Joyce Kozloff was an active participant in the Pattern and Decoration and feminist art movements during the 1970s. By 1979, she had moved into public art and has since executed sixteen projects at sites that include the Harvard Square Subway Station, I.S. 218 in Manhattan, National Airport in Washington, DC, the Chubu Cultural Center in Kurayoshi, Japan, and the American Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent solo exhibitions of Kozloff’s art have included “Targets” in 2001 and “Boys’ Art and Other Works” in 2003 at the DC Moore Gallery in New York; “Joyce Kozloff: Topographies” at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in 2002 and “Crossed Purposes,” which paired her work with the photographs of her husband, Max Kozloff. That project was organized by the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and traveled to nine other venues across the country from 1998 to 2000. At Montalvo she will be working on a large installation piece, “Voyages,” which will be presented at Thetis in Venice, Italy during the fall of 2006.
Since the early 1990s, cartography has provided the structure and content of her art. In her proposal to Lucas Artists Programs, she wrote: “Maps are the foundation for structures into which I insert a range of issues, particularly the role of cartography in human knowledge and as an imposition of imperial will. My map and globe works – frescoes, books, paintings, sculptures, floors and walls – image both physical and mental terrain, and employ mutations to raise geopolitical issues. Often their figurations are places known only in the imagination, composed of memories and fragments. With an increasing urgency, I seek the physical corollaries between mapping, naming, and subjugation, while charting and reflecting our earth.”