Mira Schor (b. 1950, New York, NY) grew up in an artistic environment surrounded by the works of her mother and father. Her professional career ranges from artistic creation in various media such as drawing and painting, to teaching, criticism and research on feminism and contemporary culture. She studied Art History at New York University (BA) in 1970 and then moved to California to study a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts (1973). From this stage on, Schor’s career presents a complementary duality that she will develop over the next few years: painter – writer, public – private, shy – extroverted.
Influenced by her personal experience, she made works in ink on paper composed of various indecipherable texts, approaching a politics of the body based on fragile and transparent materials that plays around the understanding or work´s message. After working for about ten years with these mediums, Schor gradually approached oil. In the 1980s she made a series of large-scale works on the notion of the public and the private; and during the 90’s her critical work is connected with the theory of feminism. At this time her paintings acquire iconographic connotation about masculinity, feminism, power and denials. In more recent figurative works, Schor takes up themes about freedom, autonomy vs. the social practice of art, collectivity and the abstinence of discourse.
One of her most prominent publications is Wet: On Painting , Feminism, and Art Culture (1997). She was elected to the National Academy of Design in 2017 and received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in important museums such as The Jewish Museum, Hammer Museum, MoMA PS1, among others; and are in permanent collections at prominent institutions such as: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, US; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US; Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Portland Art Museum, Portland, US; and University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, US.
Mira Schor’s Critical Annotations of the New York Times
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New York Times: Lyles & King. Mira Schor: California Paintings: 1971 – 1973
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