Departmental Philosophy
Artist In Residence
Current Student Work




Selected Biblography

(Newspapers and Magazines)

Bonansinga, Kate. “Object Lesson: Liz Cohen,” Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Journal, Spring Summer 2011
Rosenberg, Karen. “Liz Cohen: ‘Trabantimino’,” The New York Times, October 29, 2010
Wilson, Michael. “Liz Cohen, Trabantimino,” Time Out New York, October 28 – November 3, 2010
Stephan, Fabienne. “On Tools and Bikinis, or the Voyage of Liz Cohen,” Fantom Photographic Quarterly, Issue 03 – Spring 2010
Graves, Jen. “Why Amelia Jones Is Wrong About Liz Cohen - Regarding Bikinis and Feminism: a rebuttal,” The Stranger, September 9, 2008
Smillie,Eric. "Auto Erotic,” Make Magazine, Volume 14, 2008
Hall, Christopher. “Where 'Art' Has Met 'Craft' for 100 Years," New York Times, November 11, 2007
Myers, Holly." 'Body Double': Through a Lens Starkly,” Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2007
Weideman, Paul. “Getting Low and Arty,” Pasatiempo, August 24 - 30, 2007
Fischer, Zane.“Transformers!,” Santa Fe Reporter, August 29, 2007
Genoccio, Benjamin. “Hotel Rooms Set the Scene, and 45 Artists Star,” New York Times, August 5, 2007
Yablonsky, Linda. “Hotel Rooms Become Overnight Stars,” New York Times, July 8, 2007
Chun, Kimberly. “Balazo KO?,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 5 - 11, 2007
LaMotta, Lisa and Alex C. Pasquariello. “It Sure Beats the NEA,” Fast Company, May 2007
Finkel, Jori. “Saying the F-Word,” Artnews, February 2007
Güsefeld, Friederike. “Bodywork,” Sleek (Germany), Winter 2006/2007
Hackett, Regina. “Knockout Work by a Trio of Young Artists,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 27, 2006
Astrapellou, Marilena. “My Lowrider - Liz Cohen,” Intersection Magazine, Fall 2006
Milén, Maria. “Intervju: Bilbyggande bikinibrud,” Femkul (Stockholm), 2/2006
Spataro, David. “Bodyshop,” Readymade, Aug/Sept 2006
Cook, Xerxes. “Pimp my ride: Liz Cohen takes a torch to the macho world of lowriding,” Tank (London), v4 issue 5, 2006
Ringdahl, Klas. “Bil - Och Kroppsbyggareiett,” Motor Magasinet (Stockholm), January 25, 2006
Cash, Stephanie. “Report from San Francisco II: New and Now,” Art in America, January 2006

Selected Biblography

(Electronic Media)

Jerry Saltz’s Work of Art Recap: "Elimination Heartlbreak,” New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz, December 1, 2011

Yes, That is a Car Seat in my Low Rider: An Interview with Liz Cohen,” Bad at Sports, Sarah
Margoles-Pineo, November 3, 2011

The Punctuation of Photobooks,” Ahorn Magazine, Melanie McWhorter, Issue 7

Liz Cohen's Car Culture,” Art in America, Brienne Walsh, November 4, 2010

The Amazing Collapsable Family Muscle Car,”
T Magazine
Blog: Artifacts, Linda Yablonsky, October 29, 2010

At Salon 94, the East German Trabant Gets a Stretch in Liz Cohen’s Trabantimio,” Artforum Video,
Liza Bear

The Trabantimino: The Art of Building a Trabant Lowrider,” Tamara Warren, The New York Times Wheels Blog

bodywork,” Men’s Vogue, David Knowles, August 29, 2007

Studio Visit: Lara Taubman visits Liz Cohen in Phoenix, AZ,”, Lara Taubman, July 14, 2007

Auto-Metamorphosis,” Magazine, Lara Taubman, November 21, 2006



Selected Bibliography (Books)

Wittkopp, Gregory. No Object Is an Island. Cranbrook Art Museum, 2011
Robson, Julian. here. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2011
Bohme, Hartmut. Car Fetish: I Drive Therefore I Am. Heidelburg: Kehrer Verlag, 2011
Gonzalez, Rita, Howard N. Fox, and Chon A. Noriega. Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008
Åman, Jan and Carlmichael Von Hauswolf. Teleport Färgfabriken: We Did Everything Wrong. Stockholm: Färgabriken, 2008
Cohem, Liz. Radical Mod Magazine. Scottsdale: Scottsdale Public Art, 2008
Bourriaud, Nicolas and Paolo Falcone. FUORIUSO'06 Altered States: are you experienced. Pescara: Arte Nova, 2007
Denan, Pierre. 1680 Grams of Art, Paris: M19, 2007
Cohen, Liz. The 5 P's: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Paris: Onestar Press, 2007
Booth-Clibborn, Edward and Nan Ellin. Phoenix: 21st Century City United Kingdom: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2006
Cohen, Liz. Liz Cohen Body Work, Paris: Onestar Press and Galerie Laurent Godin, 2006
Bers, Miriam. Parallel Worlds. Berlin: Fine Arts Unternehmen Books, 2002





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Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in July of 2008. She received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Cohen is a photographer and performance artist, whose multi-media work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is best known for her recent subversive project, "Bodywork," in which she transformed an East German 1987 Trabant automobile into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino. She has won numerous awards and grants including: a Studio Residency from The MacDowell Colony in 2001; a Studio Fellowship in 2002 from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant in 2005; an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2007; a 2008 Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2011.


"At Salon 94, The East German Trabant Gets a Stretch in Liz Cohen's Trabantimino," Artforum Video, Liza Béar. Read more here.



In PursuitLiz Cohen

Canal, 2000 , Gelatin prints, tape, rubber stamp, 8 x 10 inches

Trabantimino, 2002
Modified Trabant 601 Deluxe, Chevrolet 305 V8, Chevrolet 350 turbo transmission, custom chassis, custom hydraulics, custom drive train,
retracted 154 x 70 x 55 inches, extended 226 x 70 x 55

Trabantimino, 2002
Modified Trabant 601 Deluxe, Chevrolet 305 V8, Chevrolet 350 turbo transmission, custom chassis, custom hydraulics, custom drive train,
retracted 154 x 70 x 55 inches, extended 226 x 70 x 55

Trabantimino, 2002
Modified Trabant 601 Deluxe, Chevrolet 305 V8, Chevrolet 350 turbo transmission, custom chassis, custom hydraulics, custom drive train,
retracted 154 x 70 x 55 inches, extended 226 x 70 x 55

Liz Cohen

Black Execution, 2010, c-print, 24x 20 inches

Liz Cohen

Hydro Force (still), 2011, high definition video, 00:55


Liz Cohen

Welder, 2005, C-print, 50 x 60 inches


"Liz Cohen: On The River Road, from Presidio to Terlingua"
E xhibition through December 8
David Klein Gallery
163 Townsend, Birmingham, MI 48009

Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Photography, introduces her latest exhibition “Liz Cohen: On The River Road, From Presidio To Terlingua,” at the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan on Friday, November 2. Cohen took her “Trabantimino,” the lowrider hybrid of an East German Trabant and a Chevrolet El Camino, to Marfa, Texas, where she photographed her journey of 70 miles along the River Road in the Texas desert. Sponsored by Ballroom Marfa, the body of work uses the car as her theme, yet incorporates both her husband and child, drawing parallels between the labor of building the car, the labor of producing her art and the labor of producing a young family. The exhibition will run through December 8. For more information, click here.


Recent Press

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010        "Trabantimino", Salon 94, New York, NY
2010        "Liz Cohen: Zwickau Routine", Joseph Gross Gallery, Univerisity of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009        "Liz Cohen: The Builder and the Bikini Model", El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso
2008        "No Room for Baggage", Rubin Center, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2006        "Liz Cohen", Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
2005-06  "Liz Cohen: Bodywork", The Gender Turntable, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
2004        "Bikini Carwash, Modern Culture", New York, NY
2002        "Bikini Carwash", Spanganga, San Francisco, CA



Selected Group Exhibitions

2011       "Autobody," Ballroom Marfa, Marfa
2011       "Commercial Break," Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2011       "Car Fetish. I Drive Therefore I Am," Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
2011       "Femme Objet / Femme Sujet," Centre de Arte Contemporain, Meymac, France
2011       "No Object Is an Island," Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills,Michigan
2011       "here," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
2010       "Resurrectine," Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
2010        "SMFA Traveling Scholars," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
2010        "Drive," David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2009        "Second Skin," Gallery Diet, Miami, FL
2008        "18," Center, Berlin, Germany
2008        "Teleport Fargfabriken," Fargfabriken Norr, Ostersund, Sweden
2008        "Car Culture," Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2007        "Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA," Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2007        "Body Double," Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
2007        "Chopped, Chromed, and Customized," Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2006-07   "FUORI USO 2006--ALTERED STATES: Are You Experienced," Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo, Pescara, Italy

                "TRAFO," Budapest, Hungary; Noua Gallery, Bucarest, Romania
2006        "This is Gallery," Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA
2006        "Tina b.: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival (Same Same But Different)," Veleterzni Palac/National Gallery                 Prague, Czech Republic
2006        "Joint Venture: Selections from the Dr. Barry S. Ramer Collection and Other Photographs," Richard L. Nelson     

                Gallery, University of California, Davis and Pence Gallery; Davis, CA