Sharon Lockhart (American, b.1964) was born in Norwood, MA, and is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Lockhart first became known for Auditions, the 1995 photographic series in which she recruited children to re-enact a romantic scene from Small Change by Francois Truffaut.

The formal, rational, and artistic approach, paired with sociological subject matter of this early series, form a duality that follows Lockhart throughout her career. In the late 1990s, Lockhart began to work abroad, creating a series of projects which addressed ethnographic filmmaking within a Fine Art context. Goshogaoka (1998), presents a Japanese girls high school basketball team performing their routine, mixed with choreographed segments. Set in the historic Brazilian theater of the same name, Teatro Amazonia captures the audience head-on as they listen to a minimalist concert—the chatter and conversation of its indifferent guests increasing as the concert progresses. In each film, Lockhart uses a stationary camera reminiscent of still photographic language. Her interest in both ethnography, and the interplay of film and photography, persist with some of her more recent works. In Lunch Break, a portrait of workers at a Maine shipyard, Lockhart pays tribute to the often controversial tradition of photographing workers, with a fresh take on the genre. For the project, Lockhart photographed the workers’ lunchboxes and exhibited the images alongside a film of the workers on lunch break in a bleak industrial environment. Lunch Break is indicative of another trademark of Lockhart’s work: While hinting at larger sociopolitical statements, the work focuses on human experience and expression by putting the spotlight on the everyday details. In 2012, Lockhart exhibited a multimedia collaboration with Noa Eshkol, an Israeli dance composer and textile artist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Sharon Lockhart is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. She has had solo exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and Kunsthalle in Zurich, Switzerland.

Timeline

1964
Born in Norwood, MA
1991
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1993
MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1999
Individual Artist Grant, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
2000
Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellow
2000
Japan Foundation Grant
2001
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Filmmaking
2002
Nominee, Creative Capitol Grant Alpert Award in the Arts
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY