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Lichtenstein was born in New York City and she currently lives and works in New York. From ages 3–15, she lived in Brookline, Massachusetts. At age 15 she moved to Williamstown, Massachusetts to attend Buxton School. She lived in Prague for part 1991 of and in Japan in 2009.
In 1990, Lichtenstein graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. In 1993 she earned her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Miranda Lichtenstein uses the medium of photography akin to 19th-century Romanticism. Her work is often described as painterly. Influenced by German conceptualist photographers Bernd and Hilla Beecher, she questions the "unknown".
Richard Conway, in Time wrote "Polaroids may seem to be simply vibrant studies of flowers. But look a little closer, and they get just a little less bright – and even more interesting.", Interview has found her work "so mesmerizing that it's almost easy to miss out on their intellectual underpinnings.", and Art in America magazine has described it as "handsome to look at but difficult to interpret".
Selected solo exhibitions include The Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, New York (2001), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006), Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse(2012), Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010) and Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles (2003 & 2006).
Lichtenstein’s work is held in the collections of The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Henry Art Museum, Seattle WA, and Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY.
Miranda Lichtenstein’s work is held in the collections of The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Henry Art Museum, Seattle WA, and Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY.
Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy (2009). The Giverny Residency Program and Fellowship, Claude Monet Foundation, Giverny, France (2002).
- Gaines, Malik (2006). "Hammer Projects: Miranda Lichtenstein". Hammer Museum.
- Momin, Shamim (2001). "Sanctuary for a Wild Child". The Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Richard Conway (April 10, 2014). "Beautiful Lies at Giverny: Vibrant Polaroids by Miranda Lichtenstein". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
- Alexander Adler (April 8, 2014). "Miranda Lichenstein". Interview. Brant Publications. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
- "Reviews Miranda Lichtenstein". Art in America. March 15, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2016.