With Q&A led by associate curator Robyn Farrell

Charles Atlas

Virtual Lecture

Charles Atlas (American, born 1949) has been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades. Atlas has stretched the limits of his medium, forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Throughout his long career, Atlas has consistently been deeply involved in fostering collaborative relationships, working intimately with such significant artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima/New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, with whom he worked closely from the early 1970s until the choreographer’s death, in 2009.


Charles Atlas was born in St. Louis, MO and has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. Recent solo exhibitions include ICA Milano; The Kitchen, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work has been exhibited at such institutions as Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among many others. Atlas’ five-channel video installation with sound entitled The Tyranny of Consciousness, was featured in Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. In 2019 Atlas unveiled Geometry of Thought, a new commission for Art on theMART spanning across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART in Chicago.

Charles Atlas, The Years, 2018. 6-channel video installation, silent; edition 1/3. 19 minutes. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Catherine Badomi Heckett.