Presented in partnership with Larry Sultan Study Hall
Introduction by Lindsey White
Liz Cohen is a photographer and performance artist whose work spans and manipulates the divisions between image, identity, and life. She is best known for the subversive project Bodywork, in which she transformed an aging East German Trabant into an American El Camino low-rider, and herself into a car customizer and bikini model. Her current project, Him, is an allusive and performative collaboration with the poet Eric Crosley, who identifies as a eunuch. Cohen is currently Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Cohen received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston. She has won numerous awards and grants including: a Studio Residency from The MacDowell Colony in 2001; a Studio Fellowship in 2002 from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant in 2005; an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2007; a 2008 Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011.
This lecture is part of Larry Sultan Study Hall, a series of public lectures, events, readings and curriculum (running from January to July) related to the life and work of Larry Sultan. Throughout the spring students from San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts will collaborate with SFMOMA through a Sultan-inspired class that culminates in an experimental event on May 5, 2017. Please check the larrysultanstudyhall.com event calendar for details.
Liz Cohen Lowrider Builder and Child, 2012 C-print 50 x 63 inches Courtesy of the artist