Lois Conner

United States 1951


Lois Conner
Lois Conner
United States
February 12, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Lois Conner is an American photographer of contemporary landscapes born in 1951 in New York. Conner is noted particularly for her platinum print landscapes that she produces with a 7″ x 17″ format banquet camera. She has spent many years working in Asia, particularly China and Vietnam, while also exploring various projects in Europe and America. Conner received her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1981 and her BFA in Photography from the Pratt Institute in 1975. Artist moved to New York City in 1971 where she worked for the United Nations until 1984.

In 1982 she began to work in an elongated format, using a panoramic or banquet camera, inspired in part by Ming dynasty paintings she had studied while in graduate school. Two years later, with a Guggenheim Fellowship, she spent nine months in China and since then has returned to work there annually, most often for months at a time. The stories told by her maternal grandmother, who was Cree, have inspired Conner to explore the American West with a focus on the Native American Reservations. She has made trips west annually since 1989 and crossed America many times in her Ford pick-up truck, working and camping along the way.

During last 25 years Conner has drawn her inspiration from the gradual yet profound changes in the physicality of the cities and countryside which have occurred since the adoption of a market economy. The panoramic form allows her to extend the sweep of narrative in her images and to embrace more than one moment concurrently. She uses photography to reinvent a sense of the world through landscape, of landscape as culture.

Conner has been teaching photography for over thirty years, including a decade at Yale University School of Art. Other venues include Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, Stanford University, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. She has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Lois ConnerGitterman Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2014Beijing: Contemporary and ImperialCleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USAsolo
2014Beijing: Unfurling the LandscapeAustralian National University, CIW Gallery, Australiasolo
2013Construction-Deconstruction: Defining Architectural PhotographyLos Angeles County Art Museumgroup
2013Changing Views: Photography and Environmental ActionUniversity of Virginiagroup
2012Drawing the Land (Landed)JNYB, Hangzhou, Chinasolo
2012Permanent Lotus ExhibitionChelsea and Westminster Health Charity, London, Englandsolo
2012Montana PrairieMissoula Art Museumsolo
2012Lois ConnerWomen in Photography Online, Humble Art, New Yorksolo
2012Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, RetreatsMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USAgroup
2012SituationDeborah Berkegroup
2012Again and Again and Again: Serial Formats and Repetitive ActionsVancouver Art Gallery, Canadagroup
2011Beijing BuildingRossi and Rossi Gallery, London, Englandsolo
2011What’s so Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?Rossi and Rossi, Londongroup
2010Life in a BoxHannart, Hong Kongsolo
2010Pictures by Women: A History of Modern PhotographyMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
2010The Platinum Process: Photographs from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First CenturyPhiladelphia Museum of Artgroup
2010Water (part of Chaochangdi Photospring)Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American WestMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
2009Tibetan Contemporary Art; from the Rubin Collection Museum of ArtOglethorpe University, Georgiagroup
2009Landscape PanoramaHanart, Hong Konggroup
2009UnknownIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irelandgroup
2009Picturing New YorkMuseo di arte moderna di Trento e Rovereto, Italygroup
2008Spring Training, BeijingPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinasolo
2008Angkor WatArt Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canadasolo
2008The Printed PictureMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
2008Picturing Modernity: Photography CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Californiagroup
2008First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern PhotographyYale University Art Gallerygroup
2008The Wide OpenMissoula Art Museum, Montanagroup
2008A Shared VisionAkron Art Museumgroup
2007Twirling the LotusRossi and Rossi Gallery, London, Englandsolo
2007Art for Yale: Collecting for a New CenturyYale University Art Gallerygroup
2006LotusZetterquist Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2006Yuan Ming YuanSydney, Australiasolo
2006Thogan, Tibetan PlateauLaste Tibetan Cultural Library, New York, USAsolo
2006American PrairieMontana, New York group
2006New YorkNew York, Grimaldi Foundation, Monaco group
2005The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and FaithThe British Library, London, Englandsolo
2005The Physical Print, A brief survey of the photographic processYale University, Jonathan Edwards Collegegroup
2005Peonies and LotusNew York Horticultural Societygroup
2005Rising Waters: Edward Burtynsky and Lois Conner - Photographing China's Three Gorges RegionCarleton College, Northfield, Minnesotagroup
2005SurfaceLaurence Miller Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004Lois ConnerChina Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Chinasolo
2004New Selections from the Permanent CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
2004Arti & Architettura1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy group
2004Celebrating Contemporary Chinese Art and CultureSothby's, New Yorkgroup
2004A Jewel in the HeartPlum Blossoms Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004Do a BookPlum Blossoms Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004China on the CuspSotheby's, New Yorkgroup
2004EncounterCentral Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing group
2004New WorkLiu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China group
2004Sublime VegetationHorticultural Society, New Yorkgroup
2003 To BeLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2003The Land Through A LensSmithsonian, National Museum of American Artgroup
2003OasisLaurence Miller Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2003The Auroral Light: Photographs by WomenThe Grolier Club, New York group
2002Across China, Hines Corporate BuildingDongzhimenwai, Beijing, China solo
2002About LandscapeHollywood Center for Art and Design, Hollywoodsolo
2002Photography: Past ForwardAperture, New Yorkgroup
2002Line and LandscapeAsia Society Benefit, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York group
2002A City Seen, Gund Foundation Cleveland Center for the Arts, Ohiogroup
2002Faculty ExhibitionHunter College, New Yorkgroup
2001Yuan Ming YuanSherman Gallery, Sydney, Australia solo
2001Depicting ChinaHanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong , Hong Kongsolo
2001Alumni Choice: An Exhibition of Works on PaperYale University School of Art group
2001The Natural Environment: Hopelessly unstrung - or pausing to rewindUniversity of Rhode Island, Photography Center, Kingston, Rhode Islandgroup
2001Life of the City, photographs from the permanent CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
2000Lotus, Selections from the China bookLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2000The Big PictureSalt Lake Art Center, Utahgroup
2000Ancient History, Photographs of the Ancient WorldYancy Richardson Gallery, New York group
1999After Looking at Chinese LandscapeYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut solo
1999Fifty Years Inside the People's Republic of ChinaAsia Society, New Yorkgroup
1999Shanghai in the Eyes of International PhotographersShanghai Art Center, Chinagroup
1999Turn of the CenturyTepper Takayama Gallery, Bostongroup
1999New ArtistsCourtyard Gallery, Beijing, China group
1999Multiple ViewsLaurence Miller Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1999Contemporary Photography, TepperSusquehanna Museum of Art, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania group
1999Turn of the Century-PhotographyTakayama Gallery, Bostongroup
1998Drawing the LandCentral Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China solo
1998Looking Back: China 1984-1997Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1998Chinese WatersHanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kongsolo
1998Expanded Visions: The Panoramic PhotographAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts group
1998Then and Now, Now and LaterYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut group
1998Vietnam Revisited, Four Contemporary ViewsLaurence Miller Gallery, New York group
1998MaleWessel O'Connor Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1997Dineh-People of the Earth's Surface(Navajo portraits), Laurence Miller Gallery, New Yorksolo
1997Asie-la ligne du paysageMusee de L'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland solo
1997Peeking at ChinaBurton-Marinkovich Gallery, Washington DC solo
1997Crossing the Frontier-Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the PresentSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale Art Gallerygroup
1997Masterpieces of Photography from the Merrill Lynch CollectionJames A Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, Pennsylvania group
1997Jaeger's Projection New Landscape PhotographyArtspace, New Haven, Connecticut group
1997Coming of AgeWhite Columns, Blind Spot, New Yorkgroup
1996Asian LandscapesGoucher College, Baltimore, Maryland solo
1996Along the Li RiverDrew University, New Jersey, USAsolo
1996Photographs from the Stanford University Museum of ArtStanford University, Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, Californiagroup
1995Indochine: Temples and TownsLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1995China Stands StillHanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kongsolo
1995Landscape and ArchitectureKonstnaerernas galleri, Malmo, Swedensolo
1995Industrial Evolution - Photographic Images and IdeasAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts group
1994Landscape as CultureSackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DCsolo
1994Lois Conner - Landscape and ArchitecturePort Washington Public Library, New York, USAsolo
1994Landscape as CultureSackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USAsolo
1994All about waterUeda Cultural Center, Japangroup
1994American PhotographyCanton Cultural Center, Canton, Chinagroup
1994Photographs of ChinaUniversity of Akron, Akron, Ohiogroup
1994The SublimeTakashimaya, New Yorkgroup
1993Photographs of ChinaSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California solo
1993Recent AcquisitionsMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
1993New Chinese LandscapesCanton Cultural Center, Canton, China group
1992In the Shadow of the WallRobert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, California solo
1992New Panoramics - The Far EastLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1992New LandscapesSPE Regional Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana solo
1992In the Shadow of the WallTaiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Republic of China solo
1992The Chinese LandscapePortland School of Art, Portland, Mainesolo
1992Contemporary Room, Permanent CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
1992Point of View, Landscapes from the Addison CollectionAddison Gallery of American Artgroup
1992The Cuyahoga RiverCleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohiogroup
1992Between Heaven and HomeSmithsonian Institution, Washington DCgroup
1992The Country Between UsMassachusetts College of Art, Bostongroup
1991Landscape and ArchitectureLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1991China: Paths through the landscapeUniversity of Akron, Akron, Ohio solo
1991Changing Visions of the American LandscapeJames A Michener Art Museumgroup
1991Wave Hill PicturedWave Hill, Bronx, New York group
1991On the EdgePhotographs of New York, Henry Street Settlementgroup
1990Trees in PlatinumLaurence Miller Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1990Landscape PhotographyNational Centre for Photography, Bombay, India solo
1990New PhotographsFordham University, New Yorkgroup
1990Great Lakes InvitationalGrand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan group
1989Around the World in 60 DaysRobert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, California solo
1989The New Expeditionary PhotographerMuseum of Art, University of Oklahoma group
1989Photography, the Next GenerationUniversity of California at Berkeley group
1989The Extended Image-Contemporary American Panoramic PhotographyPhoto Central Gallery, Hayward, California group
1989The Legacy of William Henry Fox TalbotBurden Gallery, New York group
1989Recent AcquisitionsNational Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USAgroup
1988The River Flows into the HeavensMarcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1988Recent WanderingsMarcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York, USAsolo
1988The Landscape and the LandSt Olaf College, Minnesotasolo
1988A Western View of the EastCanton Museum of Art, Canton, China solo
1988ChinaPhotographers Gallery, London, England solo
1988The Middle KingdomEwing Gallery, Washington DC, USAsolo
1988Contemporary American PhotographyJinan Art Museum, Shandong, China group
1988Around the World in 60 DaysRobert Koch Gallery, San Franciscogroup
1987Robert Koch GallerySan Francisco, California, USAsolo
1987Recent AcquisitionVictoria and Albert Museum, Londongroup
1987Walls of ChinaKrannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois , USAgroup
1986Process and ImageStanford University, Californiagroup