January, 28-29, 2017

FAR 40 Year Anniversary: A FAR Bazaar

January, 28-29, 2017 | 10am – 10pm

Dorit Cypis became Director of FAR in 1979 as the 3 founders left, and with Christina Ritchie rewrote the by-laws to state that all workers of FAR become members of the Board of Directors and that FAR would be turned over to a new Board group every 3 years. This initiated FAR’s governance structure that has lasted 40 years.



December 10, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2-4:30pm

Join us for a gathering of skills with artist Dorit Cypis.

We are waking up post-election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. For this program, Cypis will guide participants through activities to help us confront discord together. We are undefeated if we are willing to move beyond fixed positions, explore skills to deeply recognize our differences, assess our bias, ask questions of one another and dialogue towards embodied change.

This workshop will explore:

Somatic reflection to ground
Movement through space to locate
Dynamic listening to hear difference
Bias awareness to recognize resistance
Dialogue to explore possibility

Capacity is limited,click here to RSVP.



October 20, 2016 - January 8, 2017

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Presents





Dorit Cypis, To the Population, 2016

S/Election addresses issues around citizenship that have been increasingly prominent leading up to the 45th presidential election. The constructs of citizenship are constantly shifting, especially in conversation with politically pressing issues such as voting rights, immigration reform, education reform, identity politics, and criminal justice. S/Election responds to various inquiries around citizenship such as, what does it mean to be an active citizen or exercise your rights, what does the status of "citizen" imply to those that are disenfranchised, displaced, immigrants, or refugees, and how does identity play into the privileges and/or duties of citizenship.

Artists: Aytaam Al Turab, James Berson, Marco Braunschweiler, Bethany Collins, Dorit Cypis, Timothy Durant, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Charles Gaines, Martin Gantman, Ramiro Gomez, Carla Jay Harris, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Olga Koumoundouros, Olga Lah, Mara Lonner, Narsiso Martinez, Jennifer Moon, Margaret Noble, Rubén Ortiz Torres, taisha paggett with WXPT, Leopoldo Peña, Linda Pollack, Jamie Powell, Neil Rivas, Andy Robert, Monica Rodriguez, Stephanie Sabo,Daniel Schwarz, Cintia Alejandra Segovia, Matt Sheridan, Jane Szabo, Jody Zellen



August 2015 - August 2016


Across Los Angeles Communities
August 2015 – August 2016

Presented by Days of Dialogue
Institute for Non Violence in Los Angeles

Many civic and community leaders have come together to develop and host city wide public dialogues between diverse community members, LAPD and community leaders on questions of current conditions of policing, community needs and concerns, and future policies of police training and community policing. I will be assisting The Future of Policing as a facilitator of dialogue.

Days of Dialogue is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to be a catalyst in the community problem solving process by creating dialogue on sensitive social issues among diverse community groups. By facilitating respectful, purposeful conversation on a broad range of public issues and public policies and topics, we foster understanding, and encourage people to improve their quality of life through civic engagement.



August 10, 2015


June 13 - July 25, 2015

June 13 - July 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 6-9pm 


1639 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
310 876 0532


May 9-17, 2015


OTIS MFA Public Practice

Welcome to I Hope the Wind Don’t Blow, a look into the nine month process of interactions between a graduate class of eight students of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Program in Public Practice, and the communities of Sun Village, Little Rock and surrounding areas of Antelope Valley.

I Hope the Wind Don’t Blow is one outcome of the Outpost partnership between LACAC, Antelope Valley Communities of Sun Village and Littlerock, MOAH and Otis College of Art and Design, partnering local community members with artists to develop public expressions of community concerns and identity. As an educational component of such a rich and complex partnership, this class has met weekly to develop skills of social engagement through principles of listening, eliciting, play, dialogue, sharing food, music, film, local tours, and a host of other social and aesthetic tools. Each student chose a focus – economic, historical, environment, youth development, and culture, developing collaborative and artistic forms of interaction to represent many local voices and social conditions.

Behind this class of eight students has been the support of four key teachers Dorit Cypis (Lead Teacher and Managing Director), Misael Diaz, Tracee Johnson and Sara Daleiden. Suzanne Lacy, Director of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Program, is key in developing the Outpost partnership and overseeing this program.



Understanding Conflict Through Art

Perched on a red velvet chair in her bohemian West Hollywood home, Dorit Cypis is the picture of calm. It’s hard to imagine that she works with conflict on a daily basis. The Israeli artist is also a professional mediator; she received a master’s degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University in 2005 and has been mediating ever since.

Cypis is one of three recipients of the $10,000 SPArt (Social Practice Art) grant. SPArt is a Los Angeles-based initiative that funds artistic projects. The organization looks for projects that “engage communities, respond to existing conditions, aim for social change and create long-lasting connections with the communities of Los Angeles.”

“I came to [Dispute Resolution] as an artist because my work for the last 30 years has looked at identity and social relations,” Cypis said. “I’ve always had threads and tentacles of my work moving into social justice issues.”

by Judy Cai, November 11, 2014

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February 22, 2015


Readings by Morani Kornberg-Weiss and Meital Yaniv
Followed by a discussion lead by Dorit Cypis

Craftswoman House Temporary Residence is pleased to present a reading and discussion at The Pop-Hop in Highland Park on Sunday, February 22 at 4pm. The reading will feature contributions by Israeli born writers Morani Kornberg-Weiss and Meital Yaniv who address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through intimate reflections that collapse the distance between public and private experience. Following the reading, Dorit Cypis will lead a discussion that considers ethics, aesthetics, and conflict studies in the work of Kornberg-Weiss and Yaniv.

Dorit Cypis is an honored artist whose multi-disciplinary studio practice extends to her roles as educator, conflict mediator and community builder. Since the 1980’s Cypis has explored the psychological, physical and social aspects of history, knowledge and experience that impinge on and develop identity. Cypis’ work has been exhibited at international venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, International Center of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musee d’Art Contemporain/Montreal, Musee des Beaux Arts/Bruxelles, Walker Art Center, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a founding organizer of community programs including, Kulture Klub Collaborative, Foundation for Art Resources, and Mediators Beyond Borders.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Morani Kornberg-Weiss is a poet and translator, currently working toward her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo’s Poetics Program. Her scholarly endeavors focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the lyric tradition. Her Hebrew translation of Karen Alkalay-Gut’s Miracles & More was published by Keshev (Tel Aviv) in 2012. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Darwish, was published by BlazeVOX in 2014. Following Jack Spicer’s After Lorca, the project is comprised of a series of letters and poems addressed to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Born in 1984, in Tel-Aviv Israel, Meital Yaniv is an interdisciplinary visual artist writer and filmmaker. Yaniv’s practice is built on dialog and bridging political and personal boundaries that are at the core of her Israeli identity. Yaniv not only question stories but also intervene expend and steer in order to show the condition of stories. Together with Eve LaFountain and Ali Kheradyar, Yaniv initiated the conversation series, Feminism Today in May 2013. Her work has been exhibited at Post Gallery, Cirrus Gallery, Shulamit Gallery, Raid Projects and For Your Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Yaniv holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

The Pop-Hop
5002 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Sunday, February 22, 4pm


February 14, 2015

Creative Tools for Conflict Engagement

Conflict is human, so is moving past conflict. Conflict that is between people is also within people. To engage with conflict towards transformation and generative relations we must engage with both the internal and external circumstances of conflict.

This workshop takes a psychosocial approach to offer facilitators, community leaders and activists skills to recognize identity differences and bias awareness as cultural and personal, and offers tools to build creative relations across the differences.

Dorit Cypis is a professional artist, mediator and educator and has been exploring the topic of Identity and Social Relations with diverse audiences and individual clients for over 30 years, nationally and internationally, at universities and community organizations. Dorit is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other awards, for this work.

There is no charge to attend this workshop. RSVP

Institute for Non Violence in Los Angeles

1000 N. Alameda Street, LA 90012, 2nd floor Conference Room C

When: February 14, 2015, 10AM to Noon, RSVP:



January 17, 2015

Chats About Change
Pivoting: Ethics And Aesthetics

Pivoting: Ethics And Aesthetics
Dorit Cypis

Recent critical frameworks including Institutional Critique, Feminism and Identity Politics question the relationship between ethics and aesthetics complicating the artist’s role in society. And we are not finished. Where ethics connotes social responsibility and aesthetics imply that anything goes, what motivates artists to weave the two together and take on social challenges larger than a singular artistic voice? Where do artists “find” themselves in the confluence of individual expression and broader social relations? This chat will address these questions reflecting on the personal choices artists make and the multiple roles they play.

Amitis Motevalli, Adam Overton, Taisha Paggett, Dorit Cypis (moderator)

Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2:15-3:15PM

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November 8, 2014

Diversity Inside/Out:
The Role of Anxiety in Mediation

A presentation by Dorit Cypis and Milan Slama

This is an interactive presentation that recognizes the important role that anxiety and identity play in challenging mediators to “mediate courageously”. To be effective mediators we must recognize our own anxieties when we mediate difficult situations, discomforting topics and challenging clients, and assess how much risk we are willing
to take before endangering the process of mediation and losing necessary trust of the parties. Mediators participating in this session will increase their capacity to be more receptive to the anxieties of their parties, and to reflect on the role anxiety has in their own lives and the impact on their mediation practice. As a result participants will learn how to overcome performance anxiety and build their confidence.

We know as mediators that conflict takes place at the borders that separate people from each other creating fertile ground for identity confusion and anxiety. A natural corollary to external borders between people are internal borders that individuals develop to keep safe, survive conditions of difficulty and maintain emotional balance. Quite often our internal borders replay beliefs that no longer serve us, biasing our capacity to meet new situations flexibly, hence increasing anxiety. Conflict between people is often mirrored by conflict within people, eroding trust and empathy, fueling anxiety and separation.

Seen positively, every border is also a point of contact where opposing sides can negotiate coming together. This session will include - a mediation case study on anxiety based in identity confusion - negative and positive distinctions on aspects of anxiety i.e. fear, normal and pathological (neurotic), freedom (possibility) and security, restlessness and tranquility, prudence and creativity, self-doubt and confidence, rejection and approval, control and acceptance – and capacity building skills to more subtly recognize and empathize with differences of personal and social identity. When we as mediators go beyond our internal boundaries to more effectively identify and assess the boundaries that separate parties in conflict, we are free to “mediate dangerously”.
(thank you Ken Cloke)


October 30, November 1 & 5, 2014

Days of Dialogue

Police Community Relations in the Aftermath
of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford
Sponsored by Institute for Non Violence Los Angeles and
City of LA 9th District

October 30, November 1, 2014

Reflections by Dorit Cypis
November 5, 2014

On October 30, 2014, 160 people from South LA came together for Days of Dialogue at Dr. Maya Angelou High School, to talk together of their grief and frustration in the wake of recent police killings in their local neighborhoods and nationally. Fourteen tables of community members, each joined by a dialogue facilitator, shared emotional expression and responses to experiences of ongoing police violence.

At the table I joined as dialogue facilitator, 12 youth members of South LA’s Youth Justice Coalition shared focused, intentional and thoughtful conversation. While the following day brought many more LAPD officers to the dialogue, at our table that day there were no LAPD officers present – a missed opportunity. We need to improve this process towards action steps. Ongoing dialogue must be more intentionally structured and directed between community members and police officers. These conversations will be difficult, take more time and will require brave commitment from police and community members alike to keep talking. Non-critical police aggression in circumstances that do warrant it must stop. The community is left broken and fed up while officers without the capacity for optional strategies are left frustrated and isolated from the community they serve.

There are individual LAPD Captains who are becoming open to strategies of community policing. They must be supported and trained with skills they currently do not have. The LAPD's institutional answer that it's only a handful of officers who need to be weeded out from the "good" can no longer justify deplorable police actions. The police are caught in systemic problems that reach back many decades with roots in complex social conditions. What is needed now is critical assessment of old beliefs and infrastructure, including how officers are trained.

To curb abusive officer actions the LAPD instituted surveillance of its own officers, including infiltration by undercover officers, and more recently outfitting officers with audio recorders and cameras to document their actions and a negative accountability system where officers compete for promotion. How does this not generate an internal climate of fear, paranoia, and frustration? Add to this mix a cultural history of bias against people of color and at risk communities that have have become dispirited after struggling with scarcity and internal violence for years, we have a formula for disaster.

Police must be trained in and rewarded for skills of bias awareness, human relationship development, and conflict engagement to truly protect and serve the community. The community wants to trust the police. The police want to be appreciated. We have to work harder together.


August 2014

The Crisis This Time, Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Levantine Cultural Center

Dorit Cypis is collaborating with the Levantine Cultural Center to provide dialogue facilitators and organize evening dialogues with participating audiences after each presentation. These dialogues ensure more intimate discussion amongst groups of 8-15 people, allow all voices to be expressed and heard, and focus on action oriented responses. 

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over 1,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine, a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

Speakers in the first workshop are Palestinian American physician Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, cofounder of the children's relief agency Kinder USA, and Israeli American peace activist Miko Peled, author of The General Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Peled has just returned from six weeks in Israel and the West Bank and will report back his findings. The moderator for this evening is Robin D.G. Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of U.S. History at UCLA. 

The evening features a panel, break-out sessions with conflict mediation specialists, a report-back, and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

Every Wednesday during August

Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:00-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
Donate Here
RSVPs/info 323.413.2001

Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking



July 2014

flip, flop, foul and reconciliation:
which beautiful game? (part 1 & 2)

East of Borneo

"Rook Campbell and Dorit Cypis are colleagues, a professor of sport diplomacy and an artist and mediator, two individuals with different disciplinary codes of reading the world of art and the world of sport. They first met in 2000 at the University of Southern California where Dorit was a professor of Visual Culture in the Art Department and Rook was an undergraduate senior. As Rook was redshirted from athletic competition, forced to sit the remaining competitive season out, she opted for Visual Culture as an elective course, a subject that lastingly shaped and enlivened her political eye, questioning, and imaginings.

They meet again many years later and continue to engage in the threads of their first conversations, framed this time by "Fútbol: The Beautiful Game," an art exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art curated by Franklin Sirmans, that juxtaposes art and sport as discourse on life, beauty and ethics - inevitable contradictory ties that bind us together as humans. While Dorit Cypis knows little about the rules of the game of futbol, she reads the rules of the game of art and the artworks as aesthetic codes of cultural representation. While Rook Campbell knows little about the rules of the game of art, she offers socio-political critique on sport code and the international economy of sport that the art works reference. Together in this first of a three part series, Rook and Dorit play with the “rules” of Fútbol: The Beautiful Game to decipher and complicate its representations in Flip, Flop, Foul and Reconciliation."

Image: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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May 6, 2014


The Sighted See the Surface
Dorit Cypis

This work is dedicated to the late Michael Asher who serves as a catalyst for Dorit Cypis’ ongoing research project The Sighted See the Surface. Asher’s critique of institutions shaping what is made visible and not visible to the public has inspired Cypis to work with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles as a site for study and collaboration. Since June 2013, Cypis has been volunteering at the Braille Institute’s Telephone Reader Project, reading weekly the daily newspaper for sight challenged people.

Cypis’ work with the non-sighted has deepened her investigation into esthetics, ethics and engagement – the root of her art practice since the late 1970’s. The Sighted See the Surface presents an in depth inquiry into comprehending the complexities between sight and seeing, otherness and difference and the relationships between the interior and exterior self. Since the inception of this project in 2012, Cypis has produced sets of text-based work, photographs, drawings and writings.
LM Projects is pleased to be part of this project by collaborating with Cypis to produce a set of three text prints as stone press lithographs. For this set, titled To See, a phrase is typeset as a run-on sentence with every other word shifting in ink hue and tone. Each of the three prints are distinct; two alternating black inks printed on black paper, another as white inks on white paper and the third, also white on white, but printed as nearly invisible.

Above: Dorit Cypis, To See, 2013
30″ x 22,” Hanemuhle Rag paper, Stone Press Lithograph,
(Left) Edition of 2, + 1 AP, (Right) Edition of 1 + 1 AP

Cypis deliberately imposes a difficult task for the viewer by creating a nearly illegible text-based work. She makes a simple yet complex concept difficult to read testing one’s ability to see and to recognize what is there to be seen. The capacity she is speaking of has as much to do with perceptions of identity as with a phenomenology of knowing, a human capacity always full of threat and of potential.

Additional Information for this artwork is available online

Above: Dorit Cypis, To See, 2013
30″ x 22,” Hanemuhle Rag paper, Stone Press Lithograph,
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

The Sighted See the Surface is an ongoing research project by Dorit Cypis begun in 2012. Additional programming will follow in the coming months.

Launched in 2009, LM Projects serves as an invitational for emerging, mid-career and established artists to create exhibitions, publications and projects as multiples. / 323.652.0580/ Open by appointment.


April 2014

Dorit Cypis appointed
2014 Guggenheim Fellow

In its ninetieth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 177 Fellowships (including one joint Fellowship) to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists. 

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Visit the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s website for more information here.


April 5 - May 17, 2014

Featuring works by Saul Alfaro, Brian Blackham, Charley Brown,
Dorit Cypis, Ann Diener, Jason Engelund, Mitra Fabian,
Joshu Lucas, Christopher Owen Nelson, Beverly Rayner, Rena Small and more...

April 5 - May 17, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, April 5th, 6 - 8 pm

Ann Diener, Entangled Grid, 2014, 50" x 60", graphite,
Prismacolor, gouache, ink, oil, archival images and cut paper
and Yupo on paper

8558 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Wednesday – Saturday 11AM – 6 PM - 310-559-8800


February 3, 2014

SPArt announces 2014
Inaugural grants in Social Practice

SPArt, a new Los Angeles-based granting organization, announces its inaugural 2014 grants in Social Practice. 

With a mission of supporting works aimed at creating social change in the Los Angeles region, SPArt is awarding three artists 10,000 USD each toward the realization of their projects. These projects work in cooperation with communities and address or respond to current social issues and conditions. The SPArt vision is to fund projects that enable the artists as leaders and change-makers, encouraging lasting relationships with communities.

The recipients of this year's grants include:

Christina Sanchez for her project Cocina Abierta(Open Kitchen). Cocina Abierta is a nomadic experimental "test kitchen" that facilitates the fluid exchange of immigrant histories, culinary skills, and base building strategies towards the development of a worker-centered philosophy to eating ethically.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle for her project the Kentifrican Museum of Culture: Re-imagining Identity. TheKentifrican Museum of Culture will be providing programming in a storefront space that is free to the local Leimert Park community and encourages participation in critical dialogues concerning the constructions of culture, ethnicity and social geography by hosting panel discussions, art openings, free workshops, and open film screenings.

Dorit Cypis for her project Conflict RevolutionConflict Revolution is a project in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Human Relations to involve and train, in conflict engagement skills for Public Dialogue, a variety of local groups who struggle with cultural difference between them and other groups.

SPArt was founded and is directed by Alexandra Shabtai, with insight from advisory board members Bettina Korek, Sue Bell Yank, Andrea Bowers and John D. Spiak.     

Visit SPArt's website for more information about the organization and grantees:

SPArt is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.


January 15 - January 25, 2014


I + We Collective Movement Workshop

I + We Collective Movement Workshop
Join and move together in power!
Human Resources
January 15th  -  25th,
Opening January 22th 7-9pm

I + We is an experimental and participatory (political) movement workshop. Borrowing techniques from dance, social sculpture, and new games, the structured hour and-a-half experience explores collective identity, play, and movement.

Workshop Schedule (additional dates, details TBA)
Please RSVP to
1/15 at 6:00 pm (wed.)
1/18 at 1:00 pm with partner-yoga instructor and artist Nancy Popp(Sat.)
1/19 at 1:00 pm (Sun.)
1/22 Opening (Wed.)
1/23 at 6:00 pm (Thurs.)
1/25 at 1:00 pm with conflict resolution mediator Dorit Cypis (Sat.)

Workshops  will include “floor work” and the use of “play apparatuses;” slides, ladders, masks, and restrictive toys. Sociologist Alberto Melucci suggests that in today’s alienated culture people find deep meaning and power through group identities that emerge through political social movements. I & We was first hosted by the Elizabeth Foundation in NYC, June-July 2013, with support by A Blade Of Grass.

Human Resources Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles CA, 90012
Wednesday – Saturday 12PM – 6 PM - 213-290-4752


January 11 - March 1, 2014

Proudly presents


Dorit Cypis
Jason Engelund

January 11 to March 1, 2014
Opening reception: January 11th, 6 - 9 pm

"Dorit Cypis' work at Hinge Parallel plays textually with font, layout and colour to confound reading, comprehension of seeing, self-knowledge, and being witness. The prints are part of a developing project, The Sighted See the Surface, to be presented later in 2014 by LM Projects in partnership with the Braille Institute, and in honour of the late artist Michael Asher."

8545 Washington Blvd, Culver City
Wednesday – Saturday 11AM – 6 PM - 310-559-8800


October 26, 2013

"Can 'i' be Dropped From History?" 
Panel Discussion

Four weeks of artist talks, screenings, and performances

"Can 'i' Be Dropped From History?"
Saturday, October 26, 4pm

What are some considerations on authorship, identity, history, and dialogue when individual artists work in response to one another? Artists Dorit Cypis and Peter Wu will discuss this question moderated by curator and art historian Claire de Dobay Rifelj. Videos of the artist's collaboration will be on view during the panel. 

This panel is made possible, in part, through the support of the YoYoYo Grant, a part of the Los Angeles Initiative of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

2654 La Cienega Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90034
T: 310 876 0532


October, 2013

Can i be dropped from history?

Presentation and Workshop by Dorit Cypis

Museum Studies Program
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP)

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at The University of Cincinnati, is developing a trans-disciplinary museum studies certificate program that originates within the School of Art. The program is being designed to facilitate conversations across disciplines with an overarching goal for rigorous dialogues among artistic practices, social justice-oriented methods, and critical studies of exhibition and display.

DAAP has invited me to offer a public lecture about my artwork and a pedagogical workshop that facilitates discussion of museum studies and contemporary art practice, questioning institutional and cultural constructions of knowledge, meaning, and value. DAAP is also interested in the interrelationship of art and mediation that I have been pursuing the last several years. 



July 20 - August 24, 2013


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6-9pm







In 1974, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman published Judgement Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases in Science magazine. The result of five years of collaboration, testing, and research has since been cited by hundreds of scholarly articles as recent as 2010. Tversky and Kahneman’s prolific research, collaboration, and publishing lasted until 1996, when Tversky passed at the age of 59. In 2002, their work earned the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Frequently labeled as psychologists, their work is considered by many to be the beginning of the field of Behavioral Economics, a label that Kahneman dismisses.

The continuation of their research through the 80’s and 90’s showed emotions to be increasingly important in the decision making process. Rational decision making, the first rule of all economic modeling, also came into question under these additional findings. Tversky and Kahneman’s heuristics, such as “framing,” “availability,” and “anchoring” showed how decisions or personal observations are influenced more by recent experience, or even proximity to time and space. “Folding Time Rhymes” presents the art of 20 artists within a framework that acknowledges the natural tendency to seek novelty through the narrow gate of personal experience and the canon of art history. The exhibition is homage to Tversky and Kahneman, exploring how their work relates to the way art that is experienced.

2654 La Cienega Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90034
T: 310 876 0532


May 23, 2013

Shifter - What We Can Knot

SHIFTER is thrilled to invite you to a book launch, with a series of short presentations celebrating the launch of our twentieth issue titled What We Can Knot. The title of this issue draws from George Bernard Shaw’s quip “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.” In this issue artists parse out and challenge what we see to be Shaw’s false distinction between pedagogy and praxis, in order to explore the value of negotiation and collaboration as important elements both in the studio and in the classroom. To this end we have invited several individuals who are both artists and educators, to consider the active relation between art practice and teaching in their life. We have invited them to do this through a conversation or correspondence with either a mentor or a student who continues to play an intimate part in their understanding of the intertwined roles as artist and educator. Contributors:
Ashley Hunt & Malene Dam
Marjetica Potrč & Amanda Eicher with Ryo Yonami, Nuriye Elisabeth Tohermes & Mai Shirato
Andreas Fischer & Hannah B. Higgins
Corin Hewitt & Riley Duncan
Richard Kostelanetz with Frederick Young, Michael Peters & Bob Grumman
Michelle Grabner with Philip Vanderhyden, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Andrew Falkowski, Elijah Burgher, Julie Weitz, Christopher Mcnulty, Michael Velliquette, Barry Underwood, Joey Farueso, Gil Riley & Adam Scott
Abhishek Hazra
Zach Cahill ft. Cassandra Troyan
Andrew Falkowski
Jesal Kapadia & Brian McCarthy
Adelita Husni Bey & Janna Graham
Tyler Coburn & A.L. Steiner
Abdullah Awad & Sreshta Rit Premnath
Allan deSouza & Jeannene Przyblyski
Steven Lam & Daniel Joseph Martinez
Juan William Chávez & Anya Liao
Valerio Rocco Orlando & Mónica Ríos
Deborah Stratman & James Benning
A.K. Burns & Alexandro Segade
Dan Paz & Tania Bruguera
Kelly Kaczynski
Ayisha Abraham & Smriti Mehra
Maria Rosa Sossai

Sreshta Rit Premnath & Matthew Metzger
Dan Levenson



May 6, 2013

Enact - Art in the Mind



April 4, 2013 | Minnesota State Capitol

Decisive Moment:
An Exploration of Portraiture

You are invited to view the Kulture Klub Collaborative public art exhibit:Decisive Moment: An Exploration of Portraiture, Thursday April 4th at 10:30am at the MN State Capitol. This reception will celebrate the exhibition and Governor Dayton's support of the Homeless Youth Act (SF565HF 698). 

This collaboration of arts and advocacy allows many ways for you to be involved:
  • Experience the art created by KKC participants
  • Learn with advocates and youth about the Homeless Youth Act
  • Invite your legislators to join you in viewing the exhibit
  • Advocate - share hopes for MN youth with a postcard, a photo or a conversation.
  • Create a presence - there is power in simply showing up! Come and see!
Decisive Moment: An Exploration of Portraiture - Work on view was created collaboratively with artists from Kulture Klub Collaborative and local artist Adriana Rimpel. During the seven-week residency, the group developed a reflex of looking and recognizing important moments while photographing. Through a series of exercises that shifted from looking to questioning, photographing to modeling, questioning to answering, and directing to acting, artists considered the many tactics of portrait photography. In addition, they examined the various identities and personas they wear in their daily lives.

Decisive Moment will be on view at the Youth Opportunity Center gallery throughout the spring. 

Website: Kulture Klub at the Capitol



March 2013 | LM Projects

The Sighted See the Surface, Dorit Cypis

LM Projects   

Launched in Fall of 2009, LM Projects serves as an invitational for emerging, mid career and established artists to create exhibitions, publications and projects as multiples

The Sighted See the Surface will extend over 2013 to engage a variety of audiences in research and discussion exploring aesthetics, ethics and engagement. Cypis is designing a series of conversation structures to take place at a variety of private and public sites. The first of these participatory conversations will be a tribute to the late Los Angeles artist Michael Asher and will take place at the Braille Institute, Los Angeles. Asher’s brilliant questioning of how institutions play with what is made visible and what remains invisible to the public lays the groundwork for an extended public conversation on the nature of seeing. This conversation is in collaboration with writer Susan Morgan and co-sponsored by East of Borneo.

Each conversation in this series will be accompanied by a text-based work created by Cypis questioning the liminal qualities of identity and social relations. The limited edition lithography prints will be published and made available by LM Projects.

Phone 323 652 0580



February 24, 2013

L.A. Woman the Documentary

A multimedia/documentary project profiling pioneering, emerging, innovative and otherwise compelling Los Angeles-based female artists, philosophers and social entrepreneurs. In their own worlds and contexts.

Directed by: Kate Crash
Produced by: EZTV & Michael Masucci
Interviewees in Alphabetical Order:
Lita Albuquerque, Zina Bethune, Jessie Bliss, Strawn Bovee, Dorit Cypis, Susanna B. Dakin, Simone Forti, Nana Ghana, Carol Gillam, Kate Johnson, Anna Homler, Dr. Linda Lack, Lina Lecaro, Dianne Magee, Donna Enad Napper, Rika Ohara, Nina Rota, S.Pearl Sharp, Barbara T. Smith, Jessica Sohn, Donna Sternberg, Tiffany Trenda, Valerie Velazquez, Jan Williamson
Click here for the full documentary on Vimeo


January 28, 2013

Kulture Klub Collaborative

I am very proud to introduce you to the latest project by Kulture Klub Collaboration, a public program I founded in 1992.


January 19 - 21, 2013

A project of Photo LA and The Icon
Annual Congress

Dorit Cypis participates as a distinguished reviewer for the Emerging Focus Portfolio Reviews in conjunction with photo l.a. 2013. Candidates are: emerging and professional contemporary artists using photography.


February 25, 2012 | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice


June 31, 2012 | The Walker Art Center

Identity and Institutionalization:
Dorit Cypis on Minneapolis in the ’80s

Artist and mediator Dorit Cypis was born in Israel and currently lives in California, but in the 1980s and ’90s, she called the Twin Cities home. Politicized by the AIDS epidemic, the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography, and issues surrounding identity, the body, and sexuality, she created multimedia works at the intersection of performance, photography, and social sculpture.

The founder of Kulture Klub, an arts program for teens experiencing homelessness, Cypis was part of the 1998 exhibition Sculpture on Site, and her work is represented in the Walker’s permanent collection. As part of our series, Then and Now: The Twin Cities in the 1980s, she recalls a decade when art became institutionalized, identity politics became entrenched, and her own work more deeply embraced both politics and performance.


July 1 - July 31, 2012 | PØST

Kamikaze Exhibits
Thirty-one Exhibits

"Difficult times invite difficult gestures. By design, these exhibits remain close to art and distant from the other stuff. A book will be produced for each Kamikaze month."

The Conjurer, Hieronymus Bosch, 16th Century

...a prelude to
The Life of Life

by Dorit Cypis, with magician Blake Applegate
July 17, 2012
7 – 9 PM

part of
PØST July 2012 Kamikaze Exhibits
Thirty-one Exhibits July 1 – 31, 7 – 9 PM, one each night

In the Golden Age of Magic, magicians travelled the world to entertain and brought back with them exotic affects of distant locations and cultures.

The Life of Life is a performative work including “sleight of hand” tricks that continues my aesthetic exploration of the uncanny nature of history and its volcanic movements through us and between us. The Life of Life is inspired by ineffable relationships between objects that have been left at my feet - five old, weathered, brown suitcases filled with six decades of snapshots and documents my family kept to frame life across many countries - constantly, incessantly, determinedly. Life is often filled with narrow escapes from the folds of history, much like the conjuring of sleight of hand.

The Life of Life will be developed over the next year - …a prelude to is presented at PØST.

1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
213 488 1280

Download PDF of Full Exhibition Press Release


June 30 - July 28, 2012 | Jancar Gallery

The Very Eye of Night
Inspired by The Very Eye of Night by Maya Deren


JUNE 30 - JULY 28, 2012
Opening reception June 30, 2012 6-9 PM
961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles CA 90012

Maya Deren’s historic film, The Very Eye of Night, is memorable for its experimental qualities, the mysteriousness of "diving into the abyss", the performative aspects of the dancers. Deren was a trailblazer incorporating many art genres and turning formal and narrative structures inside out and upside down. We chose these artists based upon their practice as it relates to this film.

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