Liza Lou

Liza Lou

Liza Lou was born in New York City in 1969 and she now lives and works in Los Angeles and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lou’s work has captivated audiences since her first major sculpture, Kitchen—a life-size room covered entirely with glass beads was exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 1996. Over the past twenty years, Lou has explored themes of American popular culture in room-size sculptures and environments such as Kitchen (1991-1996), American Presidents (1995-2000), Back Yard (1996-1999), Trailer (1998-2000), Security Fence (2005), Cell (2004-06) and Maximum Security (2007-08). The tension created between seductive surfaces, often challenging subject matter and the artist’s labor-intensive processes invites viewers to experience the work at both the level of visual wonder and critical analysis. Recent work includes abstract meditations on process and form in works such as Gather (one million) 2008-10, a shimmering harvest of gold, and wall mounted sculptures that explore the canvas as object, and the beauty of imperfection.



Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award 



John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship



Virginia Groot Foundation Award

Solo exhibitions


The Waves, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



Liza Lou: Gather (One Million), Wichita Museum of Art, Kanas, USA

Color Field and Solid Grey, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA



Canvas, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

ixube, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Solid/Divide, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK



Liza Lou : Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA



Liza Lou, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London, UK

Liza Lou : Let the Light In, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA



Let the Light In, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia Liza Lou, L&M Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA [cat.]

Liza Lou, L&M Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA [cat.]



American Idol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Liza Lou Drawings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Liza Lou, L&M Arts, New York, NY, USA

Liza Lou, Maximum Security, Lever House, New York, NY, USA



Liza Lou, White Cube, London, UK



The Damned, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Testimony, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

Liza Lou, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, 

Leaves of Glass, Henie Oslo Kunstsenter, Oslo [exh. cat.]



Liza Lou II, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA

Trailer, Southeastern Contemporary Art Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina



American Presidents 1-43, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington DC

Liza Lou, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH



American Glamorama, Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, New York, NY

Kitchen, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

American Presidents, Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

Kitchen, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY



Liza Lou, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Portrait Gallery, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Liza Lou, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Kitchen and Back Yard, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA [exh. cat.]

Back Yard, Fundacio Joan Miró, Espai 13,Barcelona

Portrait Gallery, P.P.O.W., New York, NY

Most Admired Disorder, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Liza Lou, Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Yonkers, NY

Liza Lou, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA

Liza Lou, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA



Kitchen, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Forty-two American Presidents, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Liza Lou, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Liza Lou, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI



Socks and Underwear, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY, USA



Kitchenette, California State University Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA



Solo performances



James Dickie Contemporary Artist Lecture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.



Ways of Seeking: Art, Science, and Spirituality panel discussion on the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship Program. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Summer Series: Featured Artist, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado

Liza Lou and Charles Desmarais in conversation, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California

In Conversation: Liza Lou and Lawrence Weschler, Neue House, New York, NY

Art Catalogues at LACMA: Liza Lou and the Haas Brothers in conversation, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California

The Visual Arts: Making Democracy Visible, Panel Discussion with Lawrence Weschler, Edward Hirsch and Ramiro Gomez, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts



Making Meaning/Making Love: Liza Lou, gala keynote speaker, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California Keynote speaker, Art Basel Magazine Women in Art Luncheon, Miami, Florida



Making Meaning: A Talk with Artist Liza Lou, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California ArtNet Breakfast with Liza Lou, ArtTable: Liza Lou, Woolworth Building, New York, NY

Collectors Art Experience with Liza Lou: Color Field, Strauss Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California



Chicago Humanities Festival, A Conversation with Lawrence Weschler as part of the Annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series, Chicago, Illinois

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Fowler Outspoken Conversation: Liza Lou and Sam Durant on Conceptualization and Collaboration, Los Angeles, California

Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, Artist Lecture by Liza Lou: ‘Process & Possibility’, Savannah, Georgia



Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theater, Screening of 'Born Again' & conversation with Jeffrey Deitch, California



Screening of ‘Born Again’, Reed Chapel, Reed College, Portland, Oregon



Institute of Contemporary Arts, Screening of ‘Born Again’ & conversation with Tim Marlow, London, United Kingdom



Performance & panel discussion with Nick Cave, Martin Puryear and Richard Tuttle, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA



Smith College Art Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northhampton, 7 November

Carnegie-Mellon University Art Museum, Watson Performance Festival, Philip Chosky Theatre, Pittsburgh, 7 September

CCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Watson Performance Festival, San Francisco, 8 April



Deitch Projects, New York 13, 21, 28 October

Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara, 12 July

Les Deux Cafés, Hollywood 21, 22 June

Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany 21 April



Cal State Fullerton Gallery, Fullerton, CA

Group exhibitions


Sydney Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia



Material ConsiderationsJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Painting @ the Very Edge of Art, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, CT 

Edge of Silence, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Patterns of Abstraction, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ENDLESS, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Other People’s Memories, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa 



Stories of Espai 10 and Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

Surfacing, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Sleight of Hand: painting and illusion, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California



30 Years, Salzburg Villa Kast and Halle, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

Disaster - The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin

Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix,

The C of O Show, Kresge Gallery, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, New Jersey

La Belle est la Bête, L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France



Lightness?, Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium

Advance/Notice, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Artist Talk, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

Strange Beauty : Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art, I.D.E.A Space, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Demo, L&M Arts, Venice, California

The Female Gaze : Women Artists Making Their World, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, USA



Memories of the Future, The Olbricht’s Collection, curated by Wolfgang

Schoppmann, La Maison Rouge, Paris

Strange Beauty: Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art, I.D.E.A Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York 



Now What?, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

The Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Make Craft, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Curated by Jeff

Koons, New Museum, New York, New York

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube Gallery,London, England

19th Century and Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Selections from the Permanent Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Lust for Life, Dance of Death, Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria



Diana und Actaeon: Der Verbotene Blick Auf Die Nacktheit, Musuem Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf [cat.]



Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

In the Land of Retinal Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA

Innovations In The Third Dimension: Sculpture Of Our Time, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT



The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

The Complexity of the Simple, L&M Arts, New York

Rockers Island—Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

The Death Instinct, The Haifa Museum of Art, Israel



Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, NY

Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Metropolitan Kiba Park, Tokyo, Japan



Translation, Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Over + Over: Passion for Process, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy in Andover



Monument to Now, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, [exh. cat.]

Splat, Boom, Pow: Cartoons in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; ICA,

Boston and Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio [exh. cat.]

Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, [exh. cat.]



Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Art Museum at the Brown Fine Arts Center, Northhampton [exh. cat.]

Perpetual Bliss, Galerie Thaddaeaus Ropac, Paris

Skulptur03, Max Gandolph-BIbliothek, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

Shine, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam [exh. cat.]



Melodrama, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Basque; Palacio de los Condes de Gabia/Centro Jose Guerrero, Granada and Museo de Arte Contemporànea de Vigo, Vigo [Exh. Cat]

Bingo, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Fusion Cuisine, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens



Un Art Populaire, Fondation Cartier, Paris [exh. cat.]

Give and Take, organized by Serpentine Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London [exh. cat.]

ARS 01, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [exh. cat.]

Art Through the Eye of the Needle, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo



Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, [exh. cat.]

Sharing Exoticism, Biennale de Lyon d'art Contemporain, Lyon [exh. cat.]

Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei [exh. cat.]

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles [exh. cat.]



First Annual Post-Impeachment Show, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA



Site Specific, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield



A Labor of Love, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, [exh. cat.]

Art for the New Millennium, The Fabric Workshop/Museum, Philadelphia

Subversive Domesticity, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita [exh. cat.]

An Embarrassment of the Riches, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington, CA [cat.]

Public and private collections


Fondation Cartier Pour I’art Contemporain, Paris



Thomas Olbricht Collection, me Collectors Room, Berlin



Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens



Honart Museum, Tehran



François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice



La Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City



Fundación Privada Sorigué, Lleida



Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

De Young Museum/Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH