Scott Benzel, born 1968 in Scottsdale, AZ, lives and works in Los Angeles. Benzel’s work has been shown or performed at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, LA><ART, Los Angeles,  The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, The Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and was featured in Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles Biennial, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Benzel has curated shows at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture (Schindler House), Los Angeles and the Welcome Inn, Eagle Rock, CA, as part of Pacific Standard Time organized by the Getty Museum, among others.



Born 1968 in Scottsdale, Az. Lives and works in Los Angeles.



2001    MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

1995    BA, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1988    California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA




Mindless Pleasures, Bel Ami, Los Angeles (upcoming)


Prelude to ‘Invocation’, Coda, and Inversion V after Dennis Wilson in concert with Invocation of my Demon Brother / Another Movie, by Kenneth Anger / Morgan Fisher , / (Slash Art), San Francisco, CA

L. Frank Baum’s The Uplift of Lucifer, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France


V.I.T.R.I.O.L., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles (upcoming)

Torcat Tiqaucrat Mytics Ahtrae, Acid Free, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles


Unauthorized Live Score, The Kouroi / The Dilettanti, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Mathesis and Mathematikoi , Mt. Wilson Observatory, CA, Knowledges 2017, curated by Christina Ondrus


ISBN 978-0-9913772-0-6, reading, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, organized by Keith J. Varadi

(Mayakovsky) for Instrumental Transcommunication, Voice, and Autotune, Rainbow in Spanish, Los Angeles

Op. 21: Inner Experience Fellowship/Friends of Crime, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

Desert Center (Composition I10 Mvmt IV (Dusk)), Palm Springs Art Museum, Desert Center, CA


Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles

Maccarone, New York


LAAIR / The Traveller’s Companion Addenda, Shanaynay, Paris

Scott Benzel” and What does Possession Mean to You?, Human Resources, Los Angeles

A Regress, part of The Stand-In, Public Fiction, Los Angeles

plays selections from the Billboard Hot 100 for the Week of Feb. 28, 2013, Dem  Passwords, Los Angeles

W.W.A.R./ Die Dritte Generation, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles

The Academy / The Chthonic at Eleusis, Public Fiction, Los Angeles


(Threnody) A beginner’s guide to Mao Tse-Tung, Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Funhouse after the Penultimate Sequence of The Lady from Shanghai, part of Ball of Artists, Greystone Manor, Beverly Hills, CA, LAXART/Hammer

Recombinant Folk History and Non-genre I, Black Box, curated by Liz Glynn, part of Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Front Room Exhibition

Maldistribution, Human Resources at Cottage Home, Los Angeles

Variations for Commercial Arcade, Trespass/Parade, West of Rome, Los Angeles

Mulching the 20th C, Human Resources at Cottage Home, Los Angeles

Concentric Circles (before and after David Smith), Los Angeles County Museum of Art


sound. series concert at King’s Road Park, commission by SASSAS, Los Angeles

Inversions I-IV, Apartment 2, Los Angeles


Mandrake, Los Angeles




Drive-by Art, Los Angeles, organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske, and Anuradha Vikram

Portable Documents Formatted for Home Use, Bel Ami, Los Angeles


Garland, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France, organized by Sabrina Tarasoff

L.A. on Fire, Wilding Cran, Los Angeles, curated by Michael Slenske


#followme, Desert Center Los Angeles

Homebodies, Away Teams, UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT, organized by Emma Kemp, Daniel Wroe

Futures Reverse Order, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, organized by Tom Leeser


Imagining Tellus 28, Harvestworks, New York, curated by Tom Leeser

Ours is a City of Writers, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, selected by John Tain


Nostalgia for the Present: Two Years of LACA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, curated by Eli Diner


Golden State, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, curated by Drew Heitzler, Tucson, AZ

And yes, I even remember you.” Aran Cravey, Los Angeles, curated by Eric Kim


“Would you ever Write a Tract?” Autocenter, Berlin, curated by Marcel Dickhage and Daniel Horn

The Stand In,  Public Fiction, Los Angeles, curated by Alexandra Gaty and Lauren Mackler

In the Good Name of the Company, For Your Art, curated by Jan Tumlir, Brian Roettinger, Christopher Michlig


An Homage to Mike Kelley, presented by Gagosian Gallery, MOMA PS1, New York

Venice Beach Biennial, with Mark Hagen, curated by Ali Subotnick, Venice, CA

Made in LA: 1st Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Print Imprint,  Actual Size and Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles

Artists’ Tower of Protest,  Mark di Suvero, organized by LAXART, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles


Trespass/Parade, West of Rome, Los Angeles, organized by Emi Fontana, Rirkrit Tiravanija,  and Arto Lindsay


Endless Bummer/Surf Elsewhere, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, curated by Drew Heitzler

Animal Style: New Warrior Training, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, curated by Drew Heitzler


In Abstraction,  Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curated by Karl Erikson


Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, organized by Rodney Mcmillian


Drive into the Sunset, The Western Front, Vancouver, BC


Art/ Tech,  Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Have a Cool Summer, Keep in Touch” Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles


Hotel Power Emergency, Stevenson Blanche Deveroux Gallery, Valencia, CA




Circus Empire, with Kathryn Andrews, Original Score for Kathryn Andrews’ exhibition, Nave Koenig, Berlin


Split Chorale for Viljo Revell, with Kathryn Andrews, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CN


Part-Objects with Anita Pace, Perform Chinatown, Los Angeles


A|D with Liz Glynn, also with Corey Fogel, Giles Miller, Public Fiction, Los Angeles

Venice Beach Biennial, with Mark Hagen, curated by Ali Subotnick, Venice, CA

Opus I for Crude Instruments, with Kathryn Andrews, Hip-O Ranch, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

Bass elegy/Devil’s Night for MK, with Mark Hagen, Part of Made in LA 2o12, LAXART, Los Angeles

Variations IV, John Cage, realized by Scott Benzel / Dave Muller, Welcome Inn Time Machine, part of Pacific Standard Time, organized by the Getty Museum, Los Angeles


Mostly Sculpture Show, with Kathryn Andrews, Sea and Space, Los Angeles


Judson Church Horse Dances, Co-composer, Producer, with Mike Kelley, Performa 09, Judson Church, New York

Destroy All Monsters at  A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality, Gramercy Theatre, Performa 09, New York

’A Voyage of Growth and Discovery’ Original Score Co-composer with Mike Kelley, Sculpture Center, New York


‘Profondeurs Vertes’ Original Score Co-Composer with Mike Kelley, Musee Louvre, Paris


Day is Done’, Original Score Co-Composer with Mike Kelley, Gagosian, New York


Destroy All Monsters, ”All Tommorrow’s Parties” curated by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Camber Sands, UK

Into the Sun, Live Performance w/Sam Durant and Tom Recchion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Arena, Original Score Composer for Andrea Bowers’ exhibition, Sara Meltzer, New York, Chouakri Brahms. Berlin


Democracy’s Body, Original Score Composer for Andrea Bowers exhibition, Art Basel Statements, Basel, Switzerland




Hoard Inaugural, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive


Sonatine Bureaucratique, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive


Tape Music at the Schindler House, MAK Center/Schindler House, Los Angeles


Welcome Inn Time Machine, Welcome Inn, Eagle Rock, CA, part of Pacific Standard Time


Sublimated Los Angeles film series, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Seven Los Angeles Artists, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles



2018      Sonatine Bureaucratique, book, ed. Ryan Jeffery, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive

Home Bodies Away Teams, eds. Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe, UMOCA, Salt Lake, UT

2017       Double Issue, Pacific Standard Time Music and Performance festival, 2012, ed. Irene Tsatsos, Armory Editions

2016      ISBN 978-0-9913772-0-6, artist’s book, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive

2015      Sonatine Bureaucratique, essay, ed. Carlye Packer, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive

2014      Scott Benzel: Part-Objects, monograph, ed. Eric Kim and Catherine Taft, Human Resources/Lockitch Press

2012      Profondeurs Vertes, cd, with Mike Kelley, Compound Annex

2011      Maldistribution, artist’s book, Numero Deux

Music from The Trip in the style of a  Schoenberg / Gershwin Tennis Match Observe in passing by Dr. Oscar Janiger, Oodpress / Numero Deux

2010     Inversions I-IV for String Quartet, cd, Numero Deux

2009    Blak Bloc for String Quartet and Feedback, cd/digital stream, Numero Deux

Dance Beats for Baby, cd, with Mike Kelley, feat. Mike Smith, Compound Annex

2006    Day is Done Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with Mike Kelley, Compound Annex



Curry, Colleen, The Culture of Cults, Galerie, 2018

El Kholti, Hedi,  Bad and Good Times in L.A., A year of protest and performance in Los Angeles, Frieze, 2018

Kretowicz, Steph, Kenyatta AC Hinkle and Scott Benzel, Getty Museum, The Wire, October 2017

Diel, Travis, Cosmic Thing,, August 2017

Tarasoff, Sabrina, ‘Sylvia’, C Magazine, Summer 2016

Sutter-Shudo, Naoki, ‘Propos 5: s’entretient avec Scott Benzel‘, Octopusnotes, 2015

Nelson, Steffie, ‘On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project’, East of Borneo, July 2015

Slenske, Michael, ‘Sonic Highways: Scott Benzel’s mythical, musical journey…, Modern Painters, March 2015

Boucher, Brian, ‘Scott Benzel at Maccarone’, Art in America, November 2014

Bogart, Aaron, ‘Scott Benzel at Maccarone’, FlashArt OnWeb, November 2014

Yerebakan, O.C., ‘New York- Scott Benzel at Maccarone’, ArtObserved, August 2014

In the Good Name of the Company, exhibition catalog, ed. Jan Tumlir, Christopher Michlig, Brian Roettinger, Picturebox/For Your Art, 2013

Mueller, Kurt, ‘In the Good Name of the Company’,, March 2013

The Lost Issue/Lost in L.A. exhibition catalog, ed. Lauren Mackler, Andrew Berardini, Public Fiction

Holte, Michael Ned, ‘Made in LA 2012′, Artforum, October 2012

Ellegood, Anne, ‘Material Urges‘, Made in LA: 1st Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum/Delmonica Prestel

Mueller, Kurt, ‘Scott Benzel’, Made in LA: 1st Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum/Delmonica Prestel

Swed, Mark, ‘Music review: John Cage in a motel room as part of PST‘, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2012

Griffin, Jonathan, ‘Frieze: Best of 2011: Scott Benzel at Human Resources’, Frieze,  Jan. 2012

Holte, Michael Ned, ‘Artforum Best of 2011: Scott Benzel at Human Resources at Cottage Home‘, , Dec. 2011

Berardini, Andrew, ‘The Year in L.A. Art’ , L.A. Weekly, Dec. 2011

Taft, Catherine, ‘Scott Benzel at Human Resources’, Artforum, Oct. 2011

Berardini, Andrew‘Scott Benzel at Human Resources’, ArtReview, Oct. 2011

Prina, Stephen, ‘Artforum: Best of 2009: Music: Scott Benzel Blak Bloc’, Artforum, Dec. 2009

Smith, Roberta, ‘Performa 09: Mike Kelley’s Extracurricular Activity’, The New York Times, 2009

Kimmelman, Michael, “Scary Games for Adults- Mike Kelley’s Day is Done“, The New York Times, 2006

Waters, John “You’ve Made an Epic- Mike Kelley’s Day is Done”, Flash Art,  Nov/Dec. 2005

“Technoscience and the Avant-Garde” The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, ed. Mark Herbst and Robbie Herbst, April 2002