Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with songs and projected imagery, she creates cinematic performances and installation spaces. Ryder performs with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram, and with the music group Dust Bowl Faeries. She is based in Hudson New York, two hours north of New York City.

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DUST BOWL FAERIES: Ethereal Gothic-Folk music with a Dark Cabaret Twist

Upcoming Shows: MAY 7, CLUB HELSINKI, Hudson NY, 8pm | May 6, Steampunk World's Fair, Piscataway NJ | June 10, Steampunk in the Catskills, E. Durham, NY | July, HiLo, Catskill NY, details to come

Dust Bowl Faeries Web

LADY RAMSHACKLE ALBUM & Illustrated Book, collaboration with Dennis Herbert - 2017, coming soon!

SEED SONG - art, music & seeds, collaboration with Zoey Kroll - 2017, http://edibleoffice.wixsite.com/animaliaseeds

DREAM ALIBIS - Ilustrated Book, collaboration with JoAnn Stevelos - 2017, coming soon!

XMALIA, Songs of Extinction Album & Illustrated Book

Xmalia albumXmalia book


Dust Bowl Faeries Album

Chronogram Review

Newstimes interview


XMALIA Times Union Review

T.U. Review

POSI+TIVE Magazine


All Over Albany


Nippertown Review

T.U. Review

Nippertown interview

T.U. Interview

Interview with Jasmine Dreame Wagner

T.U. Interview


NEST MURAL - Etsy Family Room, Hudson NY 2016 (see public art page for images)

Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibit, The Hyde Collection, Oct-Dec 2016, Glens Falls, NY

VIDEO: Ryder & Melora Creager of Rasputina

July 2016, Secret Slate, Chatham Meadows Sculpture Show, NY

Oct 2016, Dust Bowl Faeries at O+ Festival, BSP Mainstage, Kingston NY

DUST BOWL FAERIES ALBUM RELEASE March 2016 - Club Helsinki, Hudson NY

DEC. 2015 - The Collected Works of Lady Ramshackle, drawing installation & musical performance. Whitney Center, Pittsfield MA.

July 2015, Blue Mountain Center Artist in Residence

June 2015 - Platte Clove Nature Theater, a musical odyssey by Ryder Cooley, Fredo Viola and Luis Mojica. video: https://vimeo.com/131329854

June 2015 - Dust Bowl Faeries at Caffe Lena with Melora Creager of Rasputina and Luis Mojica. Saratoga NY

MoonRyder Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWDtdlx2K2s&feature

Road Kill, group exhibit & Dust Bowl Faeries performance, Athens Cultural Center, August 2014

Ryder & Hazel performance: Body as Omen, Ortega Y Gasset Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. May, 2014. http://incidentmag.com/2014/07/18/body-as-omen-witness/

Animalia Animation, represented by Brill Gallery, awarded Best Video Animation of New England by Artscope Magazine. www.brillgallery109.com

Group Exhibit: Cold Comfort, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY, Dec., 2013. www.kmoca.com

Rewilderment, collaborative performance-ritual series, http://rewilderment.tumblr.com/

Drawing Installation, Lavender Door Gallery, Stockbridge, MA. July 2013.

Ryder & Hazel aerial performance with Jeffrey Leppendorf, La Sala, Brooklyn, NY. http://clmp.org/crush/

Circus Exhibit, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor MI, May 2013 http://www.thegalleryproject.com

Others Exhibit, musical performance, Loft 594, Brooklyn, NY 2013

Ten Spot, exhibit & artist billboard, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA 2013

Rose, Thorn & Dark Ryder exhibit. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston NY 2013

Blue Mountain Center, Residency, Blue Mountain, NY 2012

Biophilia Mural, Etsy Office, Cannon Ball Factory, Hudson NY 2012

Art OMI, Music Residency, Ghent NY 2012

Wild Vines: musical performance, Le Petit Versailles, NYC 2012

Streetopia installation, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco 2012

MASS Art visiting artist/performer, Studio for Integrated Media, 2012 http://vimeo.com/36739915

XMALIA performance, MCLA Presents, N. Adams, MA 2012 http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/Community/bcrc/mclapresents/

XMALIA Exhibit & Performance, Silvermine Arts, CT 2012 http://silvermineart.org/events/?id=54&yrmo=2012-01

XMALIA Performance, PROCTORS Mainstage, Schenectady, NY 2011 http://www.proctors.org/events/art-night-jul

Paper Quilts exhibit, Berkeley Art Center, CA 2011 http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/

XMALIA exhibit & Performance Series, DownStreet Art, N. Adams, MA 2011 http://downstreetart.org/

Animalia ANIMATION: http://www.vimeo.com/19738863

Fall Harbor music: s: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-fall-harbor/id301917623?i=301917657 More info: http://www.outofroundrecords.com/

The Hive, Review with Carla Bozulish <http://thehivenyc.com/?p=383>

Luggage Store Gallery, Music & Projections, San Francisco, CA 2011 http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/

2nd Floor Projects, Daughters of Houdini exhibit, San Francisco 2011 http://projects2ndfloor.blogspot.com/

Robert Wilson Watermill Center, Artist Residency & Performance 2009 http://watermillcenter.org/events/cooley

Vermont Studio Center Joan Mitchell Fellow 2009 http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/c-ryder-cooley/

Pan American Art Projects, exhibit, Miami FL 2008, Review: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-11-20/culture/no-love-for-fidel-castro/2

Albany Center Gallery, Installation & Mural 2008 http://www.albanycentergallery.org/news/2008/07/07/river-mural-by-c-ryder-cooley-and-sarah-gonek/


Los Solos Performance Series, Baltimore, MD 2009 http://baltimoreperformance.com/lossolos/

MCLA Presents, N. Adams, MA, 2009 http://www.mcla.edu/news/artthatbreathes_172/

Skybox, Brooklyn, NY 2009 http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/own-this-city/75559/see-itlearn-it

Proctors Mainstage Theater, Schenectady, NY 2008

contact rydercooley@gmail.com