Matthew Buckingham is an American filmmaker and multimedia artist. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University University of Iowa, Bard College and the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.
Utilizing photography, film, video, audio, writing and drawing his work questions the role that social memory plays in contemporary life. By examining ways that the past appears in the present Buckingham also scrutinizes the power and effects of historical representation. His projects work with space, real and imaginary, to create physical and social contexts where viewers are encouraged to question received ideas—often the things that are most familiar. His works have investigated the Indigenous past and present in the Hudson River Valley; the ‘creative destruction’ of the city of St. Louis; the inception of the first English dictionary and the effects of radical Mary Wollstonecraft’s thoughts in our own time.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Camden Arts Centre, London; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Des Moines Arts Center, Des Moines; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Fundacion Telefónica, Madrid; Hamburger Bahnhof, National Gallery, Berlin; Lunds Konsthall, Lund; Midway Contemporary Art Center, Minneapolis; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; The Kitchen, New York; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen. He participated in the 2006 Liverpool Biennial and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in 2008. He is represented by Murray Guy, New York.
He was a guest of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program, 2003; recipient of the Freund Fellowship, Washington University, Saint Louis, 2004; Artist-in-Residence at The University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2006; resident of the IASPIS program, Stockholm, 2007; Artist-in-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, 2007 and recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award, 2009. He has also received fellowships and awards from The New York State Council on the Arts and The New York Foundation for the Arts.