Chrysanne Stathacos (born 1951, Buffalo, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist of Greek, American and Canadian origin. Her work has encompassed print, textile, performance and conceptual art. Stathacos is heavily involved with and influenced by feminism, Greek Mythology, eastern spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism, all of which inform her current artistic practice. She currently divides her time between Athens, Greece; Toronto, Canada; and the Himalayas.
Stathacos has exhibited in museums, galleries, and public venues internationally. She has participated in countless exhibitions in various media, but she is most known for her unique combination of performance and installation. Her performance installation 1-900 Mirror Mirror (1993-96) premiered at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and traveled to six venues. 1-900 Mirror Mirror will be shown at Frieze NY with The Breeder, Athens from May 5- May 7th . Here is the link to the book on the history of the project 1993-96 – With text by AA Bronson and photographs by Maxine Henryson.
The Banquet (1992), her collaboration with Hunter Reynolds, (a.k.a. Patina du Prey), originally presented at Thread Waxing Space, New York, is being commemorated on May 1, 2017 at Participant Inc, New York, to mark it’s 25th anniversary. She presented The Wish Machine (1997) at Grand Central Station under the auspices of Creative Time Inc., and the project went on to countless venues across North America, Europe and Asia. AA Bronson included her performance and installation Rose Mirror Mandala (2006) in three exhibition projects: originally created for the Dalai Lama, it was featured in The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, (2013), as well as in exhibition projects at the Kunstverein Salzburg and the Kunstverein Graz, (both 2015).
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of her seminal interactive public art project, The Wish Machine, first presented at Grand Central Station in New York City, and commissioned by Creative Time. Since then The Wish Machine has traveled around the world in various forms with more than 80,000 people participating. More information can be found at wishmachine.com
Chrysanne Stathacos has been active as an artist/curator/educator for over forty years.Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Stathacos was active in the Toronto artist-run community, curating projects for A-Space, and co-directing The Gap, a performance art space she was a co-founder. In the late 1970s Stathacos became associated with the art collective General Idea, eventually moving to New York and sharing a studio with the group’s founders, AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. She founded Expanded Art Ideas, an innovative art education program for Artists’ Space, New York and directed the program until 2016. She launched MOMMY,a web site celebrating women artists with artist Susan Silas in 2011,(http://mommybysilasandstathacos.com). She is a founding Director of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, (dgli.org) a non- profit organization that works to help Tibetan Buddhist women practitioners in India and Tibet, inspired by the life work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
She has received funding for her projects and her artwork from foundations and government agencies such as the Art Matters Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, among others.
She is represented in numerous public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
The Breeder Gallery, Athens, presented Chez Anne, a three day performance in January, 2017. Currently Stathacos is working on the Greek India Project.
Her CV can be found at this link