Ray Johnson at Black Mountain College, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina (William S. Wilson, Mary Emma Harris).
Ray Johnson: Correspondences retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus; a catalog accompanies the exhibition (Donna de Salvo, Lucy R. Lippard, Henry Martin, William S. Wilson, Jonathan Weinberg, et al). Ray Johnson: How Sad I am Today at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Michael Morris, Sharla Sava).
How to Draw a Bunny, a documentary film on Johnson’s life and art, premieres and wins a special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It is shown around the United States and abroad at museums and theaters (2002). Solo exhibitions: Mind Games—Ray Johnson’s Art of Ideas, Richard L. Feigen & Co. and Feigen Contemporary, New York; The Name of the Game (Ina Blom), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Dear Jackson Pollock: Collages and Objects by Ray Johnson (Muffet Jones, Phyllis Stigliano, William S. Wilson), Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, NY; How to Draw a Bunny, Gimpel Fils, London. Two-person exhibition: Inside Out: Outside In— The Correspondence of Ray Johnson & May Wilson, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA.
En Rapport; Ray Johnson: The Early Years; Challenging Rectangles, Richard L. Feigen & Co.; Ray Johnson and Jess: Paste-Ups, Moticos, Assemblages 1951– 1997, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Pop Art Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London; Pop Art! 1956–1968, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome. Subterranean Monuments: Burckhardt, Johnson, Hujar (Joel Smith, Mary-Kay Lombino), Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Retrospective exhibition Ray Johnson. Please Add To & Return opens in March at Raven Row in London (Alex Sainsbury); the exhibition, slightly expanded, travels to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in November (Ina Blom, Chus Martinez, Alex Sainsbury). Voids, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Ray Johnson... Dali/Warhol/and others..., Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York (Frédérique Joseph-Lowery).
A Book About Death, curated by Mattew Rose, an exhibition at The Emily Harvey Foundation, September 10-22, 2009 in New York City; artists contribute 500 postcards each to create an unbound book about death.
A Book About A Book About Death, with text by William S. Wilson, accompanies the exhibition Ray Johnson, A Book About Death at the Kunstverein, Amsterdam; From BMC to NYC: The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson 1943–1967, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Asheville, North Carolina.
Intimate Bureaucracies: Art and the Mail, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom (Susannah Gilbert). Kurt Schwitters & Ray Johnson Merz & Moticos, Max Ernst Museum, Bruehl, Germany (Dr. Achim Sommer). Ray and Bob Box, Esopus Space, New York (an exhibition and event series related to the years-long correspondence between Johnson and Robert Warner). The show traveled to Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, a few months later. An expanded version of the exhibition opened at the Berkeley Art Museum, CA in January 2012. Black Mountain College and Its Legacy, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York. Ray Johnson: Silhouettes, Aurel Scheibler Gallery, Berlin. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS: DEATH IN THE ARCHIVES, Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Tables of Content, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (Lucinda Barnes and Robert Warner). Midnight Party, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (Joan Rothfuss). Hide and Seek, Brooklyn Arts Museum (travelled from the National Gallery), Brooklyn, NY (Tricia Laughlin Bloom). Ray Johnson: The Dover Street Years, 1953-1960, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (Anastasia Rygle). The Persistance of Pollock, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY (Helen A. Harrison and Bobbi Coller). Happy Birthday, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR (Mack McFarland). Ray Johnson, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin.