Sarah Cooper is a curator, writer, and art historian based in Los Angeles.

She is the Public Programs Specialist for performance at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she directs the experimental performance series Ever Present, among other programs. 

She has organized programs featuring artists and musicians including Kim Gordon, Simone Forti, Brendan Fernandes, Patti Smith, Lonnie Holley, Martin Creed, Midori Takada, Helado Negro, Moor Mother, David Wojnarowicz, Derek Jarman, and Solange Knowles.

In addition, Sarah has held positions at The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Royal Academy in London, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

She holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Hunter College, New York. Her thesis, Expanding Experimentalism: Popular Music and Art at the Kitchen in New York City, 1971-1985, explores the creative output of artists' bands and the relationship between popular music and avant-garde performance practices.

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Sarah Cooper

Marjani Forté-Saunders
Milka Djordjevic, Victoria Fu/Matt Rich Image Frolics at Zebulon
Image Frolics article (The Kitchen)
Standing on the Corner Art Ensemble
Hand Habits
Bartees Strange
Ever Present: Dissonant Days
Poussin and the Dance
Meaningless Work, Get to Work
Phoebe Berglund Dance Troupe
Moor Mother
Refuge: Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson
Brendan Fernandes: Free Fall for the Camera
Soup & Tart: Broadcast
Ben Kinmont for Active Cultures Digest
Steve Reich’s Drumming
Bridge-s by Solange Knowles
Martin Creed
Ex Hex
Mother Earth's Plantasia
San Cha
Colin Self
Ben Babbitt
Mandy Kahn
Lala Lala
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S + Ana Roxanne
Jennifer Moon & laub
Cate Le Bon
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with Cool Maritime + Emily Sprague
Lonnie Holley
Eyes of Laura Mars & Fashion Films
Combo Chimbita
Friday Flights 2014-2018
No Sesso + Kelsey Lu
Gun Outfit
Tyler Matthew Oyer
Ian Svenonius’ Escape-Ism
Lola Kirke
Dynasty Handbag
Geneva Jacuzzi
Corey Fogel
Elliot Reed
No) One. Art House
Sarah Davachi
Devon Welsh (Majical Cloudz)
Tom Krell | Tram Music
Artists' Books Fest
Peaking Lights Family Band
Allah Las
Midori Takada
Maria Chavez
Helado Negro
See What You Mean: Harry Gamboa Jr.
Savoy Motel
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Scott Benzel
Psychic Ills
Steve Gunn
Institute for New Feeling
Molly Surno with Brian Chase
Sun Araw
Reggie Watts
La Luz
Brendan Fernandes
White Fence
Sam Rowell
William Tyler + Noveller
Dungen: The Adventures of Prince Achmed
John Berger's Ways of Seeing: A Live Reading
KCHUNG News Residency
Simone Forti, News Animations
Leonard Cohen, A Celebration
Derek Jarman's Blue
Charles Atlas' The Legend of Leigh Bowery & Teach
Free Cinema
Demdike Stare
Veggie Cloud Film Series
David Horvitz Posters
David Horvitz & Xiu Xiu
Jennifer Juniper Stratford
Laurel Jenkins' B A S E
Jim Drain
M. Geddes Gengras
Burger Records
Kevin Morby
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs + mecca vazie andrews
Chris Cohen
Moses Sumney
Kianí del Valle
Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler score Le Revelateur & Odilon Redon
Getty Salad Garden
Ed Ruscha's Premium
Harry Gesner in the Getty Salad Garden
Lee Ranaldo
Jessica Pratt
5 Every Day
Lucky Dragons
Yoko Ono Morning Peace
Barbara Kruger 'Tag Wall'
Shannon & the Clams
Total Freedom
Julianna Barwick & Matthew Brandt
Body/Head (Getty)
Daisies & Jennifer West
Mikael Jorgensen & Cassandra C. Jones
No Age
Ooga Booga
William Tyler & Harry Smith
Body/Head (MoMA)
Sofia Coppola & Phoenix
Abstract Currents
David Lamelas & Carlos D'Alessio
The Clock—Silent Disco
Exquisite Corpse & Au Revoir Simone
The Raincoats
Forth Estate & Real Estate
Paper Rad & Cory Arcangel



Featuring Butchy Fuego & Jeremiah Chiu
December 5, 2015
Getty Center, Los Angeles

The extraordinary, all-female music project OOIOO is led by the compellingly radical Yoshimi. Since 1997, OOIOO has produced seven full-length albums that have consistently subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

For nearly 30 years, Yoshimi (a.k.a. Yoshimio or Yoshimi P-We) has been a drummer and artistic force within the pioneering noise rock band Boredoms. Defined by their sonic-psychic explosions and incomprehensible chaos, Boredoms made a strong impact on the artistic identity of both Japanese and American youth culture throughout the 1990s to today. The band’s international cult following led to the most far-out and pointedly strange album ever supported by a major record label when Warner Music released Pop Tatari in 1992, leading to major tours opening for Sonic Youth and Nirvana. The band also became known for organizing epic, spiraling drum circle events known as 77 BoaDrum, staged under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in New York in 2007, and subsequent iterations held around the world.

This rare U.S. performance by OOIOO is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography, which celebrates recent work by women photographers who rose to prominence in Japan in the 1990s and who have defied preconceptions. Like these artists, OOIOO rattles the boundaries around tradition, artistic expression, and pop culture.

Butchy Fuego, a drummer and electronic musician, has been playing with Yoshimi as part of Boredoms since 2007. He also performs with the acclaimed band Liars and his solo project, San Gabriel. Fuego has been a close friend and collaborator with the individual members of OOIOO in several different musical settings. For this special opening set he will be joined by musician and designer Jeremiah Chiu, marking their second performance as a duo. Their first project together was Doppler at High Noon, performed in October 2015 at High Desert Test Sites in Utah, for which they simultaneously played music atop vehicles traveling up to 50 mph. For their (stationary) performance at the Getty, the duo is performing an original visual/music work, where their sounds will modulate drone video footage.