Conceptualist artist, Dennis Oppenheim was born in Electric City, Washington and lived in Honolulu, California before moving to New York in 1966, where he continues to live and work. He received his BFA from the School of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, and his MFA from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Oppenheim was influenced by Earth Art that relied on photography for physical and ephemeral communication that he believed was essential to the era and work of the 1960s, the decade that he came into prominence. He is considered a pioneer in conceptual, earthworks, body art, video and sculpture. Oppenheim’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Lumier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; the Kunshaus, Zurich, Switzerland; the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and the Tate Gallery, London, England. His work has been presented in many exhibitions including Documenta X, Kassal, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY; and the 1997 Venice Biennale. Oppenheim has received numerous commissions from public and private institutions. Among his many installations is Rising and Setting, commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program and permanently installed at Metro North’s Riverdale Train Station.

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