Michelle Levy

Part-Time Lecturer

Michelle Levy is an interdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and arts organizer. Working within a framework of the search and research, her performance, video, text, and collective engagements investigate the mediated spaces where identity is constructed. She uses storytelling as a device to question how we can get closer to wisdom or “truth” when we remain alienated and disconnected from our own histories. Her works are explorations-in-process, made messy by her personal connection to them, and by a state of continual becoming. She has presented her work in venues across New York City including Abrons Art Center, Dixon Place, Flux Factory, La MaMa Galleria, Magnet Theater, Spectacle Theater, and Theaterlab, as well as galleries, theaters, and museums in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Krakow, Szczecin, Warsaw, and Prague. For the past six years, Levy has been immersed in an evolving performance and engagement project, Paulina, investigating one woman’s Holocaust story from a contemporary and personal lens. The final iteration is currently in development as a feature-length nonfiction film.  Levy has 18+ years of producing exhibitions and artist programs at New York City arts institutions and was the Founding Director of the EFA Project Space, a cross-disciplinary exhibition and event venue, as well as the Shift Residency for Arts Workers (both at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts). Levy is a co-founder of Temp. Files, a cooperative video art publishing platform and remote residency, and is an independent consultant, mentor, writer, and editor for artists.