Education 1979, B.A. University of California, Berkeley


Selected Public Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, NY

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

The Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA

The Grand Rapids Museum of Art, MI

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, NY

The Opsis Collection at Amherst College, MA

The Harvard Photographic Archive, Cambridge, MA

The Cantor Center for Art at Stanford University, CA

The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield, MI

The University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The New York Public Library Collection, NY

The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

The Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

The Solari Foundation Photography Collection, The University of Arizona, AZ


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 State of Exception, The New School/Parsons School of Design, NY, NY

2015 State of Exception, Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, MI

2014 Murmur Permanent Installation, 22 4th St. at Market, San Francisco, CA

2014 Murmur and Refuge, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2014 State of Exception, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI

2013 Murmur & Refuge, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013 State of Exception, Institute For The Humanities at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2011 Untitled, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2011 Untitled, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2010 Murmur, Clark Gallery, Boston MA

2010 Animal Logic, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Animal Logic, San Jose State University Art Gallery, CA

2009 Animal Logic, Cranbrook Acadam;y of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2009 Past Perfect/ Future Tense, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, MI

2009 Unnatural History: The Museum Unveiled, University of Michigan, MI

2007 Murmur, Hosfelt Gallery New York, NY

2006 Murmur, Flow Room, (with Alex Scheweder), Howard House, Seattle, WA

2004 Animal Logic, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

2004 Animal Logic, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY

2002 Museum Pieces, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2002 Nest, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2001 Still Rooms & Excavations, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2001 Refuge, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY

2000 Unabomber, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2000 Phylum: New Pictures, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

1999 Unabomber, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY

1999 Unabomber, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999 Still Rooms & Excavations, Architectural League, New York, NY

1997 Still Rooms & Excavations, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

1997 Exhumations, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997 Still Rooms & Excavations, San Francisco Camerawork, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Object Lessons, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2017 Natural Artifice, Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford Brookes, UK

2017 Fauna: Wild Beasts, Sheep, & Crocodiles, Gallery Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany

2017 Vernacular Environments, Part I, Edward Cella Art & Architecture

2017 Dioramas, The Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2017 Converging to a Center: Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick, The Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, CT

2017 Fauna, MoMA Tiblisi, Georgia

2016 Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA

2016 Studio Systems, The American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2016 Safaris, Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France

2016 Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography, The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

2016 BIG: Photographs from the Collection, the Cleveland Musuem of Art, Cleveland, OH

2016 Bird: Metaphor + Muse, Concord Art, Concord, MA

2016 Dead Animals, or The Curious Occurrence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

2015 Missing Persons, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2015 The Authority of Death, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

2015 Color Polemics: Unpacking the Movement Towards Racial Equality in America, Gateway Center, Newark, NJ

2015 Recent Acquisitions, Joslyn Art Museum

2013 Recent Acquisitions: Moments Measured, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

2012 Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MI

2011 No Object Is An Island, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield, MI

2011 Crime Unseen, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

2011 Red Line, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, England

2010 Connectivity Lost, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan Unveristiy, Middleton, CT

2010 Humanimal, Portsmouth Museum of Art, NH

2010 Energy, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2010 The Museum of Unnatural History, Clampart, New York, NY

2010 Art + Science, Seeing More Understanding More, Fondazione Marino Golinelli, Bologna Italy

2010 The Future Lasts Forever, San Francisco Camera Work, CA

2010 75th Anniversary Exhibition of Collected Works, San Francisco Modern Art, CA

2009 Unnatural History, Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV

2009 Build-A-House, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2009 Places Like Us, Red Line, Denver, CO

2007 Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2007 Home Sweet Home, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA

2006 Crash. Pause. Rewind., Western Bridge, Seattle, WA

2006 Imposing Order, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2006 Down By Law, curated by The Wrong Gallery, 2006 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2006 Imposing Order, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2006 Preview, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY

2005 Biodiversity: Order, Consumption & Man, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID

2003 Dwelling, Montalvo Gallery, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA

2003 Out There: Selections from Trillium Press, Spanganga, San Francisco, CA

2003 Hybrid, San Francisco State University Art Gallery, CA

2002 New Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2001 New Work: Contemporary Figuration, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001 Depicting Absence/Implying Presence, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2000 Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, Ansel

2000 Adams Center/Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA; Traveled to University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA

2000 New Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2000 Ancient History, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

1999 New Space/New Work, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999 Not There, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999 Facing Fear, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, CA

1998 Telling Stories: Narrative Impulses in Contemporary American Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

1998 Drive-Ins: Disappearing Summer Cinema, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

1997 New Work from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA



2015 Site Lab/Art Prize, Latino Award, Grand Rapids, MI, State of Exception

2012 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Award, Washington, D.C.

2011 Julius Shulman Institute Award in Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2010 Light Work, Artist Residency, Syracuse New York

2009 Sidman Fellowship of the Arts, Institute For The Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

2005/6 American Academy of Rome Fellowship, Rome, Italy

1999 Eisenstadt Award in Photography, Unabomber Cabin

1998 AIA Affiliated Disciplines Award

1997 Purchase Award, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1993 National Book Award for Bernard Maybeck Architecture


Selected Bibliography

2017 Barndt, Kirsten, and Sinopoli, Carla, editors. Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge. The University of Michigan Press. 

2017 Cotter, Holland. The Things They Carried, The New York Times.

2017 Le Bon, Laurent. Dioramas. Palais de Tokyo and Flumerion, publishers. 

2017 Nakaya, Fujiko and Barnes, Richard. Veil. The Glass House, publishers. 

2016 Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, editors. Safaris.

2016 The American Academy of Rome, editors. Studio Systems. 

2014 Fulford and Hapern, editors. The Photographer’s Playbook. Aperture.

2014 Meier, Allison C., Photographer Captures the Murmurations of Starlings, and Other Avian Phenomena, Hyperallergic

2014 The New Yorker Online, Slide Show: Murmurs by Richard Barnes 

2013 Bosman, Julie. Backpacks From the Border, The New York Times.

2013 Lokke, Maria. Richard Barnes’s Civil War Reenactments, The New Yorker 

2010 New York Times Book Review, Animal Logic

2009 Barnes, Richard, Animal Logic, Princeton Architectural Press

2009 Flak Photo Featured Artist/book,

2007 Rosen, Jonathan. Flight Patterns, The New York Times Magazine

2006 Graves, Jen. Gods of Rome, The Stranger, Seattle 

2006 Lippens, Nate. The Birds Arrive at Howard House in an Amazing Collaboration of Three Artists, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

2004 Helfand, Glen. Dead Zones, San Francisco Bay Guardian

2004 Moss, Sara. Cabinet of Curiosity, The Architect’s Newspaper

2004 Richard Barnes, The New Yorker

2004 Taylor, Robert. Times Critics’ Best Bets for February, Contra Costa Times

2004 Voice Choices: Richard Barnes, Village Voice

2003 Foresta, Merry. At First Sight: Photography in the Smithsonian Institution

2003 Vanderbilt, Tom. Best of 2003, Artforum

2003 Von Busack, Richard. Two Houses, Metro Silicon Valley

2003 Wigley, Mark. Bloodstained Architecture, Post Urban, Ex-fragmentations, Sub and Deconstructions

2002 Fischer, Jack. Cabinets of Curiosities, San Jose Mercury News

2002 Israel, Robyn. Unearthing the Past, Palo Alto Weekly

2002 Knight, Heather. Photographer finds museum’s hidden tales, San Francisco Chronicle

2002 Knight, Heather. Museum’s Hidden Pieces are New Art: Photographer

    Goes Behind Scenes to Uncover Works, San Francisco Chronicle

2001 Aletti, Vince. Voice Choices: Photo, Village Voice

2001 Helfand, Glen. Art On Paper

2001 Miller, J. Abbott. Nest, 2wice, vol. 5: no. 1 The New Yorker

2000 Bonetti, David. Real Spaces That Look Unreal, San Francisco Chronicle

2000 Mill, Francis. Richard Barnes at Hosfelt Gallery, New York Arts

2000 Westbrook, Lindsey. Over There, East Bay Express

1999 Baker, Kenneth. Wide-Ranging Images by 15 Artists at Hosfelt, San Francisco Chronicle

1999 Caponigro, John Paul. Richard Barnes: Artifacts (interview), View Camera

1999 Doran, Anne. Time Out New York

1999 Helfand, Glen. New Space/New Work, San Francisco Bay Guardian

1999 McKenna, Kristine. Cabin Fever, LA Weekly

1999 Smith, Roberta. The New York Times

1997 Bonnetti, David. Artist Plays His Cards Right, San Francisco Examiner

1997 Camerawork, A Journal of Photographic Arts

1997 Helfand, Glen. Time Tables, San Francisco Examiner Magazine,

1997 Jenkins, Steve. A Conversation with Richard Barnes, Photographer, Artweek

1997 Kingston, Tim. History of the Dead, SF Weekly

1997 Leggett, Jo. Interview with Richard Barnes, Photo Metro

1997 Nickel, Douglas. Still Rooms & Excavations, catalogue essay.

1997 Pincus, Robert L. Digging Through the Past, San Diego Union-Tribune