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Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist with a kitchen and a studio in Harlem and locker full of dance shoes in downtown Manhattan.

Selected Performance Projects


Atelier Slice, Stockholm, Sweden/New York, NY. Duchamp Dust Dinners


LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY. Sour Cherry Pie Lesson


Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The Boating Party


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Edible Magritte.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. On Meat and Mortality.


Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY. The Fourth Leg. A whole animal butchery class.


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Picture Garden. Interactive event.

Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis, MN. Black Bania. Public art project.


Swiss Institute, New York, NY. Three Minutes of Intimacy. Public art performance.

Private location, Brooklyn, NY. The Beast Menu. Private art performance.


Seoksu Art Project, Anyang, South Korea. Kimchi, Jeotgal, Makgeoli. Food seminar on fermentation.

Färgfabriken Norr, Östersund, Sweden, Three Minutes of Intimacy, 2008. Public art performance.

Disarmory, New York, NY.  The Wartime Ball. Costume ball and performance event.

Over the Opening, Brooklyn, NY. I Want to Make Tamales. Cooking demo.


Art In General, New York, NY. The Eat In. Email-based performance and event. www.the-eat-in.blogspot.com

Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, NV. Three Minutes of Intimacy. Public art performance.


Ambush, Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn NY. The Lobster Course. Cooking demonstration and lecture.

Kitchen Theater at the French Culinary Institute, New York, NY. The Lobster Course. Cooking demo and lecture.


Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY. First Dance.Videos, installation and events.

Segal Theater, New York, NY. The Pleasure of Your Company. Interactive social dance event. During Social Capital: Forms of Interaction curated by Howie Chen, Allison Moore and Leta Ming.


Dixon Place, New York, NY. Rumba is Just Burma Spelled Sideways. Choreography by Christian Baerens.


Fargfabrikan, Stockholm Sweden. Don’t Try This at Home and A Lesson in Cuban Motion, 2000. Cooking and dance demos.

The Kitchen, New York, NY. Fast Forward’s Feeding Frenzy, 2000. Guest chef.


Downtown Arts Festival, Chelsea Market, New York, NY. The Lobster Course, 1999. Lecture and cookbook.


The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY. The Lingua Burma. Lecture.

Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY. Lo-Fi Baroque, January. The Lingua Burma. Lecture.


Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY. Bingo!. Performance event, Bingo card editions and video project.


Creative Time, Creative Time’s Holiday Buffet. Web page.

Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York, NY. Make Mohinga with Me. Multimedia cooking demo and shopping guide.

Deitch Projects, New York, NY. The Bake Sale. Event.

Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY. The Pot Luck Dinners. Performance event and cookbook.

Lauren Wittels Gallery, New York, NY. Egg Curry during Show and Tell.(premiere). Multimedia cooking demo.


Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY. Pie Expo, during In Three Dimensions. Event and cookbook.

Selected Exhibitions


Grefti Cultural Project, Umbertide, Italy. Zelai Bizitzako (The Life of Mud)


Labspace, Hillsdale, NY. CHOW


Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY. Value of Food (curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn)

CR10, Linlithgo, NY. FOODshed (curated by Amy Lipton)


Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY. Makers Biennial

Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. FOODshed

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY. Eat! The 60th Anniversary Feast, Program 1: Friends with Benefits (curated by Jason Fox for Flaherty Seminar)


Atelier Food, Swedish Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. Carl Larsson Cooked Pizza (curated by Jan Aman)

21C Museum Hotel, Louisville KY, Genisis One: Salies-de-Bearn to Hasparren


The Aurora Picture Show, Houston TX. The Universal Backyard Theater.

Nurture Art, Brooklyn NY. Is This Free?


Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, NY. The Pleasure of Slowness.

Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. With Food in Mind.

Palais des Nations for the United Nations Offices, Geneva, Switzerland. The Raw & The Cooked: Art, Food and Agriculture.


Da Gallery, New York, NY. Open Kitchen.

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY. PQ: 100.

Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York. First Supper.


Vendor Bar, E|AB Fair, New York. Big Ball Bar. Performance collaboration with Nancy Hwang

Triple Candie, New York. Eye World.

Room, Auckland, NZ. Instructional Show.

Phillips Collection, Washington DC. CAFÉ.


Seoksu Art Project, Anyang, South Korea, Open Studios.

Bupyeong History Museum, Bupyeong, South Korea, Role Playing.

Färgfabriken, Östersund and Stockholm, Sweden, Teleport Fargfabriken.

Paloma, Brooklyn NY. Edible Complex.


Main Gallery, Western Nevada Community College , Carson City, NV. How To Cross the Street.


Brenau University, Atlanta GA. Girls’ School.

Downtown Arts Festival, Rare Gallery, New York, NY.  Food Video Screening. (Eel)

ArtLab, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. FoodCulture


Leslie Tonkonow & Bound & Unbound, New York, NY. Disappearing Act.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY. Keeping up with the Joneses.


Deitch Projects, New York, NY. Shopping.

Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY. Offerings.

Soho 20, New York, NY. Oo La La!


The Swiss Institute, New York NY. Chocolate!

D.A.R.E., Dallas TX. Selections From Blindspot.


Four Walls, Brooklyn NY. The Beauty Show.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY. Bad Girls.

Neueberger Museum, Purchase, NY. (Also, Center for Photography at Woodstock, 1993.)


Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. Science Fair.


Siena Art InstituteSummer Resident Artist, 2015

Creative Capital Grant, 2013.

Member, dBfoundation

Franklin Furnace Grant, 2008-2009.

Seoksu Art Project Residency, Fall 2009.

Community Arts Project commission, Capital City Arts Initiative, 2007.

Collaborative Arts Project grant, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2004.

Collaborator, Four Walls Slide and Film Club

Costume Designer and Dramaturg, Gail Gilbert Dance Company,1995-2000.

Costume Designer, David Grenke Dance, 1998.

Artist in Residence, Asian American Art Center, 1992.

Carnegie-Mellon Press Award for Poetry, 1983.

USA Dance amateur ballroom dance competitor, ten International style dances.

Artistic Director, EFA Gallery 2006-2008.

Born in Rangoon, Burma. U.S. citizenship, 1975. Has kept a studio, and kitchen in New York since 1984.


Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA. BFA, Painting, 1984.

State University of New York, New York NY. Empire State Studio Program, Fall 1984.

Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts, Bucknell University, 1979.


How Food Stole the Avant-garde. 2014. Essay for Hyperallergic.com.

Sour Cherries 2012. 2014. Artist book.

Is This Free? 2012. Exhibition catalogue.

The Three-Legged Pig. 2011. Artist book.

Three Questions for Slice. 2011. Interview by Jan Aman.

First Supper.2010. Artist book.

The Disarmory. 2008. Newspaper by dBfoundation.

Creative Time: The Book. 2008. Anne Pasternak and Lucy Lippard.

A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World. 2008. Marcia Tucker and Liza Lou.

The Pitfalls and Payoffs of Crossing the Street. 2007. Exhibition catalogue essay by Kris Vagner.

We Did Everything Wrong. 2008. Exhibition catalogue essay by Jan Aman, Fargfabriken.

What We Want Is Free: Generosity And Exchange In Recent Art. 2005. Essay by Bill Arning, edited by Ted Purves. State University of New York Press .

FoodCulture: Tasting Identities and Geographies in Art. 1999. Edited by Barbara Fischer, essay by Bill Arning, recipes by Elaine Tin Nyo. YYZ Books, Toronto.

Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages: Sight, Spectacle, and Scopic Economy (Middle Ages Series). 2001. Madeline H. Caviness.

Parachute vol. 87. 1997. Relational Sense by Jennifer Fisher.

Shopping, exhibition publication. 1996. Jerome Sans and Deitch Projects.

Offerings, exhibition catalogue. 1996. Essay by Samantha Tsao.

New Observations: Incarnations. 1996. Edited by Paul Dickerson.

Bad Girls, exhibition catalogue. 1994. Marcia Tucker and New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Picturing Ritual: the Working Intersices of Photographic Practice, exhibition catalogue. 1994. Essay by Cornelia Butler.

Promotional Copy, 1993. Organized by Robin Kahn.

Blindspot, Charter Issue. May 1993.