Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(Brooklyn, NY)Joseph Keckler

I am an Opera

In I am an Opera, Joseph Keckler sets out to mingle classical form and contemporary content by representing details from his own quotidian existence through a fractured use of opera-- a genre that is often regarded as being artificial, exotic, antiquated, and even deceased. Part satire, part self-portrait, and part aesthetic exorcism, I am an Opera delves not only into the question of when life becomes art, but when life becomes dead art.


Joseph Keckler is a performance artist, writer, and singer. His full-length performance pieces and concerts have been presented by The New Museum, SXSW Music, Joe's Pub, La MaMa, Amsterdam's Bellevue Theatre, and many other venues. Joseph has completed residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo and has received a 2012 NYFA Fellowship in recognition of his interdisciplinary body of work.