Lenore Malen is a New York based interdisciplinary artist. In 1999 she invented The New Society for Universal Harmony, a fictional re-creation of an l8th century utopian society (http://thenewsociety.org), and ever since she has used the lens of history—and humor—to explore utopian longings, dystopic aftermaths, and the sciences and technologies that inform them. She works with diverse media in all of her projects, incorporating performance, photography, film/video, multi-screen projection, installation and fiction writing. In 2005 Granary Books, Inc. published her eponymously titled book, The New Society For Universal Harmony. Leading up to these projects in the 1990s she organized a lottery at Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn where winners of the draw were awarded month-long solo shows. Other projects from that period documented New York City history, including Magnetic Map, A Treasure Hunt at Art in General, NY and The Disappearance, a portfolio of staged photographs about the 1822 yellow fever epidemic in New York City.
Recently her explorations have focused on ecology, on cultural myths, and on the unstable boundaries between humans and animals. She creates narratives in these various media.
Malen received a BA in Art History from Skidmore College, a MA in Art history from the University of Pennsylvania and later studied at the School of Visual Arts with the conceptual artist Will Insley while he was working on “OneCity,” a non Utopian Monumental City. Malen has exhibited and performed in New York at Studio 10, Apex Art, Participant Inc., Location One, Art in General, Skidmore College, The Cue Art Foundation, Wave Hill, The Slought Foundation, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, The Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland, and many other venues. In 1999-2000 she collaborated with Stephan Argillet and France Fiction to produce a series of folios in the publication 9/9 revue d’art practice.
Malen received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and NYFA and NYSCA awards in Interdisciplinary Art. She teaches in the MFA Fine Arts Program at Parsons/The New School