Nancy Cohen

Nancy Cohen
Last Name: Cohen
First Name: Nancy
Country: United States
City: Jersey City, NJ
Art Form: Sculpture
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At the core of my work is the intense contradiction between fragility and strength, both in our personal lives and in the broader environment. One body of recent work focuses on the latter and comprises a series of studies of waterways and natural systems realized in collaboration with scientists and environmentalists. Another shifts perspective from the vulnerability and tenacity of nature to that of the individual navigating a perilous world.
My working methods merge material and formal concerns with content to explore the interplay of these ideas. I counterpose skin and structure, exploit extreme imbalances in weight, incorporate light into physical constructions. All of this allows me to make literal the delicate, ephemeral balance of my subjects.
And even when these are environmental, there is an implication of the personal. The body is always implied—its touch and tenderness, its frailty and endurance. In this work, as in my own life, elements hang in the balance, each one necessary, tenuous and connected.


Nancy Cohen has been living and making sculpture in Jersey City, NJ for 25 years. Recent solo exhibitions include “Beyond the Surface” at the Garrison Art Center, “A Condition of Light” at Accola Griefen Gallery in Chelsea, NYC and “Precarious Exchange” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. A recent large installation was included in this fall’s exhibition “Shattered: Contemporary Glass” at the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI.
Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in important collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Newark Public Library, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery and The Zimmerli Museum. She has completed numerous large-scale, site-specific projects including for Thomas Paine Park in lower Manhattan, The Staten Island Botanical Garden at Snug Harbor, The Ross Woodward School in New Haven, CT, The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ, The Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY, Park HaGalil in Karmiel, Israel, and most recently for Howard University in Washington DC. She has collaborated with scientists and poets including Shirley Tilghman and Jim Sturm of Princeton University and performance poet Edwin Torres of New York City. Her most recent collaboration “Between Seeing and Knowing” with glass artist Anna Boothe was begun during a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Cohen’s work has been reviewed in books and periodicals, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, ArtNews, American Craft, Glass Quarterly and Sculpture Magazine. Her many awards include four fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, two from the Brodsky Center, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a workspace residency from Dieu Donné. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The Archie Bray Foundation, The Pilchuck Glass School and The Studio at Corning. Nancy Cohen was born in 1959 in Queens, NY and raised in Queens and New Rochelle, NY. Cohen received her MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1984 and her BFA in ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. In 1984 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME.


A Condition of Light
A Condition of Light

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Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
Phone: 212-545-8000