Natalie Bookchin’s artwork explores changing boundaries between public and private, and individual and collective performances of the shared self in an era of ubiquitous connectivity.
Multi-channel video installations and films take form as something akin to musical orchestras with soloists, duets, and large choruses that perform multiple harmonic and dissonant melodies of the self as it is narrated, performed, and presented in public. These choruses suggest new social arrangements that at times push up against the alienating constraints of contemporary technological forms.
Her work is exhibited widely including at MoMA, LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, California Community Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, a COLA Artist Fellowship, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and most recently, a MacArthur Foundation Grant, a NYSCA Individual Artist Fellowship and a NYFA Opportunity Grant.
Her most recent work Long Story Short premiered at MoMA in Feb. 2016 and won the Grand Prize at Cinema du Reel at the Pompidou in Paris in March 2016. Bookchin was on the faculty in the Photography & Media Program in the Art School at CalArts from 1998 – 2015, chair and co-chair of the program for seven years, and is a professor of Media and Associate Chair in the Visual Arts Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.