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Manju Shandler
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a visual storyteller who communicates with the viewer through narrative imagery, imbued with elastic meaning. I am creating a new visual mythology that explores the process of mankind corrupting the natural world in pursuit of progress. My narrative mixed media paintings and tapestries are a meditation on current events presented as a psychological landscape that builds upon established story lines in pursuit of ordering madness in dense and complicated times. My artwork reflects on the past, while it probes the future. The blueprint of how I create work can be broken down like this: I isolate a contemporary phenomenon, find a myth or story with relevance, and illustrate their intersection, using an arsenal of imagery and techniques assembled through research and intuition. Much of my work is on polyester film, a thin translucent plastic. This material allows the staging environment to be visible through the work, breaking the metaphor of painting as a window into another dimension. I mark this surface with India ink, grease pencil, printing, acrylic and spray paint. I sew this work together creating large multi-layered plastic tapestries.

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Manju Shandler


Select Exhibitions
* Solo Shows


The September 11th Memorial & Museum Ground Zero, NYC Rendering The Unthinkable

*The GovernorÕs Island Art Fair GovernorÕs Island, NYC Cock n Guf

Abrazo Interno Gallery Lower East Side, NYC Trees of Life and Evil Eyes: Yiddish New York Festival

BRIC Brooklyn, NY  Up for Debate


*The Sarah Doyle Gallery for Feminist Art at Brown University, Providence RI  ZIZ: Synthetic Deities

Gallery Ho Hong Kong China  The Affordable Art Fair

Gallery Ho Berlin, Germany  Berliner Liste

The Art Sprinter One Art Space The Art Sprinter Prize


ISE Cultural Foundation Soho, NYC  Behemoths

Gallery Ho Chelsea, NYC  The Affordable Art Fair

Gallery Ho Chelsea, NYC New Originals

The Cure8 Group Brooklyn, NYC Winter Salon

Concepto Hudson Hudson, NY  Soliloquy

Nonfiction Gallery Savannah, GA Common Knowledge


*The GovernorÕs Island Art Fair GovernorÕs Island, NYC Deus Ex Machina

The University of Rhode Island- Main Gallery Kingston, RI  25th Anniversary Sea Grant Exhibition

ISE Cultural Foundation Soho, NYC  New York Art Search 2013

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery New Orleans, LA  No Dead Artists

Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA  50th Annual Juried Exhibition

NURTUREart , NYC NURTUREart Benefit

Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA The Petroleum Paradox

The LABA Theatre, East Village, NYC  DRUNK


*The Hammond Museum North Salem, NY  Legends & Leviathans

*The GovernorÕs Island Art Fair GovernorÕs Island, NYC Leviathans

Denise Bibro Gallery Chelsea, NYC The Petroleum Paradox

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Red Hook, Brooklyn  Wide Open

New York Foundation for the Arts Dumbo, Brooklyn  Bootstrap Festival


Atelier MSK Amsterdam, The Netherlands Hell & High Water

New York University East Village, NYC 9/11 Arts: A Decade Later

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Red Hook, Brooklyn  Black & White


Alma Home for Hebrew Culture Tel Aviv, Israel Pardes


*The LABA Gallery East Village, NYC  Stories of the Apocalypse


The Honfleur Gallery Washington, DC The Silent Crowd


*The Honfleur Gallery Washington DC  Gesture


*The Bergdorf Goodman Store Windows Upper East Side, NYC Gesture



Arte Fuse  Crank a Fish & See the Origins of Consciousness at ISE Cultural Foundation by Daniel Gauss, August 28
Arte Fuse  New Originals by Daniel Gauss, February 13
Brooklyn Rail  New Originals at Gallery Ho by Jonathan Goodman, March 4


The New Orleans Art Review: A Flavor for Every Taste and Then Some: 17th Annual No Dead Artists at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery By Karl F Volkmar October/November/December 2013 Edition

Authored Blogs

The Queens Museum Website Reflections on Dinner Without An Agenda With Chloe Bass




Visiting Artists Lectures/Workshops

The National September 11th Memorial & Museum / Rendering the Unthinkable Lecture

Ziz: Synthetic Deities Sarah Doyle Gallery Brown University/RISD

New Originals Artists Talk at Gallery Ho

ChildrenÕs Museum of Manhattan NYC

Two Rivers Charter School Washington, DC

World Trade Center Bereavement & Trauma Counseling Program Artist Lead Workshop

Visual Art Awards, Grants & Residences

2016 The GovernorÕs Island Art Fair  Summer Artists Residency
2015 The Art Sprinter Award  Finalist
2013 Art Asset Award The ISE Cultural Foundation
2012 The University of Rhode Island  Sea Grant for Visual Artists
2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists As Entrepreneur
2008-11 LABA  Artist in Residence
2005 Makor  Artist in Residence

Select Visual Art Bibliography

The New York Times  9/11 Museum to Open ItÕs First Art Exhibition in September, July 14
Hyperallergic  An Eclectic Lineup at This Years GovernorÕs Island Art Fair, July 15
The Observer  9/11 Museum Prepares First Art Show, July 15
DNAinfo  9/111 Museum to Showcase New York ArtistÕs Reactions to Sept 11, July 15
TheNonprofit Quarterly  9/11 Museum Debuts Art Exhibition: Local ArtistsÕ Responses to Attack, July 15
Gothamist  The 9/11 Museum Will Open Its First Art Exhibit This September, July 16
Associated Press  September 11 Museum Stages Major Exhibition, July 18
The Day  9/11 Museum Stages Art Exhibition Rife with Reality, July 18
Hyperallergic  Harboring Art in Historic Spaces at the 2016 GovernorÕs Island Art Fair, Sept 1
WABC-TV  ÔRendering the UnthinkableÕ Art Exhibit Set Open at 9/11 Museum, Sept 1
WNYC  Museum Showcases Local Artists View of 9/11 Attacks, Sept 1
The Guardian  Artistic Responses to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Ð In Pictures, Sept 2
China Daily  Artists Respond to 9/11 attacks in New Exhibit, Sept 2
Crienglish  9/11 Inspired Art Honors 15th Anniversary, Sept 2
The Malay Mail Online  Artists Explore Emotional Response to 9/11 Attacks in New Exhibit, Sept 2
Global Liputan6  Melihat Tragedi 11 September Lewat Karya Seniman New York, Sept 2
ArtLyst  Artists Render the Unthinkable in New 9/11 Memorial Museum Exhibition, Sept 4
Times of Malta  Artists React to 9/11, Sept 5
USA Today  9/11 Museum to Open First Art Exhibit for 15th Anniversary of Attacks, Sept 7
U.S. News & World Report  9/11 Museum to Open First Art Exhibit for 15th Anniversary of Attacks, Sept 7
The Carolinian  Art Commemorates the Day We Will Never Forget, Sept 7
Artnet News  9/11 Museum Holds First Art Exhibition, Sept 8
CCTV-Espanol  Exposici—n Reœne en Nueva York Obras de Arte Inspiradas en el 11 Ð Septiembre, Sept 8
USA Today  Art Exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Sept 9
Euronews  NYC Memorial Museum Marks 15 Years Since 9/11, Sept 9
Total News Wire  15th Anniversary of 9/11- Event Schedule, Museum Exhibit, TV Specials, Sept 9
Haberler  11 EylŸl Kurbanlarõ DŸnya Ticaret Merkezi'nde Anõlõyor, Sept 9
The Forward  On 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Sculptor Shows City in Mourning, Sept 9
CCTV-America  New Exhibit in NYC for 9/11 Anniversary, Sept 10
Blouin Art Info  Rendering the Unthinkable at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Sept 11
Financial Tribune  NY Museum Marks 15 Years Since 9/11, Sept 11
El Comercio  11 de Setiembre: La Cat‡strofe en la Literatura y el Arte, Sept 11
ARTE Journal 11 Septembre 2001: Comment ReprŽsenter l'inconcevable? Sept 11
La Stampa Ground Zero si riempie di arte con la mostra in ricordo dellÕ11 settembre, Sept 11
Artribune  Una Mostra per Non Dimenticare lÕ11 Settembre: 13 artisti di New York, Sept 12
Shreveport Times  The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is unveiling its first Art Exhibit, Sept 12
Toutelaculture  Quand l'art retranscrit l'horreur du 11 septembre 2001, Sept 26
Viva News  Memorial Museum Stages Art Exhibition, Oct 25
2015 The New York Times  Arts/Spare Times for Children April 17 Ð 23, Apr 16
The Art Sprinter ÒI am a Visual StorytellerÓ, Apr 10
2014 Hyperallergic  NYCÕs GovernorÕs Island Art Fair Open Every Weekend in September, Aug 27

2013 The Forward Modern Day Manna, FEATURED ARTWORK, March 22

2012 Design Diffusion News- (An Italian Design Magazine) FEATURE May Edition
The New York Times  ChildrenÕs Events, Mar 9

2011 22 Magazine  FEATURED ARTIST
Artists Respond Globally  FEATURED ARTIST

2009 The Forward  LABA and the Ripple Effect, Michael Kaminer, April 22
ShÕma Featured Artist, April Edition

2007 The Hill Rag  Two Rivers Artist Join Sept 11 Gallery Installation, Michael Skinner, October Edition

2005 New York Press  ÒWandering: The Fourth Biannual Makor MarathonÓ, Andrea Toochin, January 18

2003 The New York Times  9/11 Reflections, by Ruth La Ferla


2015, 2012, 2009, 2007
Lincoln CenterÕs Avery Fisher Hall/The Little Orchestra Society
Cinderella and the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon
Production Design (Costumes, Masks and Puppets)
Choreographers Lisa Reinhart and Margret Hickey

2015 The Public Theatre/24 Hour Plays/ Bennington College
Set Dressing/Props Master for 6 Original Plays
Written, Produced and Performed in 24 Hours

The Neverbird/Peter Pan 360
Puppet Construction for 11foot wide wingspan character

2013 LABA- Drunk: An Evening in Celebration and Contemplation of Wine
Featured Artist: Projected Paintings from the series IDLE WORSHIP

LABA- The 14th St Y - Artist In Residence
Creator, Artistic Director, Puppet, Costume and Set Design - A Wonderfully Flat Thing
Puppet, Mask and Costume Design Ð Moriah

2010 Binding at PS 122 Solo Nova Festival
Costume and Puppet Design
Jesse Zaritt Choreographer

Radio City Music Hall Ð Carnivale Spectacular
Associate Masquerade Costume and Puppet Design
Design Peter Minshall

2001 The Disney Channel - The Book of Pooh
Puppet and Costume Design Styling

2000 Theatre for a New Audience -The Green Bird
Mask Maker
Director / Designer Julie Taymor

The Winter Garden - Black Fire
Associate Puppet and Costume Design
Alice Farley Dance Theatre

Anti-Gravity Acrobats The Millennium Ball
Costume Design
Private Costume Party for George Soros

Gale Gates Et Al Ð 1839 & So Long Ago I CanÕt Remember
Specialty Costume and Puppet Design
Director Michael Counts

1999 Emerging Artist Project Ð Stories for the Sultan
Writer, Director and Designer
Emerging Artist Project - Eugene OÕNeill Puppetry Conference
*Grant Recipient the Jim Henson Foundation

The Muppet Workshop - Sesame Street
Walk-Around Costume Construction

Disney Theatrical - The Lion King on Broadway
Sculptor of Masks and Puppets
Designers Julie Taymor and Michael Curry

1998 Nickelodeon - The Backyardigans Pilot
Walk-Around Costume Construction

Theatre for a New Audience Ð Macbeth
Puppet Construction - Ralph Lee Puppet Design

Theatrical Awards

2010 Innovative Theatre Award: Outstanding Performance Art Production
Binding at PS 122 Solo Nova Festival

2001 Emmy Award Nomination: Puppet and Costume Design Styling
The Disney Channel - The Book of Pooh

1999 Emerging Artist Project: Eugene OÕNeill Puppetry Conference

Grant Recipient: The Jim Henson Foundation

Select Theatrical Bibliography

2011 The CBS Morning Show A Wonderfully Flat Thing featured on December 18
NY1 Television A Wonderfully Flat Thing featured on December 20
The New York Theatre Wire, A Fable to Reflect On, reviewed by Pauline Simmons
Show Business Weekly, A Wonderfully Flat Thing, reviewed by Bryan Clark
The Happiest Medium, A Wonderfully Flat Thing- a journey into the Imagination by Lina Zeldovich

2010 Timeout Kids New York, Critics Pick- A Wonderfully Flat Thing, April
The New York Times, Spare Times: For Children - A Wonderfully Flat Thing April 8
NY 1 Television Parenting: Where to go - Shelley Goldberg,
Mom Trends New York, KidÕs Theatre Event: A Wonderfully Flat Thing, by Nicole Feliciano,
New York Family, ÒCritics Pick- A Wonderfully Flat Thing
Go City Kids, A Wonderfully Flat Thing, April
Mommy Poppins, A Wonderfully Flat Thing

2008 The New York Times, Ò Cinderella and the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon,Ó
Time Out New York, ÒDance: The Little Orchestra Society- Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center)Ó
The New York Sun, Kiss Some Toads, Find a Prince

2000 PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art - PAJ 64 (Volume 22, Number 1, Italicized Monsters and
Beached Whales, by Michael Rush

Bennington College

1995 Bachelor of Arts

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Brooklyn, NY 11217


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