Born in San Francisco, CA, 1967


B.A University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
New York University Film School, Sight and Sound Program, 1998


Yale University – Lecturer in religion and the visual arts, 2006 – Present


David Michalek was born and raised in California. He lives and works in New York City. Michalek's body of work ranges from photography, drawing, video/sound installations and live performance to site-specific works of public art. His focus over the past ten years has been closely tied to his interest in the contemporary person, which he explores through the use of performance techniques, storytelling, movement and gesture. His work in video has been focused on capturing marginal moments —carefully staged — that with minimal action develop density through the interplay of image, sound and most especially time. Exploring notions of durational and rhythmic time (as opposed to the referential time used in cinema) in both form and content, his works engage in intimate yet open narratives. His recent work considers the potentiality of various forms of slowness alongside an examination of contemporary modes of public attention.


2014   Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT
           University of California, San Deigo, San Diego, CA
           WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia
2013   Gallery Ostrava, Czech Republic
           Pomona College Museum of Art, California
           Yale University, New Haven, CT
           Cleveland Museum, Ohio
           Tanz im August, Berlin
           Pomona College Museum of Art
2012   Le Laboratoire, Paris, France
           Edinburgh Festival, Scotland
           Harvard University (façade of Widener Library), Cambridge, MA
2011   Holland Festival (public art), Den Haag, The Netherlands
           Lincoln Center Festival (public art, façade of Koch Theater), New York
2010   Sadler’s Wells (public art, Trafalgar Square), London
           Village Underground, London
2009   Yale University, New Haven, CT
           Taipei Festival (public art) Taiwan
           Paris Opera (façade of Opera Bastille), France
           The Dock Center for Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland
           Monaco Festival, Monaco
2008   Luminato Festival (public art) University of Toronto Campus
           Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
           Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
           Dartmouth College (façade of Hopkins Art Center) Hanover, NH
           Orange County Performing Arts Center (public art), CA
           Walton Arts Center (public art) Fayetteville, AR
2007   Lincoln Center (public art, façade of State Theater), New York
           Los Angeles Music Center (public art in the Plaza), CA
2006   Yale University, New Haven, CT
2004   Brooklyn Museum, New York
2002   The Kitchen, New York


2013   “Deficit”, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, Italy
2012   “Theater of Life”, Center of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland
           “Poetics of Anxiety and Speech”, Serpentine Gallery, London
2011   Edinburgh Festival (Summerhall Venue), Scotland


2015   Bach Six Solos – Gil Shaham, National Tour (visual art component)
2013   Density – Claire Chase solo flute, The Kitchen (staging, lighting design)
           Restless Creature, Wendy Whelan 4 duets (artistic direction)
           New Composers Evening, Carnegie Hall (music/film collaboration with composer, Du Yun.
2008   Artful Time: Dancing Tableaux Vivants, Metropolitan Museum, lecture demonstration with Bill T. Jones and Arden Reed (film)
2005   Kafka Fragments, Gyorgy Kurtag (film for Peter Sellar’s production)
2004   Music Off The Walls – collaboration with the Brooklyn Philharmonic
1998   Los Angeles Poverty Department, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
1992   Spem in Alium/Cast Concrete/Blue Light -- live performance installation with The Tallis Scholars (concept, staging and lighting
           Messian’s, St. François d'Assise, Olivier Messian -- (visual art component for Peter Sellar’s production)


2012   Le Laboratoire – Arts/Science Support Award
2011   Trade Residency Award (Selected mentor for 2011-12), Ireland
2008   Bessie Award – Installation and New Media Award
2012   Pomona College – New Project Commission
2012   Richard DeMarco Foundation – Project Support Grant
2010   Lincoln Center – New Project Commission
2010   Rockefeller Brothers Foundation – Project Support Grant
2010   Jerome Robbins Foundation – Project Support Grant
2010   Asian Cultural Council – Project Support Grant
2007   Karan-Weiss Foundation – Project Support Grant
2007   Luminato Festival, Toronto – New Project Commission
2007   Asian Cultural Council – Project Support Grant
2006   Lincoln Center Festival – New Project Commission
2006   Jerome Robbins Foundation – New Project Support Grant
2006   Los Angeles Music Center – New Project Commission
2006   Sadler’s Wells, London – New Project Commission
2002   Franklin Furnace– New Project Support Grant