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Cori Olinghouse
Visiting Faculty
Cori Olinghouse
Cori Olinghouse is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. She is the founder and director of The Portal Project, a living archives initiative dedicated to the transmission of performance through archival and curatorial frameworks, and is currently engaged in a series of projects with choreographers Jean Butler, Mina Nishimura, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Melinda Ring, Gwen Welliver, and Kota Yamazaki. Olinghouse’s approach to embodied archives has been celebrated at the Museum of Modern Art, Duke University, Bard College, and Wesleyan University, among other institutions. Drawing from fifteen years of experiential research as a performer in improvisational forms, a somatic practitioner, and time-based media archivist, she uses experimental methods to map the embodied knowledge from artists’ practices into interdisciplinary structures. Formerly, as archive director for the Trisha Brown Dance Company, she led a multi-year cataloguing and preservation initiative to assist in the legacy planning for Brown’s company and archive. This role, which relied upon her embodied experiences from having performed, taught, and restaged the work was imagined to bring attention to Brown’s own creative practices, thereby centering the presence of embodiment at the site of the archive. She holds an MA from Wesleyan University in Performance Curation from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.