Laurie Simmons was born in New York, in 1949 and in 1971 she received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Simmon’s stages photographs and films with paper dolls, finger puppets, ventriloquist dummies, and costumed dancers as “living objects,” animating a dollhouse. The work she produces is an amalgamation of psychological and political issues, particularly the objectification of people, especially women. She has had major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); San Jose Museum of Art, California (1990); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1987); and has participated in two Whitney Biennials (1985, 1991).



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