Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : May 1st 2009 to May 31st 2009
  • PRACTICE : Filmmaker, Visual artist, Writer
  • FROM : USA

Deborah Lefkowitz is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and visual artist. Her award-winning film Intervals of Silence: Being Jewish in Germany interweaves layers of image and sound to portray complex relationships of historical time and personal memory. Major public screenings of this film include the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Film Archive in Boston; the Oberhausen Festival of Short Films, Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, and Berlin’s Arsenal Kino in Germany. She has published several essays about her filmmaking, most recently in the anthologies Autobiographical Writing Across the Disciplines: A Reader and Feminism and Documentary.

Ms. Lefkowitz trained in dance and theater at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria before studying documentary film at Harvard University. Her site-specific installations for museums and galleries blend a filmmaker’s sensitivity to fluctuations of light with a choreographer’s understanding of movement in three-dimensional space. She received an Artist’s Fellowship in New Genre from the California Arts Council in recognition of her innovative light installations that combine photographic imagery, sculptural forms, movement, and occasionally sound. She has taught as Visiting Artist at the ProArte Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Hungarian University of Craft and Design in Budapest, Hungary and was Visiting Artist-in-Residence at California State University in Sacramento and University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Ms. Lefkowitz recently completed a permanent kinetic light installation for the stairway windows of a new fire station using fiber optic lighting and computer-programmed lighting control. This public artwork was commissioned by the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles through the percent-for-art program.