Bill Morrison Decasia

Bill Morrison

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.”

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2012

    Film Forum

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

  • 2012

    Film Festival

    Morrison screens work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

  • 2011


    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

  • 2002

    Museum acquisition

    Decasia is acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection

  • 2003


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

  • 2004


    Morrison receives a grant from Independence Bank

  • 2005


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

  • 2006


    Morrison receives an Alpert Award in Filmmaking

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