Faculty » Liz Kotz
Office: 227 Arts Building
Phone: (951) 827-5921
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Areas of specialization: Modern and contemporary art history; experimental film, video and performance; psychoanalysis and critical theory, media theories and media technologies.
Liz Kotz has taught at UC Riverside since 2007. She is the author of Words to be Looked At: Language in 1960s Art (MIT Press, 2007) and has published widely on contemporary art, ranging from experimental film and video to music, performance and text-based work. She is currently developing two book projects: a collection of interviews with Los Angeles based artists, and a critical study of An Anthology of Chance Operations, the influential collection of scores, poems, drawings and other texts assembled by the composer La Monte Young in 1961 that played a crucial role in the emergence of interdisciplinary artmaking. Her work on experimental music includes essays on John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Max Neuhaus and David Tudor. Her current projects on poetry and its relation to the visual arts include research on Bernadette Mayer’s exhibition and book Memory (1972/1975) and on the typewriter poems of sculptor Carl Andre. With Charles Curtis (UCSD), she is developing a series of discussions and performances related to An Anthology and experimental music in California; their project received a Planning Grant from the UC Institute for Research on the Arts for 2012-2013. She is also organizing a UC Humanities Research Institute working group on “Experimental Interdisciplinary Practices” in 2012-2013.