Lewis Klahr is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which use found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. Klahr's films have been included in The Whitney Biennial 3 times and screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.
In May 2010 The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a 5 program retropsective of Klahr’s films. In March 2013 his digital Films received a weekend retro at the Museum of the Moving Image and an 8 page profile/interview in Artforum. In 2010 “Wednesday Morning Two A.M.” was awarded a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 1994 “The Pharaoh’s Belt” received a special citation for experimental work from the National Society of Film Critics. Klahr’s work is in MoMA’s permanent collection, as well as various private collections.
Klahr’s feature length series "Sixty Six" premiered in December 2015 at MoMA in a sold out screening. It was included on NY Times critic Manohla Dargis’ 10 Best Films of the year list. Throughout 2016 and 2017 "Sixty Six" extensively toured the U.S. and the world at film festivals, cinemas and museums.
Klahr was The Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner, the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received funding from the NEA, NYSCA, CAPS, the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital.
Lewis Klahr lives in Los Angeles and teaches full time in the California Art Institute’s Theater School. Lewis Klahr's work is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.