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Valade Speaker Series: Ann Hamilton
March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist whose practice centers in the metaphorical structures and material processes of textiles and takes form as large-scale site-responsive installations, performance collaborations, print media, and public projects. Inspired by histories and geographies of place, the work’s multiple forms often juxtapose expressions of language and tactile materiality to explore relationships between the individual and the collective, the animate and inanimate, the human and
non-human animal, the silent and the spoken. Whether comprised of a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the qualities of these spaces, objects, and their atmospheres evoke an awareness of the site and the scale of the body to ask how, in a technologically extended world, the literacies of the hand and embodied knowledge matter, and the possibility for cultivating attention in a hyper distracted world of information.
Among her many honors, Hamilton has been the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world. Her major commissions include projects for Waterfront Seattle (upcoming); Park Avenue Armory (2013); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2010); The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2003); The Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2003, 1991); The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden (2002); The Musee d’;art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1997); The Art Institute of Chicago (1995); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); The Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1993); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988).
Ann Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001 as a Distinguished University Professor and current Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art.