Dora Maar Fellows in Residence
Michèle Longino, professor of French studies in the department of romance studies at Duke University, is an early modern scholar focused on the French Classical age, 1650–1700. She published Performing Motherhood: The Sévigné Correspondence. Her second book, on classical theater and orientalism in the context of French-Ottoman relations, Orientalism in French Classical Drama was awarded Honorable Mention for the MLA Scaglione Prize. Her recent research has focused on the genre of travel writing and Mediterranean travel accounts from the classical period, and resulted in her third book, French Travel Writing and the Ottoman Empire: Marseilles to Constantinople, 1650–1700. She is currently examining the fairy tales of Charles Perrault and the fables of La Fontaine, both 17th-century writers of the French classical period.
Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti directed several shorts in the 2000s before they completed their first feature film Noor (2012), shot in Pakistan thanks to the support of Moulin d'Andé-Céci, and MEDIA. The film, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the ACID program, was invited to more than 100 festivals, awarded 15 prizes, and had a successful theatrical release in France in 2014. The duo completed their second feature film in Japan, Ningen (2013), developed in the Villa Kujoyama Residence in Kyoto, which premiered at Toronto in 2013 and was successfully released in theaters in France in 2015. The filmmakers are developing their third feature, Sibel, to be shot in Turkey.
Adrianne Wortzel is a new media artist and writer. Support for her work includes grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Science Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, NYS Council on the Arts, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Exhibition venues include the Asheville Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ars Electronica in Austria, and Modern Museet in Stockholm. Prior residency awards include Swiss Artists in Labs Award at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich, Eyebeam Atelier, and Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art. the Duke University Rare Book & Manuscript Library Electronic Literature Collection, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
Amina Gautier, a Brooklyn native, is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk (University of Georgia Press, 2011), Now We Will Be Happy (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and the The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press, 2016). Her work has been recognized with the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award, and the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, among others. She has also received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gautier is an associate professor of English at the University of Miami, where she teaches in the MFA program. She lives in Miami and Chicago.
Margo Sawyer is professor of sculpture and extended media in the department of art & art history at the University of Texas at Austin. The central actor to her sculpture is color, and her most celebrated artworks Synchronicity of Color, Red and Blue at Discovery Green in Houston have become the icons of the city. She has exhibited her work in the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, and the United States. She has received numerous grants and awards, most notably: The Rome Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, the Japan Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Individuals, and two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships. Recently, the 84th Texas Legislature named her 2015 Texas State Artist 3D.
Emma Franz is an Australian filmmaker and musician who draws upon on her passion for and experiences with music practice to inspire and inform her filmmaking. Music and film projects have taken her across six continents and 35 countries. Her debut feature, Intangible Asset Number 82, screened in competition at prestigious festivals around the world, garnering accolades and winning Best Foreign Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival 2009. Her second feature film, Bill Frisell, a portrait of a master guitarist, is set for festival release late 2016. Emma has been invited to present her work at the Smithsonian Institute, the Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image New York, the Australia Centre for the Moving Image, the National Sound and Film Archives Australia, and elsewhere.
Roderick Coover is the creator or cocreator of works of digital, interactive and emergent cinema and digital arts such as Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, and The Theory of Time. He is also the maker of documentary films and interactive, documentary research projects such as The Unknown Territories Project;'From Verite to Virtual: Conversations on the Frontiers of Anthropology and Documentary Film; The Language of Wine: An Anthropology of Work Wine; and The Senses and Cultures in Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image. He has been a pioneering creator of some of the earliest forms of interactive cinema and digital, ethnographic arts. His work blends arts and research, and conventional, disciplinary boundaries. His work is internationally exhibited and reviewed, and he has received Fulbright, Mellon, Whiting, and LEF awards, among others.
Elizabeth Robinson is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Counterpart (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Blue Heron (Center for Literary Publishing, 2013). Her mixed genre meditation, On Ghosts (Solid Objects, 2013), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She was educated at Bard College, Brown University, and Pacific School of Religion. Robinson has been the winner of the National Poetry Series, the Fence Modern Poets Prize, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. Robinson has taught at the University of Colorado, Naropa University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has twice served as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana. Currently she works as a court advocate for homeless people in Boulder, Colorado.
John Haskell is a Brooklyn-based writer whose books include I Am Not Jackson Pollock, American Purgatorio, and Out of My Skin. Essays and fictions have appeared in, among other publications, Lucky Peach, A Public Space, Conjunctions, and the David Salle Catalog for the Mary Boone Gallery. He is a contributing editor at BOMB and A Public Space, and his work for radio has been heard on WNYC's The Next Big Thing and Studio 360. He was awarded a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts grant, and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. He received his BA from University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA from Columbia University
Péter Zilahy is one of Hungary’s most exciting, diverse writers, the author of four books, has written for numerous international media outlets, including The New York Times and The Guardian. His dictionary novel, The Last Window Giraffe, has been translated into 22 languages. It has won multiple awards, among them the Book of the Year Prize in Ukraine, and is oft cited as one of the inspirations for the Orange Revolution. Zilahy has lectured at various universities over the years, including New York University, Tufts University, the New School, Melbourne University, the Tisch School of the Arts, and Girton College at Cambridge. He has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, among them the Albert Einstein Fellowship and the BMI-Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress.
LaMont Hamilton is an autodidactic, interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. He works primarily in photography, film, and performance, including the modern dance piece Dapline! along with collaborator Andre Zachery of Renegade Performance Group. The New York Times called the piece “rich in emotional nuance and gestural beauty,” naming Dapline! as one of the best dance shows of 2015. Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the MacDowell Colony, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Artadia Award, ArtMatters Grant, and the City of Chicago’s IAP Award. His residencies include Visiting Artist in Residence at Duke University in conjunction with African and African American studies, and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.
Tania June Sammons is a Savannah-based curator and writer whose passion for art, architecture, history, and culture has resulted in dozens of exhibitions and publications. Exhibitions include Cheers!; Journey to the Beloved Community: Story Quilts by Beth Mount; Assembled and Cast: A Celebration of Contemporary Glass; Beyond Utility: Pottery Created by Enslaved Hands; The Art of Kahlil Gibran; The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting Since the 18th Century; and Gaming Tables for Whist, Chess, and Other Amusements. Her written work is published by Nineteenth Century, Magazine Antiques, Institut du Monde Arabe, University of Georgia Press, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Maryland, Telfair Museums, and others. Sammons has received numerous awards, grants, and scholarships, including the 2014 Kahlil Gibran International Award. As a Dora Maar Fellow, Sammons works on a biography about philanthropist and educator Mary Haskell Minis, patron of Lebanese American writer and artist Kahlil Gibran.
David Adjmi recently finished a new full-length play about the composer Oscar Levant entitled The Stumble, and is developing Stereophonic with director Daniel Aukin and composer Will Butler of Arcade Fire. His plays, which include Marie Antoinette, Elective Affinities, 3C, Stunning, The Evildoers, Caligula, and Strange Attractors, have been produced nationally and internationally at such theaters as Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, the Royal Court, the R.S.C., and Soho Rep—where he was the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence for three years. He holds commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, the Royal Court in the UK, and the Center Theatre Group, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”) among others. David's memoir, Save Us, Superman!, is forthcoming from HarperCollins.
Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, My Hollywood, and Off Keck Road, which won the Heartland Prize from the Chicago Tribune and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers’ Award, and, recently, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Simpson is on the faculty at UCLA and also teaches at Bard College.
Frederic Ramade created documentaries and short programs for TV Arte and France 5 in the areas of culture and education, before making his first film for the cinema. His work includes The Red Way, Ode to Suburbia, The Problem with Tom, and Liberating Chinon. Since 2010, Ramade joined the ACID (Independent Film Association for its Broadcast), which presents an independent program in Cannes. He is the current president of the association.
Daniel Gwirtzman is a producer, educator, filmmaker, and dancer celebrating 21 years as a choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory is known for its humor, virtuosity, musicality, charisma, and accessibility. Gwirtzman directs the acclaimed New York–based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, which performs nationally and internationally and has been called "a troupe I'd follow anywhere" by the Village Voice. In 2014, Gwirtzman celebrated the company's 15th anniversary with the premiere of The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Fisher.
"Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more.”
—New York Times
". . . a choreographer of high spirits and skill . . ."
Khaled Al Khamissi is an Egyptian novelist, columnist, lecturer, writer and cultural activist. His two fiction works, Taxi and Noah’s Ark, have been translated into many languages and have given Arabic and non- Arabic readers insights into the Egyptian society in the last decade. He published in 2014 his first nonfiction book: 2011. As a columnist, Alkamissi’s articles in Egypt and abroad show a blend of his background as a political analyst and fiction writer. He is now the chairman of the Greater public Library. Since the 1990s, he has been lecturing in the fields of culture and cinema in the Mediterranean. After the Egyptian revolution (2011), Alkhamissi’s involvement materialized in Doum, a cultural foundation he established with the aim of promoting critical thinking among the millions of Egyptians who dream of change. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of board of the Greater Library of Cairo.
Rebecca Chace is the author of several critically acclaimed works: Leaving Rock Harbor, Chautauqua Summer, and Capture the Flag, which Ms. Chace adapted for the screen with director Lisanne Skyler. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Huffington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Common Magazine (online), The L.A. Review of Books and other publications. Her first book for children, June Sparrow and the Million Dollar Penny, will be published by Harper Collins in 2017. She is director of Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and also teaches in their MFA Creative Writing Program. She is a current fellow of the Wertheim Study at the New York Public Library.
Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, and Wonderland, and the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Boston Review , Bookforum, The New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Barnard College.
Simone Glanert was born and raised in Germany. A graduate of the Sorbonne and a former Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellow at Cornell Law School, Simone is a Senior Lecturer at Kent Law School (UK) where she teaches comparative law, French public law and legal interpretation. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of comparative law in the era of globalization. Simone’s monograph De la traductibilité du droit (Dalloz, 2011) critically assesses the possibilities and limits of legal translation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Having edited Comparative Law – Engaging Translation (Routledge, 2014), she has also acted as guest editor for a special issue on law and translation of The Translator (2014). During her time at the Dora Maar House, she will undertake final editorial work on a collection of essays, Law’s Hermeneutics: Other Investigations, to be released by Routledge in 2016.
Mark Kendall is a filmmaker whose feature-length debut, LA CAMIONETA, was selected as a New York Times Critics' Pick and one of Fandor's “Best Political Films of 2013.” His work has screened at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and at film festivals such as SXSW, SANFIC, Los Angeles, and Guadalajara. Kendall is the receipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video, and has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Sundance Institute. He graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and currently lives in Philadelphia.
Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound and When She Woke, and the digital short “Aftermirth,” all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Mudbound won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for socially conscious fiction, and both it and When She Woke were long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The two novels have been translated into ten languages. Hillary is currently at work on a sequel to Mudbound called Fatherlands. She in lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jason Anthony is a nonfiction writer and author of Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (UNP, 2012). He earned his MA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Soon thereafter, he fled the warm world for Antarctica, where he filled his notebooks with the raw material for lyric essays, essays, and articles, some twenty three of which have been published since he last left the ice in 2004. One Antarctic essay was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2007, and another was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2006. He was the 2014 Literary Fellow for the state of Maine.
Geri Doran is the author of two poetry collections, Sanderlings (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Resin (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), which won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including New England Review, New Republic, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Ninth Letter, and Atlantic Monthly. She has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. A native of northwestern Montana and graduate of Vassar College and the University of Florida, Geri currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon. She will be working on a new manuscript of poems while in residence at the Dora Maar House.
J. Morgan Puett is a trans-disciplinary creative producer with accomplished work in the areas of installation art practices, clothing and furniture design, architecture, fine art, film, and more – rearranging these intersections by applying conceptual tools including research-based methods in history, biology, new economies, design, craft and collaboration. Puett is the architect of The Mildred’s Lane Project, which continues to forge new ground citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. Puett has been awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2016, the John and Marva Warnock award in 2014, the United States Artists Simon Fellow Award in 2011, the Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship in 2009, and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 2005, amongst other grants. Puett exhibits, lectures and teaches extensively. Her work is in the Tate Modern in London, The Fabric Workshop and Museum of Philadelphia and in the Museum of Fine art, Philadelphia.
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