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Ben Coonley


I perform the role of a media art professor named "Ben" in Kelly Reichardt's Showing Up (A24), coming to theaters in 2023.

I have a spread in A Decade To Download: The Internet Yama-Ichi 2012-2021 (2022).   

In May 2022, I had a nice conversation with Brainard Carey for WYBCX, Yale Radio. 

I enjoyed speaking to the amazing students in the Studio Art: Transmedia Department UT-Austin, November 2021.

I served as Interim Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. (November 2021–December 2022)

Winter Games, my second solo show at Microscope Gallery
February 15–March 24, 2019.

Green Screens (Part 1) at Microscope Gallery on Monday, March 4, 7:30pm. Other artists in the program include: Ina Archer, Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin, E.S.P. TV, James Fotopoulos, Maggie Hazen, Xandra Ibarra, Kristin Lucas, Erica Magrey, Eileen Maxson, Alex McQuilkin, Shana Moulton, Isabel Sakura, Marco Scozzaro, and Nastya Valentine!

3D Videos from my "Compositions" series were in 3D: Double Vision at LACMA.
July 15, 2018–March 31, 2019.

The complete "Compositions" looped at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of:
Flat Is Beautiful: The Strange Case of Pixelvision
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street, New York, NY
August 10–16 , 2018

I was a secret actor/audience plant in Light Industry's presentation of Maurice Lemaître's Has the Film Already Started? (1951).
April 21, 2018

I built an outdoor curling rink at Bard College.
Janury–Feburary, 2018

A section of Why Cecco Beppe Does Not Die (Scratch 'n' Sniff Edition) (2009) was exerpted for the "Technology" episode of Off the Air on Adult Swim, December, 2017.

I participated in a conversation with Constant Dullaart about his "YouTube as a Subject" (2008) and my responses (2008)
Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 26, 2017

I organized My First 3D Part III: The Final Chapter
A screening of 20 artists' first forays into 3D animation and/or stereoscopic 3D movie-making
Monday, July 24, 2017

I contributed a tattoo design to Michael Smith's Not Quite Under_Ground tattoo parlor
Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017
June 10–October 1, 2017

"Infinite Zune" in Paul Theriault's The Electronic Arts Library
Artspace New Haven
May 14–Jul 8, 2017

Video about "Trading Futures" from Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
October 28, 2016–February 5, 2017

"Hook No. 2" in "Dance with flARmingos," curated by Kristin Lucas for the Queens Biennial
Queens Museum
April 10–July 31, 2016

Video from Artinfo about my first solo gallery show, Moonley
Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn
February 26–April 3, 2016


For inquiries please contact:
Microscope Gallery
tel: 347-925-1433