Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation


Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2015

Narcissister works the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism. Integrating prior experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with a long-standing art practice in a range of media including photography, video, and experimental music, she has presented work at The New Museum, PS 1, The Kitchen, Abrons Art Center, and many nightclubs, galleries, and alternative spaces.

Narcissister was a re-performer of Luminosity in The Artist is Present at MoMA. She has also presented work internationally at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Chicks on Speed’s Girl Monster Festival, Festival of Women Ljubljana, at Copenhagen’s first live art festival, and the Camp/Anti-Camp festival in Berlin, among others. Her videos have been included in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including recently on MocaTV. Her video The Self-Gratifier won “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at the 2008 Good Vibrations Film Festival; Vaseline won the main prize in 2013.

Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011. In 2013, she was in “Fore” at The Studio Museum and had her first solo gallery exhibition "Narcissister is You" at envoy enterprises. She was nominated for a Bessie Award for her evening-length piece Organ Player, which debuted at Abrons Art Center in 2013. Narcissister is a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Award.

While at MacDowell in 2015, she worked on the edit of her first feature film, Narcissister's Organ Player, which premiered in 2016. She also worked on photographic images to be exhibited in conjunction with the premiere of the film. The film was made with the support of a Creative Capital Award Grant and a Theo Westenberger Award Grant, which the artist was awarded in July 2015.



Narcissister worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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