Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Jem Cohen

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008

Filmmaker and photographer Jem Cohen’s feature-length films include Museum Hours, Counting, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and World Without End (No Reported Incidents). Shorts include Lost Book Found, Little Flags, and Anne Truitt. His films are in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, and Melbourne’s Screen Gallery. They have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. His multi-media show with live music, We Have an Anchor, was a main stage production in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave series and at London’s Barbican.

Cohen’s photography and installation have been exhibited at Robert Miller Gallery, SF Camerawork, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Sharjah Biennial. He is a Guggenheim, Alpert, and Rockefeller Fellow, and has received various artists’ grants. His awards include the Independent Spirit Award and San Francisco Film Society’s Persistence of Vision Award. He has taught at SUNY Purchase, International Center of Photography, and Rutgers University and currently teaches at The New School. Working with Picture New York and the New York Civil Liberties Union, Cohen was also extensively involved in overturning proposed restrictions on street photography and filming in New York City.



Jem Cohen worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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