Amy Adler was born and raised in New York City and is currently based in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Cooper Union in 1989, an MFA from UCLA in 1995, and an MFA in Cinematic Arts from USC in 2011. Her practice includes drawing, photography, and film. Self portraits and personal histories have been important aspects of her work, which deals not only with her gaze as the artist in front of and behind the camera, but also the invited gaze of the viewer. The dynamic she creates in her work asks questions dealing with desire, sexuality, gender, and the narrative within the image itself.
Adler’s exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2002); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2006); Drammens Museum, Drammen (2012). Her short films have screened at international film festivals including Frameline and Outfest (2016) and the British Film Institute’s FLARE (2017). Her work is included in permanent collections including the Drammens Museum, Drammen; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Amy Adler is the recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship and is Professor of Visual Art at the University of California San Diego.