PEGGY AHWESH Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
B.F.A., Antioch College. Media Artist. Active in the media arts for over 20 years, Ahwesh has developed a practice including film production, feminist studies and media advocacy. Aptly described as a bricoleur, Ahwesh works in experimental narrative and documentary genres, often with improvisational performance, in what is primarily an investigation of cultural identity and role of the female subject. Distribution is through Electronic Arts Intermix, NY and Lightcone, Paris with work in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Library of Congress. She was in the 1991, 1995 and 2002 editions of the Whitney Biennial. Ahwesh has received grants from The Jerome, Creative Capital and Guggenheim Foundations, NYSCA and the Alpert Award in the Arts. Ahwesh is represented by Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Find her on the web at Senses of Cinema, Great Directors Critical Database, World Picture Journal of Film Theory and the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. At Bard since 1990.
EPHRAIM ASILI Artist in Residence of Film and Electronic Arts
B.A. Film and Media Arts, Temple University, M.F.A Film & Video Arts, Bard College. Ephraim Asili is an African American filmmaker, D.J, radio host, and traveler. Inspired by his day-to-day wanderings, Asili creates art which positions itself as a series of meditations on everyday experience and media culture. Currently, an Artist in Residence professor and radio host on a weekly show on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra, New York. He was the Technical Director for the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College for five years. Asili’s documentary on the Sun Ra Arkestra is currently in distribution with MVD distributors.
BEN COONLEY Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. Has had work exhibited and screened at MoMA PS1’s Greater New York: Cinema (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Images Festival, Toronto (2009); and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008); among others. Has taught at Princeton University, Parsons The New School for Design, and the New School MA in Media Studies Program. At Bard since 2010.
JACQUELINE GOSS Associate Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Recent video and web-based works include Stranger Comes to Town (2007), How to Fix the World (2004), There, There, Square (2002), The 100th Undone (2001). Recent exhibitions and screenings at American Museum of Natural History, Eyebeam Atelier, Rotterdam Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives. Recipient, Alpert Award in the Arts (2007), DAAD Fellowship (2005), Creative Capital Award (2005), Jerome Foundation Award (2003), New York State Council on the Arts Award (2002), New York Foundation for the Arts Award (1998). Contributor to gURL, alt-x, and beehive websites. At Bard since 2001.
ED HALTER Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
B.A., Yale University; M.A., New York University. Ed Halter is a critic and curator living in New York City. He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Bookforum, Cinema Scope, frieze, Little Joe, Mousse, Rhizome, Triple Canopy, the Village Voice and elsewhere. He is a 2009 recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and his book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006. From 1995 to 2005, he programmed and oversaw the New York Underground Film Festival, and he has curated screenings and exhibitions at Artists Space, BAM, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the ICA, London, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, PARTICIPANT INC., and Tate Modern, as well as the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and the film and video program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. He teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts department at Bard College, and is currently writing a critical history of contemporary experimental cinema in America. At Bard since 2007.
PETER HUTTON Charles Franklin Kellogg & Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts
B.F.A., M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute. Taught at Hampshire College, Harvard University, SUNY Purchase. Filmmaker; has produced more than 20 films, most of which are portraits of cities and landscapes around the world. Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art (2008); work shown in major museums and at festivals in the United States and Europe, including Whitney Biennial (1985, 1991, 1995, 2004). Continuing work, since 1986, on series of landscape portraits of Hudson River Valley; also developing projects in Bangladesh and Iceland. Grants: National Endowment for the Arts, DAAD Berliner, Rockefeller Foundation, Dutch Film Critics Award, Guggenheim Fellowship. At Bard since 1980. (Peter Hutton: 1944 – 2016)
JOHN PRUITT Associate Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., New York University. Writer and lecturer on filmmaking and film history. Taught at Queens College, Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Collective for Living Cinema. Associate editor, Downtown Review (1978–81). Articles on film, video, and poetry. Coeditor, Ten Years of Living Cinema (1982). At Bard since 1981.
KELLY REICHARDT Artist in Residence of Film and Electronic Arts
B.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University. Reichardt’s new film Certain Women, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone, premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival and opens in theaters October 2016. Reichardt’s other films include: Night Moves (2013), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Old Joy ( 2006), and River of Grass (1994). Grants: United States Artists Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Renew Media Fellowship. Special Screenings: Whitney Biennial (2012), Film Forum, Cannes Film Festival in “un certain regard,” Venice International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival. Retrospectives: Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, Walker Art Center, American Cinematheque Los Angeles. At Bard since 2006.
RICHARD SUCHENSKI Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts; Director, Center for Moving Image Arts
B.A., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., joint Ph.D. (Film Studies and History of Art), Yale University. Film historian; has curated and organized retrospectives, series, traveling programs, and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on filmmakers, film movements, and particular moments from the silent era to the present at a number of venues including the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Anthology Film Archives, Yale University, Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard Film Archive, Princeton University, and Bard College. Editor, Hou Hsiao-hsien (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2014). Frequent contributor to The Moving Image and Senses of Cinema; articles published or forthcoming in Perspectives on the Panorama (Yale University Press), Robert Bresson (Indiana University Press, 2012), Olivier Assayas (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2012), Ashish Avikunthak (Aicon Gallery, 2012), The Cinema World of Pedro Costa (Jeonju International Film Festival, 2010), Robert Beavers: My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure (Pacific Film Archive, 2009), Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (Routledge, 2005), and the journals Studies in French Cinema and Positions: Asia Cultures Critique. Has taught at Yale Summer Film Institute. Recipient, Whiting Fellowship (2009-2010); Stavros S. Niarchos Research Fellowship (2008); others. At Bard since 2010.