Roles in Archive: Artist, Author
Time on the Bowery: 1972 - present;
Lynda Benglis (b. 1941) came to New York in 1964 after studying Philosophy at Newcomb College in New Orleans, and formulated her artistic position in response to cutting-edge art practices and an emerging feminist discourse.
Benglis’s use of bright colors and unusual materials ‚ such as wax, latex, polyurethane foam, and sprayed metal ‚ refer to sexuality and the body through their physical aspects of materiality and form. Benglis also produced a pioneering body of videos in the 1970s, and playfully exposed female stereotypes in photographs and ads in which she starred. Benglis’s work has been shown widely in galleries and museums internationally and in New York, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Venice Bienniale. She has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Australian Art Council Award. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the University of Arizona, Yale University, Princeton University and the California Institute of the Arts, among other schools. Benglis still lives on the Bowery in New York City.