Marie Losier: Zabar Visiting Artist

Zabar Visiting Artist Series:

Marie Losier in conversation with Constance DeJong
Happening online

October 7, 4pm
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Marie Losier, born in France, is a filmmaker and curator who’s worked in New York City for 20 years. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals. She studied literature at the University of Nanterre (France) and Fine Arts at Hunter College in New York City. She has made a number of film portraits on avant- garde directors, musicians and composers, such as the Kuchar brothers, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad, Genesis P-Orridge, Alan Vega and Felix Kubin. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists.

Losier’s films are regularly shown at prestigious art and film festivals and museums, such as the Berlinale, Rotterdam Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival, Tate Modern, MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Cinematheque Francaise. She was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, N.Y.C).

Her first feature film was the portrait of pioneering musician-artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and his/her partner Lady Jaye. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye pre- miered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2011, and won the Caligary and the Teddy Awards. She also won the Grand Prize at Indielisboa, the Prix Louis Marcorelles and the Prix des Bibliotheques at Cinema du Reel, and many more. The film was released in France, Canada, Mexico, Germany and in the USA.

Losier was awarded the prestigious 2013/2014 DAAD Residency Award in Berlin to work on her new feature film Peaches Goes Bananas!, based on Canadian musician-performer Peaches. She received the Guggenheim Award to work on Cassandro, The Exotico, a portrait of the celebrated Mexican wrestler. She is currently on an art residency in Paris in post-production for her new feature on Cassandro, The Exotico, as well as a multi facets film (installation, film and performance) on the German composer and musician, Felix Kubin (Felix Kubin, The Man With The German Haircut). In 2018, she had a mid-career retrospective a MoMA, featuring work made over the previous 15 years, and celebrating the addition of Losier’s films to the Museum’s collection.

Marie Losier

Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program

In November 2007, Hunter College received a generous commitment to establish the Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program Fund. The Fund has allowed Hunter to bring a series of internationally recognized artists to campus to work directly with students in the MFA program, in master classes, critical seminars, and private tutorials, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with top practitioners in the field. Zabar Visiting Artists also present public lectures where they discuss their work, engage in conversation with members of Hunter’s faculty, and with Hunter’s broader student community and the general public.

Past Zabar artists have included: Vito Acconci, Janine Antoni, Julie Ault, Robert Barry, Dawoud Bey, Tania Bruguera, Mel Chin, Peter Doig, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Charles Gaines, Alfredo Jaar, Joan Jonas, Martin Kersels, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Robert Longo, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Tracey Moffatt, Matt Mullican, Wangechi Mutu, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, William Pope L., Walid Ra’ad, Yvonne Rainer, Allen Ruppersberg, Doris Salcedo, Shahzia Sikander, Michael Smith, Frances Stark, Fred Tomaselli, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Stanley Whitney.