Summary Early life and education Edit Career Edit
In earlier works McElheny played with notions of history and fiction.
Examples of this are works that recreate Renaissance glass objects pictured in  Renaissance paintings and modern (but lost) glass objects from documentary photographs (such as works by  Adolf Loos). He draws from a range of disciplines like architecture, physics, and literature, among others, and he works in a variety of media.  
McElheny has mentioned the influence of the writings of
Jorge Luis Borges in his work. His work has also been influenced by the work of the American abstract artist  Donald Judd. 
McElheny has also expressed interest in glassblowing as part of an
oral tradition handed down generation to generation. He has used the infinity mirror visual effect in his explorations of apparently infinite space. His work also sometimes deals with issues of museological displays. 
One of the artist's ongoing projects is "An End to Modernity" (2005), commissioned by the
Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University. The piece is a twelve-foot-wide by ten-foot-high chandelier of chrome and transparent glass modeled on the 1960s Lobmeyr design for the chandeliers found in Lincoln Center, and evoking as well the Big Bang theory. "The End of the Dark Ages," again inspired by the  Metropolitan Opera House chandeliers and informed by logarithmic equations devised by the cosmologist David H. Weinberg was shown in New York City in 2008. Later that year, the series culminated in a massive installation titled "Island Universe" at  White Cube in London and in Madrid.  In 2019 the installation was exhibited at  Stanford University's Cantor Center for the Arts.  Exhibitions Edit
Solo exhibitions Edit 1990 –
Jägarens Glasmuseet (The Hunter's Glass Museum), Arnescruv, Sweden, 1993 –
originals, fakes, reproductions, William Traver Gallery, Seattle 1994 –
Authentic History, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 1995 – Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
1995 – Installation with Ancient Roman Glass, Ancient Mediterranean and Egypt Gallery,
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1995 – Donald Young Gallery, Seattle
1996 – Barbara Kraków Gallery, Boston
Non-Decorative Beautiful Objects, AC Project Room, New York 1997 –
Three Alter Egos, Donald Young Gallery, Seattle 1999 – The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
 1999 – The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Christian Dior, Jorges Luis Borges, Adolf Loos, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago and Brent Sikkema, New York 2001 –
Metal Party, Public Art Fund, New York 2001 –
Metal Party, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 2001 – Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
2002 – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Theories About Reflection, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York 2003 –
Antipodes: Josiah McElheny, White Cube, London  2004 –
Total Reflective Abstraction, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago  2005 –
An End to Modernity, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  2006 –
Modernity 1929–1965, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York 2006 –
Cosmology, Design, and Landscape, Part I, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago 2007 –
Cosmology, Design, and Landscape, Part II, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago 2007 –
Projects 84: The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown, The Museum of Modern Art, New York  2007 –
The 1st at Moderna: The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown, Moderna Museet, Stockholm  2008 –
The Last Scattering Surface, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle and Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota 2008 –
Das Lichtklub von Batavia/The Light Club of Batavia, Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin 2008 –
The Light Club of Batavia, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago 2008 –
The End of the Dark Ages, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York 2008 –
Island Universe, White Cube, London 2009 –
A Space for an Island Universe, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid  2009 –
Proposal for a Chromatic Modernism, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York 2012 –
Some Pictures of the Infinite, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston   2016 –
The Ornament Museum, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna 2017 –
The Crystal Land, White Cube, London 2017 –
Prismatic Park, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York 2018 –
Island Universe, Moody Center for the Arts, Houston 2018 –
Cosmic Love, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago 2019 –
Island Universe, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford 2019 –
Observations at Night, James Cohan Gallery, New York 2021 – Libraries, James Cohan Gallery, New York Awards Edit
1993 – Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award,
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995 – Award Winner, 1995 Biennial Competition of
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, New York 1998 – Bagley Wright Fund Award, Seattle, Washington
2000 – The 15th Rakow Commission,
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York 2005 – Artist-in-Residence Award,
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio 2006 – MacArthur Fellows Program   Permanent collections Edit
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh 
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson  Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago di Compostela
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk 
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus 
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning 
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas 
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit 
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis 
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester 
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee 
Moderna Museet, Stockholm 
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica 
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Museum of Modern Art, New York 
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix 
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara 
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle 
Tate Modern, London  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York  Books Edit References Edit
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"Josiah McElheny · Works 1994-2000". www.jccc.edu.
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Oldknow, Tina (2014). collecting contemporary glass. Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-87290-201-5.
A. D. Linde (2008). Josiah McElheny: Island Universe. Jay Jopling/White Cube. ISBN 9781906072216.
Jutta-Annette Page; Peter Morrin; Robert Bell (12 December 2012). Color Ignited: Glass 1962–2012. BookBaby. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-0-935172-49-2.
John Stuart Gordon (9 November 2017). American Glass: The Collections at Yale. Yale University Press. pp. 285–. ISBN 978-0-300-22669-0.
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Dobrzynski, Judith H. (14 June 2012). "Josiah McElheny, Glass Artist, in Busy Times". The New York Times.
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Spears, Dorothy (7 May 2006). "The Entire Universe on a Dimmer Switch". The New York Times.
^ "The Big Picture" by Alex Browne,
The New York Times, September 26, 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
^ "Josiah McElheny and David Weinberg: From the Big Bang to Island Universe" Wexler Center press release on a joint conversation May 6, 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
Kane, Karla (March 11, 2019). "Cantor installation explores the multiverse". Palo Alto Weekly . Retrieved . June 20, 2019
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Louise Neri (2003). Antipodes: inside the white cube. White Cube. ISBN 978-0-9542363-8-0.
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"Josiah McElheny. Buckminster Fuller's Proposal to Isamu Noguchi for the New Abstraction of Total Reflection. 2003 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery". www.albrightknox.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Historical Renaissance, Mirrored and Reflected (Undecorated). 2003 - Carnegie Museum of Art". www.cmoa.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Charlotte Perriand (and Carlo Scarpa), Blue. 2011 - CCS Bard". www.ccs.bard.edu/.
"Josiah McElheny. Italy vs. Sweden (White). 2002 - CGAC". www.cgac.xunta.gal/EN/contido/cgac/.
"Josiah McElheny. Rearrangeable Domestic Roman Collection. 2008 - Chrysler Museum of Art". www.chrysler.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. Three Screens for Looking at Abstraction. 2013 - Columbus Museum of Art". www.columbusmuseum.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Glass Crown with Pillow and Booklet. 2006 - Corning Museum of Glass". www.home.cmog.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. Landscape Model for Total Reflective Abstraction (I). 2004 - DMA". www.dma.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Adolf Loos' Ornament and Crime. 2003 - DIA". www.dia.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Chromatic Modernism (Blue, Red, Yellow). 2010 - IMA". www.discovernewfields.org/do-and-see/places-to-go/indianapolis-museum-art.
"Josiah McElheny. Halo after Botticelli. 2019 - ICA Boston". www.icaboston.org/. 1997.
"Josiah McElheny. Ornament and Crime. 2003 - LACMA". www.lacma.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Blue Prism Painting I. 2014 - Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester". www.mag.rochester.edu/.
"Josiah McElheny. Modernity circa 1952, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely. 2004 - Milwaukee Art Museum". www.mam.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown. 2007 - Moderna Museet". www.modernamuseet.se.
"Josiah McElheny. Chromatic Modernism (Yellow, Blue, Red). 2009 - MWPAI". www.mwpai.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. Model for a Film Set (The Light Spa at the Bottom of a Mine). 2009 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia". www.museoreinasofia.es/en.
"Josiah McElheny. Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism. 2007 - MFA Boston". www.mfa.org.
"Josiah McElheny. Modernity, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely. 2003 - MoMA". www.moma.org.
"Josiah McElheny. THE LAST SCATTERING SURFACE. 2008 - Phoenix Art Museum". www.phxart.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. Studies in the Search for Infinity, 1997-1998. 2001 - Rhode Island School of Design Museum". www.risdmuseum.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. Crystalline Landscape After Hablik and Luckhardt III. 2013 - Santa Barbara Museum of Art". www.sbma.net/.
"Josiah McElheny. THE ONLY KNOWN GRAVE OF A GLASSBLOWER. 1995 - Seattle Art Museum". www.seattleartmuseum.org/.
"Josiah McElheny. An End to Modernity. 2005 - Tate Modern". www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/mcelheny-an-end-to-modernity-l02749.
"Josiah McElheny. From An Historical Anecdote About Fashion. 2000 - Whitney Museum of American Art". www.whitney.org.