Michal Rovner (b.1957, Israel)

Michal Rovner was born in 1957 in Tel Aviv. She studied cinema, television, and philosophy at Tel Aviv University before enrolling at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 1981, receiving a BFA in photography and art in 1985. In 1978, with artist Arie Hammer, she co-founded the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, the city’s first school for photographers. She moved to New York in 1987. In the early 1990s, she worked with director Robert Frank on two films, One Hour-C’est Vrai (1990), an experimental film for French television, and Last Supper (1992), which she cowrote.

Rovner has had numerous solo exhibitions since her first, at the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv in 1987, including shows at the Prague House of Photography (1992), the Art Institute of Chicago (1993), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1997), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome (2003), and Jeu de Paume in Paris (2005). She has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions, such as the Photography Biennial in Ein Harod, Israel (1986), New Photography 10 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994), Photographic Condition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995), Whitney Biennial (2000), Biennial Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2000), Venice Biennale (2003), Shanghai Bienniale (2004), and the Auckland Triennial (2007). In 1997, she received the Tel Aviv Museum Award and in 2008 she received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives and works in New York and Israel, where she has a farm in the Valley of Ayalon, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. 

Rovner, Michal b.1957

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