Cora Cohen

PTDW Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 05, 5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.

MacLean Center - 11th floor critique space


Cora Cohen’s work pays elegiac tribute to American Modernism even as it considers the underside of life in a manner consonant with European Art Informel. Her paintings, drawings, and altered x rays bear witness in subtle and tangential ways to the current cultural moment in which nationality and identity undergo the seismic pressures of global crisis.

Cohen was born in New York City in 1943. She grew up in New York and attended Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont (B.A.1964, M.A. 1972) where she studied painting with Paul Feeley and art criticism with Lawrence Alloway. She has lived and worked in New York since 1972 with periods of living and working in Cologne.

Known primarily as a painter, Cohen’s practice includes drawings, photographs, and altered x rays. Artists’ Painters at the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren (2016) was her most recent exhibition. The Swedish State Art Council (Stockholm), The Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection (Berlin), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro), Yale University (New Haven), and the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase) are among the diverse public collections that have acquired Cohen’s work.  

A painting exhibition of the collaboration between Cora Cohen and Susanne Doremus opens Friday October 7th at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Inc., Chicago and runs through October 29, 2016.

Image provided by artist.