Alyson Denny is an artist who works directly with light to make photographic abstractions, both still and moving.


She studied physics and filmmaking at Harvard, graduating with honors in 1985.  Her thesis film, Saturday Afternoon, was awarded summa cum laude and the Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate thesis work.  After graduation she worked in documentary filmmaking.  Her films, Girltalk and Total Baby (both made with Kate Davis), have been shown worldwide to much critical acclaim and are in over 50 public collections.


Ms. Denny brings to her work an extensive background in theatrical lighting and projections.  Her earliest theatrical projections were made for the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA.  More recently (2008-present) she has performed live improvised light abstractions as a member of the Joshua Light Show, accompanying Lou Reed, John Zorn, Terry Riley, Television and many others at venues including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Lincoln Center, NYC.


Her photographs have been shown regularly at the Alan Klotz Gallery, NYC, and the Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett NY, and have been reviewed by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and others (see Press).  Recently she has completed two commissioned video installations for private residences.  In 2014, Forest City acquired her video, Half & Half & Honey, for permanent installation in the lobby of Radian, their residential tower in Boston.  


Ms. Denny has guest lectured at Harvard, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia, and Yale.
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