Short Art Bio: Shalom Gorewitz

Shalom Gorewitz (1949, NYC) is a video artist and filmmaker.  He studied with Nam June Paik at the California Institute of the Arts (BFA, 1972).  He received his terminal degree from Antioch University in 1985.  During the co-vid 19 pandemic he is living in and working from an old farmhouse in a very rural part of Northeast Vermont with his wife, the poet Rachel Hadas.  Gorewitz decided to become a filmmaker after seeing Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard and Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger on a double bill at the Bleecker Street Cinema in 1966.

During the last 50 years, Gorewitz has created more than 50 experimental videos, 5 documentaries, and countless collaborative projects with dancers, musicians, and writers.  Some of these are in the permanent collections of international museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Museo de Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Gorewitz has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Department of State, America the Beautiful Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others.  He is a professor of Video Art and New Media at Ramapo College, a four year liberal arts college in New Jersey.  He also teaches and works with graduate students from the Kwame N’krumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana since 2006.

In 2020 Gorewitz produced an homage to Kenneth Anger, several new poetry-video collaborations, and a feature length fictional film starring former prisoners living in the nearby town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.  Other recent work includes an elegy for the Haitian artist Stivenson Magloire who was assassinated for political reasons in 1995 and experiments with drone cinematography.