Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Morgan Thorson

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell fellowships: 2012, 2018

Morgan Thorson is a dance-maker whose presentations are a composite of movement, space, light, text, sound, and architecture. Drawing from a spectrum of approaches, subjects, and points-of-view, she questions the creative, cultural, and social margins of contemporary dance. Morgan was a featured artist in “Local Time,” a three-month exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum in 2015. Her other honors include Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2016), United States Artists (2012), Guggenheim (2010), and McKnight (2002, 2009) fellowships; and Sage Awards in Outstanding Performance for Faker (2006) and Docudrama (2007). Morgan has been touring nationally since 2008. While at MacDowell, Morgan developed materials and practices for her new performance work Public Love, a commission to be installed at the Walker Art Center. The work employs tenderness and the art of touch as sources of power and togetherness. Questioning what actions/materials are public and private, she devised a conceptual framework for her performance, created practices for developing action phrases in multiples; researched projection designs, as well as rough material for video sequences.



Morgan Thorson worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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