Laurie Simmons (1998-03-06)

Laurie Simmons
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 1998-03-06


Laurie Simmons earned her B.F.A. from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 1971. She began experimenting with photography in the early 1970s and is best known for her distinctive images of hand-built sculptures and sets. Her work, informed by feminism, offers a challenging and subversive critique of gender roles. Using dolls as stand-ins for the human figure, Simons explores power hierarchies, stereotyping and the duplicitous function of fashion in presentations of the self.

Simmons_Laurie_w01Tourism: The Great Wall, 1984 © Laurie Simmons

Simmons has exhibited extensively in one-person and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including having work featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and The Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam. She has participated in the Whitney Biennial (1991) and in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1991 and 1992). In 1984, Simmons was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Simmons currently lives in New York and is an instructor at Yale and Columbia universities.

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