About the Filmmakers
Susan Sollins is the Executive Director and founder of Art21. She has enriched the field of contemporary art with innovations in public programming, museum education, and curatorial practice. Since the 2001 inception of the Peabody Award winning television series, Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, now in production for its sixth season on PBS, she has served as its Executive Producer, Director, and Curator. In addition to her past work for many art institutions as a curator and consultant, Sollins is the co-founder and now Executive Director Emerita of Independent Curators International (ICI), a nonprofit organization that develops, organizes, and circulates traveling exhibitions of contemporary art to museums and other arts organizations nationwide and abroad. During her tenure, ICI’s 75 exhibitions featuring more than 1,700 artists were seen at more than 360 institutions and alternative spaces in the US, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Sollins was formerly the Visual Arts Consultant for Thirteen/WNET’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning arts magazine City Arts; serves on the Boards of the MacDowell Colony, ICI, the Earle Brown Music Foundation, and CBD Foundation; and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA, and other programs. Early in her career, she was a member of the senior curatorial team at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. Recent curatorial projects include TABAIMO at 601 Artspace in New York and Project 35 for ICI. In her private life, as the wife of the late composer Earle Brown she has been actively involved in the world of contemporary music for many years.
Under Sollins leadership, the twenty one-hour programs that constitute the five seasons of Art:21—Art in Twenty-First Century, to date, have won many awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award among others. And in 2008, she was awarded the Skowhegan Governors Award for Services to Artists.
Charles Atlas has been active as a filmmaker and video artist since the 1970s. Over the years, he has made pioneering media/dance works, multi-channel video installations, feature-length documentaries, video art works for television, and live electronic performances. Atlas has collaborated with numerous performers and choreographers including Merce Cunningham, James Waring, Douglas Dunn, Karole Armitage, Phillippe Decoufle, Michael Clark, DANCENOISE, Bill Irwin, John Kelly, Richard Move, Diamanda Galas, Marina Abramovic, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Yvonne Rainer. He currently serves as a consulting director for the Peabody Award winning PBS series Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century and the lighting designer for the Michael Clark Company in London.
Atlas has created several large-scale gallery installations which have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art in Connecticut, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Throughout his career, Atlas has also been involved in live performance work, as director and also as designer of sets, costumes, lighting and mixed media presentations. Since 2003, Atlas has been interested in exploring different contexts that exploit the use of live video and has recently collaborated with musicians on live video/improvisation pieces.
Atlas has received three “Bessie” (New York Dance and Performance) Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was the 2006 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts biennial John Cage Award.