A.I.R. GALLERY - Celebrating 40 years of advocating for women in the visual arts.
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JUDY COOPER
 
ARTIST'S STATEMENT

As a national member of A.I.R.Gallery in New York, I heard of the legendary group of women who boldly and courageously formed the gallery in 1972. At that time, the established galleries largely ignored the work of women artists. So twenty young, determined women artists got together, rented a small storefront space in Soho, renovated it themselves and opened a gallery.

I had the good fortune to meet and photograph one of these pioneering women, Louise Kramer, in 2007. During the course of our photo shoot, Louise informed me that most of the other founders of A.I.R. were still working artists and still lived in the NYC area. The wheels in my head began turning. “What interesting women they must be. I would love to photograph them all, to pay them tribute,” I thought. With the help of then gallery director, Kat Griefen, I was able to contact them and they generously agreed to allow my camera into their lives.

I tried to photograph them in their studios to show that they are still successful working artists. It took my five years to complete the project. It was an exciting experience from start to finish. The founders are indeed fascinating women, intelligent, dynamic and open. I found them in their studios all over Manhattan and beyond.

I photographed all but one of the original founders. Rachel bas Cohain had died before I began my portrait series. I have also included in the series six other women artists who came on board soon after the beginning of the gallery. They like to call themselves the A.I.R. Pioneers. Pioneers is in fact a good term to describe all of these women who have had such a profound and lasting influence on the status of women in the world or art. They boldly led the way for us to follow.

In 2012, I was able to exhibit fourteen of the portraits at A.I.R. in time for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the gallery. A concurrent exhibition of another ten of the portraits was held at Gallery 128 on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side. Fittingly, the owner of Gallery 128 is herself one of the pioneers. In conjunction with the exhibition, I published a small catalogue of the portraits titled A.I.R. Pioneers. To compliment the portraits, I asked each of the artists to contribute a brief auto biography which is included in the book.

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http://www.judycooperphotographs.com

 

RESUME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 New Orleans Sunday, The Hammond Regional Art Center, Hammond, LA
2009 Living Color, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2008 Living Color, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.
2008 Living Color, Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2007 New Orleans Sunday, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
2006 New Orleans Sunday, Kaunas Photo Days, Kaunas, Lithuania.
2002 Double Take, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
2002 Double Exposure, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA.
2002 Double Vision, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.
2000 Seeing Double, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
2000 Discoveries of the Meeting Place, FotoFest, Houston, TX.
1998 Toppers, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
1998 Not Celebrity Portraits, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1996 Solo Show, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY.
1996 Queens, Kings, & Clowns, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
1993 These Colors Never Run, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
1991 Local Color, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
1989 More Women in Red, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
1988 Women in Red, Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Celebrating Kindred Spirits and Strange Bed Fellows, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 A woman's work is never done
2010 …and sweeps me away, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 84th Annual International Competition: Photography, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2009 The Art of Photography Show, San Diego, CA
2009 The Art of Caring, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
2009 Contemporary Humanism, A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY
2007 The Fifth Annual Showcase of Art, The Governor’s Mansion, Baton Rouge, LA.
2007 Made out of the Ordinary, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Moments in Time, New Orleans at the Crossroads, New Orleans
2007 Academy of fine Arts, New Orleans, LA. And Tarragona, Spain.
2007 Twentieth Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria LA.
2006 surge, the Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, New York.
2006 Nineteenth Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA.
2005 selfsame, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
2004 Southeastern Triennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL.
2003 5th Biennial Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
2003 condition: human, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
2003 Louisiana Artists: An All Media Show, L.S.U.Union gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2002 Louisiana Art for Louisiana Places, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Statewide.
2000 Works on Paper, 2000, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
2000 11th National Juried Exhibition, Viridian, New York, NY.
1999 Louisiana Open, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.
1999 Southeastern Triennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL.
1998 Louisiana Open, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.
1998 Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO.
1997 National Juried Exhibition, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1997 Artists of New Orleans, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Niceville, FL
1996 Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL.
1995 Timespan: DWCA National Juried Show, Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX.
1995 Hoyt National Art Show, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA.
1994 Thirteenth Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA.
1993 Photo National, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
1992 Red Clay Survey: Biennial Exhibition, Huntsville Museum, Huntsville, AL.
1990 Inspired Visions 1840-1990, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.
1989 Bridging the Gaps: National Juried Exhibition of Photography, San Francisco, CA.

SELECTED AWARDS

2009 The Art of Photography Show, Honorable Mention
2009 Women in Photography International, Second Place
2006 Nineteenth Annual September Competition, Second Place, Alexandria, LA.
2005 20"x20"x20", A national compact competition: Honorable Mention, L.S.U., Baton Rouge, LA.
2000 Rembrandt and Roses, Second Place Award, New Orleans, LA.
1997 National Juried Photography Exhibition: First Place Award, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1996 ‘96 National Juried Competition: First Place Award, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY.
1996 Fifteenth Annual September Competition: Merit Award, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA.
1995 Louisiana Division of the Arts: Visual Artist Fellowship – Photography.
1992 Red Clay Survey: Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art: 1992 Merit Award, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville AL.
1990 Louisiana Artists Annual: Swanson Memorial Award for Photography, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

City of New Orleans Percent for Art Collection
The LSU Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art
The Ogden Museum
The James and Cherye Pierce Collection of Photography
Numerous private collections