artistic director, writer,director, production designer
Kevin Cunningham is an award-winning writer, director, designer, producer, inventor and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is an adjunct professor of interdisciplinary arts at Columbia University. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and 3LD Art & Technology Center, the company’s internationally acclaimed new home in Lower Manhattan. 3LD is a home for 3-Legged Dog which produces several new works a year there and hosts approximately 700 international artists a year for 6 week to 6 month residencies focusing on the creation of new large scale, experimental artworks of all kinds. He is currently forming an international production consortium and secondary cinematic and digital marketplace for experimental art, providing an extended life, distribution and international resource scale for works created at 3LD.
Since 1994 Cunningham has focused on the creation of his own large-scale, live, multimedia performance/installation works. Works include: House of Bugs, The Realism of Simple Machines, Automatic Earth, Kampuchea/Loisaida, Accidental Records, Degeneracy, Losing Something and A Line of You at 3LD Art & Technology Center. He recently completed designing and directing 3-Legged Dog’s hit multi-media performance/installation of Chuck Mee’s Fire Island which was also nominated for a Hewes Award. He also showed a retrospective of his large-scale video and interactive work, Why Aren’t You Naked? In 2009.He just finished directing and designing Spy Garbo (Drama Desk Nominated Lighting Design) and he is currently working on a new collaboration with Chuck Mee: Paris Orgy, the design for which will focus on a fully immersive 3-Dimensional HD video surround.
In the summer of 2011, Cunningham’s Losing Something and Fire Island were selected for the Prague Quadrennial. His surround video design done in collaboration with Trey Laird for the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, was seen though Summer 2010 in the Cantor Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Cunningham is the author, designer and director of many multidisciplinary artworks and has been working as a professional artist since 1980.
Awards and honors include the Prague Quadrennial 2011, the 2007 American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award, Venice Bienalle 2004 and 2008, two Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Awards, residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation’s Barn and The Rockefeller Study And Conference Center. Cunningham serves on the Steering and Culture Committees and is on the Advisory Board of the Cultural Strategies Institute (CSI) at Demos and on the International Steering Committee for the Interdependence Movement centered at Radialsystem in 2010 and at 3LD and Lincoln Center in 2011. He also served on panels or as a speaker for National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts,The Nordic Arts & Audiences Conference, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Edward Albee Foundation (8 years), The Millay Colony, The Theater Communications Group, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, International Society for the Performing Arts, The National Association for Media Arts and Culture, The American Assembly and Interdependence Day. His work has been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, American Express Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding the Luesther T. Mertz Trust and government agencies such as Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Science Foundation. Cunningham received his BFA in Sculpture and Installation Art and his M.A. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston where he studied with Donald Barthelme during the 6 years before his death and with Edward Albee. Cunningham also did graduate work in linguistics and critical theory at Rice University. Cunningham is an avid martial artist and holds Shodan (first degree black belt) rank in Aikido and Iaido, he is also proficient in juijitsu, jodo, tantojuitsu and karate.