Penelope Umbrico utilizes traditional photographic techniques along with various methods of appropriation and reproduction to explore how images are made and used in contemporary culture. Considering the wealth of images on the internet as a collective archive and portrait of society, Umbrico creates a body of work that navigates between consumer and producer, materiality and immateriality, and individual and collective expression.
Umbrico's work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; MassMoCA, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Le Mois de Photo a Montreal Photo Festival, Canada; Lodz Photo Festival, Poland; Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Daegu Photography Biennale, Korea; the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY; International Center of Photography, NY, among many others.
Her work is represented in museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Perez Art Museum Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, Berkeley Museum of Art, CA; and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany.
She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship; a John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, a Deutsche Bank Fellow/New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, a Peter S Reed Grant; an Anonymous Was A Woman Award; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship.
Her monographs include: Penelope Umbrico (photographs), Aperture (Spring 2011); Range, Aperture (Fall 2014); Out of Order, RVB Books Paris (Fall 2014)