Lorie Novak’s photo-based works, installations, and web projects use various technologies of representation to explore issues of memory and transmission, identity and loss, presence and absence, shifting cultural meanings of photographs, and the relationship between the intimate and the public.
Novak has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, a NEA Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (Italy), Bogliasco Foundation, (Italy); ArtSway (England), MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Foundation. Her web project collectedvisions.net, 1996-present, exploring how family photographs shape our memory was one of the earliest interactive storytelling sites. Her work have been in numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY; The International Center for Photography, NY; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; CAS, Livingston Manor, NY; Columbia University, NY; ArtSway, Hampshire, England; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Houston Center for Photography; Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; and Stanford University Art Museum. Group exhibitions include ones at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Jewish Museum, NY; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Art Institute of Chicago; The Hood Museum, NH; Fotodok, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland, among others. Her photographs are in numerous permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
She is Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the founder and director of Future Imagemakers, a social practice project in the Department of Photography & Imaging that offers a free digital photography workshop to NYC area high school projects. Novak received her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and BA from Stanford University after two years at UCLA. Born in Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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