For 40+ years, Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Her medium – whether paired with a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign – is thought/text, and a public dimension is integral to the delivery its delivery. Setting out with postering New York City in the 1970s and continuing to recent projections onto landscape and architecture, Holzer’s practice rivals ignorance and violence with intellect, humor, humanity, and courage. She received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College.