Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Joseph Keckler

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Brooklyn
MacDowell fellowships: 2011, 2014, 2019

Joseph Keckler is an interdisciplinary artist. His work has recently been seen at Miami Art Basel, Centre Pompidou (with Cabinet Magazine), BAM, Rooftop Films; upcoming shows will take place at Lincoln Center and other venues. He is the author of several theater and performance pieces as well as videos and many songs, and his personal essays and writing on visual art has appeared in Literary Hub, VICE, and other publications. His music has been featured on WNYC and BBC America and he is the recipient of awards from Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, and New York Foundation for the Arts. He was described as a "major vocal talent [who] shatters the conventional boundaries" by The New York Times and was once named the "Best downtown performance artist [in New York]" by The Village Voice. He is currently under commission from Prototype Festival/HERE and Opera Philadelphia/FringeArts. His book of essays and stories, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was just published by Turtle Point Press.

While in residence in 2019, Joseph composed music and wrote the script for Let Me Die, a performance piece involving operatic death scenes that premiered with Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts. Joseph's critically-acclaimed show Train With No Midnight was commissioned by Beth Morrison. He received a Creative Capital in 2016, and a collection of his writing, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published by Turtle Point Press in 2017.



Joseph Keckler worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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