Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen
Liz Cohen was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in July of 2008. She 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, Massachusetts. Cohen is a photographer and performance artist, whose multi-media work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is best known for the subversive project in which she transformed an East German Trabant automobile into a Chevrolet El Camino. 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.
“‘Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2’,” The New York Times, Holland Cotter. July 24, 2014.
“Liz Cohen’s ‘Trabantimino’ Comes to Bridgehampton,” The Wall Street Journal, Marshall Heyman, July 6, 2014.
“1987 Trabant 601 Deluxe – The Professor Knows Best,” Lowrider Magazine, El Whyner, June 2014.
“Liz Cohen’s Conceptual Car Takes Top Prize at Real-Life Lowrider Fest,” BlouinArtinfo, Eileen Kinselle, November 27, 2013.
“Look, It’s a Trabant, It’s an El Camino. It’s the Trabantimino,” The New York Times, Tamara Warren, September 5, 2013.
“Yes, That is a Car Seat in my Low Rider: An Interview with Liz Cohen,” Bad at Sports, Sarah Margoles-Pineo, November 3, 2011.
“The Amazing Collapsable Family Muscle Car,” T Magazine Blog: Artifacts, Linda Yablonsky. October 29, 2010.
“Liz Cohen: Trabantimino,” The New York Times, Karen Rosenberg. October 29, 2010.
“Liz Cohen, Trabantimino,” Time Out New York, Michael Wilson. October 28 – November 3, 2010.
“Liz Cohen’s Car Culture,” Art in America, Brienne Walsh. November 4, 2010.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 David Klein Gallery, On the River Road: from Presidio to Terlingua, Birmingham, MI
2012 Land of Tomorrow, Routine Labor, Louisville, KY
2010 Trabantimino, Salon 94, New York, NY
2010 Liz Cohen: Zwickau Routine, Joseph Gross Gallery, Univerisity of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009 Liz Cohen: The Builder and the Bikini Model, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso
2008 No Room for Baggage, Rubin Center, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2006 Liz Cohen, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
2005-06 Liz Cohen: Bodywork, The Gender Turntable, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 Bikini Carwash, Modern Culture, New York, NY
2002 Bikini Carwash, Spanganga, San Francisco, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Site Santa Fe, SITElines: Unsettled Landscapes (Site Santa Fe Biennial), Santa Fe, NM
2014 Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Gallery, Another Look at Detroit, New York, NY
2014 Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, Wrong’s What I Do Best, San Francisco, CA
2014 The Bruce High Quality Foundation, The Last Brucennial, New York, NY
2014 LA TÔLERIE Espace d’Art Contemporain, Garage Paradise, Clermont Ferrand, FR
2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries, Racial Imaginary, Claremont, CA
2013 Anonymous Gallery, Commercial Break, Mexico City, MX
2013 Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Art X, Detroit, MI
2013 Scarab Club, Woman Image Hot, Detroit, MI
2013 Public Pool, Contorted, Hamtramck, MI
2012 Eric Firestone Gallery, Parts and Service, East Hampton, NY
2012 ShowStudio, Selling Sex, London, UK
2011 Autobody, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
2011 Commercial Break, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
2011 Car Fetish. I Drive Therefore I Am, Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH
2011 Femme Objet / Femme Sujet, Centre de Arte Contemporain, Meymac, FR
2011 No Object Is an Island, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2011 here, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Resurrectine, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
2010 SMFA Traveling Scholars, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2010 Drive, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2009 Second Skin, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL
2008 18, Center, Berlin, DE
2008 Teleport Fargfabriken, Fargfabriken Norr, Ostersund, SE
2008 Car Culture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2007 Body Double, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Chopped, Chromed, and Customized, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2006-07 FUORI USO 2006–ALTERED STATES: Are You Experienced, Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo, Pescara, IT
TRAFO, Budapest, Hungary; Noua Gallery, Bucarest, RO
2006 This is Gallery, Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA
2006 Tina b.: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival (Same Same But Different), Veleterzni Palac/National Gallery Prague, CZ
2006 Joint Venture: Selections from the Dr. Barry S. Ramer Collection and Other Photographs, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis and Pence Gallery; Davis, CA