Louisiana Biennial 4 2017


January 26 – February 16, 2017

Juror: Rachel Cook Curator of DiverseWorks Houston, TX

About the Biennial

The Louisiana Biennial is the School of Design’s fourth national juried exhibition. This is a multi-media show
for two and three-dimensional works, as well as video
and installation works exploring any theme. Through a nationally advertised call for entries The School of Design received over 175 artist submissions and a total of over 800 artworks from across the United States. The overwhelming response reflects a continued commitment and passion for the arts in our communities. We hope that the exhibition not only highlights regional artists, but also exposes all of us to contemporary works created around the country.

Juror: Rachel Cook

Curator at DiverseWorks Houston, TX

Rachel Cook is a Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston.
Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates gestural language and methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. While at DiverseWorks, she organized commissioned projects by Keren Cytter, Danielle Dean, Tony Feher, Oliver Herring, Chelsea Knight, Liz Magic Laser, Kristin Lucas, Pepe Mar, Heather and Ivan Morison, Sheila Pepe, Sondra Perry, Mark Tribe, and Wu Tsang.

Recently she has curated a group exhibition and performance piece conceived by French artist Julien Prévieux, What Shall We Do Next?, which considered ideas of the real in relation to physical materials, technology,
and advertising. Another recent project was The School
for the Movement of the Technicolor People, a large-scale performance platform by Los Angeles-based artist taisha paggett in collaboration with Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe, where the question, “What is a Black dance curriculum today?” was posed. Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and Prospect 3’s catalog. She is currently the Guest Editor of Art Lies for Gulf Coast, a journal of literature and fine arts.

Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. Cook holds a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies
at Bard College and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Last year she received a Curatorial Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to research a series of Walker Evans’ photographs from the African Negro Art exhibition at MoMA in 1935.