About the Performers:
Joseph Keckler (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ‘12) is a singer, writer, and artist who often draws on humor, autobiography, and classical themes. He has appeared at venues including Centre Pompidou, SXSW Music, Miami Art Basel, BAM, among others, and has been featured on BBC America and WNYC Soundcheck. a Creative Capital Award in Performing Arts, a 2012 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work, a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant, and a Village Voice Award for “Best Downtown Performance Artist.” The New York Times recently named him a “major vocal talent [who] shatters the conventional boundaries…” He is currently under commission from Opera Philadelphia/FringeArts and PROTOTYPE/HERE for new performance pieces premiering in 2019. His first essay collection, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World, will be published by Turtle Point Press this fall.
Cori Olinghouse (Fellow in Choreography ‘13) performs her improvisational portraiture practice, Clown Therapy, exploring the shape-shifting nature of identity and personhood. She channels personal experiences growing up in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonder Bread—accessing the archival to play in the residues of history. Dark and wry, this dance excavates the effects of family dynamics, cultural appropriation, and whiteness on her art.
Cori Olinghouse is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. Her work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Recently, she was the recipient of The Award (2015-2016), a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program (2016-2017), a co-curator for the Movement Research Fall Festival, vanishing points (2015), and a panelist in the Museum of Modern Art’s Storytelling in the Archivesforum (2015), alongside Boris Charmatz and Marvin Taylor. Olinghouse danced for the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2002-2006), and has served as the archive director since 2009. She has worked closely with artists from American vernacular styles who use transformation and shape-shifting, including Bill Irwin, and legendary voguers Archie Burnett, Benny Ninja, and Javier Ninja. She received a B.A. from Bennington College in Dance, Writing, and Video (2001) and an M.A. from Wesleyan University in Performance Curation from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, for which she was recognized with an outstanding thesis award for her hybrid scholarship in archival and curatorial practices: Mapping the Unruly: Imagining a Methodology for the Archiving of Performance (2017).
Martha Wilson (Fellow in Performance/Multidisciplinary ‘01) is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion, and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, and performance art, as well as online works. She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York.
Martha Wilson received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Find out more about NYFA’s Curatorial Services for organizations and the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program, a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant awarded to individual artists living and working in the state of New York.
Images from top: Cori Olinghouse, photo by Andrew Jordan; Martha Wilson as Donald Trump at Rosekill, photo by Miao Jiaxin