Michael Hart is a contemporary art producer, fine art photographer, website designer and performer living in Barcelona, Spain. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1981 and grew up in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. His mother Mary is a retired school teacher and his father Robert is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist.
Hart both started working as a professional actor in 1994 at twelve with the Shakespeare Festival of Fort Worth and started training as a dancer in 1997 when he was fifteen at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. That was also the year he started taking photographs.
From 2000-2003 he continued training in dance simultaneously at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in New York City where he was also working as a production assistant for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
From 2003-2009 he lived in New York City producing music concerts, dance performances and art exhibitions at Chez Bushwick, The Center for Performance Research, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Gallery 138, Jacob's Pillow, The Juilliard School, The Kitchen, The Park Avenue Armory, The Ronald Feldman Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, The Spectrum, The Watermill Center and most recently at the Abrons Arts Center in January of 2017.
In 2006 he co-founded the Marfika Music Festival with Abdel Kader Ouedraogo, the annual African music festival hosted at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, New York City.
In 2008 he was introduced to Mx Justin Vivan Bond by film maker Charles Herman-Wurmfeld and has assisted Vivian since in producing performances at the Abrons Arts Center, Frieze London, The Hudson Lodge, Joe's Pub, The Oasis: San Francisco, The Skirball Center at NYU and most recently in February of 2018, at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Since 2008 he's been touring internationally, working as the assistant to American Choreographer Trajal Harrell, producing performances and performance exhibitions at CCS Bard Galleries, Centre National De La Danse, The Hammer Museum, MoMA, MoMA PS1, Montpellier Danse, Museu de Arte do Rio, New York Live Arts, Palais De Tokyo, Sala Hiroshima, The Walker Arts Center and most recently in August of 2017, The Barbican Centre in London, England.
In Spain he produced two music concerts for Chris Garneau at Naves Matadero in Madrid. In Barcelona he's produced at Espai Erre, Espacio Práctico, Sala Hiroshima, Monkey Town: Barcelona, La Poderosa, and is currently producing art exhibitions, music concerts and performances at Bar Rufián in Poble Sec, Barcelona.
Hart's photography has been published in Art Forum, The Boston Globe, Contact Quarterly, El Pais, The Guardian, Haaretz, The Juilliard Journal, Les Inrockuptibles, L'Officiel Hommes, The Miami Herald, Mouvement, The Movement Research Performance Journal, The New York Times Style Magazine, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Time Out NYC, The Village Voice, Volt Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He shoots primarily with his trusty Leica M6.