John A. Cooper Visiting Artist Lecture Series


Louise Lawler, Woman (Statue), from Above (1985) Silver dye bleach print, 24 1/2" x 36 1/2". Edition of 5, 1AP. image / Louise Lawler, Sprüth Magers

The John A. Cooper Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings distinguished artists of particular renown to the Ithaca campus to address art students and the art community for lectures, studio visits, seminars, and individual critiques with B.F.A. students.  The B.F.A. program, with 130 students, is distinguished both by its diversity and by the intensity and breadth of its artistic and academic study. 

The John A. Cooper Visiting Artist Lecture Series has been established through a generous gift from John A. Cooper (B.F.A. '97). 

Louise Lawler – Spring 2022

Louise Lawler (b. 1947) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Cornell University (B.F.A. '69).




Public Lecture

Lawler will deliver an in-person artist talk on April 11 at 5:15 p.m.

Catherine Opie — Spring 2021

Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio) is an artist working with photography, film, collage, and ceramics in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is held in over 50 major collections throughout the world. Opie was a recipient of The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Medal in 2016, The Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award in 2013, and a U.S. Artists Fellowship in 2006. In September of 2008, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a mid-career exhibition titled, Catherine Opie: American Photographer. A large survey of Opie's work opened at the Henie Onstad Art Center in Sandvika, Norway in 2017. She debuted her film, The Modernist, at Regen Projects, Los Angeles in 2018. Her forthcoming monograph, Catherine Opie, will be published by Phaidon in May 2021. 

Opie received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, California, and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1988. She holds the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Chair in Art at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is a professor of Photography.

Public Lecture

Opie delivered a virtual artist talk on April 5, 2021.

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