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Sandy Skoglund
Jersey City, NJ
Installation Art, Photography

Artwork Details
Raining Popcorn
Color Photograph
39" x 49.5"

Sandy Skoglund was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and attended Smith College where she studied studio art and art history from 1964 to 1968. She spent her junior year abroad in Paris studying art history at the Sorbonne and Ecole Du Louvre. Skoglund went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1969 where she concentrated on filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art. She received her MA in 1971 and her MFA in painting in 1972.

In 1972, Skoglund moved to New York where she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production. In the late seventies, Skoglund's desire to document conceptual ideas led her to teach herself photography. This developing interest in photographic technique became fused with her interest in popular culture and commercial picture making strategies, resulting in a series of food still-lives in 1978 with such titles as Luncheon Meat on a Counter and Peas on a Plate.

Since 1981, when Revenge of the Goldfish and Radioactive Cats appeared at the Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Skoglund has achieved a leading position in revolutionary photography. Many of her installations have been commissioned by museums and universities around the world. In 1987, the photograph and installation A Breeze at Work was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be premiered there as part of the exhibition Sculpture into Photography. The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France commissioned Fox Games in 1989 for an exhibition entitled The Invention of an Art, a history of photography celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the medium. The Wedding was commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Art in 1994.

In 1997, Smith College commissioned Walking on Eggshells, an installation and photograph to accompany the retrospective Reality Under Siege. This exhibit included a retrospective of early conceptual work, photographs and four installations. The book published in conjunction with the show, by Harry N. Abrams in 1998, includes essays by Robert Rosenblum, Carol Squiers, Linda Muehlig, and Ann Sievers.  Reality Under Siege has been on view at Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, Cincinnati Museum of Art in Ohio, Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, and Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska.  Some of Skoglund’s other commissions include the Shimmering Madness for Rutgers University in 1998, Breathing Glass for the American Craft Museum in 2000, and Raining Popcorn for the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in 2001.