Renowned Artist Joyce Kozloff Visits the Prep School

On Thursday, December 6, artist Joyce Kozloff spoke with Prep School ceramics, film and metalworking classes, as well as several art teachers from the Middle School, about her career trajectory and cartography-inspired artwork. Ms. Kozloff is a critically acclaimed artist who has designed public art installations across the globe and was a key figure in the Pattern and Decoration and Feminist art movements during the 1970s. 

Most recently, the 86th Street B/C subway station at Central Park West underwent renovations, part of which included adorning the walls with mosaic and ceramic murals inspired by Ms. Kozloff’s designs. Prep School mosaics teacher Susan Cohen, who organized Ms.Kozloff’s visit, also took her students on a trip to see the art installation. Ms. Cohen says, “Her presentation covered the whole process from her first sketches, to production at a mosaic studio in Italy, to the installation at the station. One of the things Ms. Kozloff described was the challenge of coming up with a strong idea that would work in the setting. I thought it was good for students to hear that problem-solving was an intrinsic part of the process.”