Sally Szwed Speaks

I will never forget the night Michelle’s search for Agent Cooper began… well to be fair the night it began in public. Even as one of Michelle’s close friends, I don’t even really know when exactly the search began, but I imagine it was long, long before the crisp fall night (October 2010 to be exact) at the Gowanus Studio Space, the first venue for Michelle’s public call to action. I remember it all so clearly maybe because I was responsible for advancing the slides on Michelle’s power point, and in a way responsible for bringing us all one step closer to Cooper. It was a role I did not take lightly.

Little did I know this night would be the beginning of a multi-year search that still goes on.  Michelle’s tactics have continued to evolve, and her dedication to the search for dear Cooper has only intensified. Many might wonder why a beautiful, smart woman like Michelle has dedicated her prime years to search for a fictional character. However, if you are ever lucky enough to meet Michelle in person and witness any aspect of her search, you too would understand. You too would believe.

All in the name of finding him. Michelle’s search is a testimony to humankind and faith in all that is good in the world. It is a testimony to the power of art, community action, and resilience. I believe now is the time for Michelle, and all of us to find Cooper.

-Sally Szwed

Curator of Engagement, Creative Time Summit
CREATIVE TIME

Jen Liu Speaks

Dear David,

Michelle Levy is a remarkable artist whose sole mission is to deliver from darkness to light, the proto-paternal/romantic male figures of her life.  One of the most important of these figure is Agent Cooper, a figure in transit between non-place and place, between cinematic fiction and the real (aging) body of the actor, and now between the 90s and the 2010’s: the span of a generation.
I hope you have an idea of what Michelle is asking of you.  To my mind, it seems like the perfect moment to foster a secondary story, that of an aspiring young artist who counts your work as key to the narrative of her own coming-of-age.  It should not be an interruption, it is another story running under the main story, deepening the complexity of its host: embedding the social impact of the original, within the fabric of its own renewal.

Sincerely Yours,

Jen Liu
Artist

Kate McCrickard Speaks

Dear Messrs. Lynch and Frost,

An appearance by visual and performance artist, Michelle Levy, in the new series of Twin Peaks, might add a further embedded code to your complex psychological riddle. She brings with her an army of fans from the art world who have diligently followed her quest for Agent Cooper. Her desire to rescue Cooper after his disappearance into The Black Lodge is commendable; there is something of the medieval platonic love to it. Cooper shares such values. He is the prince come to save Laura. Levy comes to save him. She kept Cooper alive when others thought he may never make it back. She did not forget him.

A brief appearance by Levy, who has such an evident psychic connection to Cooper, might read as nothing to those who are out of her loop, but to those in the know, it would resolve a years’ long project – a slow hunt for Cooper that has arisen not purely by chance – in a brilliant manner.

Levy is magnetic on stage. Her Cooper project has gained a cult following in response to her and the source material. And she is deeply photogenic and engaging, like most of your cast.

Please consider her request to appear.

On behalf of the European fan base,

Sincerely,

Kate McCrickard
Paris

Angela Conant Speaks

Dear Mr. Lynch,

Perhaps the chief reason why Michelle Levy is ideal to participate in the project of the return of Twin Peaks, is because she is above and beyond unlike any other person. I have known Michelle for eight years and I know that her exceptional nature is exemplary of the fascinating, complex and absurd characters of Twin Peaks.

She found something in Agent Cooper that is undeniably in her: a tenacious and unyielding sense of query. She is convinced she can connect with him, and because of this like trait, it is undeniably so. To be sure, she already has. To miss the opportunity to include her would be to pass up the potential for magic that follows Michelle wherever she treads: from reality to imaginary and back.

In reality, between curating acclaimed exhibition programming at the Elizabeth Foundation Project Space in Manhattan, she has honed performance work that is nothing short of masterful in its capacity to harness the imagination and heart of an audience. This was evident in one of her early Agent Cooper related performances wherein ones future was told and/or wish fulfilled on the paper plate licked clean of the perfect cherry pie. In the imaginary, Michelle’s childhood being and adult yearning make more sense of the world than a lot of truth; she created her own reality where Cooper looks over her Brooklyn haunts.

Michelle is a serious, talented performer, curator and artist. As a fan of Twin Peaks, an admirer of Michelle and as an artist, it is without reservation that I highly suggest you give me and all of my fellow Michelle Levy admirers the honor of witnessing her interact with your beautiful and dangerous world.

Yours,
Angela Conant

Benjamin Cohen Speaks

Michelle Levy is not a fan of Twin Peaks, she is already a part of it.

Where the first Twin Peaks left off, Michelle carried on: asking new questions, prodding and entering into new mysteries, focusing the themes of alternating realities, extending them into the real and unreal spaces of performance.

The new Twin Peaks does not pick up where the old left off, but where Michelle has left off. To include this project would be the most logical and magical continuation.
Yours, and a Fan,
Ben Cohen.

Michelle’s Brother Speaks

If Cooper is coming back, I can only assume the seances worked. The pie had the intended effect. Michelle has performed a feat of great wonder. Now it’s only fair they meet in person to complete the circle. And to share a hot cup of coffee. Let the vision that led to a new vision become a vision of its own.

Doug Levy
NYC

Matt Stromberg Speaks

Growing up, I was an awkward child. I spent a lot of time indoors, listening to music and watching tv. When twin peaks came on, it was like a revelation. A network show that was made for me, the weird, shy kid who felt more kinship with Donna, Bobby and James than with the square jocks on 90210. I wore out Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise’s soundtrack on cassette, stayed up late on school nights reading The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, and rushed to the theater when Fire Walk With Me came out.
Over time, my enthusiasm for the program faded into just a fond memory. Twenty years later, Michelle Levy reinvigorated my passion for twin peaks with her “searching for agent cooper” series. Michelle’s multi-media performances take the show’s internal mythology and fuse it with her own personal and artistic experiences. Through her works, Agent Cooper lives again as a potent, creative force. What a wonderfully serendipitous moment it would be to see Michelle Levy — a fervent advocate for the transformative power of twin peaks — as a character in the show’s latest incarnation.
Sincerely,
Matt Stromberg
Arts Writer, Los Angeles