Michel Auder

Michel Auder has since 1969 been compiling an ongoing video diary that is a candid chronicle of his life and the downtown New York art scene. Recording friends, family, and a "cast" of artists, writers, and downtown luminaries, from Viva and Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, he captures a cultural milieu. Transcending documentary, Auder's video journals resonate with an idiosyncratipoetry. 

Michel Auder began making films in the early 1960s. By 1968, filmmaking became his primary conduit through his association with a constellation of radical independent filmmakers in Paris known as the Zanzibar Group. Mr. Auder first acquired a video camera in 1969; since then, his work has spanned a variety of styles and genres, from fictional narratives to media appropriation collages, travelogues to exercises in mediated voyeurism, and video portraits. Over the years, he has recorded thousands of hours of video. This seemingly indefatigable use of video provokes a sense of infinite coverage, ostensibly effacing the distinction between experience, memory, and representation, and consequently brings further attention to the way technologies of representation mediate individual and social histories. The archive of footage he has amassed, and continues to collect, provides the source material from which discrete works are created, ranging in length from under five minutes to several hours. While a few works were formed completely in-camera, most have been edited years, and sometimes decades, after the original footage was shot. As time passes, certain situations, people, and images are revisited, edited, and released from the archive. As such, the chronicles necessarily change with time. This process of explicit recollection is not about retrieval as much as it is about retelling and the processes of memory: looking back from the present on events in the past and searching for a means to tell stories, to communicate. 

Most recently, Mr. Auder's work has been the subject of retrospectives at the 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, as well as exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art, Participant Inc., New York, and the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden. He was appointed senior critic in sculpture at Yale in 2006.


" The adjectives “diaristic” and “discursive” naturally attach themselves to the pioneering films and videos of French-born, New York–based artist Michel Auder. Born in Soisson in 1945, he first fell under the heady influence of the French New Wave as a teenager. Thereafter, he met and married Andy Warhol muse and writer Viva, moved to New York, and bought a Sony Portapak, with which he began assiduously chronicling the Factory and the downtown New York scene, as well as his own tumultuous life, in what has become an ongoing personal video archive. Such is the meditative and retrospective power of Auder’s filmic voice and sensibility, however, that he can make this antic cultural milieu and nearly everything he turns his camera on feel hushed and full of pathos and portent. "

Quinn Latimer, June 2010

Born in 1945, in France. Lives and works in New York City (USA)


  • Stories, Myths, Ironies and other songs : Conceived, Directed, Edited and Produced by M. Auder - Kunsthalle, Basel (Suisse)
  • Retrato de Michel Auder - culturgest, Lisbonne (Portugal)
  • Monographic Screenings, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
  • Matter of Fact, Hessel Museum, Bard College NY
  • Etablissement d’enface, Brussels, Belgium
  • Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • Language is Only a Word and I'm so Jealous of Birds, NoPlace, Oslo, Norway, (curated by Kristine Jærn Pilgaard)
  • Dinner Is Served, Art Unlimited, Art 42 Basel, Switzerland
  • Endless Column and Narcolepsy, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy 
  • The World Out of my Hands, Lund Konsthall, Sweden
  • Keeping Busy: An Inaccurate Survey of Michel Auder, Zach Feuer Gallery, Newman Popiashvili Gallery & Participant Inc NY & Volume2 L A, CA. 
  • Heads of Town, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Michel Auder Survey, Cubitt Gallery, London, England
  • Peace Among Topographers, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York.
  • European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany (curated by Anders Kreuger)
  • The Feature, Berlin, London and Denmark Film Festivals
  • Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dope and Narcotica Series, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
  • Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin, Germany 
  • Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
  • Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
  • The World Out of My Hands, Newman Popaishvili Gallery, New York
  • Retrospective at 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Michel Auder: Viewer and Participant, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille France
  • Other Things with Michel Auder, Ocularis, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner)
  • Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes, Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts
  • Michel Auder: Secret Sharer, Participant Inc., New York
  • Michel Auder: Selected Works 1970 – 2003, Anthology Film Archives, New York 
  • Michel Auder: Retrospective 1969-2002, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
  • Michel Auder: Video, Film, Photography 1969-2001, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden (brochure)
  • Portrait of Alice Neel, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • The Vanuatu Chronicles, AC Project Room, New York, NY
  • Jacob Fabricius-Nicolaï Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Thread Waxing Space, New York (catalogue)
  • Anthology Film Archives, New York
  • Daniel Buchholz Gallery, Cologne, Germany
  • All My Worldly Posessions, with Wolfgang Tillmans, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
  • Halle für Kunst e.V. Lüneburg, Germany (catalogue)
  • Robert Prime Gallery, London
  • Cleopatra, Anthology Film Archives, New York
  • A Personal Narrative of Travel to Bolivia, AC Project Room, New York
  • 5 Ring Circus, AC Project Room, New York
  • Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
  • A Personal Narrative of Travel to Bolivia, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York (brochure)
  • Screen Life, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
  • Voyage to the Center of the Phone Lines, Nicole Klagsburn Gallery, New York
  • Diaries, Long Beach Museum of Art, California
  • Selected Video Works 1970 – 1991, Anthology Film Archives, New York, (catalogue)
  • Alice Neel, Keene State College, New Hampshire
  • A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, University of Wisconsin
  • Seduction of Patrick, University of Oklahoma
  • TV America, Williams College, Massachusetts
  • Cindy Sherman, I.T.A. Corporation, Bard College, Mexico
  • Chasing the Dragon, The Kitchen, New York
  • Cindy Sherman, B.R.T. Television, Brussels, Belgium
  • Fragments/Text/Notes/Documents…, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
  • All Lights off, Short Reports, The Kitchen, New York
  • Alice Neel, Gippsland Institute, Churchill, Australia
  • Alice Neel, Alexandria Museum, Louisiana
  • Cindy Sherman, Cincinnati Museum, Ohio
  • Cindy Sherman, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas 
  • Installation (Cindy Sherman), Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo 
  • Stories, Myths, Ironies, Songs, Squat Theater, New York
  • The Kitchen, New York
  • Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York
  • LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London, UK
  • Idea of Latin America, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo Sevilla, Spain
  • Something in the Way, Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten Islands, Norway
  • Lust Und Luster, Kunst Museum, Bern, Germany (catalogue)
  • Strange Comfort, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland 
  • The Feature, Anthology Film Archive and MoMA 
  • Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • BB5, Fifth Berlin Biennial V, Berlin, Germany (curated by Adam Szymczyk & Elena Filipovic)
  • FIDMarseille, Marseille, France
  • Andy Warhol, Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet: Art, Architecture and Cinema, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
  • Blago Bung, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY           
  • Videoex Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dear Mosquito of My Heart, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984, Grey Art Gallery, New York           
  • Manhattan Transfer, Zone: Chelsea Center for  the Arts, New York, NY (curated by John Weber)
  • The Future has a Silver Lining, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Amator/: Camera Buff, SUITE 106 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Summer Shorts, Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
  • Prêts à prêter, Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille, France
  • The First Decade-Video From the EAI Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • St. Petrischnee, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
  • The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue) 
  • Re-Make, Re-Model. Secret Histories of Art, Pop, Life and the Avant-garde,
  • Steirischer, Herbst, Graz, Austria
  • Hollywood Realism, with Jeremy Blake, Venetia Kapernekas Fine Arts, New York
  • Cindy Sherman Retrospective, “Cindy Sherman”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Inglenook, Feigen Contemporary, New York (traveled)
  • The Cultured Tourist, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks and Projects, New York                                                                                                                    
  • Cindy Sherman Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan & Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan                       
  • Galerie Froment Puttman, Paris, France
  • Voyeurs Delights, Franklin Furnace, New York
  • The Real, The Fictional, The Virtual, Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
  • Ariane Lopez-Huici and Michel Auder, AC Project Room, New York
  • Mondo Cane V.R., International Video Week, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Video Viewpoints, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Pure Hinterland, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
  • Better Living through Chemistry, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
  • The Rome Project, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence  (catalogue)
  • The Arts for Television, (catalogue) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Hamburg Forum Messe, Germany
  • Vienna Museum Moderne Kunst, Austria
  • Pallazo dei Diamanti, Florence, Italy
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 
  • Twilight, Festival Belluard Bollewerk, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Cindy Sherman Retrospective, Dallas Museum of Art
  • Roles, Representation, Sexuality Series, Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence
  • L’Epoque, La Morale, La Mode, La Passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Roles, Representation, Sexuality Series, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Two Moon July Benefit, The Kitchen, New York
  • Meditated Narratives, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Famous for Thirty Seconds (Artist in the Media), Artists Space, New York
  • Fragments, Stories told, Mysterious Landscapes, Millennium Film Workshop, New York
  • Video Viewing Room, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York
  • Transference, White Columns, New York
  • Video: Heroes/Anti-Heroes, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
  • Cindy Sherman Survey, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
  • Festival Internazionale del Video, Campo Boario, Rome, Italy
  • Cindy Sherman, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • May 27, 1984, “TV America”, Metro Pictures, New York
  • Annie Sprinkle, Arts and Commerce Gallery, New York
  • Benefit Bash at the World for White Columns, New York
  • The 17th Sao Paulo International Biennale, Brazil
  • Progressive Video, “Six Television: Cityscape…Landscape…Escape”
  • Jon Leon Gallery, New York
  • New Soap Video, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
  • Video Tape Review, Video Data Bank, Chicago Art Expo
  • The Red Bar, Arts and Commerce, New York 
  • The Video Diary of a Madman, The Kitchen, New York
  • A.F.I. National Video Festival, Los Angeles
  • J.F.K. Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
  • Meet the Makers, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library
  • A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, The Kitchen, New York
  • Jesus, The Kitchen, New York
  • Video vis a T ergo, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York

Michel Auder : “Rona Yefman by Nichel Auder", BOMB 115/Spring 2011 
Smith, Roberta : "A Collection's Contest of Objects" New York Times, August 2011         
Taubin, Amy : “Michel Auder, Man with a Camera" Artforum, November, 2010
Kley, Elisabeth : “Human Camera" Artnet, July 27, 2010
Kley, Elisabeth : "Keeping busy: An Inaccurate Survey of Michel Auder" TimeOut New York, August 4, 2010
Gover, Michael : “Michel Auder Survey,” Independant, July 9, 2009
Lee, Nathan : “The Feature,” The New York Times, Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Coggins, David : “Peace Among Topographers,” Art in America, February, 2009
Searle, Adrian : “Toil and Rubble,” The Guardian,  April 8, 2008
Picard, Andréa : “Featuring Michel Auder,” CenemaScope, Issue 34
Del Vecchio, Gigiotto : "Michel Auder,” Frieze, Issue 109, September, 2007.
Ratcliff, Clarter : “A Kiss Across the Ages”, Tate Etc., Issue 11, Autumn 2007.
Moulène, Claire : ”Michel Auder,” Les Inrockuptibles, September, 2006
Moulène, Claire : “Goings on About Town,” The New Yorker, May, 2006
Moulène, Claire : “Michel Auder: (S)extant et Plus”, Artforum, November 2005.
Chavoya, Ondine : “Michel Auder: chroniques et autre scènes,” 11E Biennale De L’Image
Chavoya, Ondine : Mouvement, February 2004.
Moulène, Claire : ”Michel Auder: Je vidéo,” Les Inrockuptibles, September, 2005.
Chavoya, Ondine : “Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes,” Williams College Museum, February 2004.
Doswold, Christoph : “Prêt à prêter,” Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azure, 2000/2004.
Muder, Heike : “St. Patrischnee,” Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst,  June 15, 2002.
Walker, Hamza : “Straight to Video”, Renaissance Society Publication, March 10, 2002.
Larsen, Lars Bang : “Michel Auder, Rooseum, Malmo”, Nu Magazine, October 14, 2001.
Frahm, Nicolai : “Michel Auder/Jens Haaning”, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 29, July 2000.
Neel, Alex : “Michel Auder  + Jeremy Blake, ‘Hollywood Realism’”, Time Out, March 11, 1999.
Currah, Mark : “Michel Auder at Robert Prime”, Time Out London, January 27, 1999.
Johnson, Ken : “Michel Auder”, The New York Times, November 20, 1998.
Cameron, Dan : “Michel Auder’s ‘5 Ring Circus’ at AC Project Room”, Artforum, January 1998.
Smith, Roberta : “Michel Auder”, The New York Times, May 2, 1997.
Yablonsky, Linda : “Michel Auder and Ariane Lopez-Huici”, Time Out, January 1996.
Smith, Roberta : “Ariane Lopez-Huici and Michel Auder”, Also of Note, The New York Times, February,1996.
Saltz, Jerry : “Michel Auder at Nicole Klagsbrun”, Art in America, July 1994.
Klonarides, Carol : “Michel Auder interview from a phone”, Bomb Magazine, Summer 1994.
Cameron, Dan : “Goings on About Town’, The New Yorker, February 1994.
Waters, Jack : “Michel Auder at Nicole Klagsbrun”, January 1994.
McKenna, Kristine : “Four ‘Diaries’ are Opened for Public Viewing”, L.A. Times, September, 1993.
Rogers, Michael : “Portrait of the Artist via Video Diaries”, The Orange County Register, September 1993.
Taubin, Amy : “Voice Choice”, The Village Voice, 1990.
Holden, Steve : “The New York Times, September 1987.
Riley, Bob : “Currents”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, April 1986. (flyer notes)
MacGivern, Shawn : The Boston Globe, May 1986.
Friis-Hansen, Dana : “Video: Heroes (Anti-Heroes)”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,Texas, December 1984. (flyer notes)
Tatransky, Valantine : “Portrait of a Porno Star”, Arts Magazine, April 1984.
Riley, Bob : “The Arts Television” exhibition catalogue, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / The Museum Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Ginsberg, Merle : “Soap Video”, The Soho Weekly News, February 1981.
Rosenbaum, Jonathan : “Declarations of Independents”, The Soho Weekly News, February 1981.
Harrison, Helen : “Poetic View of TV”, The New York Times, March 1980.
Indiana, Gary : “Black Moon”, Bomb Magazine, March 1980.

Michel Auder, Cindy Sherman, print 35 x 23 in, edition of 5
Michel Auder, Florencia, 2007, Print, 24 x 17 in - Edition 1 of 3 (+AP)
Michel Auder, Cat in the afternoon, 2008, Print, 22 x 11 in - Edition 2 of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Movies, 2010, Print, 28 x 19 in - Edition 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Heads of the Town : The Beach, 2010, Print, 30 x 20 in - Edition 2 of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Andy flash, Print, edition of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Keep busy 6, print, edition of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Viva - mirror, 1969, print, edition of 3 (+2AP)
Michel Auder, Keep busy 30, print 35 x 23 in, edition of 3 (+2AP)