Local Artist Residency
Lionel Popkin is an artist born and raised in Indiana to an Indian mother and a Jewish father. His mixed-race and malleable identity markers place him in a continuously shifting position within the racial and social discourse created from the twin sins of genocide and slavery that formed the dominant power structures in America. His work questions how bodies, objects, and media are allowed to exist in time and space.
Popkin has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, The Getty Center, and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles; Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City; the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in Massachusetts; The Painted Bride and Philadelphia Dance Projects in Philadelphia; ODC in San Francisco; The Place Theater in London; and the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival in Guangzhou, China. Popkin has been a dancer in the companies of Trisha Brown, Terry Creach, and Stephanie Skura. Popkin is currently a Professor of Choreography and Performance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA.