Yve Laris Cohen Receives Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant

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Yve Laris Cohen ‘11 received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in dance. The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, founded in 1963, awards grants to support, encourage and promote artists’ experimentation in pioneering new works. The foundation awards grants to artists in five disciplines: dance, music/sound, poetry, visual arts and performing arts/theatre.

Laris Cohen considers his practice to involve both visual arts and dance, often pulling from classical ballet and postmodern dance in his explorations of the body as a medium, as well as from minimalist sculpture and architecture in the installations that inform his performances. His performance last year of Fine at the Kitchen received rave reviews from the New York Times and other publications

Laris Cohen’s work has also been presented and commissioned by the Whitney Museum, Dance Theatre Workshop, Judson Memorial Church, Abrons Art Center, Company Gallery and Recess in New York City; the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, among other institutions. He was an artist in residence at Movement Research in New York from 2010 to 2012.

Laris Cohen graduated with a B.A in Dance & Performance Studies/Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, and has been a visiting guest instructor at New York University and Tisch School of the Arts Department of Performance Studies. You can view more of his work here. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

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