Slave to a Narrative (still), 2013. Performance. Courtesy of the artist. 


Marisa Williamson is a New York-based performance and video artist. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012, the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014–2015, attended the Shandaken Project at Storm King in 2015. She has staged site-specific performances at and in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Storm King Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Williamson’s short film exploring Hemings’ time spent in Paris, shot on location in France, has screened in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. Her videos, performances, and objects are exhibited regularly in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She has taught at Pratt Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, and is currently teaching media at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.