Using words, images and diverse media, from painting to drawing to photography to large-scale public artworks and museum installations, I am passionately interested in exposing American exceptionalism (and its hubris, corruption, privilege, and prejudice) in a non-didactic and humorous way, with an intersectional feminist edge. I am not systematic, but there are recurring themes in my work such as how proud we humans are of what we think up, and how we use those ideas to destroy each other.

My work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany; and is in many private and public collections. Freedom of Expression National Monument, a giant megaphone in New York City,  sponsored by Creative Time in 1984 and 2004, was featured at the Museum of The City Of New York 2017-18. House of Cards, my 1992 MoMA, New York exhibition of 90 satirical greeting cards, was recreated at Zolla Lieberman Gallery Chicago in 2015; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles in 2016; and Susan Inglett Gallery, NY in 2018. 

I was born in New York City and attended the University of Chicago until I was kicked out for participating in a student protest. Before becoming a full-time artist, I was the first woman art director at McCann-Erickson advertising agency in New York, working on Coca-Cola, the New York Times, and other clients.

In 2018 I have work in exhibitions at The Museum of The City of NY, and the Hirshhorn Museum DC. and an exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery, NY focussed on the state of our divided country, as the midterm elections loom.






Susan Inglett Gallery, NY 2018
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles 2016
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago 2015, 2008, 2001, 1994, 1991
PPOW Gallery, New York 1999, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1987, 1986
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles  2005, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1988, 1988, 89, 91, 93, 95, 96, 00, 05
Praz Delavallade, Paris 1997
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 1995
Laguna Art Museum 1994
Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna 1992
Museum of Modern Art, New York 1992
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 1990
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA 1989

MOCA Los Angeles, 2019-20
Kopeikin Gallery, LA 2019
We Rise, LA, 2019
UNTITLED Art, San Francisco 2019
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, 2018
Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach 2018-19
Into Action, Los Angeles 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2018 (since 2004)
      Monument to a Bear permanent installation in sculpture garden
Museum Of The City Of New York, 2017-2018
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2017, 1991-2014
Orange County Museum of Art, 2017
Milwaukee Art Museum. 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2017
Susan Inglett Gallery, NY 2016
Gildar Gallery, Denver 2014
D.C. Moore Gallery, NY 2012
Stockholm Independent Art Fair, 2012
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles 2012
California African American  Museum, LA, 2013
Printed Matter, NY, A Show About CoLab, 2011
Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Sense of Humor, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Index:
      Conceptualism in California,
ICI traveling exhibition, Situation Comedy, 2005-7
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2004, 1999,  1997
Milwaukee Art Museum, Artists Interrogate: Politics and War, 2004
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Art of the Americas 1800 to Now, 2004
Laguna Art Museum, Whiteness: A Wayward Construct, 2003
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Made in California, 2000-2001
MassMoca, Massachusetts, Billboard, 1999
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The End of the Century, 1997
New Museum, NYC: Bad Girls, 1995 Language, Drama, Source and Vision, 1983; Not Just forLaughs, 1980
Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, traveled US 1995-96, 
      venues included Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix museums
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Uber-Leben, 1994
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 1992
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany 1992
The Whitney Museum, NY, Whitney Biennial 1991, AIDS Timeline
Milwaukee Art Museum, Word As Image 1960-1990, 1990
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Committed to Print, 1988
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, The Home Show, 1988

Museum of Modern Art. New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Allen Museum, Oberlin College, OH
Milwaukee Art Museum
Toledo Museum of Art
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lausanne
The New School for Social Research, New York
The New York Public Library
Getty Research Institute
Hammer Museum at UCLA Grunwald Center
Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Block Museum, Northwestern University
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Smith College Museum of Art

Freedom of Expression National Monument, in collaboration with Laurie Hawkinson, architect and John Malpede, performance artist, intreractive public sculpture in New York, sponsored by Creative Time, Inc. 1984, reinstalled in New York, 2004
Billboard for Art Against Aids, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., 1989
Two Projects for the Los Angeles Festival, 1990: Billboard: There Are Still Traditional Families Van Nuys Boulevard, Window Installation: Have You Attacked America Today?, Soap Plant, Los Angeles.
The Wall of (Un)Fame, Los Angeles County MTA Lakewood Blvd. Green Line Station, 1995
Under the Covers, Los Angeles Public Library, Robertson Branch, 1998
TheRoad to Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles, 2001


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