Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Graduate Lecture Series

Liz Cohen
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
Placing herself among militia-member tattoo artists, Panamanian transgender sex workers, bikini models, and custom car fabricators, Liz Cohen looks at how people on the fringe are the engines for invention. She will discuss these immersive projects and how they take form in sculptural objects, photography, video, and performance art in Bod Mods, Chick Dicks, and Cars.

Artist Bio
Liz Cohen's work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Salon 94, New York; the University of Arizona, Tucson; the University of Texas, El Paso; Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris; and Färgfabriken, Stockholm. Recently, she was included in Autobody at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Car Fetish: I Drive Therefore I Am at Museum Tinguely, Basel; and Femme Objet/Femme Sujet at Centre d’Art Contemporain de Meymac, France. Cohen is represented by Salon 94 and Galerie Laurent Godin, and is currently an Artist-In-Residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.


About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All GLS lectures begin at 4:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit