Bard Faculty

Alex Kahn

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


AB, Harvard University; MFA, San Francisco Art Institute. Alex Kahn is a visual and performance artist, and cofounder, with Sophia Michahelles, of the nonprofit arts ensemble Processional Arts Workshop. He is best known for the large-scale puppet performance works that, since 1998, have led New York City’s Halloween Parade. The mission of the Processional Arts Workshop is to create site-specific, community-built processions, parades, and other open-space performances. The performances, which usually involve elements of puppetry, sound, dance, costume/mask, and mobile architecture include recent works for the PEN World Voices Festival, White House Halloween (for military children, under President Obama), grand opening of New York’s High Line, Winter’s Eve Festival at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and international events in Turkey and Ukraine. Kahn is also a theatrical designer, printmaker, installation artist, and educator, who has served as technical director and resident lighting designer at the Kitchen performance center in New York and chair of the printmaking department at Maine College of Art. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, to study Caribbean carnival culture; George Peabody Gardner Fellowship for travel to Nepal; Kamov artist residency (Croatia), CEC Arts Fellowship (Ukraine), and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities grant. Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in publications including Hypoallergic, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and the Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance, among others. At Bard: Spring 2019.