Cecilia Dougherty, artist, writer

Cecilia Dougherty is an artist working in video and photography based in New York. She has been making experimental videos since 1985, and her themes have been largely about psychology, language, sexuality, outsider interpretations of popular culture, and everyday life.

Her videos have screened extensively in the US and abroad, most recently in 2015 in “Art of the Real” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY, “History of Sexuality” at the New Museum, NY, and “Time/Image” at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston. Other venues presenting her work in previous years include the New York Film Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Light Industry, Microscope Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, Irish Film Center, Dublin, the Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, and many others.

Cecilia Dougherty’s work in moving image extends to animations for iPod and multi-channel video installations.  A current project is an online collaboration with David Dasharath Kalal, In Between Theories ( that examines the speed of individual and group realization and action against the speed of theoretical discourse. The project has a curatorial aspect as well, which is reflected in the Projects section of the site.

She is a writer as well, and her first book, The Irreducible I: Space, Place, Authenticity, and Change  was published in 2013 by Atropos Press.  The book is based on research into the politics of space and place, specifically a search for ways to find authentic experiences free from the over-reach of corporate culture and pandemic consumerism.