Jenny Holzer


Photo: Nanda Lanfranco

Holzer was born on July 29, 1950, in Gallipolis, Ohio. After attending high school in Ohio and Florida, she enrolled in Duke University’s liberal arts program in 1968 and later attended the University of Chicago from 1970 to 1971. In 1972, Holzer completed her undergraduate work at Ohio University, Athens, with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In 1975, she entered the master of fine arts program at the Rhode Island School of Design. During her MFA studies, Holzer moved to New York City to participate in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, where she began her first series of public art texts. She completed her MFA in 1977.


Media employed in Holzer’s practice vary. Writing is programmed into electronic signs; printed on posters and t–shirts; carved in stone benches, floors, and sarcophagi; cast as bronze and aluminum plaques; or etched on silver. Further, her statements have appeared on billboards, movie marquees, automobiles, in news magazines, and on websites, as well as being projected onto facades, walls, water, and mountainsides. Holzer’s recent use of text ranges from silk-screened paintings of declassified government memoranda detailing prisoner abuse, to poetry and prose in a 65-foot wide wall of light in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center, New York.


Holzer’s work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.

Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace
September 28 – December 31, 2017
The New York Times 7/29/16
The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men
The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition
June 30 – September 17, 2011
Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
The Female Gaze
Women Look At Women
June 25 – September 19, 2009
I Am As You Will Be
The Skeleton in Art
September 20 – November 3, 2007
Artists include: Diane Arbus, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Billingham, Larry Clark, John Currin, Adam Fuss, Nan Goldin, Philip Guston, Jenny Holzer, Alex Katz, Mik
January 6 – February 26, 2000
Louise Bourgeois / Jenny Holzer
Louise Bourgeois: Spider 1996 and Jenny Holzer: The Living Series 1980 – 1982
February 14 – April 13, 1997

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