Cindy Bernard

Guggenheim Fellowship
Author: Cindy Bernard

Cindy Bernard is known for photographs and projections that explore the relationship between cinema, memory, and landscape including the widely exhibited series Ask the Dust. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Arts Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, the Harpo Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and was included in the Whitney and Lyon Biennials. 

In addition to her visual practice, Bernard takes an active interest in instigating social exchange. She was a director and advisor to Foundation for Art Resources from 1985 to 1990, a founding director of the Coalition for Freedom of Expression and co-founder of MOCA Mobilization. Bernard is creator of the experimental music series sound. as well as the founder and director of The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). She founded SASSAS out of the need for a small sustainable organization dedicated to experimental music in Los Angeles and has produced more than 40 concerts for SASSAS.

Her interest in sound has spurred several projects including a series of photographs of municipal band shells which Bernard sees as an architecture of public exchange and The Inquisitive Musician an adaptation of a 17th century German satire, Musicus Curiosus, or Battalus, the Inquisitive Musician; the Struggle for Precedence between the Kunst Pfeifer and the Common Players. In Los Angeles, her work can be seen in The Artist's Museum, at the Museum of Contemporary Art through January 2011 and in The City Proper, curated by James Welling, at Margo Leavin Gallery through January 15, 2011.

She is an adjunct Associate Professor in Graduate Fine Art at Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Harpo Foundation, 2010
  • Center for Cultural Innovation / Investing in Artists, 2010
  • Los Angeles COLA Fellowship, 2004
  • Creative Capital, 2002
  • Smithsonian New Media / New Century Award, 2000
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1998
  • Anonymous Was A Woman, 1998
  • Art Matters, 1996
  • J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, 1988