Art as Knowing


University of Minnesota
West Bank Arts Quarter
Regis Center for Art
Barbara Barker Center
for Dance

Free and open to the public


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Ann Carlson

Ann CarlsonLocation: In Flux Space, E110 Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Title: “Chickens, Trains, Blood, Babies—An Art of Entry”

Description: Ann Carlson discusses her choreographic work in wildly varied circumstances.  Presenting excerpts of past work and current projects she publicly ponders questions of access, strategies of entry, discusses brilliant successes, dismal failures, and never ending research.

Biography: From Lincoln Center to the dairy farm, the opera house to a public school, from the museum to the frozen pond, Ann Carlson’s award winning work defies description and category while expanding the context of choreography and performance.   Ann’s work borrows from the disciplines of choreography, performance, theater, public and conceptual art. Ms. Carlson’s work is project based and often organized within a series format. Her Real People series is an on-going group of performance works created with and performed by people gathered together by a common profession, activity or other relationship.  The first work in the Real People series was "Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore", created with and performed by four New York attorneys.  The series has continued with performance works and video installations made with and performed by day laborers, ranchers, doctors, security officers, basketball players, fly fishers, corporate executives, a farmer and her dairy cow, school teachers, nuns, the custodial staff at an Ivy league college,   Her other series of works, include Animals, White, Night Light and CakeAnn has received over thirty commissions and numerous awards for her artistic work. Ms. Carlson received a 2006 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography as well as a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in performance.  Ms. Carlson has received multiple awards from the National Choreographic Initiative, Doris Duke Award for New Work a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance in l999.    She was the first choreographer to receive the CalArts/Alpert Award and also was the recipient of a prestigious three-year choreographic fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. Carlson ‘s work has been performed and exhibited at various cultural institutions nationally, including: San Francisco CameraWorks, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, Art Institute Chicago, Performing Arts Chicago, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, On The Boards, Seattle, Washington, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, MA,  The American Dance Festival, Raleigh/Durham, NC, Performance Space 122, New York, NY, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY, The Foundry Theatre, New York, NY, The Kitchen, New York, NY, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, EnGarde Arts, New York, NY, On Site Performance Network, and Center for Cultural Exchange, Portland, ME., Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, Va Sushi Art Center, San Diego, CA, Internationally Ms. Carlson's work has appeared at Arca Theater, Prague, The Republic of Czech, Centre Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, theaters in Moosbach, and Munich, Germany,  theaters in Estonia and in the former Soviet Union.