Dora Maar Fellows in Residence
Rich Benjamin is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, which earned an Editor’s Choice award from Booklist and the American Library Association. Now in its second printing, this groundbreaking book is one of few to have illuminated in advance the social-political forces propelling white nationalism in the United States. Benjamin’s work has received attention internationally, as well. His social and cultural criticism appears regularly in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Guardian, and on National Public Radio. He was recently a fellow in the literary arts at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and he is now a senior fellow at Demos, a U.S. think tank.
Laurel Farrin is an artist working on abstract paintings, drawings, and videos using visual structures of comedy—incongruity, awkwardness, and disruption—in order to elicit empathy for human predicaments and satirize recent political shifts towards autocracy. Farrin is an associate professor at the University of Iowa. Past residencies include the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, VCCA, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Hallwalls, the Roswell Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Bronx River Art Center, the Des Moines Art Center, Lesley Heller Gallery, Bemis, and the Washington Project for the Arts.
Elisabeth Frost is the author of All of Us: Poems; the poetry book Rumor; A Theory of the Vowel, Bindle, a text-image collaboration with the artist Dianne Kornberg; and the monograph The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry. She is also coeditor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews. Frost has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation-Bellagio Center, the Fulbright Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and others. She is professor of English and women’s/gender/sexuality studies at Fordham University in New York City, where she is founder and editor of the Poets Out Loud Prizes book series from Fordham Press.
Aurélie Verdier, an art historian and curator, earned her PhD from the Ecole des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, with a dissertation entitled Aujourd’hui pense à moi. Francis Picabia, Ego, Modernity, soon to be published by les presses du réel. Her recent publications have appeared in October, RES. Anthropology&Asthetics, and Les Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne. Until 2007, she was the curator for the Collection of the Fonds national d’art contemporain. She received a Focillon Fellowship at Yale, as well as a Fulbright Fellowhip. Verdier is currently curating an exhibition entitled Picasso - Picabia: History and Painting, with the Musée national Picasso, Paris, scheduled to open in June 2018 at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence and traveling on to the Fundacion MAPFRE, Barcelona. While in the Dora Maar House, she works on writing the catalogue for Picasso - Picabia.
Marysia Lewandowska is a London-based artist who has been exploring the public functions of archives, museums, and exhibitions through a research-based practice that produces publications and films. She has initiated projects involving the property of others to create new relations between forms of knowledge and ownership, activating reflections on the social and immaterial public realm. She is coeditor of Undoing Property? Her current film project proposes a new typology for a museum in China, connecting financial and property speculation with cultural transformation of capital into commons. Her work has been presented by Tate Modern, Moderna Museet, Muzeum Sztuki, and Whitechapel Gallery.
Eric K. Washington is an independent historian and author based in New York City. He received recent fellowships from Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Leon Levy Center for Biography. His local history interests won him the Municipal Art Society’s MASterworks Award for his interpretive signage in West Harlem Piers Park, situated in the central locale of his first book, Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem. Washington also provides the keynote video narrative for Columbia’s current public exhibition on that area’s historic milk industry. While at Dora Maar House, Washington works on Boss of the Grips, a biography of James H. Williams—the once influential Chief “Red Cap” railroad porter at Grand Central Terminal—to be published in fall 2018.
Darragh McKeon grew up in the Irish Midlands and lives in New York. He is an award-winning theater director who has directed 25 productions throughout Europe and the United States. His debut novel, All That Is Solid Melts into Air—a New York Times Editor’s Choice—was translated into seven languages and received numerous literary awards. He has written for BA Magazine, the Independent, the Irish Times, the Irish Examiner, and the Kenyon Review. At the Dora Maar House, he is working on his second novel, The Country They Call Life.
Christine Van Assche is a contemporary art historian specializing in audiovisual art. As chief curator at the Center Pompidou, she created the video and new media collection from 1982 to 2013, with 1,600 works by artists including Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Nam June Paik, and Pipilotti Rist. She produced a number of thematic exhibitions, such as Passages de l’image in 1990; Sonic Process in 2000; and Video, an art, a history from 2005 to 2012; as well as numerous monographic exhibitions, accompanied by catalogues, on artists including James Coleman, Stan Douglas, Johan Grimonprez, Bruce Nauman, and Tony Oursler. She is an adviser at the Cinémathèque française, where she is collaborating with Raymond Bellour and Jean-Michel Frodon in the development of a 2018 exhibition and publication about Chris Marker.
Peter Plagens, a painter who has shown with the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York since 1974, was art critic for Newsweek from 1989 to 2003. His work was the subject of a 2004–05 retrospective at the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Arts Journalism Program. Plagens is the author of two books of art criticism—Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945–70 and Moonlight Blues: An Artist’s Art Criticism—as well as a novel, Time for Robo. His online novel, The Art Critic, was published as an e-book by Hol Art Books in 2012, and his monograph, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist, was published by Phaidon in 2014.
Laurie Fendrich is an abstract painter who lives and works in New York and is professor emerita of fine arts at Hofstra University. The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in fine arts, she has had several solo exhibitions, both nationally and in New York. Her most recent solo exhibition was in the fall of 2016 at Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2017, she was in a two-person exhibition of works on paper with her husband, Peter Plagens, at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery. She is also a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, writing essays on the role of art and artists in society.
Katherine Bussard is the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum. Most recently, Bussard coauthored The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980, an award-winning publication exploring the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies. She is also the coauthor of Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman and author of So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan. Her doctoral research on street photography at the City University of New York is the subject of Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.
Robert Cohen is the author of five works of fiction, most recently Amateur Barbarians and Inspired Sleep, and the coeditor of a new anthology, The Writer’s Reader. His stories and essays have been widely published in Harpers, Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Believer, and other magazines. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace Writers Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Middlebury College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.
John Newman is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He has had more than 50 one-person shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His sculpture, drawings, and prints are represented in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, the National Gallery of Australia, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and many others. He has been the recipient of the many awards and residencies, including the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Chinati Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the NEA, and a Senior Research Fulbright Grant to India. He is the former director of graduate studies in sculpture at the Yale School of Art and has taught and lectured in many universities and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Ellen Driscoll’s sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Recent works include Night to Day, Here and Away, a mosaic commission for the Sarasota National Cemetery; Wraith for the Esther Massry Gallery in Albany, New York, in 2012; and Distant Mirrors, a floating archipelago of forms in the Providence River for six weeks in 2011. Driscoll has received fellowships and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. Her work is included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is chair of studio arts at Bard College.
Florence Noiville is a journalist with Le Monde, where she works as foreign fiction editor. In 2013, Seagull Books published a collection of her Le Monde profiles including Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Carlos Fuentes, Nadine Gordimer, Milan Kundera, John le Carré, and Toni Morrison. At the same time, Noiville published a biography of Isaac B. Singer for which she received a Biography Award. She is the author of three novels: The Gift, Attachment, and A Cage in Search of a Bird; a trilogy called Love and its Pathologies; and a short text, half-essay, half-personal narrative about capitalism and its excesses. From 2007 to 2010, she hosted Le Monde des livres, a literary show on French TV. Her books have been translated into 14 languages.
Melanie Noel is the author of a book of poems titled The Monarchs, and the forthcoming chapbook Try Me. Her poems have also appeared in Spiral, Volta, Weekday, THERMOS, La Norda Especialo, and in the anthology THE ARCADIA PROJECT. She co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series; and curated IMPALA, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She grew up in Oregon and lives in Seattle, where she is a gardener and teaches creative writing in a psychiatric hospital. She also teaches experiential outdoor workshops meant to invoke synesthesia.
Carla Calargé is an associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Florida Atlantic University. She specializes in the Francophone Arab world and has published numerous articles on the literature and cinema of North Africa and the Near East. She coedited a special issue of the Cincinnati Romance Review on the work of Assia Djebar and is also coeditor of a collection of essays titled Haiti and the Americas. Calargé’s book examining the cultural memorialization of the Lebanese civil war is slated for publication in 2017.
Julie Iromuanya is the author of the novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, which is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Iromuanya earned her BA at the University of Central Florida and her MA and PhD at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and she was a Herbert W. Martin Fellow at the University of Dayton in Ohio. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona.
Jason Byrne is a filmmaker who has been strongly influenced by his background as an archivist. He received his MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as the audio-visual archivist for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2010, he was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. Byrne was a fellow at the Macdowell Colony and the MFAH Core Program (2014–16). While in the Core Program, he was also an adjunct professor in film history at Rice University.
Masha Hamilton is the author of five acclaimed novels, most recently What Changes Everything and 31 Hours, which the Washington Post called one of the best novels of 2009. In October 2013, she finished 16 months working in Afghanistan as director of communications and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy. She founded two world literacy projects: the Camel Book Drive and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She is the winner of the 2010 Women’s National Book Association award, presented “to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”
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.
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