Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
New York, NY
Cynthia Hopkins is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and theatre artist creating original works that investigate innovative forms of communication, melding music, text, video, and technical and theatrical design. She rose to recognition with a trilogy of works around memory and mortality: The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) (2009), Must Don’t Whip Um (2007), and Accidental Nostalgia (2004), which were awarded grants from the MAAF USArtists Touring grant (2009), the MAP Fund (2008), and the Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations scheme (2006, 2008). Her musical performance work addressing the climate crisis, This Clement World (2013), received a MAP Fund grant (2011) and toured extensively. She has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award (2015), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2007). Among her several new projects are a podcast titled Moving to Philadelphia (launched March 2016); and a new performance work titled Articles of Faith, about a catastrophic fire that destroyed her home (scheduled to premiere at American Dance Institute in April 2017).