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. Currently, she performs with Hazel, a disembodied (taxidermy) ram, and with the band Dust Bowl Faeries. Ryder Cooley lives and works at an animal rescue center in Hudson NY, two hours north of NY City.

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DEC. 4: The Collected Works of Lady Ramshackle, installation. Opening 5-8pm. Music with Dust Bowl Faeries 8-9pm. Whitney, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield MA. exhibit up through January. http://www.thewhit.org

DUST BOWL FAERIES: gothic folk ensemble with Ryder & Hazel on accordion, Karen Cole on lap-steal, Jen DuBois on guitar & Joann Stevelos on drums http://dustbowlfaeries.com

DUST BOWL FAERIES are recording an ALBUM! Pre-order &/or support the album here: http://igg.me/at/rydercooleydbf

VIDEO: Ryder & Melora Creager of Rasputina

July-august 2015, Blue Mountain Center Artist in Residence

Dust Bowl Faeries Review

XMALIA Songs of Extinction BOOK: http://www.blurb.com/b/4469597-xmalia

XMALIA Songs of Extinction ALBUM: http://rydercooley.bandcamp.com | https://soundcloud.com/rydercooley/sets/xmalia-songs-of-extinction


Dust Bowl Faeries 2014: http://rogovoyreport.com/2014/06/29/dust-bowl-faeries-two-cats-in-suits-helsinki-hudson-review/

Circus Exhibit 2013: http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/second-submission-gallery-project-circus/ http://arborweb.com/articles/circus_at_gallery_project_full_article.html

XMALIA Album 2013: http://blogs.thetranscript.com/arts/2013/04/22/earth-day-with-c-ryder-cooley-and-xmalia/

News-Times interview 2012: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Performance-artist-brings-multimedia-extinction-2439150.php

XMALIA Times Union Review 2011: http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Xmalia-A-beautiful-and-indescribable-1469435.php#ixzz1SXpeLg2z

POSI+TIVE Magazine 2011: http://www.positive-magazine.com/art/xmalia-a-graveyard-cabaret/

All Over Albany, 2011: http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2011/08/17/c-ryder-cooley-breathes-the-life-of-art-into-extin

Nippertown Review 2011: http://www.nippertown.com/live-c-ryder-cooleys-xmalia-club-helsinki-52611/

Nippertown interview 2010: http://www.nippertown.com/2010/10/06/cool-factor-10-the-art-and-performances-of-c-ryder-cooley

Interview with Jasmine Dreame Wagner 2011: http://forarborsforsatellites.blogspot.com/2010/07/c-ryder-cooley-aestheics-of-empathic.html


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

June 2015 - Sat: 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 Albany Times Union video interview

contact rydercooley@gmail.com