Bruce Charlesworth is an American artist who works in film, video, photography, installation, written narrative, design, performance and interactivity. He was among the first wave of artists to take a directorial and constructed approach to photography. His stylized environments are immersive, psychological and often interactive mergers of architecture, narrative, video and sound. By turns dark, absurd, romantic, and funny, his work encourages the participation of an audience.
Charlesworth's work has been exhibited at venues such as the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the American Film Institute, the New Museum and the Whitney Biennial. Recent exhibitions have occurred at CO Berlin, the MIT Museum, the Musée McCord in Montreal, the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia, Italy and Rosegallery in Santa Monica.
His multimedia environments and installations have been commissioned by several institutions, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the International Center of Photography, the Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Zero1 Biennial in San Jose and San Francisco’s Capp Street Project, where he was the first artist-in-residence.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Fundação de Serraives in Oporto, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Charlesworth has received fellowships for his artwork from the Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2018, Charlesworth was a fellow of the Todi Circle in Umbria, Italy.