Public Engagement Flash Talk: Eileen Cowin on Robert Heinecken

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Public Engagement Flash Talks provide an opportunity for visitors to glean a unique perspective on art works displayed in the galleries through speakers who are connected to the art in sometimes unusual ways.

For this talk on the exhibition Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, internationally recognized photographer and video artist, Eileen Cowin, a good friend of Heinecken’s, will give us a glimpse into their personal relationship and discuss the work more broadly from her perspective as a fellow photographer working concurrently.


Eileen Cowin's work has been presented in over 30 solo exhibitions and in more than 165 group exhibitions. Cowin’s work is included in major public and private collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY, J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan. Cowin has received numerous awards, among them are Individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1982, 1990), a commission from the Public Art Fund in New York, an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Los Angeles (1997) an Artist's Fellowship in New Genres from the California Arts Council, a CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (2012) and a Santa Monica Artists Fellowship (2015).  Eileen Cowin was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to do a billboard for Made in California and was selected to be the inaugural artist for the Metro Rail Light Boxes in Los Angeles. Eileen Cowin's videos have been included in the USA Film Festival (award for best experimental film), The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. Cowin was one of 21 artists commissioned to do a billboard by the MAK center for Art and Architecture’s How Many Billboards? Art in Stead.  In the fall of 2011, her work was exhibited at MOCA, Los Angeles and The J. Paul Getty Museum and in 2013 she had two commissions from the Los Angeles World Airport.


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Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.