Brown Arts

Peter Born

Visiting Lecturer in the Arts


Peter Born works as a director, composer and designer of performance and installation, often in collaboration with Okwui Okpokwasili, with whom he created work, most recently in collaboration with Okwui Okpokwasili on their installation “Poor People’s TV Room (SOLO)” at the New Museum.  Other collaborations with Okpokwasili include “Sitting on a Man’s Head” (2019), “Adaku’s Revolt” (2019), “At the Anterior Edge” (2018), “Poor People’s TV Room” (2017), “when I return, who will receive me” (2016), “Bronx Gothic (The Oval)” (2014), “Bronx Gothic” (2013) and “pent up:  a revenge dance” (2009), as well as an album they produced together “day pulls down the sky” (2019).  Their work has also appeared in the Berlin Biennale and at the Tate.  He collaborated with David Thomson as a director, designer and writer on “The Venus Knot” (2017) and “he his own mythical beast” (2018), and as a set designer for Nora Chipaumire’s “rite/riot” (2014) and “El Capitan Kinglady” (2016).  Four of Peter’s collaborations have garnered New York Dance Performance “Bessie” Awards.  His work as an art director and prop stylist has been featured in video and photo projects with Vogue, Estee Lauder, Barney’s Co-op, Bloomingdales, Old Navy, “25” magazine, The Wall Street Journal and No Strings Puppet Productions. He is a former New York public high school teacher, itinerant floral designer, corporate actor-facilitator, video maker and furniture designer.