Marcy B. Freedman is an artist and an art historian based in the New York metropolitan area. While it has been a challenge to pursue both of these career paths, Marcy is convinced that her endeavors in each field have enriched her work in the other.
As a visual artist, Marcy has explored a variety of mediums – from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and performance art. Her works have been shown in more than 400 exhibitions around the country, and she has presented solo performances in a wide range of public and private venues.
Collaboration is an important part of Marcy’s artistic life. Since 2001, she has worked with Gene Panczenko on dozens of video projects, which have been featured in galleries and museums and/or presented as free, public screening events. Freedman was a founding member of EYE, a group of artists who presented live, improvisational painting performances. She was part of The Cathouse Associates, creating and exhibiting collaborative drawings, collages, and small sculptures. She has written and presented several multi-media performance events, often collaborating with the musicians of SKIN AGAINST METAL, as well as dancers and poets.
Recently, Freedman joined forces with two other artists to form In_Question. This group created large public installations, curated exhibitions, and staged various events in order to provoke thought and encourage conversation. During the pandemic, Freedman and her colleague Carla Rae Johnson formed Thunder & Light, to support creative endeavors of all sorts, while promoting the principles of democracy and social justice for all. In 2022, Thunder and Light started a newsletter called “The Artistic License.” This monthly publication features essays, poetry, photography, cartoons and more, contributed by the founding artists themselves, as well as other local talents.
Marcy utilizes her background in art history — an undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees — in her public lectures and curatorial projects. Recently, her focus as a curator has been video and performance art.