Coleen Fitzgibbon (born 1950) is an American experimental film artist associated with Collaborative Projects, Inc. Colab. She worked under the pseudonym “Colen Fitzgibbon” between the years 1973-1980 and currently resides in New York City and Montana.
Study and work history
Fitzgibbon was a student of 1960s Structuralist cinema at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Independent Study Program where she studied with Owen Land (aka “George Landow”), Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann and Vito Acconci.
She has worked on film and sound projects for Dennis Oppenheim, Gordon Matta-Clark and Les Levine. She formed the collaborative X&Y with Robin Winters in 1976 and helped form a conceptual art project called The Offices of Peter Fend, Fitzgibbon, Jenny Holzer, Peter Nadin, Richard Prince and Robin Winters in 1979, and co-founded the New York-based Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab) in 1977 through 1981, along with forty plus artists.
Fitzgibbon and Alan W. Moore created an 11:41-minute film in 1978 (finished in 2009) of a No Wave concert to benefit Colab called "X Magazine Benefit”, documenting performances of DNA, James Chance and the Contortions, and Boris Policeband in NYC in the late 1970s. Shot in black and white Super 8 and edited on video, the film captures the gritty look and sound of the music scene during that era. In 2013 it was exhibited at Salon 94, an art gallery in New York City.
Fitzgibbon has also screened her work at international film festivals, museums and galleries, including New Museum, VIENNALE (Vienna Internatl Film Festival), Hunter College, The Toronto International Film Festival; Museum of Modern Art, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Light Industry, NYC; De Appel, Amsterdam; Exit Art, NYC; Subliminal Projects Gallery, LA.
- Land of Nod (1992/2013)
- SYBAR (1975/2012)
- Der Spiegel (1976/2011)
- Document (Public Records) (1976/2011)
- Lower East Side (LES) (1976/2011)
- Dictionary (1975/2011)
- Daily News (1974/2011)
- I.S. Migration (1974/2010)
- Money (C. Perlman and Coleen Fitzgibbon) (1996)
- Restoring the Appearance to Order in 12 Min. (1975)
- TIME (Cover to Cover) (1975)
- FM/TRCS (1974)
- Internal System (1974)
- Beach (2012)
- Rose Selavee (2012)
- Make A Movie (1974/2011)
- Trip to Carolee (1973/2011)
- Portraits 71 -72 (1972/2011)
- Found Film Flashes (1973)
- Gym (1973)
- East Village Artists (1990/2012, video)
- Peter Fend at Essex Street Gallery (1990-2012)
- X-Magazine Benefit (1978/2009)
- Far East Memories: Interview With Hiroshi Teshigahara (1990) (Complete)
- L.M. (1990)
- Virgin Beauty On Ludlow (1989)
- Carlo McCormick, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, Princeton University Press, 2006.
- Alan W. Moore and Marc Miller, eds. ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery New York: ABC No Rio with Collaborative Projects, 1985.
- Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-906155-02-5
- Pearlman, Alison, Unpackaging Art of the 1980s. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2003.
- Taylor, Marvin J. (ed.). The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, foreword by Lynn Gumpert. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-691-12286-5
- Fitzgibbon official website
- Interview with P. Adams Sitney
- Coleen Fitzgibbon on Vimeo