Crosstalk, 2013

hand-woven Jacquard tapestry, cotton

1245 x 104 cm



Annette Cords

Annette Cords works in various media and is inspired by language and science as methods for structuring information. Cords' recent Jacquard tapestries series investigates how we read and decipher visual information in order to construct meaning and navigate our everyday environment. Cords was born in northern Germany, and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has shown in Europe and in the US; and is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts' artist fellowship, among other prestigious awards and grants.


works on canvas / paper


Series: Cognition Stroll


Born in the North of Germany, I was raised in the city of Hamburg and America. My father’s work as a high-energy physicist greatly influenced me. His world of science with synchrotrons, electromagnetic fields and sub-atomic particles traveling near the speed of light was fascinating and mysterious to me as a child. When I was growing up, I also spent long summers in the mountains of Wales with friends, who were artists, living self-sufficiently on a farm. Later, I moved back to America on my own for what I thought would be a year of college, and ended up staying much longer. I studied Studio Art and English Literature at Principia College, and received my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Combining a variety of media, from painting to weaving and installation, I merge ideas and transform materials. Solo and two person exhibitions include Between Two Horizons, Kang Contemporary, Berlin; Cognition Stroll, Project: ARTspace, New York; Sideways, New York Public Library, New York; Diamond Days, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany; Klangfarben, Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena; Turnarounds, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia; and Cross-Coupling, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY. My work has appeared in group shows at numerous venues, including The Drawing Center, Queens Museum, Odetta Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, MASS MoCA, The Poor Farm, LG Tripp Gallery, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, and Michael Steinberg Fine Art. I am the recipient of several grants and residencies, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Change Inc, Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship.



2018 Between Two Horizons (with Dirk Eicken), Kang Contemporary, Berlin, Germany 2017 Cognition-Stroll (with Becky Brown), Project: AR Tspace, New Y ork, N Y (catalogue) 2013 T andem Mass, Art W all on Third, New Y ork Public Library , New Y ork, N Y

Sideways, The Corner Room, New York Public Library, New York, NY 2012 Diamond Days, Villa Rosenthal, Jena, Germany

KlangFarben (with Peter Vogel), Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena, Germany 2011 T urnarounds, AxD Gallery , Philadelphia, P A
2009 Cross-Coupling, Posie Kviat Gallery , Hudson, N Y
2008 Cross-Coupling, AxD Gallery , Philadelphia, P A (catalogue)

The Hidden Effect of Time, The Hall, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Cords / Brandhorst, Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
2007 Silke Nelius Art-Consulting, Essen/Bad Oldesloe, Germany
2005 Paintings & Works on Paper, Galerie Klosterformat, Rostock, Germany
2003 Parallel Passages (with Neil Jussila), Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN 2001 Investigations of Language & Place (with Paul Fabozzi), Painted Bride Art Center,

Philadelphia, PA

Paintings & Collages, Büdnerei, Lehsten, Germany 2000 tisch-lein-deck-dich, petriGalerie, Rostock, Germany


2018 Saunter T rek Escort Parade (S. T . E. P . ), Queens Museum & Flux Factory , New Y ork, N YIm Fokus: Multiple Art, Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, Germany
Plus One, Project: ARTspace, New York, NY

2017 Elemental, Lacey & Phillips Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Kiosk, Project Room & Flat Files, Odetta Gallery , New Y ork, N Y

InLiquid at Sundance, Sundance Film Channel, New York, NY
2015 Name It by T rying to Name it, The Drawing Center , New Y ork, N Y

Selections from Open Sessions, Poor Farm, Manawa, WI
Textual, Odetta Gallery, New York, NY
Open Sessions 3, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Confluence & Influence, Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NYOff the Grid, Umbrella Arts, New York, NY

Metro Curates (with Umbrella Arts), Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY 2014 Circumstances, Kentler International Drawing Space, New Y ork, N Y (catalogue)

BAM Art Auction, Whitebox Art Center, New York, NY
2013 Spatial Translations, Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Boom & Bloom, The Phatory, New York, NY
The Complete Coloring Book Show, TNC Gallery, New York, NY
Hommage an Havaianas, Escola Alema Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Members Show, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
IFPD A Print Fair (with G. W . Einstein Company), The Park Avenue Armory , New Y ork, N Y

2012 Network, W estbeth Gallery , New Y ork, N Y
Faculty Show, St. John’s University, Queens, NY (catalogue)

InLiquid v.12, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

ArcheTime, The Great Room, New York University, New York, NY 2011 An Exchange with Sol Le Witt, M ASS MoC A, North Adams, M A (catalogue)

InLiquid Group Show, Society Hill Synagogue, Philadelphia, PA 2010 RS VP, LG T ripp Gallery , Philadelphia, P A

20 x 20, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, CanadaAllegories and Allegiances, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PAPhilagrafika 2010, Bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Beyond the Fray – An Exploration of Visual Texture, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY
Fata Morgana, Dataport, Altenholz, Germany
URBN, Gallery 543, Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA
10 x 10, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Deutschland im Kasten, Werkhof, Kiel, Germany (traveled to Galerie III, Schlossinsel, Barmstedt)Aufbruch, Finanzministerium Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany (catalogue)

2008 Back to the Drawing Board, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NYBetween the Lines: Artists Using Words, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY
As Is, thedramaloft, New York, NY
Works on Paper Benefit, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NYPenn Design, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

2007 Multisite, Dinter Fine Art, Project Room, New York, NY
Streichholz-Schachtel-Utopie, IZET Innovationszentrum, Itzehoe, Germany
FlashPop, Location One, New York, NY
multiple choice, Elbeforum, Brunsbüttel, Germany
From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then & Now, Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, Queens, NY (catalogue)
Hitoshi Nakazato Tribute Exhibiton, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)

2006 T exture, Arts + Literature Laboratory , New Haven, C T
1801 K Street (Public Art Project with Michael Steinberg Fine Art), Washington, DCImmersion, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2005 American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VAMomenta Benefit Invitational, Momenta Art & White Columns, New York, NY

2004 Specific Density, Borowsky Gallery, Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA
Inliquid v.5.0., National Products Building, Philadelphia, PA
Material Wellpappe, GEDOK-Atlierhaus, Lübeck, Germany
Fortuna, Innenministerium Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany (traveled to
Stiftung Landdrostei, Pinneberg, and Kulturzentrum Marstall, Ahrensburg) (catalogue)

2003 InFiltration, Painted Bride Art Center , Philadelphia, P A
Faculty Show, Chung-Cheng Gallery, St. John’s University, Queens, NYAbstractions, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Liquid Vox, Powerplant Productions, Philadelphia, PA
Penn MFA Alumni Exhibition, Kroiz Gallery, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA

2002 Ideal Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, P A
U.S. Artists Exhibition (with Pentimenti Gallery), Philadelphia, PA
Momenta Benefit Invitational, Momenta Art & White Columns, New York, NYNew Directions ’02, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY (traveled to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and Library of Congress, Washington, DC)

2001 Kleine Formate, Sperl Galerie, Potsdam, GermanyCollaborative Fusion, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NYGroup Show, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000 Kunst aus Pinneberg, Stiftung Landdrostei, Pinneberg, Germany (catalogue)Local/Global 2000, A-1/Lab Art Space, Knoxville, TN

1999 Works on Paper, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur, ILFamiliar Strangers, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Border to Border 7, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (catalogue)

1998 Drawings, G. W . Einstein Gallery , New Y ork, N Y


2013 Artist Dialogue with Jeremy Sigler, New York Public Library, New York, NY
What Inspires Artists, A Conversation with Arezoo Moseni, New York Public Library, New York, NY

2011 Artist T alk, AxD Gallery , Philadelphia, P A
2009 Artist Talk, Hudson Art Walk, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, NY

Panelist, The Heart of your Life, The Life of your Art, New York Public Library, New

York, NY
2008 Lecture, Color Theory & Textiles, Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s University, New

York, NY
2007 Artist Talk, Department of Fine Arts, St. John’s University, New York, NY 2003 Panelist, Making Art Work, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN


2014 Open Sessions, Drawing Center , New Y ork
2010 Change, Inc. , Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship 2000 GMDC Artist’s Grant
1992 Gutman Center Residency
1991 Posey Foundation Award

Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania 1990 University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Scholarship 1987 Kathryn Cogswell Maule Art Opportunity Award

Adelaide Caroll Johnson Art Contribution Award


2017 Goodman, Jonathan, “Cognition-Stroll by Annette Cords and Becky Brown at Project: ARTspace”, Arte Fuse, July 18, 2017
Istomina, Tatiana, “Cognition-Stroll’, Exhibition Catalogue, USA, 2017

2016 Goodman, Jonathan, “Urban T apestries, Urban Knowledge”, Annette Cords: T apestries, Infinite Island Press, 2016

2014 Anaya Maya, David, “Overlapping Codes: Becky Brown and Annette Cords Studio Visit”,
The Bottom Line, Drawing Center Blog, November 3, 2014
Dawang, Doreen, & Thayer, Eric, “The Grid Hypothesis”, Interview & Photojournalistic Story, Wondereur 82, April 2014

Shen Chaves, Holly & Nackman, Rachel, “Circumstances”, Exhibition Catalogue, USA, 2014 2013 Rubenstein, Rebecca, “Art Meets Science at Mid-Manhattan Public Library”, The Library as

Incubator Project, October 23, 2013

Whitworth, Matt, “URBN Annex Hosts Spatial Translations Collaboration”, The Triangle, August 9, 2013
Newhall, Edith, “Subdued, Sympathetic”, Philadelphia Inquirer,, September 9, 2013

2012 Zeuner , Anne, “Klingende K unstwerke”, Thüringische Landeszeitung, September 25, 2012, p. 1 2010 Rice, Robin, “Magic Number”, Philadelphia City Paper, July 27, 2010
2008 Hoban, Phoebe, “ All That’ s Solid Melts Into Air”, Exhibition Catalogue, US A, 2008, p. 4

Critics Pick, Time Out New York, December 18, 2008, p. 94
2007 Goodrich, John, “From the Inside Out”, New York Sun, March 22, 2007

Rosenberg, Susan, “From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then & Now”, Exhibition

Catatlogue, USA, p. 2, 13
2006 Hoffman, Hank, “ T ext Messaging”, Connecticut Art Scene, September 15, 2006 2005 Rosof, Libby , “Density Squared”, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’ s Artblog,

January 17, 2005
2004 W oldsen, Inken, “Fortuna”, Exhibition Catalogue, Germany , 2004, p. 4, 12-13

Tabel, Martina, “Fortuna im Marstall”, Hamburger Abendblatt, Nov. 27, 2004, p. 11 2002 Strauss, R. B. , "Pentimenti shows Ideal Abstraction", W est Chester W eekly , October 5,

2002, p. C7
2001 Condon, Elisabeth, “Fusion”, NY Arts Magazine, September 2001, p. 55

Strauss, R.B., “First Friday in Old City”, University City Review, September 2001, p.19 2000 Bessert, Erle, “Kunst aus Pinneberg”, Exhibition Catalogue, Germany, 2000, p. 6-7

Schilling, Siegfried, “Ausstellung in der Drostei”, Uetersener Nachrichten, July 29, 2000, p. 11
Klein, Kuno, “Zwölf Pinneberger Künstler”, Hamburger Abendblatt, July 24, 2000, p. 3

1999 Berry, William, “Border to Border 7”, Exhibition Catalogue, USA, 1999, p. 7, 1


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA MFA in Painting

Principia College, Elsah, IL BA in Studio Art and English