Lia Cook: Woven Faces and Neuro Networks

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    Lia Cook


Lia Cook: Woven Faces and Neuro Networks


Tuesday Feb 16 04:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Following her in-depth gallery talk, hear Lia Cook will give a swift overview of the development of her brainy textile work. She will discuss her most recent collaborative work with neuroscientists including the neuroaesthetics of looking at woven faces, as well as the unexpected results of the laboratory process. Woven into her works are results such as images of the neural connections "fiber tracts" in the brain and visualization of data drawn from some of her studies.

Lia Cook, studied theater, painting, and ceramics before a trip to Mexico in 1965 inspired her interest in textiles. In 1967, she studied weaving in Sweden, and in 1971, she began studying with Ed Rossbach at the University of California, Berkeley and received her M.A. in 1973.  She recently retired from the California College of Arts, in Oakland, California where she taught since 1976. She has received a variety of grants, fellowships, awards and special recognitions including several from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works are in national and international collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Racine Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Zhejiang Museum of Art in Hangzhou, China, and The National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra, NSW, Australia. Cook has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad, with invitations to show in several International Biennial of Tapestry exhibitions that were held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Her woven self-portrait Mona Lia is currently on view in Identify Yourself.


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