“Her images are avant-garde painting of a high order.” – The New Yorker
“Working in the usually hard-edged medium of video, Kit Fitzgerald is a maverick sensibility. Everything she videotapes or creates on the spot . . . glows with a mysterious inner radiance.” – The New York Times
“Ms. Fitzgerald is working at the forefront of a kind of video art that transcends everyday notions of televsion. In its technical sophistication and spiritual-esthetic seriousness, it makes even the hippest manifestations of MTV seem like children’s cartoons.” – The New York Times
Kit Fitzgerald is a video artist, designer, and director working in live video performance, single-channel video, and installations.
Her recent work includes video design for the Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson opera, The Mother of Us All (a collaboration between The Juilliard School, the New York Philharmonic, and MetLiveArts), video performance and projection design for Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals directed by Peter Gordon at the Sydney Festival, Primavera Festival in Barcelona, MoFo Festival in Tasmania, and venues throughout Europe, as well music videos for major record labels.
Fitzgerald has been pioneering video as a performance medium with collaborators Peter Gordon and Max Roach at BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, LaMama, Het Muziektheater and other opera houses and theaters abroad. Other collaborators include choreographers Bill T. Jones, Donald Byrd, Yoshiko Chuma; musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ned Sublette and Matt Mottel; poets Bob Holman, Ann Waldman, and Sekou Sundiata; and theater companies The Talking Band, Northern Netherlands Theatre, and The Wooster Group.
Fitzgerald has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, including twice in the Whitney Biennale. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art where she appeared in four exhibitions. She has received commissions from Tokyo Broadcasting, NHK, and SONY Japan, and garnered prizes at international film and television festivals. She has also directed award-winning documentaries on art and culture.
Selected Video Art
Havana. 2018. One wide-shot, time lapsed, on the summer solstice in Havana, Cuba. With Julito Padrón (trumpet, vocals), Juan Carlos Marín (trombone, vocals), Roberto Jr. Vizcaíno (congas, timbales), Jeff Franzel (keys), David Van Tieghem (electric percussion), Peter Gordon (keys). Music composed, produced and mixed by Peter Gordon.
“Breakfast with Rhys”. 2018. Music by Peter Gordon.
“Temperature High.” 2016. Music by Tim Burgess and Peter Gordon from Same Language, Different Worlds.
“Unguarded.” 2016. Music by Tim Burgess and Peter Gordon from Same Language, Different Worlds.
“Beachcombing.” 2012. Music by Peter Gordon (Love of Life Orchestra), Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor) & Gabriel Gurnsey (Factory Floor)
“Don’t Don’t Redux.” 2010. Music composed and produced by Peter Gordon. Performed by Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra.
“Ghost Riders in the Sky.” 2009. Music by Ned Sublette.
Excerpt from “The Dead Man.”1992. Music by Peter Gordon.