Video Production & Storytelling

As a producer, I have interviewed more than a hundred artists, curators, and art-world stakeholders, including Mark Bradford, Doris Salcedo, Amalia Pica, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sir Nicholas Serota, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Goshka Macuga, Martin Creed, and Thomas Demand. I have hired and managed crews in many different cities and countries. I am a gifted storyteller and craft engaging, documentary-style narratives, including an award-winning podcast.

I am particularly proud of my accomplishments in building a strong video production program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where I was the Digital Media Director. Prior to the creation of my position, the MCA had no video production team. I was able to hire a small team, purchase production equipment, create budgets and workflows from scratch, and deliver on a lofty production schedule.

I have continued that leadership in my current role as the Director of Digital Media at the Clyfford Still Museum. Additionally, as a consultant, I produced video for the Biennial of the Americas and I was a field producer for Art21.

Mark Bradford’s exhibition Shade for Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum

“Let’s make abstract painting, and let’s imbue it with policy, and political, and gender, and race, and sexuality … let’s make the context full.” —Mark Bradford

Produced as a companion to the exhibition Shade, this video features an interview with renowned contemporary artist Mark Bradford about the conceptual foundations of his work and the process by which he makes it. The final video was featured prominently in the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum for the duration of the exhibition and continues to be available to Clyfford Still Museum visitors onsite and online.

Shade examined both Bradford’s and abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still’s unique relationship to the color black—whether it’s used to force viewers out of their comfort zones, evoke emotions, or confront conventional notions of race. Always a quotable interview subject, Bradford breaks down his complex and layered work in the most delightful ways: “But black is like Voldemort. It will cause you to fail. It is the most difficult color to work with. But yet, for me it’s the most satisfying. It has that depth to it. It has like fear and possibility for me.”

Supporting museum education

Clyfford Still Museum’s free inStill Gallery Experiences for Schools blend the best of classroom teaching with the best of a museum field trip. Talented gallery teachers facilitate experiences that foster curiosity and provide students with opportunities to do the looking, talking, and thinking to develop their own interpretations of Clyfford Still’s art.

Clyfford Still Museum’s first narrative-style podcast: “A Daughter’s Voice”

In the fall of 2018, the Clyfford Still Museum presented A Daughter’s Eye / A Daughter’s Voice, an exhibition curated by Sandra Still Campbell, Clyfford Still’s younger daughter. For the exhibition, I produced a narrative-style podcast that I installed in the galleries and made available online. The goal of the podcast was to create an intimate portrait of Clyfford Still—a man known for being relentlessly harsh with critics, curators, and even fellow artists—who became more myth than man in the later decades of his life.

I hoped to evoke honest emotion through authentic and reflective content. Sandra describes heartwarming and heartbreaking times with her father, from whom she desperately sought love and approval. Yet over a lifetime she comes to appreciate his genius and forgives his shortcomings as a father. Through this relevant and relatable story of a complex family dynamic, we understand one of America’s most important art movements and least understood artists.

The podcast features a moving and original score, and weaves in archival recordings of Clyfford Still for a rich and layered audio experience. The story ends with a recording of Clyfford saying, “I am not seeking immortality. I am simply reminding those who hear me, or see the work, that truth should be of paramount importance.” In this way, the podcast takes on a prescient tone and addresses something bigger than itself.

Listen to all four chapters on iTunes

A film for Doris Salcedo’s retrospective

“Every time a person is killed, there is an absence that is created in us, and that absence should be addressed.” —Doris Salcedo

This 25-minute film chronicles Doris Salcedo’s site-specific and large-scale public projects—a significant aspect of her artistic production over the past 15 years. The final film was featured in Salcedo’s retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum.

The film combines new and old footage from around the world, including interviews with her studio partners, curators and gallerists, Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota, and the artist herself in her studio in Bogotá, Colombia.

Filming in Salcedo’s studio in Bogotá

Amalia Pica video for MCA Chicago

“I make a work and I think, what would my mom think of it?” —Amalia Pica

This video features the work of artist Amalia Pica on the occasion of her first major solo museum show in the United States at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Pica uses simple materials—lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, and other found materials—to create work that explores metaphor, communication, and language.

Combining behind-the-scenes footage with solid commentary on the conceptual themes that run through Pica’s work, the final edit includes a wonderfully personal and relatable thought by the artist, “I make a work and I think, what would my mom think of it?”

Video roster in progress…