Jim Self works in painting, performance, dance, and installation.
Jim Self is a multi-media artist including dance, performance, painting and photography. An Alabama native, Self keeps a painting studio in West Danby, NY. In addition, from 2012 -2014, he maintained a studio in Los Angeles, CA. Self was a Cornell University Dance faculty member from 1989 -2014, and has been collaborating with performance and visual artists, choreographing, and teaching since 1972 in Chicago.
Credits include: dancing in Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (1976-79); collaborating with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass for the Civil Wars/Rome Opera (1984); creating with Frank Moore the film BEEHIVE and related ballet with productions in Angers/France, Boston and Cornell. Self’s former company, JIM SELF and DANCERS, toured extensively in Europe and the USA during the 1980s. His work is featured in the films RETRACING STEPS (Michael Blackwood/1987), JIM SELF COMES HOME (Alabama Public TV/1986), and IN ARTIFICIAL LIGHT (Curt Royston /1983).
Currently, Self is a member of the New York State Dance Force, an arts consortium of artists, presenters and activists with a mission to expand and promote the visibility of dance and performance in New York. In August 2012, he staged SCENE FROM ABOVE, a rooftop performance event for air traffic approaching LAX, at 1019 WEST studios in Los Angeles.
B.A. 1996 Cornell University - Summa Cum Laude
(Ritual and Performance)
2016 Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York
2012 CAP Art Space, Ithaca, New York
2011 Kitchen Theater Lobby, Ithaca, New York
2007 Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York
1999 Art Church, West Danby, New York
2016 State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York
2013 /2014 -1019 WEST Arts Complex, Los Angeles, California
2013 State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York
2012 Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, California
2008 Enfield Art Center, Enfield, New York
1999 The Dummy Collection Studio show
2012 – Scene From Above/1019 WEST Los Angeles, California
2010 – Lobster, Lobster Crab/Cornell---Dance, Drama and the Disco of
Desire/Cornell---Dancing Green Project/Ithaca, NYC, Trumansburg
2008 – Cyberotic Comedy/ Ithaca Loveshoe Festival
2007 – Hi Pop/Cornell—Ithaca Loveshoe Festival
2006 – Prometheus Rebound, or Hercules has two Daddies/Cornell
2004 – The Shell Game: Prince, Savior, Star, boy, woman, man --
Peacocks on Parade/Cornell
2003 – Breakables, Animan/ Cornell
2002 – Les Elements Dansant et Les Chevreaux/Cornell-
--Animals, Dreams and Televisual Transformations
2001 – The Ennead/Cornell U.
2000 - The End is a Gesture /Cornell ---- The Aesthetics of Snoredom / Ithaca Men's Fest
1999 - The Fairy Malaise -- Corpus Colloseum/Cornell
1998 - Our House /Philadelphia Fringe Festival
1997 - Rite Rev. Dada Channels Dancing Iguana Consciousness/ Link's
- Animals, Dreams and Televisual Transformations/ U. of Ala.
1996 - Chez Dada, Chez Moi/ Cornell U/ New World School of Arts, Miami
1995 - Name-Dropping, Art-Barking Dummies/ Cornell U.
- Merce Cunningham and The Shrine of Dancing Iguana
Consciousness/ Cornell U.
1994 - Sweet Homecoming Chicago/ Link's Hall, Chicago
1993 - Ramona Works for a Cure/ St. Mark's Church & Artist's Space, NYC
1987 - Miller's Wife/ P.S. 1, NYC
1981 - 1991 Beehive --Kitchen, Brooklyn Academy of Music,
Public Theatre/NYC, Angers, Paris, Abbey Fontevraud/France – Boston Ballet - Cornell
New York State Dance Force (yearly project funding) –2007—now
Community Arts Partnership Grant Tompkins County –2016, 2010, 2007
Cornell Council for the Arts Grant–2010, 2007, 2006, 2004, 1999
Alabama Arts Award - 1992
New York Foundation Choreography Fellowship - 1988
New York State Council on the Arts Film Grants -1987, 1983
BESSIE (New York Performance Award) - 1985
NEA Choreography Fellowships - 1987, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981,1975
NEA Film/Video Fellowships - 1987, 1985, 1982
1st Prize/ West Alabama Jr. Welfare Association - 1969
3rd Prize/ Chattahoochee Valley Exposition - 1963
1986 Jim Self Comes Home/ Alabama Public Television Special
1984 Beehive/ Frank Moore and Jim Self, Director/ Designers
1981 Stations by Robert Wilson/ Performer/Choreographer
In Artificial Light/featured performer/ Kurt Royston Production
1977 - 79 Locale, Torse, Exchange/ Performer/ Merce Cunningham Dance Company
1980 -1988 Jim Self and Dancers, Artistic Director
1980 -1984 Robert Wilson's The Civil Wars, Performer/Choreographer
1976 -1979 Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Dancer
1975 -1976 Self Performing Arts Company/Chicago, Artistic Director
1974 -1975 Moming Collection, Chicago/Co-Founder
1972 -1974 Chicago Dance Troupe, Performer/Choreographer