- Contemporary Art at the Gardner
- ExhibitionsPast Exhibitions
- Adam Pendleton: Untitled
- Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation
- Stefano Arienti: Wild Carrot
- Luisa Lambri: Portrait
- Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections
- (TAPESTRY) RADIO ON: New Work by Victoria Morton at the Gardner
- Points of View: 20 Years Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner
- Stefano Arienti: Ailanthus
- Danijel Zezelj: Once
- Taro Shinoda: Lunar Reflections
- Su-Mei Tse: Floating Memories
- Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
- Cliff Evans: Empyrean
- Stefano Arienti: The Asian Shore
- Sculpture and Memory: Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani
- Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
- Michele Iodice: A Pagan Feast
- Variations On a Theme by Sol Lewitt and Paula Robison
- Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs
- Dayanita Singh: Chairs
- Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: TV Dinner
- Elaine Reichek: madamimadam
- Joseph Kosuth: Artist, Curator, Collector
- Nari Ward: Episodes: Bus Park & Forevermore
- Manfred Bischoff
- Ackroyd & Harvey: Presence
- Laura Owens
- New Works by Denise Marika
- Artists By 1993
Dorit Cypis uses performative strategies, photography, and social sculpture to explore the psycho-physical-social aspects of history, knowledge and experience. Cypis’ presentations are often immersive laboratories abstracting form and meaning to expose paradox and possibility. Her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, International Center of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Orange County Museum, Walker Art Center, Musee d'Art Contemporain/Montreal, Musee des Beaux Arts/Bruxelles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Orange County Museum of Art, in addition to international galleries and artist spaces.
Cypis has taught on identity, representation, social relations, and conflict transformation at universities and colleges across the USA, as well as in Canada, Holland, France, Switzerland, and Israel. Cypis has been instrumental in designing public programs including Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis, 1992-1998, artists working with homeless youth to develop their capacity for creative expression, and Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles, 1979-1982, assisting artists to work collectively and to situate art in the public domain. Cypis founded Foreign Exchanges in 2007, developing tools of engagement across personal and cultural differences. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and recent Chair of the Middle East Initiative of Mediators Beyond Borders.
Cypis has received awards and fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Bush, McKnight, Jerome, Ordway and Durfee Foundations, City of Los Angeles Cultural Arts, and Fellows of Contemporary Art. She earned an MFA Californian Institute of the Arts, and an MDR, Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. She was born 1951 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Dorit Cypis was the first living artist to show work in the Museum's special exhibitions gallery, which opened in the fall of 1992 as the first new gallery created at the Museum since 1914. Her exhibition of photographs, The Body in the Picture, asked questions about "what it means to live in a body defined by the person who lives in it rather than by those who look at it." As an artist whose work often explores what it means to inhabit female identity, she was a particularly good fit at the Museum where Isabella Stewart Gardner's presence is so strongly felt.
While in residence she also offered a number of public programs, including an interactive photographic workshop in which participants used autobiographical and media images, along with movement, voice, and breath to reveal, conceal, erase, and shape memories, fantasies, and desires, resulting in self portraits. She also lectured in the graduate photo department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
She conducted salons during her stay at the Museum as well, examining Isabella Stewart Gardner's iconography, and its implications for issues of identity and private and public personas. Participants were guided through discussions about art collecting, and its relationship to memory, control, desire, and history. One such salon was conducted for the department of education, students, and teachers at Boston Latin School and the Madison Park High School. The topic for this salon was Identity and Creativity.