Carolyn Lieba Francois Lazard (born 1987 in Upland, California) is an artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lazard uses the experience of chronic illness to examine concepts of intimacy and the labor of living involved with chronic illnesses.[3] Lazard expresses their ideas through a variety of mediums including performance, filmmaking, sculpture, writing, photography, sound; as well as environments and installations.[3] Lazard graduated from Bard College in 2010.[4] They earned their MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019.[5] Lazard is a 2019 Pew Foundation Fellow.[6]

Carolyn Lazard
Carolyn Lieba Francois Lazard

NationalityAmerican, French, Haitian
EducationBard College
B.A. (2010)
Film/Electronic Arts & Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
M.F.A (2019)
Fine Arts[2]

Artistic practiceEdit

Alongside their studio practice they are a cofounder of Canaries, with Jesse Cohen and Bonnie Swencionis, a network of cis women, trans and non-binary people living and working with autoimmune conditions and other chronic illnesses. The members are artists, painters, actors, and writers who all experience bodily phenomena outside the frame of biomedical discourse. The group, originally based in NYC, has taken the form of a listserve, an art collective, and a support group with regular meetings.[7] As a collective they have exhibited at Recess, NY,[8] Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY,[9] and Franklin Street Works, CT.[10]

Lazard's work has been exhibited internationally including at the Kunsthal Aaruhs, Denmark; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and The Camden Art Center, London.[11] Nationally, they have exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New Museum, New York; and had screenings at the Anthology Film Archives, New York.[12] Lazard was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta. Lazard was a participant alongside 75 other artists including fellow Philadelphia-based artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden.[13] Lazard's published works include a 2019 work commissioned by Recess titled Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice[14] and The World is Unknown,[15] published by Triple Canopy as a part of their Immaterial Literature project area.

In 2019, Lazard co-organized the ''I Wanna Be With You Everywhere'' festival celebrating disability arts in New York City.[16] One of Lazard's works, Support System (For Park, Tina, and Bob), 2016, was featured on the cover of Art Papers' winter 2018/2019 edition. The work documents a 12-hour performance completed by the artist where they spent the day in bed.[17] In March 2017, Lazard co-signed an open letter written by Hannah Black demanding the Whitney Biennial remove the Open Casket painting by Dana Schutz.[18] For the 2017 New Museum exhibition "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon"Lazard installed A Conspiracy (2017), 12 white-noise machines (the sort used in therapists' offices) installed in one of the elevators.[19]


  1. ^ "Whitney Museum Announces 2019 Biennial Participants, But One Artist Withdraws". Hyperallergic. 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Project grants and faculty awards from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Penn Today.
  3. ^ a b Roach, Imani (17 October 2017). "Carolyn Lazard on what happens in private". Artblog.
  4. ^ Sutphin, Eric (November 2017). "Carolyn Lazard". Art in America. 105: 27 – via Academic Search Premier.
  5. ^ "Graduate Fine Arts | Weitzman School". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  6. ^ aclair (2019-10-21). "Carolyn Lazard". The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  7. ^ "We Are Canaries about". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time". EFA Project Space. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  10. ^ "Initial Conditions: Artists Make Spaces". Franklin Street Works. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  11. ^ "Essex Street". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  12. ^ "Flaherty NYC Fall 2016". Flaherty. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  13. ^ Salisbury, Stephan. "Two Philly artists selected for Whitney Biennial". Retrieved 2019-10-02. External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ "Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  15. ^ "Triple Canopy". Triple Canopy. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  16. ^ "I Wanna Be With You Everywhere Festival". COOL HUNTING. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  17. ^ "Disability and the Politics of Visibility – Art Papers". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  18. ^ Black, Hannah. "Artists and Critics Demand Whitney Biennial Remove Painting in Open Letter".
  19. ^ DUBLON, AMALLE (Spring 2018). "Girl Talk and Hold Music: On the Sculptural Poetics of Chat". TDR: The Drama Review. 62: 2–3 – via International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text.
  20. ^ "The Body Electric". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  21. ^ Artery. "Five Sculptures at Essex Street Gallery – ArteryNYC". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  22. ^ "STL NY". Shoot The Lobster. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  23. ^ "The Kitchen: Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  24. ^ "Screening: Carolyn Lazard – What's On". Camden Arts Centre. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  25. ^ ""Post Institutional Stress Disorder" at Kunsthal Aarhus (Contemporary Art Daily)". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  26. ^ "Karen Archey". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  27. ^ "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  28. ^ "Flaherty NYC Fall 2016". The Flaherty. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2019-03-01.

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