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1982

Selected Exhibitions

Steven Kasher Gallery Booth, AIPAD Photography Show, New York, March 30–April 2

HAUTE AFRICA, Foto festival KNOKKE HEIST, Belgium
Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd Street, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Face to Face, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
UNSEEN Art Fair, Reflex Amsterdam, Netherlands

Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), la Biennale di Venezia, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. Venice, Italy. June 1 – November 24

Maske: A Collection of Photographs by Phyllis Galembo, Three Squares Studio, New York, NY. September 15 – December 15

Phyllis Galembo: Maske, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY. March 2 – April 2

Call and Response: Africa to America. The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. May 27 – June 26

Phyllis Galembo: Masquerade, a Decade
Reflex Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 23 – July 11

Phyllis Galembo: Masquerade, a Decade
Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY. June 28 - September 28

West African Masquerade: Photographs by Phyllis Galembo
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. June 28 - September 28

West African Masquerade: Photographs by Phyllis Galembo, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. July 14 - December 30
Gallery exhibition link

Phyllis Galembo, Dressed for Thrills: Halloween and Masquerade Costumes
Philip Slein Gallery, Saint Louis, MO. Oct 21 – Nov 19

Phyllis Galembo, Sepia / The Alkazi Collection, New York City, Jun 23 – July 29
Exhibition reviews

Dressed for Thrills: Halloween and Masquerade Costumes
Albany Institute of History and Art. Sep 4 – Dec 5

Visions of Haiti, Vodou and Carnivale: Photographs by Phyllis Galembo
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 20 Feb – 16 May

Dressed for Thrills: Halloween and Masquerade Costumes
F.I.T. Museum, New York. Oct 21, 2003 – January 3, 2004

Manifestions of the Spirit, Newark Museum, Newark, NY. Feb 2002-Dec 2002

Manifestations of the Spirit, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Kings, Chiefs, Women of Power, Nigeria, La Galeria Sacred Stone, Santa Fe, NM
Kings, Chiefs, Women of Power, Nigeria, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Kings, Chiefs, Women of Power, Nigeria, American Museum of Natural History, New York

Haitian Vodou, Cavin Morris, New York

Divine Inspiration from Benin to Bahia, Brush Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Photogroup Center, Coral Gables, FL

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH

Divine Inspiration from Benin to Bahia, International Center for Photography, New York

Recent Grants

1998 Faculty Research Award for Halloween/masquerade costumes
1996 Artists’ Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York
1996 Catalogue Grant, New York Council for the Arts, New York
1993-94 Senior Fulbright Research Award, Kings, Chiefs and Women of Power, Nigeria

Recent Invited Lectures/Visiting Artist

Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California; New York University, NY; University of Connecticut, Storrs; Summer Photography Institute, New York University; International Center for Photography New York City; Photogroup Center, Coral Gables, Florida; Arts Council, African Studies Association Triennial Meeting, N.Y.C.; Northeastern Association of Brazilionists, Union College, Schenectady, New York; Colloquium on The Primitive Arts of Africa, Mesoamerica and Oceania, University Museum of Long Beach, Long Beach, California; O Ritual E O Sagrado, No Brasil E Na Nigeria, USIS, UFPE, FUNDAJ, Recife, Brazil.

Public and Private Collections

Houston Museum of Art, Houston,Texas; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, NY; Polaroid Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Photography Study Collection, New York.

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