Born in San Francisco, CA, 1967.

Studied at The University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
Studied at The New York University Film School, Sight and Sound Program, 1998

Teaches at Yale University – Guest Lecturer in the Graduate Program on Art and Religion, 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.


2013    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
2008    “Artful Time: Dancing Tableaux Vivants”, Metropolitan Museum, collaboration with Bill T. Jones and Arden Reed.


2013    New Composers Evening, Carnegie Hall (music/film collaboration with composer, Du Yun.
2006    Kurtag’s, Kafka Fragments, (visual art component for Peter Sellar’s production)
2005    Music Off The Walls – collaboration with the Brooklyn Philharmonic
1998    Los Angeles Poverty Department, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
1992    Messian’s, St. François d'Assise -- (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