Morgan O'Hara (b. Los Angeles 1941) was raised in an international community in post-war Japan. Her practice researches the vital movement of living beings through LIVE TRANSMISSION, a performative drawing process she invented in 1982. O'Hara met John Cage as a twenty year old art student in Los Angeles and his thinking, writings and music have had significant influence on her practice. Her drawings are performed in international performance art festivals; commissioned as site-specific wall drawings; and are in the permanent collections of museums and art institutions in Europe, Asia and the US.
Important residencies include MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Macau Museum of Art, China; Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, California; Nha San Studio Hanoi; New Space Arts Foundation Hue; Zero Space Saigon,Vietnam; Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan; Guapamacataro, Michoacan, Mexico; Operation Table, Japan.
Recipient of fellowships from Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Gottleib Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others. Her work is represented in public collections (selected): National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina; Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire; Czech National Gallery, Prague; Moravska Galerie, Brno, Czech Republic; Macau Art Museum, Macau, China. Her permanent site specific wall drawings can be found in Macau, China (2); Kobe, Japan (9), and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Publications include five volumes of LIVE TRANSMISSION drawings.
O'Hara lives in New York and works internationally.