洛杉矶当代艺术馆The Museum of Contemporary Art , Los Angeles (MOCA)，日前宣布将第六届MOCA杰出艺术女性6th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts奖授予英国灯光艺术家Jenny Holzer，颁奖典礼即午餐会将于2010年4月28日周三在洛杉矶比弗利山庄的四季酒店举行，以表彰庆贺其在艺术领域的非凡天才与杰出贡献。该奖项的主赞助商同时也是艺术馆的主要支持机构：MOCA项目委员会The MOCA Projects Council，全额提供MOCA奖项与教育项目的资金支持。Broad基金会主席Edythe Broad 将为Holzer 颁奖，颁奖辞将由MOCA 项目委员会主席Pamela J. Smith宣读。午餐会由BVLGARI独家品牌支持。
MOCA项目委员会首席执行官Charles E. Young在接受采访时说道：“Jenny Holzer 无疑是MOCA杰出艺术女性奖的不二人选，我们非常荣幸可以有这样一个独一无二的赞助机会来庆贺这位卓越艺术家的出色成就，她强劲有力的对社会评论与坚定信念的表达已然坚持了超过30年。”
MOCA项目委员会主席Pamela J. Smith 也表示：“我们希望公众社会也能加入我们来认可并庆祝这位杰出艺术家的出众成就，并支持MOCA美国先锋当代艺术教育项目，这也是MOCA项目委员会的焦点，表彰优秀的艺术家与艺术机构并将其展示给当代艺术观众的历史由来已久，每年有超过三万学生与社区成员从中受益。”
MOCA杰出艺术女性奖由MOCA项目委员会成立于1994年，以认可众多在视觉艺术、舞蹈、音乐、文学等方面天赋才华并引领创新的杰出女性。Jenny Holzer曾设计了一幅雕刻有艺术家老生常谈的铜匾：“It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender。”历届获奖人包括著名的艺术收藏家与赞助人Beatrice Gersh (1994)，编辑Tina Brown (1997)，编舞Twyla Tharp (1999)，演员及导演 Anjelica Huston (2001)，艺术家Barbara Kruger (2001) 与大野洋子Yoko Ono (2003).
过去30年间， Jenny Holzer将其尖刻辛辣的思想、评价与苦痛带入国际性的展览与空间中，其中包括7家全球贸易中心、德国国会大厦the Reichstag、威尼斯双年展the Venice Biennale、古根海姆纽约馆与毕尔巴鄂馆the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao以及惠特尼美国艺术馆the Whitney Museum of American Art。她的创作媒介形式，不论是T恤衫、铜匾或是LED灯具符号，都从某种意义上来说是一种向公众完整表达的文学形式。从19世纪70年代的招贴画，到她最近设于地理风光与建筑景观中的灯光装置，都用近乎极致的幽默、包容与道德关怀来揭示不屑与暴力。Holzer在1990年的威尼斯双年展上被授予金狮奖 the Leone d’Oro ，后于2004年被授予公共艺术网络奖the Public Art Network Award。她在俄亥俄州立大学Ohio University、威廉姆斯学院Williams College、罗德岛设计学院the Rhode Island School of Design、新学院The New School与史密斯学院Smith College兼教授之职。如今，Holzer生活并工作在纽约。
MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts Honors Artist Jenny Holzer
The Museum of Contemporary Art , Los Angeles (MOCA), is pleased to announce artist Jenny Holzer as the recipient of the 6th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. Holzer will be honored for her extraordinary talent and contributions to the arts during an exclusive award luncheon on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Hosted by one of the museum’s major support organizations, The MOCA Projects Council, this fundraiser benefits MOCA’s award-winning educational programming. Edythe Broad will present the award to Holzer and remarks will be made by MOCA Projects Council President Pamela J. Smith. The 6th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts Luncheon is presented by BVLGARI.
“MOCA is thrilled to honor Jenny Holzer with the 6th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts,” said MOCA Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Young. “This unique fundraising opportunity celebrates the work of a brilliant artist, who has created powerful statements of conviction and social commentary for more than three decades.”
“We hope that the community will join us in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of this accomplished and exceptional artist, and in supporting one of the leading contemporary art education programs in the United States,” said The MOCA Projects Council President Pamela J. Smith. “The focus of the Projects Council support group is MOCA Education, which has a long history of collaborating with artists and community organizations to bring the rewards and challenges of contemporary art to a broad audience. Its programs serve 30,000 students and community members each year.”
The MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts was established by The MOCA Projects Council in 1994 to recognize the many gifted women providing leadership and innovation in the visual arts, dance, music, and literature. Jenny Holzer designed the bronze plaque, which features one of the artist’s truisms: “It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender.” Past recipients include noted collector and patron Beatrice Gersh (1994), editor Tina Brown (1997), choreographer Twyla Tharp (1999), actress and director Anjelica Huston (2001), and artists Barbara Kruger (2001) and Yoko Ono (2003).
For 30 years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7WorldTradeCenter, the Reichstag, the Venice Biennale, theGuggenheimMuseums inNew York andBilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with theNew York City posters, and up to her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and moral courage. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990 and the Public Art Network Award in 2004. She holds honorary degrees fromOhioUniversity,WilliamsCollege, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, andSmithCollege. Holzer lives and works inNew York.