Cindy Bernard


Cindy Bernard is a Los-Angeles based artist whose artistic practice comprises photography, video, performance, and activism. In 2002, Cindy Bernard founded the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound, which presents site-relational experimental music. Her numerous Hitchcock references have been discussed in Dan Auiler's Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic (1998), essays by Douglas Cunningham and Christine Spengler in The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage and Commemoration (2012) and Spengler's Hitchcock and Contemporary Art (2014).

In addition to her participation in the 1995 Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon, Bernard has presented solo projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011) and the Stedelijk Museum (2013) in Amsterdam. She has also had solo exhibitions at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA (2000); James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, UK (1995); and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (1993), which traveled to the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL.

Bernard has also had numerous one-person gallery exhibitions at Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, NY (2005) and (2008), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2004); Air de Paris, Paris, FR (1991) and (1996); Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (1990 and 1992) and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1988.

Bernard's work has been included in hundreds of group exhibitions, including the seminal exhibitions "The Artists' Museum" (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; "Les Peintures de la Vie Moderne" (2006), Centre Pompidou; "Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900" (2005), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; "Made in California" (2000), Los Angeles County Museum of Art,"Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film Since 1945" (1996), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which traveled to Wexner Center for the Arts, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, IT and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the "1989 Whitney Biennial", Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Creative Capital Award in the discipline of Emerging Fields.

Her work is in eight museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Nouveau Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon.

Bernard earned a B. A. from the California State University, Long Beach and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts

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