Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action is a retrospective in forward motion—a deep dive into the past, present, and future of these artists’ revolutionary practices. Visual artist Brett Cook and choreographer Liz Lerman turn YBCA’s galleries into a space for collective creation and inspiration guided by their intuitive desire to forge new paths in their respective fields. Featuring video, dance, installation, paintings, and more, audiences are encouraged to explore Cook and Lerman’s artistry as catalysts for enacting collaborative change in the world.

This exhibition is presented alongside Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies, a new and immersive dance experience and “intimate spectacle” performed October 28-30, 2022 at the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA.

A Bay Area artist, Cook is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who uses his creative practice to transform outer and inner worlds of being. His museum work features drawing, painting, photography, and elaborate installations that make intimate personal experiences universally accessible. His public projects often involve community workshops and collaborative art, along with music, performance, and food to create a fluid boundary between art making, daily life, and healing.

Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker and the recipient of honors including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. A key aspect of her artistry is inviting various communities into her process, from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas—resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others.

Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action is the culmination of Cook and Lerman’s three-year residency as Senior Fellows at YBCA, centering artists as leaders inside the organization and in the communities they serve.

First Floor Galleries
Free and open to the public