Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)

Dolores Zinny, Program Director

For over thirty-five years, as part of the artist-duo Zinny Maidagan, Dolores has been engaged in a collaborative research-based, international practice involving commissions, exhibitions, public lectures, and publications.

Through her work, Dolores seeks to bring analogies and connections from different geographies to the surface, addressing the relationship between culture, place, and translation. In particular, the public art commissions aim to influence the physical environments in which the work is located by heightening awareness of historical and cultural contexts. Dolores has taught at the university level at various points throughout her career and has held visiting appointments at institutions in South and North America and throughout Europe.

Dolores was born in 1968 in Rosario, Argentina, where she earned her graduate degree in Fine Arts at the UNR. In 1994 she moved to New York to attend the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She lived there for many years until moving to Berlin, Germany in 2002 with the prestigious DAAD Artist in Berlin Program Fellowship.

Dolores has a long record of artistic achievement, including a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Iaspis Residency Award Stockholm, Gwaertler Foundation Award, Basel.

Dolores has been awarded many competitive international public art commissions, such as for Fulda University of Applied Sciences and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (both in Hessen, Germany), and a large-scale intervention for the Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Arts (LACMA) in partnership with the Getty Foundation.

Further public art commissions include Graz City Hall Steiricher Herbst, Bibliothèque Royale Brussels Forwart BBL and Fundación Proa sidewalk.

Currently, they are working on an architectural intervention at the DAAD Gallery 2022 and on a research project, The Library of the Tropics for the Singapore National Gallery 2021-2023.

Their first solo show in the United States was in 1999 with a project at the New Museum in New York City. Other notable solo shows of theirs have been at the Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, 2016; CAC Gallery at University of California, Irvine, 2013; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2009; The Showroom, London, 2003; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2000; Artists Space, New York, 2000 and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, 2000, and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao 2007, with groups shows at MIT List Visual Art Center and Generali Foundation Viena, among others.

The artists have also participated in the 1st Cartagena Biennale, 2014; the 8th Gwangju Biennale, 2011; the 5th Berlin Biennale, 2008; the 2nd Seville Biennale, 2007 and the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003.

Her work is represented in many collections, for example, the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Daimler Chrysler Collection, Berlin;The Federal Collection of Contemporary Art, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen; Bankhaus Spängler, Linz; Kunstsammlung Europaisches Patentamt, München; The Federal Collection of  Contemporary Art, and LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The artists’ duo legacy has been captured in the books Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan published in 2014 by Sabine Knust Munich, with essays by Jose Luis Blondet and Juli Carson, Compartment/Das Abteil published in 2010 by the MMK Frankfurt with an essay by Ranjit Hoskote and Such a Good Cover published in 2004 by Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD with an essay by Lynne Cooke.