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Laura Cottingham

Laura Cottingham is an art critic, living in New York City. She taught contemporary art issues in the College of Art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC. She published various books and articles, focusing mainly on questions of feminism and art.

In 1994 she curated the exhibition section “Incandescent”, an all-woman exhibition of film, painting, performance, installation, sculpture and video drawn from artists in Europe, Japan and the United States as for example Cheryl Dunye, Gillian Wearing, Cosima von Bonin, Barbara Kruger, Diane DiMassa, Sue Williams, Deborah Kass for the contemporary art exhibition “NowHere” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), which was part Copenhagen European Cultural Capital 1996.

In 1997 she developed the exhibition “Vraiment feminisme et art” at Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France.

1998 she produced the video essay „Not For Sale: Feminism and Art in the USA during the 1970s“ about the history of the early Feminist Art Movement. This essay, based on interviews, is a documentation, including original and unseen film material about performances, panel discussions, actions etc. that show the amount of creative and political energy generated within the Women’s Liberation Movement in the US during the ‘seventies.

Together with Leslie Singer she made the film „The Anita Pallenberg Story“ – a film about the main groupie of the Rolling Stones Anita Pallenberg. The story is an example for the position of women in Rock’n Roll music but in music and art business as well. The German photographer Cosima von Bonin for example plays Anita Pallenberg and the painter Nicole Eisenman band member Keith Richards. More information including a text by Laura Cottingham you can find on haussite – a website and documentation of the program of former artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Fareed Armaly.

Bibliography (selection)

Fear Eats the Soul, London: British Film Institute, 2005

The Art of Mary Beth Edelson, New York: Seven Cycles, 2002
(with others)

Space Oddity (lesson in survival), New York: Debs & Co., 1999
(with Chuck Nanney and Sylvie Ball)

Seeing Through the Seventies: Essays on Feminism and Art, New York: G+B Arts International, 1999

The Feminist Art Movement in the USA 1970-79, New York: Distributed Art, 1997

Hot Potato: From Formalism to Feminism, New York: G+B Arts International, 1997
(with Lucy Lippard)

Lesbians are so chic…That We Are Not Really Lesbians at All, New York: Cassell, 1996

Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party in Feminist Art History, Los Angeles: University of California, 1996 (ed.)

Bad Girls, London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Ica Editions, 1996
(with Cherry Smith)

How many “bad” feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?, New York: Sixty Percent Solution, 1994 (French edition, 2002)

Videos (selection)

“Incandescent”: A Survey of the Exhibition
by Laura Cottingham, Sally Sasso and Leslie Singer; 20 min.; USA, 1996.

Not For Sale: A Video History of the Feminist Art Movement in the United States a work in progress; by Laura Cottingham, with editing by Sally Sasso and Leslie Singer; produced by Hawkeye Productions (New York); 30 min., USA.


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