Liza Zapol is an artist and an oral historian. She creates sound, multimedia and performance on the themes of creativity, memory and place, using documentary methods. Liza teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University.
Liza Zapol was the Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Oral Historian at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. At the Archives, Zapol focused on creating oral history projects of artists who were underrepresented in the Archives of American Art, specifically Latinx artists, African American Women Artists, and Native American Women Artists. Liza personally conducted extensive oral histories of artists at the intersection of performance and conceptual art, including Michael Smith, Martha Wilson (who revealed she was a Guerrilla Girl in the interview), and Lawrence Weiner, among others.
Zapol started her career in performance, creating documentary and ensemble based theater. Liza has worked with theater director Julie Kline (Seniors and the City), scenic designer Cameron Anderson, and Elevator Repair Service Theater.