Catherine Sullivan

Angel Orensanz Foundation/Whitney Museum of American Art

Catherine Sullivan is in the process of creating an exciting body of work that dissects the meaning of the word “to perform.” Operating separately in both video and live performance, she creates paired installations and theater works that share source material and performers but emphasize the nature of different acting styles within each respective medium in fascinating new ways. That she achieves such a high level of sophistication in both mediums makes her work all the more consequential.

As a former actor herself, Sullivan is as versed in the methods of directors Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Kazan, and Brook as she is in the (non)methods of Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, with whom she studied as a graduate student. This combination of interests drives her to fine-tune the movements and emotions, costumes and props of her players with the diligence of an archivist and the license of a

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