Selected works


Jayson Musson was born in New York in 1977. He obtained his MFA in painting at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He has been regularly shown at Salon 94 (2017, 2014 and 2012). He is part of the collections of the MoMa (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia) and the Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean of Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

2011 MFA, Painting, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2002 BFA in Photography, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg
2019 We Sing in a Dead Language, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
2017 Demon All Day, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY
2016 Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Exhibit of Abstract Art, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY
2012 A True Fiend’s Weight, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Halcyon Days, Salon 94
         Bowery, New York, NY
2011 The Grand Manner, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
         Neoteny | The Hard Sell, Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Barack Obama Battles the Pink Robots, The Last Drop, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Too Black For BET, Dazed & Confused Magazine Gallery, London, England
2006 Too Black for BET, Episode II: The Black Boy George, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Too Black for BET, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2018 Pardon My Language, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

          I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2017 Corpus Rising, American Medium, Brooklyn, New York

         Punching Up, Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2016 Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, curated by Chrissie Iles, Whitney Museum of
         American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY
         Woven, curated by Xaviera Simmons, 60 Wall Gallery, 60 Wall Street,
New York, NY
Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st century, curated by Omar Kholeif and Sarah Perks, HOME, Manchester, England
Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
2015 Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
         A Curious Blindness, The Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY You Won’t Believe(...), Galerie Division, Montreal, Canada
2014 Under the Seams Runs the Pain: A Musing on Artists Who Make Other People!, BHQFU, New York, NY
         Easternsports, Two-person exhibition with Alex Da Corte, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)
2013 Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Grey Art Gallery NYU, New York, NY (catalogue)
         Black Eye, curated by Nicola Vassell, 54 Crosby St, New York, NY
         Harold Ancart, Kristin Baker, Mark Barrow, Nina Beier, Anna Betbeze, Mark Flood, Thilo   
         Heinzmann, John Henderson, Scott Lyall, Jayson Musson, Renaud Regnery, Pae White, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
Cast Recording, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Funny. The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY (catalogue)
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

         Through a Glass, Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

         First Among Equals, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Don’t Get High On Your Own Supply, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
         Change The World or Go Home, Down Stairs at Great Brampton House, Herefordshire, England

         Reformation, Somerset County Jail, Skowhegan, ME Mortal Mirror, Bodega, Philadelphia, PA
2010 SYNCOPATION, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
2009 Rich Text, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Disinhibition: Black Art and Blue Humor, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2007 Dig, H&F Fine Arts, Mount Rainier, MD
Blood In, Blood Out, 96 Gillespie, London, England
         Locally Localized Gravity (performance), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Morgellons, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA

         Vernacular Spectacular, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Peer Pleasure 1, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005 Shy Teeth, The Padlock Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Beaver College, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

2012 It’s a Small, Small World, Family Business, New York, NY
2017 Seven on Seven, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2012 Tell You What the 80s Like, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
         Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
         Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

         C Magazine CSchool Lecture Series, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
2011 The Dialogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
         Museum of Modern Art, Ft. Worth, TX
         University of Cincinnati, OH

         Performa 11, Performa Ha!, Manhattan, NY
         Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2012 VIDEO 2012, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Cognitive Dissonance (as Hennessy Youngman), Cottage Home Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010 Date with Deceit (as Hennessy Youngman), Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 Mann, Mary, “Post Blackness in the Arts”, Los Angeles Review of Books, January 22, 2017
2016 Smith, Roberta, “Diving Into Movie Palaces of the Mind at the Whitney”, The New York Times, December 1, 2016
Heyer, Isabelle, “Will Jayson Musson win over the internet twice?”, i-D- Vice, June 11, 2015
Sutton, Benjamin, “Time Traveling with Jayson Musson and Dave Chappelle”, Hyperallergic, January 13, 2015

Pasori, Cedar, “Artist Jayson Musson Shares Video Preview of Hip-Hop
Inspired Web Series”, Complex, January 6, 2015
Boucher, Brian, “Is Jayson Musson's New Video a "Hot Tub Time Machine" for the Art World?”, artnet News, January 9, 2015
Leifheit, Matthew “Three Amazing Young Artists Made a Baroque Surrealist Masterpiece of a Video”, Vice. ( September 24 2014

Bess, Gabby, “Artists Jayson Musson and Alex Da Corte Play Easternsports” Paper Magazine ( nsports.php) September 17, 2014.
Neave, Kate, “Alex De Corte’s visual tricks”, Dazed Digital ( cortes-visual-tricks) September 2014

Wilson, Michael, “Jayson Musson, Salon 94 Bowery”, Art Forum, September 2014
Halle, Howard, “Jayson Musson: Exhibit of Abstract Art”, Time Out New York, May 27, 2014

Johnson, Ken, “Art In Review”, The New York Times, June 12, 2014
“Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know”, Huffington Post ( under-40-contemporary-painters-sculptors-performance-race- representation-art_n_2725639.html), February 26, 2013
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman, Funny., February 2013

Newhall, Edith, Musson’s fabric ‘paintings’ at Fleisher/Ollman, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 2013
Fox, Dan, “Jayson Musson,” Frieze, October 2012.

Edwards, Adrienne, “Jayson Musson: Halcyon Days,” Performa Magazine, August 27, 2012.

 “Jayson Musson,” The New Yorker, August 13, 2012.
Weaver, A.M., “Am I Black Enough for You?” Art Voices Magazine, August 2012.

 “Jayson Musson,” ARTFORUM online (, July 2012.

“Jason Musson finds inspiration in Coogi sweaters for new exhibition at Salon 94,” ( Kdbx), July 25, 2012.

 “Jayson Musson’s Coogi Sweaters Are A Hit, Even If You Don’t Like
 Hennessy Youngman,” Animal New York, July 12, 2012.

“Not Hennessy Youngman,” Hyper Allergic, July 12, 2012.

“The ArtInfo 100,” ArtInfo, July 11, 2012.

“An Artist Makes His Name” The Wall Street Journal. July 11, 2012

“Destroy and Rebuild: Jayson Musson, a.k.a. Hennessy Youngman,” Life +
Times, July 11, 2012

“Henny From the Block,” New York Observer, July 10, 2012.
“Jayson Musson, aka Hennessy Youngman, Making Sweater-Themed Solo

 »Debut at Salon 94,” ArtInfo, July 3, 2012.

“25 Questions for ‘Pedagogic Pimp’ and Youtube Art Critic Hennessy Youngman,” ArtInfo, June 11, 2012.

“Through a Glass, Darkly: Postmasters,” New York Times, April 26, 2012.

“Jayson Musson: The Art World Provacateur,” PaperMag, April 23, 2012.

“How To Make It In The Art World,” New York Magazine, April 2012.

“Jayson Musson is More Than Hennessy Youngman,” Interview Magazine,
March 2012

“Hennessy Youngman Offers Offbeat Art Criticism,” New York Times,
March 1, 2012.

“HuffPost Arts Interviews Hennessy Youngman of Art Thoughtz,” Huffington Post, January 24, 2012.

It’s All Over, Art Forum, January 2012
“Biting the Hand That Feeds Them”, ArtNews, December 6, 2011.
“Ali G With an MFA,” Art in America. March 24, 2011.


Pardon My Language

Group show curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama With Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Musson and Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Preview on Thursday January 18th, 2018 from 6pm in presence of Tomokazu Matsuyama Exhibition January 19 - March 3, 2018.

We Sing in a Dead Language

Preview on Thursday March 28, 2019 from 6pm in presence of the artist. Exhibition March 29 – May 4, 2019

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