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Molly Roth


If I were to ask you to stay, I would embarrass myself. I want to, I always want to, but it means that I need you, that I need something, and I want to be something that needs nothing. I want to be solid, unflappable, impermeable, able to withstand all forms of loss with a stoic grace because that is the ideal. But I can’t. I want to beg and sob and pound my fists and refuse and make sounds like an animal. But I can’t do that either. I know about the inevitability of transience. I want to honor it quietly, with effort, while I shake on the inside with everyone else.

I am interested in revealing the transparency of language and indulging in emotional fantasies, as well as addressing the post-modern depressed subject as a new cultural paradigm. The materials are used to mask an inherently embarrassing or heavy-handed statement, making it more presentable, decorative, and benign.


2007 MFA, Visual Studies, Minneapolis College of Art & Design - Minneapolis, MN
2004 BA, Drawing/Painting/Printmaking, cum laude, Portland State University - Portland, OR

Selected Invitational Exhibitions
2010 "The Magician and The Workhorse," solo exhibition, Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
2009 "A Story About Some People Changing," solo exhibition, galleryHOMELAND, Portland, OR
2009 "My Strawberry Roan: New Art From America," Finnish Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki
2009 "Good Hustle," Nationale, Portland, OR
2009 "Threaded," Gallery 51, North Hampton, MA
2009 "The Audacity of Art," Version Festival, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
2009 "Paradigm Shift," MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2008 "Information Sickness and Time Fever," solo show, Thomas Barry Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN
2008 "Meander," The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2008 "Slideluck Potshow," Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Yours Truly," Main Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2007 "Urban Fabric," Traffic Zone, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Most Curatorial Biennial in the Universe," Apex Art,New York, NY
2007 "SAD: Illuminating a Northern View of Darkness," Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Slideluck Potshow," Minneapolis, MN

Selected Juried Exhibitions
2007 - 2009 "Art Shanty Projects," Medicine Lake, MN
2007 Group Exhibition, Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "This Mango is Now an IPod," The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2007 MFA Thesis Exhibition, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Made@MCAD," MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2007 "Art Shanty Projects," Medicine Lake, MN
2006 "Untitled 5," Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2005 "Dedicated to You: A Show for Ex-Lovers," Pacific Switchboard, Portland, OR
2003 "The Modern Zoo," Portland Institute for the Advancement of Culture, Portland, OR

Private Collection of Jay Swanson, Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN Portland Art Museum, Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Art, Portland, OR
Private Collection of Timothy and Heidi Olson, Portland, OR
Private Collection of Darwin Otto and Brent Heeb, Portland, OR

2008 Mary Abbe, Bunnies, Bathers and Bows, Star Tribune, June 6, 2008
2008 Andy Sturdevant ARP! Art Review and Preview, Collecting and Collection, Summer 2008
2008 Michael Fallon, Meander, Art Papers, July/August 2008
2008 Collier White, Multipurpose, The Rake, June 16, 2008
2007 Mary Abbe, Art: Inventive SAD show is anything but, Star Tribune, June 7, 2007
2007 Susannah Schouweiler, Zoom In: Molly Roth The Rake: 10,000 Artists, May 2007 2007 Sara Miller, Fruitalicious, Minnesota Daily, April 26, 2007
2007 Susannah Schouweiler, Zoom In: Installation Artist Molly Roth, Access + Engage: All the
World's a Stage, Issue 14.1, February 8, 2007
2006 Alex Starace Local Conficence: "Untitled V" at Soo VAC, July 17, 2006
2003 Jon Raymond, The Modern Zoo, Art Forum, PICKS 2003
2003 Jeff Jahn We Can Be Heros: Wagner, Finneran and the Modern Zoo August 2003

Selected Professional Activities
2008 Guest Lecturer, The Soap Factory, May, 2008
2007 Guest Lecturer, Weisman Art Museum, July 2007
2007 Guest Lecturer, Soap Factory, May 2007
2006 Guest Lecturer, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2006 Guest Lecturer, The College of St. Benedict