Rachel Lachowicz

Associate Professor


BFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (1988)

Artist Biography


Los Angeles-based artist Rachel Lachowicz, was born in San Francisco, CA in 1964 and received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her professional history covers over 25 years of conceptual art making and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Palm Springs Museum of Art, the Museum Moderner Kunst, Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award.

Rachel is known for turning her witty eye on the masculine-centric world of Modernism and for making radical incursions into the canon of art history by reconfiguring famous works. She falls under a multitude of headings: feminist, appropriationist, post minimalist, conceptual artist, and conceptual sculptor. Labels aside, her work contributed to a ground-breaking reconceptualization of the feminist position.

The term “Lipstick Feminist,” grew out of an 80’s-90’s philosophy, but more specifically the art world came to use that term to refer to the work of Rachel Lachowicz, and less than a handful of others. She explores the relationship of identity and the politics of mark making, predominately through the use of cosmetics. Lachowicz makes both discreet objects and large-scale installations that are visually lush (at times sexually provocative) and always with a deliberate repurposing of meaning.

Rachel has over 20 years of teaching experience at the graduate level and her lecture résumé is extensive. She was a Santa Monica Arts Commissioner, a member of the Santa Monica Public Art Committee, and served for 12 years on the board of the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.



Selected Exhibitions/Publications

Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2014-2015
Rachel Lachowicz, Marquand Books (Distributed by DAP) 2012
Rachel Lachowicz + John McCracken, Orange County Museum of Art, New Port Beach, CA 2012
429INSPIRED, The Epic Hotel, Miami, FL 2011
Body Gesture , Elizabeth Leach, Portland, OR 2011
Rachel Lachowicz, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2010
(re-): un-historical documents, The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA 2010
Pink Miami, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA 2010
Think Pink – Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL 2010

Recent Publications/Projects

“Material Specificity & the Index of the Feminine” Art Journal, Winter 2013 V.72 Number 4
“Material Specificity & the Index of the Feminine” College Art Association, NYC, 2/14/2013
“Interlocking & Independent Cells” Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 12/6/2012
“Sculpture as Strategy, Methodolgy vs. Medium”, at ReModel: Sculpture Education Now. CCA San Francisco, 4/14/2012
Panelist “Playing Fair: Women in the Art Market,” Pacific Design Center, LA Art Fair, 2/12/2010