Lives and works in New York
1949Born in St. Louis, Missouri
2017Tesseract, Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Reiner, EMPAC Theatre, Troy NY
2015The Waning of Justice, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
The Waning of Justice, Luring Augustine, NY
2014You are My Sister (TURNING), Times Square, New York
Alive from Off Center, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
TURNING Film screening, Bushwick, New York
Vilma Gold, London
MC9, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul
TONSPUR 61 PASSAGE GALLERY, Tonspur, Vienna
2013The Tank, Charles Atlas and Collaborators, Tate Modern
Glacier, South London Gallery’s offsite exhibition at bloomberg SPACE
Hail the New Puritan, (1985-86), screening, Roxy Theatre, San Francisco
2012Joints 4tet Ensemble, University of Michigan Humanities Institute, MI
Legend of Leigh Bowery, screening, University of Michigan, MI
Charles Atlas, Luhring Augustine, New York
De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Son of Sam + other short videos, screening, Dirty Looks, New York
Torse, screening, Light Industry, New York
2011Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen
Joints Array, New Museum, New York
Charles Atlas and the New Humans, (2-person), South London Gallery, London
( / + ), Vilma Gold, London
Ocean, screening, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York
2010William Kentridge: Anything is Possible, screening, co-directed with Susan Sollins, MoMA, New York
Charles Atlas/Michael Clarke, screening of ‘Torse’ (1977), Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Ocean, screening, Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis
2009Festival D’Automne, Paris
A video Tribute to Merce Cunningham, Baryshnikov Art Center, New York
2008Tornado Warning, Vilma Gold, London
Images Festival, Toronto
2007Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, (retrospective screenings)
Cinematheque Francaise, Paris
2006Instant Fame! , Vilma Gold Gallery, London
Tate Modern, London, (retrospective screenings)
New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, New York
2005Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston
Performa ’05, New York
2004Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2003Shadow Festival 4, Amsterdam
Participant, Inc., New York
2002Kjubh, Cologne, Germany
2000Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria
The Kitchen, New York
1999Xavier La Boulbenne Gallery, New York
1998Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France
1997Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1996Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis
1995Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1991Video Galleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark, (retrospective screenings)
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2017Merce Cunningham: Common Time, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (upcoming)
2016Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern Switch House, London, UK
Artistic Differences, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange and Charm, Art Sheffield 2016, Sheffield, UK
Video Screening & Post-screening discussion with Yvonne Rainer, Dan Space, New York, US
Video Screenings, Outview Queer Film Festival 2016, Kallithea, Greece
Rheo Grande, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Spooky Action, Hessel Museum of Art, New York
Video Screening, WeisAcres, New York, US
2015Milwaukee Art Museum, Miwaukee, Wisconsin
Greater New York, PS1, New York
Strange Pilgrims, The Contemporary Austin, Austin
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan
A New Rhythm, Park View, Los Angeles
2014Artists’ Film Biennial 2014: Dance Transmissions, London
Marmalade Me at South London Gallery, London
International Summer Festival 2014 at Kampnagel, Hamburg
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles
Hudson Opera House and Second Wave Foundation, New York
A Visão Incorporada at Museu Nacional De Arte Contemporânea Do Chiado, Lisbon
10th Gwangju Biennale, Korea
Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida
#1: Cartagena: The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
2013Hail the New Puritan, screening part of, This Must be the Place: Post-punk tribes 1983-1990, The Roxie Theater, San Francisco
Hail the New Puritan, screening, The Wrong Wave Festival, Vancouver
2012Effects & Affects: The Alphabet, curated by Tobias Madison and Martin Jaeggi, Fumetto Festival, Luzern, Switzerland
The Piano Lesson, Vilma Gold, London
Leigh Bowery, Kunsthalle, Vienna
John Cage and... The visual Artist John Cage, Museum der Moderne, Monchsberg, Salzburg
The Third Sculpture, Straat van Sculpturen, Amsterdam
Dance Your Life, Pompidou, Paris
Ocean, screening, Whitney Biennale, New York
Michael Clark, screening, Whitney Biennale
2011Everyday is a Good Day’, De la Warr Pavilion, East Sussex
He Disappeared into Complete Silence’, (2-person), De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
Transaction Abstrait, New Galerie, Paris
2010Today is not a Dress Rehearsal, SFMOMA live installation in collaboration with Mika Tajima/ New Humans, New York
Dance With Camera, ICA Philadelphia and touring to Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant Garde, MIT/LIST Visual Art Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Albrecht Dürer Gessellschaft, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany
Recent Acquisitions, De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London
Body/Space Mechanics, De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
100 years, (Version no.2, Nov 2009): 45 Years of Performance Video from EAI’,PS1, New York, touring to Garage ‘100 years, (Version no.2, Nov 2009): 45 Years of Performance Video from EAI’, PS1, New York, touring to Garage Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Time Based Arts Festival, PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland
Nobody Gets to See the Wizard. Not Nobody. Not Nohow, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York
The Inhabitants, Vilma Gold, London
ShadowDance, Kade Kunsthale in Amersfoot, The Netherlands
Supernature: An Exercise in Loads, AMP, Athens
Dead Flowers, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia
2009Dan Graham: Beyond, Whitney Museum, New York
Merce Cunningham: Video Tribute, Video Project Space at X ‘FUSO’ Video Art Festival. Lisbon Festival Côté Court, Pantin
All that is Solid Melts Into Air, MMMechelen, Mechelen, Belgium
Timeline, Participant Inc., New York
2008Looking at Music, MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Leigh Bowery, Kunstverein Hannover
Bailando Sin Salir de la Casa, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Storytelling, CRG Gallery New York
The Skat Players, Vilma Gold Gallery, London
panorámica-ciclo, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
2007Lyon Biennale. Lyon, France
Playback, ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Cinema Cavern, PS1, New York
The 80’s: A Tipology, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal
Tanzen, Sehen Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
Rock ‘n Roll Vol. 1, Norrköpings Museum of Art, Sweden
2006International and National Projects, PS1, New York
The Secret Public, The Last Days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Kunstverein, Munich
SLAPstick, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Texas
2005Useless Man, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York
2004One Channel Only, Storrs, The University of Connecticut
2003Take a Bowery: The Art and (larger than) Life of Leigh Bowery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair ...,Team Gallery, New York
Phantom Of Desire, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
2002Cerebellum, Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
Electric Dreams, The Curve, London, England
Campy, Vampy, Tacky, La Criee, Rennes, France
2000Open Ends, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Performing Bodies, Tate Modern, London, England
Speed of Vision, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut
1999Regarding Beauty, Hirshorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
1995Klapstuk ‘95, Louvain, Belgium
1994The Laugh of No, 12, Fort Asperen Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland
19931993 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
19911991 Biennial Exhibition Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Time Based Media Works (selected)
2009CRISES. video Document. choreography Merce Cunningham.
2008INTERSCAPE. video document. choreography Merce Cunningham
2007Suite for Five, video document, choreography Merce Cunningham.
Marc Jacobs Spring ’08, video installation, four-channel video work.
2005You Are My Sister, music video for Antony and the Johnsons.
Views on Video, video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
2004Magic City, U.S.A., TV documentary film.
2003Instant Fame, installation, real-time video performance.
2002Rainer Variations, video montage
The Legend of Leigh Bowery, documentary feature film.
2000Martha, Martha, Martha ... installation, five-channel video work.
2000Melange, video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance, TV documentary film.
Oh, Misha, video/collage.
1999Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, video short.
Three Portraits, video installation. 3 video projections.
1998Staten Island Sex Cult, video feature.
1997 – 1999The “Martha” Tapes, video/collage. 12 videos.
The Hanged One, mixed media installation. four multi-channel video works.
1994Superhoney, video feature.
1993Television Dance Atlas, 2 1/2 hour TV presentation.
1992We Interrupt This Program. live TV broadcast.
1991Son of Sam and Delilah, video short.
1990Because We Must, TV video/dance. choreography, Michael Clark.
1989SSS. collaboration with Marina Abramovic. video short.
Put Blood in the Music, TV documentary film.
1987As Seen on TV, TV comedy short. collaboration with Bill Irwin.
1986Hail the New Puritan, TV mockumentary film.
Ex-Romance. TV video/dance. choreography, Karole Armitage.
1984Parafango, TV video/dance. choreography, Karole Armitage.
1983Coast Zone. 16mm film/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
Secret of the Waterfall, TV video/dance. collaboration with choreographer, Douglas Dunn and poets, Reed Bye, Anne Waldman.
Times Five, for Merce. installation. five-channel video work.
1982More Men. two-channel video work.
1981Channels/Inserts, 16mm film/dance. collaboration with Cunningham.
1980Roamin’ I. 16mm documentary short.
1977Torse (Left Screen) and Torse (Right Screen). choreography, Merce Cunningham. 16mm film. two-screen work.
1976Blue Studio: Five Segments. TV video/dance. collaboration with Merce Cunningham.
1975Mayonnaise, Number One. 16mm film portrait
Live Performance Work (selected)
2016Horizon Events, a work by Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener featuring video by Charles Atlas, MoMA, PS1, Long Island City, NY, US
2014Aubade, with Douglas Dunn & Dancers (music and musical direction by Steven Taylor), Montclair State, University, Montclair, NJ, US
2012‘Turning’, in collaboration with Anthony Hegarty, Meltdown Festival, Southbank Centre, London Atlas/Basinski, Whitney Biennale, New York
2011New Work, in collaboration with Michael Clark, Tate Modern, London Residency and live performance, New Museum, New York
2010New Dance/theatre piece with live video in collaboration with Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dublin, Ireland Live AV Tour with Christian Fennesz
Live AV Performance with Sergei Tcherepnin
Live performance and screening, Itau Cultural Institute, Sau Paulo, Brazil
2009‘Today is not a Dress Rehearsal’, in collaboration with Mika Tajima & New Humans, San Francisco Museum of
2008Atlas / Licht. Live video performance in collaboration with Alan Licht, Images Festival, Toronto.
2007Atlas / Fennesz. Live video performance in collaboration with Christian Fennesz. IMAX Theater, London,; Centre
Pompidou, Paris; Volksbühne, Berlin.
2006Toward the Delights of the Exquisite Corpse, Live video performance.
Choreography by Richard Move. DTW, New York. The Intensity Police are Working My Last Gay Nerve II. Live video
performance in collaboration with Chris Peck. Lincoln Center, NY.
2004Turning, Live video performance in collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons. St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY.
Glimpse, Video design and projection. Collaboration with choreographer Cesc Gelabert and composer, Carlos Miranda.
2003Muscle Shoals, Live video performance and costume design. Collaboration with choreographer Douglas Dunn and
composer Steve Lacy. Theatre de la Bastille, Paris, and Danspace, NYC.
2000Pastforward, Video projectIons (introduction and interstital sequences). White Oak Dance Project. Brooklyn Academy
1994Delusional, Multi-media performance/theater work in two acts. Collaboration with Marina Abramovic. Co-produced by
Theater Am Turm (Frankfurt), Munty Theater (Antwerp), and Consort (Amsterdam).
1988S & D, Multi-media performance/theater work in three acts. Collaboration with John Kelly, David Linton and Diane
Martel. The Kitchen, New York City.
1982Slaughter on Macdougal Street, Set, costume, and lighting design. The Paris Opera Ballet, Paris, France. Karole
Selected Awards and Grants
2011Critical Path, residency, Sydney, Australia
2008Peabody Award for Art: 21(Power), PBS TV series, Director
2006Foundation for Contemporary Art Biennial John Cage Award
2003Melbourne Queer Film Festival,
Best Documentary for “The Legend of Leigh Bowery”
2000Dance Screen 2000, Best Documentary for “Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance”
1998New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for The “Martha” Tapes
1988John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1987New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for sustained achievement in video
1987New York Dance and Performance Award [“Bessie”], for costume design
1985France Ministry of Culture, 1st prize for VideoDance
Selected Bibliography and Published Texts
2016Barnes, Freire, Art Sheffield 2016: Up Down, Top, Bottom, Strange and Charm, Art Monthly, June 2016, pp18 - 20
Heddaya, Mostafa, Q&A: Charles Atlas on “The Waning of Justice” at Luhring Augustine, BLOUIN ARTINFO online, 11 March 2016
2015Charles Atlas, (Prestel Publishing) Edited by Lauren Wittels, 2015
Charles Atlas, Nicholas Cullinan, Johanna Fateman, Lia Gangitano, Mika Tajima | An Art Book Series Event, New York Public Library, online 4 March 2015
2013De Fore John, Film Review: Turning, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 February 2013 Charles Atlas’s Cultural highlights, The Observer, 20 January 2013
2012Dallas Paul, A Rogue’s Gallery of Gorgeousness: Charles Atlas and Anthony’s Turning, FilmMaker Magazine, 16th November 2012
Atlas, Charles ‘Filming Cunningham Dance: In Conversation with Nancy F. Becker, 1983’ Dance, Documents of Contemporary Art, Andre Lepecki, 2012
Verlaek, Jolien, ‘I got a book and learned video’ Interview Charles Atlas, Metropolism Online, 16 April 2012
Goings on about town: Dance, The New Yorker Online, The New Yorker Online, 14 April, 2012
Boynton, Andrew, Ballet’s Punk, Grown Up, The New Yorker Online, 12 April, 2012
Millar, Iain, A 21st-century take on art films, The Art Newspaper Online, 11 April, 2012
Sutton, Benjamin, Charles Atlas Crunches the Numbers at Luhring Augustine’s New Brooklyn Outpost, Art Info Online, 9 April, 2012
Macaulay, Alastair, Films That Allow the Elusive to Elude, Charles Atlas Captures Merce Cunninghams ‘Ocean’ on Film, The New York Times, Critics Notebook, 9 April, 2012
Kourlas, Gia, A Rock Star May Steal the Show, The New York Times, 6 April, 2012
Hawthorne, Julien, Payne, Jenny, The Whitney Biennial Experience, Columbia Spectator, 30 March, 2012
Huff Jason, Charles Atlas’ Delirious Digital Projections Dazzle in Bushwick, Blouin Artinfo Online, 26 March, 2012
Charles Atlas: Views on Video, Petrine Archer BLOG, 26 March, 2012
First Charles Atlas museum exhibition in The Netherlands Includes large Video Installations, www.artdaily.org, 19 March, 2012
De hallen Haarlem opens Charles Atlas. Discount Body Parts, www.museumpublicity.com, 17 March, 2012
New Charles Atlas Show Opens, www.FADwebsite.com, 17 March, 2012
Gangitano, Lia, We are the people. , Whitney Biennial 2012, catalogue,ed. by: Elisabeth Sussmann, Jay Sanders, New York: Yale University Press, 2012, pp 54 - 59
Nelson, Alexis, Two SoA alums collaborate on performance art exhibits, Columbia Spectator, 7 March, 2012 Zimmer, Amy, Whitney Biennial Opens With Focus on Performance Art, DNA info.com, 1 March, 2012 Walsh, Brienne, Uptown to Bushwick, It’s Charles Atlas’s Globe, Art in America, 29 February, 2012
Kley, Elisabeth, Charles Atlas: Mapping New Territory, Artnet, 29 February, 2012
Fentress Swanson, Abbie, Painting by Numbers: Charles Atlas at Luhring Augustine’s New Bushwick Gallery, Culture WNYC, 23 February, 2012
Wilson, Michael, Brooklyn Bridge, Artforum Diary Online, 21 February, 2012
Jovanovic, Rozalia, Charles Atlas’s Long-Awaited Show Opens at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, Gallerist Ny, 20 Febru ary, 2012
Sveen, Samuel, Charles Atlas ‘The Illusion of Democracy’ at inaugural Opening of Luhring Augustine Bushwick Space Through May 20, 2012, Artobserved Online, http://artobserved.com/2012/02/ao-on-site-with-video-tour-new- york-charles-atlas-the-illusion-of-democracy-at-inaugural-opening-of-luhring-augustine-bushwick-space-throug may-202012, 22 February, 2012
Kourlas, Gia, Serious Choreography For Whitney Biennial,The New York Times, 24 February, 2012
Cantu, John Carlos, Challenging U-M installation uses Merce Cunningham videos to explore concept of dance, Ann Arbor.com, 28 February, 2012
Pollack, Maika, Be Here Now: Eccentric Historicism Emerges at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Gallerist NY.com, 29 February, 2012
Nathan, Emily, Whitney Biennial 2012: Risky Situations, Artnet.com, 29 February, 2012
2011Atlas, Charles, Hannah Sawtell, Frieze, Issue 141, September, 2011, p. 133
Hansen, Rikke, Performance, The Pedestrian, Art Monthly, Issue 141, September 2011, p.133
Cotter, Holland, Charles Atlas: ‘Joints Array’, The New York Times, 18 August, 2011
Hudson, Suzanne, 1000 Words; Charles Atlas and Mika Tajima, ArtForum, May, 2011, p.258 Hansen, Rikke, Performance: The Pedestrians, Art Monthly, NO. 346, May, 2011, p. 33
Comer, Stuart, Life Stages, Charles Atlas in Conversation with Stuart Comer, Frieze, May. 2011, p. 84 – 91
Charles Atlas, Mika Tajima and New Humans: The Pedestrians, Agenda, Mousse 28, 2011
2010J.G, Charles Atlas, Year Book, Frieze Art Fair, Online
Atlas, Charles, ‘Best of 2010: The Artists’ Artists’, Artforum, December, 2010, XLIX, No.4, p. 92
Page Reynolds sings Antony Hegarty’s River of Sorrow, Guardian.co.uk, October, 2010
ShadowDance, Exhibition Catalogue Published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘ShadowDance’, 18 September -
January, 2011, Kunsthal KAdE Colofon Publication KA series, 2010
Blinkhorn, Annie, Best of Basel, Apollo Magazine.com, 24 May, 2010
Regensdorf, Laura, Art Scene, Elle Decor.com, June, 2010
Yablonsky, Linda, Artifacts / Art Frazzle, New York Times Style Magazine: Culture, 22 June, 2010 Tony Basel, Artforum.com, Diary, 17 June, 2010
Kitamura, Katie, ‘Dance With Camera’, ICA Philadelphia, Frieze, Issue 132, June-August, 2010, p. 179 – 180
Atlas, Charles, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Previews, Artforum, January, 2010, p. 82 – 83
2009Rappolt, Mark, Charles Atlas: Tornado Warning, Art Review, January, 2009
2008Charles Atlas, Kultureflash.com, 4 December, 2008
Perry, Collin, Charles Atlas, Frieze.com, 26 November, 2008
Lack, Jessica, Preview, The Guardian Guide, 8-14 November, 2008, p. 36
Wood, Catherine, Because We Must: The Art of Michael Clark, ArtForum, September, 2008 p. 407 – 414 Charles Atlas (as told to David Velasco), Charles Atlas Reflects on Michael Clark, ArtFourm, September, 2008
2007Gray, Louise, Cross Platform: Sound in other Media, The Wire, November, 20067
Yokobosky, Matthew, The Real Charles Atlas: An Interview, Performing Arts Journal, NO. 57, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, pg. 20 – 33
2006A.N, Best Stage Show: Antony and the Johnsons, The Guardian Guide, December, 2006, p. 16 – 22
Gittins, Ian, Power and Passion of New York’s Demimonde, The Guardian, 7 November, 2006, p. 36
Krasinski, Jennifer, Body Doubles: Person and Persona in Charles Atlas’s Portraits, Modern Painters, November, 2006, p. 77 – 79
Roberts, Erica, Atlas Turning, GayTimes, November, 2006, p. 54 – 56
Persson, Thomas, Charles Atlas, Video and Dance, 2006
Barnett, Laura, Raw Emotion Soaring out of New York, Telegraph.co.uk, 11 September, 2005
Cowley, Julian, Front Back and Sides, Art Review, 2006, p. 171 – 174
2004Persson, Thomas, Charles Atlas: On Life With Legends, Self Service, No. 20, Spring/Summer, 2004
2003Holden, Stephen, A Man Who Invented Himself and Helped Invent an Era, The New York Times, 28 November, 2003
Cotter, Holland, Art In Review; Charles Atlas, The New York Times online, 27 June, 2003
Flesh, Henry, All Aboard: Charles Atlas’ Participatory Video Art, New York Press, Volume 16, Issue 26, 24 June, 2003
Sirvin, René, Pour Charles Atlas, Le Figaro, 24 February, 2003
2001Stein, Stella, The Outsider, Stella Stein, Flux, No.23, February/March, 2001
2000Rush, Michael, His Canvas a TV Screen, His Brush a Camera, The New York Times, 5 March, 2000
1999Cotter, Holland, Charles Atlas, The New York Times, 15 October, 1999
1986Van Poznak, Elissa, Charles Atlas, The Face, No. 73, May, 1986, p. 15 and 22
1985Kavanagh, Julie, Mime Camp, Harpers & Queen, October, 1985, p. 244 – 246