Joseph Magliaro (b. 1977, Hackettstown, New Jersey) produces work for multiple contexts relating to contemporary art and design. His practice engages with what are often considered supplementary forms of production: retail environments, domestic furnishings, exhibition fixtures, cookery, supporting essays, and other non-monumental cultural forms. He lives in Los Angeles.
Magliaro is a co-founder of Table of Contents, an ongoing exploration of the “store” as archive, research platform, and site for cultural intervention. TOC was initiated in 2008 with a series of installations on the streets of Berlin and evolved into a shop/project space that operated in Portland, Oregon from 2011-2016. In recent years, TOC has appeared through temporary installations and exhibitions such as “Ambiguous Objects/Open Forms” at Koenig & Clinton (Brooklyn, NY).
Magliaro’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Albertz Benda (NY), Sight Unseen Offsite (NY), the Salone del Mobile (Milan), and 798 Space (Beijing). His commissioned works include a series of “incomplete” marble furnishings produced by Bloc Studios (Carrara, Italy), a 40-foot-long neon installation for a Times Square retail space, furniture and fixture design for Pace Gallery’s Miami exhibition space SuperBlue, a group of laminated glass benches and stools deployed in retail spaces throughout China, and concept/design for a wearable device based on the idea of using a fictional metric to alter user’s everyday activity. That device—the Nike FuelBand —is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Magliaro is the co-author of By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art (Princeton Architectural Press), and his writing has appeared in publications such as Pin-Up, Apartamento, Theme, and Art AsiaPacific. He received his B.A., Philosophy from the University of Richmond, and is completing his M.A., Philosophy, Art and Social Thought at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee, CH).