Grant Recipients Grants to Artists Visual Arts 2011

Curtis Mitchell

A side angled portrait of Curtis Mitchell in front of a garden with grass, a tree trunk, orange floral bushes and a white table and chair. He has short dark hair and wears black sunglasses and a black short sleeved shirt.
  • Visual Artist
  • Born New York, NY, 1957
  • Lives in New York, NY
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  • Additional Information
  • curtismitchellart.com

Your grant this year helped provide some much needed financial breathing room, enough for me to shift the focus of my practice. I have always had a practice which centered on the tension between the individual and a spectacle; this year I took it one step further, toward an individual sensibility.

- Curtis Mitchell, January 2012

Biography

Curtis Mitchell is a visual artist who works in video installation, sculpture, and photography. His recent work centers around setting up visual dialogues in an ongoing series of visual installations. His FCA grant was used for travel to St. Petersburg and several places along the Amazon River. Mitchell has had solo exhibitions at venues including MoMA PS1, the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; the Sculpture Center, Cleveland; KX Gallery, Germany; Galerie Marc Jancou, Zurich; as well as White Columns, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Esso Gallery, and Martos Gallery in New York.

Mitchell has participated in numerous group exhibitions around the world, including MoMA PS1, the New Museum, the Landesmuseum, Austria; the Mucsarnok Palace of Art, Budapest; the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; and the Mexican Cultural Institute in New York. His works are in several public and permanent collections, including the Walker Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Lannan Foundation.

Prior to his 2011 Grants to Artists, Mitchell received an Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant (2005), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1990). Mitchell has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, Bennington College, and Cornell University. He has been a visiting or adjunct professor at Yale, Parsons, New York University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Pratt Institute of Art. Mitchell earned his M.A. in Sculpture from Goddard College (1981), and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art (1983).

Artist Statement

I was reminded of a chat with my friend Bruce one day a long time ago. “Remember all the movies, Curtis, we'd go see, trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be? And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest."

- December 2010

Performer wearing a flowy wine colored dress creates a triangle-shape by raising one pointed toe to their bent knee and looking down at the floor of a gray stage with a pitch black backdrop.
FCA-supported Fat Rabbit 5, altered stuffed animal and fur scraps, dimensions variable.
An arrangement of black bird feathers encircling what appears to be a soft pink stuffed rabbit atop a gray lamp pole.
FCA-supported Fat Rabbit 9, altered stuffed animal and feathers, dimensions variable.
Close-up of shiny raven-colored feathers surrounding a pink stuffed rabbit.
FCA-supported Fat Rabbit 9, altered stuffed animal and feathers, dimensions variable.
Black furry material resembling a stuffed animal or animal fur draped over a pile of tan sedimentary rocks.
FCA-supported Fat Rabbit 26, dimensions unknown.
Curtis Mitchell
FCA-supported Fast Rabbit 17, dimensions unknown.
Curtis Mitchell
FCA-supported Fast Rabbit 22, dimensions unknown.