Ryder Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist/musician based in New York. Weaving together chimeric visions with songs, movement and imagery, she creates cinematic performances and artworks. Ryder holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic, an MA from SUNY Albany and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Ryder is the founder and lead singer of the dark carnival band Dust Bowl Faeries. She has performed and collaborated with musicians including Pauline Oliveros, Tommy Stinson (Replacements) and Melora Creager (Rasputina). Her music has recently been presented by NPR, WNYC, BatSheva Dance Company (Israel) and the Uncoverage podcast series. Ryder is currently collaborating with Lisa M. Thomas of Thin Edge Films on a series of music-driven videos, which have won awards at festivals in LA, Germany and NY.
Ryder Cooley has created, exhibited and/or performed internationally at locations including: The Museum of Ethnography & The World Cultural Museum (Sweden); Yerba Buena Center & Oakland Museum (CA); The Robert Wilson Watermill Center, Governors Island, White Box Gallery & Dixon Place (NYC); El Paso Museum of Art (TX); EMPAC, Tang Museum, Yaddo, Art OMI & Blue Mountain Center (NY); McDowell Colony (NH); Vermont Studio Center (VT); LIP French Cultural Center (Indonesia); The Hambidge Center (GA). Her work is included in several catalogues and collections including: Street Art San Francisco (Precita Eyes), Streetopia (catalogue) and the Getty Research Center.