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Lois Conner: Biography


Excerpt from Union List of Artist Names [ULAN - Getty]:

Conner, Lois (American photographer, born 1951)
Conner moved to New York City, New York in 1971, and from 1971 to 1973, she worked for the United Nations. In 1975 Conner travelled to the Ivory Coast in West Africa.By the late 1970s Conner photographed landscape almost exclusively. In 1984, 1986 and 1988, Conner photographed in China. In 1989, she photographed the gardens at Wave Hill, Riverdale, New York. She has been an instructor at the New School for Social Research, New York City, New York, from 1982 to the present.


Excerpt from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation:

Lois Conner is a photographer of contemporary landscapes. She has spent much of the last quarter of a century working in Asia, particularly China and Vietnam, while also exploring various projects in Europe and America. These photographs have been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the retrospective Landscape as Culture at the Sackler Gallery of Art (National Gallery) in Washington, D.C.  In the fall of 2012, several of her large lotus triptychs were featured in the Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios Retreats exhibition, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Recent solo shows include the Drawing the Land in 2012 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China and Beijing Building in 2011 in London, England.  She has been included in numerous shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, most recently in Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography.

Her project about the transformation of Beijing, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial, will be published by Damaini (Italy) next year and exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the spring of 2014. In progress are her American Trees and Lotus books, which will be published in 2015.  Her first book, China: The Photographs of Lois Conner, was published by Callaway, New York, in 2000.

Lois has been teaching photography for over thirty years, including a decade at Yale University School of Art.  Other venues include Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, Stanford University, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. 


Excerpt from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.:

Lois Conner

Born in 1951 in New York City, where she currently resides. Conner has received two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowships (1984 and 1985), which she spent photographing in China.

Merry A. Foresta, Stephen Jay Gould, and Karal Ann Marling Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography (Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, New Mexico: The National Museum of American Art in association with the University of New Mexico Press, 1992)


Lois Conner, American, (1951- )
b. February 12, 1951 New York, NY

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