Stephan Koplowitz’s site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Koplowitz wants to counteract our growing obsession with digital/virtual space. Through the creation of original works for public spaces, both urban and environmental, communities can discover and rediscover the knowns and unknowns of their own town square.
His first well known site work, was in 1987 when he was commissioned by Dancing in the Streets to create Fenestrations for the windows of Grand Central Terminal. This work was seen, over two performances by 16,000 people and was not only critically acclaimed but has since been considered a seminal example of site-specific choreography. Many of his site-specific works from 1987 to the present day have occurred in locations for the first time and are considered historic on both a level of art and production.
Since the premiere of Fenestrations, Koplowitz went on to create five more large scale site-specific works for Dancing in the Streets (1988-91) at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, Union Station, Washington D.C., the State of Illinois Center, Chicago and the 30 th Street Station, Philadelphia. He began to make full evening works in 1993 with his Off the Walls audience interaction performance event at the Portland Museum of Art which was followed by two major commissions from the Dance Umbrella Festival in London at the Natural History Museum (Genesis Canyon) and the British Library (Babel Index). In 1999, he was the first artist commissioned by the Choreographic Centre NRW, Essen, Germany (Köhle Korper).
Since the year 2000, he has created works at the Library of the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, (In)Formations (2000), the Rice University Campus, Houston, grand staircases across three boroughs of New York City, The Grand Step Project, 2004, the Bates College campus, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (iseea) 2007, Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce Liquid Landscapes (2008, seven water related distinct works at seven sites), Los Angeles, Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce Liquid Landscapes, Plymouth, UK (2009,seven water related distinct works at seven sites), Gustavus Adolphus College campus (2012), the Waterwall Park, Houston (2012), the Milwaukee Art Museum and North Point Water Tower, Milwaukee (2013), the Los Angeles Metro (2013), the Ohio State University campus (2014), Waterfront Park, San Diego (2015), Yerba Buena Gardens, SF (2017), Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston, ME (2017), Northfield, MN (2018)....