Someplace in Nowhere


Coleman’s opera. A film created by Coleman featuring his paintings. The first section, of humanscapes, was accompanied by the music of Carlo Gesualdo, Coleman’s favorite medieval composer and performed by a live choir, The Clerk’s Group. The second section, of portraits, was accompanied by specially composed music performed live by of The Delgados. “Outsider/Music” at the Barbican Theatre, London England.

Scarlet Diva


A film by Asia Argento (Opera Films, produced by Dario and Claudio Argento). A semiautobiographical feature film with Coleman as a sleazy American film producer. The film garnered first prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival.



A documentary about serial killer art collector/dealer Rick Staton by Julian Hobbs. Coleman appears as a talking head, along with his own collection and some of his paintings.

The Coleman/Ward Wedding


The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on 11/11/00. Marriage as spectacle, celebration, and performance art. Trapeze artists, dwarves, sword swallowers, guests in costume, and catered delicacies— only of foods with their heads still attached. A ventriloquist’s dummy performed the ritual.

Click HERE to view a slideshow of the wedding.

Exploding Preacherman


at Conference, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY. Coleman resurrects Professor Mombooze-o to get in touch with the Spirit-God of Explosives for his painting The Big Bang Theory. The remains of the shirt worn during this performance are later incorporated into the painting.

"Original Sin" lecture and film screening


during “Original Sin” exhibition, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT.

Lecture followed by performance by Hasil Adkins


American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.

Clayton Patterson Presents: Joe Coleman


Staten Island, NY: M/W/F Video Club. Verité video portrait by Patterson (created in 1989), including excerpts from performances and a brief tour of the subject’s Odditorium of the era; (originally aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network).

An audience with the artist


Q&A at UK launch party for Original Sin, Horse Hospital, London.

R.I.P.: Rest in Pieces


Directed by Robert Pejo, Prisma Films. A feature-length documentary about Coleman and his art, with appearances by Hasil Adkins, Jim Jarmusch, and Harold Schechter. Distributed to theaters in New York, Los Angeles, England, France, Austria, Mexico, Japan, and elsewhere.