Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Studies Literature at Boston and Brandeis University.
Photo: James P. Upham
Marries the painter James P. Upham. The couple moves to New York.
Begins to paint in an abstract, expressionist style.
Brings a copy of a Henry Miller book to the USA, which gets confiscated. She fights the US government, and the ban on Miller’s writings is lifted that year.
Travels and longer stays in countries in Europe and Asia.
Her art begins to take on a more figurative character.
Photo: Bernd Jansen
Creates the series of People figures. It is censored and confiscated several times by authorities condemning it to be pornographic.
Meets artist Dieter Roth, falls madly in love, and divorces Upham.
Publishes The Story of Bern (Or) Showing Colors, a story of censorship in the art world.
Includes sound, then video, in her works.
Separates from Roth and moves to Berlin.
Creates The Performance of Pastor Erik Bock revolving around Danish pastor Erik Bock with whom she had a relationship.
Begins studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism.
Foto: Rolf Walter
Participates in the Whitney Biennial with “the orgasm box”, I Was Thinking Of You (1975/2005).
First solo exhibition in the US at New Museum in New York.
Solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Center, London, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.
Realises a large-scale mural installation in New York commissioned by the High Line featuring three colourful statues of liberty.
Dorothy Iannone’s works are represented in museum collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Tate Modern, London and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.