Bill Morrison

Moving Image, 2001

Bill Morrison’s films and videos have been screened in theaters, museums and concert halls worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Retrospectives of his work have been organized in Buenos Aires, Cork, Houston, Los Angeles, London, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Paris, San Francisco and Vienna. He has created films to accompany live performances of music by some of the most important composers of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Richard Einhorn, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, David Lang, Harry Partch, Todd Reynolds, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award. His Creative Capital project, Decasia, is described by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice as “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle.”

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Awards and Accomplishments


Morrison presents a retrospective of his work at MoMA titled Bill Morrison: Compositions 


Morrison screens work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam


Morrison's The Miners' Hymns has theatrical run at Film Forum in New York


Morrison's Spark of Being receives the Douglas Edwards Experimental / Independent Film/Video Award in the Los Angeles Film Critics Award

2010: Bill Morrison and Vijay Iyer's collaborative project _Release_ wins the Golden Gate Award in the New Visions category at the San Francisco International Film Festival

2008: Morrison's film _Who By Water_ is awarded the Grand Prix at the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival

2006: Morrison receives an Alpert Award in Filmmaking

2005: Maya Stendahl Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Morrison’s work

2004: Morrison receives a grant from Independence Bank

2003: Morrison receives a Dance Theatre Workshop “Bessie” Award for Lighting and Visual Design

2002: _Decasia_ is acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection