visual arts

Marisa Williamson

Visiting Lecturer in Media

Marisa Williamson is a New York-based performance and video artist. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from CalArts. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014–15, and she attended the Shandaken Project at Storm King in 2015. She has staged site-specific performances at and in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, Storm King Art Center, and most recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Williamson’s short film exploring Hemings’ time spent in Paris, shot on location in France, has screened in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. Her videos, performances, and objects are exhibited regularly in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Her project as an artist is to explore and interpret through performance, video, objects, and images the ways that soft technologies—‘problem solving tools’ like narrative, mythology, and memorial, along with hard technologies such as transatlantic travel, the cotton gin, the moving image, and the web—facilitate the rendering and surrendering of the physical and psychological body over time.