Thomas Allen Harris of Chimpanzee Productions is an award-winning filmmaker and “cultural warrior” whose documentary films, installations, and experimental videos have been featured internationally on television, at festivals, and in museums and galleries. For over six years, Harris produced for public television, and received two Emmy nominations in 1991. Additional projects include multimedia installations at Gwangju Biennial in Korea, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, New Langton Arts in San Francisco and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Currently, he is the project director of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, a multimedia community engagement initiative where individuals are encouraged to explore the rich and revealing historical narratives found within their own family photograph collections. Harris is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including United States Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships. He served as a Center Pew Fellowships panelist in 2011.
“I’m interested in how personality is replacing gender in how people are defined,” says 2009 Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin, an innovative video artist who creates phantasmagorical media installations.
Anthony Campuzano (Pew Fellow, 2009) is known for his use of found language in his drawings, using text from newspaper headlines, Wikipedia entries, paperback novels, and song lyrics.
Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.
Julie York is a visual artist and 2007 Pew Fellow who works in porcelain, glass, and plastic, and whose practice is driven by the industrial process.
Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.
Neysa Grassi is a painter and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
This month’s digest includes a BOMB Magazine interview with Chris Forsyth, international attention for Ryan Trecartin’s collaborative video installation at London’s Zabludowicz Collection, and a list of “must-see painting shows” from New American Paintings stocked with Pew Fellows.
Albright’s work in film spans documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. One of his works-in-progress is Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.
Filmmaker and Pew Fellow Heidi Saman recalls the first film that influenced her practice, what inspires her to tell stories of the immigrant experience, and more.
We speak to Mary Lattimore, a classically trained harpist who incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music.
Levy’s performance practice and compositions bridge modern classical music with rhythmic and improvisatory aspects of jazz, guided by his dedication to exploring the saxophone’s genre-defying capabilities.
Frances McElroy (Pew Fellow, 2009) creates elegantly crafted documentaries that delve deeply into personal stories.