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Voices: Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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Catherine Sullivan s (born 1968) work integrates performance and theater with film, video, and photography. She refers to her conceptually and formally dynamic work as second order drama. In using extremes of performance techniques, Sullivan exposes the conventions and processes inherent in dramaturgical activity by way of diverse cultural references.

Her multi-channel video installations include Five Economies: big hunt/little hunt at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Renaissance Society, Chicago, both in 2002. Other installations include The Chittendens at Tate Modern, London, 2005; Metro Pictures, New York; Secession, Vienna; and Catherine Bastide, Brussels. Sullivan has received awards from tant Donn s, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and Herb Alpert Foundation, as well as a DAAD residency, 2004 05. Originally trained as an actor, Sullivan received a BFA from California Arts in 1992 and in 1997 obtained an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at University of Chicago.