Born, Worcester, MA, 1943.
BFA Painting, Mass. College of Art, Boston, 1965.
MFA Painting, Univ. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1967.

Awards & Honors:
Frank Logan Prize, Art Institute of Chicago, 1969.
National Endowment for the Arts Grants, Washington, DC, 1972, 1975, 1979.
Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, NY, 1981.
Artist-in-Residence Program, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, NY and Tokyo, 1981.
Awards in the Visual Arts III, Winston-Salem, NC, 1984.
Creative Artist Award, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA, 1985.
Angela Flowers Gallery Prize, 11th British Print Biennale, Bradford, England, 1990.
Gottlieb Foundation Grant, New York, NY, 1995.
Pollock-Krasner Grant, New York, NY, 2003.

Solo Exhibitions:
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1976.
Paris Biennale, Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1978.
Retrospective (catalog), Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA, 1979.
Traveling Retrospective, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Tasmania, Australia, 1979-1981.
Werkstatt fur Photographie, Berlin, Germany, 1982.
Galerie Watari, Tokyo, Japan, 1984.
University Art Museum, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, 1985.
Mechanical Illusions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1986.
Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1987.
Robert Cumming: Intuitive Inventions, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988.
Castelli Graphics, New York, NY, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988.
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, 1993.
Blackboard Brain (installation), M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI, 1993, 1994.
Retrospective (catalog), Robert Cumming. L'Oeuvre Photographique 1969-1980. FRAC Limousin, Limoges, France, 1994.
25-year Retrospective (catalog), Robert Cumming: Cone of Vision, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 1993-1994.
Clutter of Happenstance, Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1998.
Drawing survey, University of Mass., Amherst, MA, 2001.
Robert Cumming: Architectural Artist, Dorsky Curatorial Space, Long Island City, NY, 2002.
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005.

The Continuity of Robert Cumming, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2012.
Janet Borden Gallery, New York, NY, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2018.
Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Robert Cumming: The Secret Lives of Objects, Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, and The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA, 2017, 2019.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Art by Telephone, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 1969.
9 Artists/9 Urban Spaces, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1970.

24 Young Los Angeles Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971.

Minor White, Robert Heinecken, Robert Cumming: Photograph as Metaphor, Photograph as Object, Photograph as Document of Concept, California State University, Long Beach, 1973.
Narrative Art, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1975.
Picture Puzzles, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1975.
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1975.
Mirrors and Windows, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, (traveled) 1978-1982.
Fabricated to be Photographed, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1979.
Lis-79, International Exhibition of Drawing, Lisbon, Portugal, 1979.
Language, Drama, Source, Vision, The New Museum, New York, NY, 1983.
Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 1989.
Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, 1983.
Monumental Drawings, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 1986.
Castelli Graphics 1969-1988, Castelli Graphics, New York, NY, 1988.
Projects & Portfolios, 25th National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 1989.
International Biennial of Graphic Art, Lubliana, Slovenia, 1989.
Galerie Nichido, Tokyo, Japan, 1992.
Pace, MacGill, Wildenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1995.
American Still Life: The Object in American Art, 1915-1999, Selections from the Metropolitan Museum, NY, (6-museum tour) 1997-1999.
Singular Impressions: the Monotype in America, The National Museum, Washington, DC, 1997.
Azerty: Un abécédaire aléatoire autour des collections du Frac Limousin, Musée National d´Art Modern, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2001.
A Love Affair with Pictures, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 2001.
125 Masterpieces from MoMA, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg and State Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2003.
Extra-Ordinary: The Everyday Object in American Art, (Whitney Museum collection) Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, and Austin Museum, Austin, TX, 2006, 2007.
Artist’s Choice, Vik Muniz: Rebus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2008.
To Infinity and Beyond, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, 2008.
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, Orange County Museum of Art, (5-museum tour), 2012–2014.
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012.
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982, Palm Springs Art Museum, 2012.
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, 2012.
Seismic Shift, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA, 2012.
Matt Connors, Robert Cumming, and Florian Morlat, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA, 2012.
A World of its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio, MoMA, NY, 2014.
The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel, MoMA, NY, 2016.
Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World, The Morgan Library & Museum, NY, 2016.
All-Stars: Works from the Collection, SFMOMA, 2017.
The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, (8-museum tour), 2017-2020.