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Studio Lecture Series: Gary Hill

Thu May 4th 2017, 5:30 - 7:00pm
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Department of Art & Art History
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way
Studio Lecture Series: Gary Hill

Language Willing

Something will happen...


All was still and exquisitely placed as if by a giant hand. Perhaps it was a secret project, which for whatever reason, had to be abandoned. But this explanation failed too as clutter, debris, heaps of scrap, and broken glass were all absent. On the contrary, the place looked immaculate and strangely calculated. Was it camouflaging--a simulacrum of something perhaps sinister or even more fantastical-- a stealth site of some kind--a place made invisible by proprietary algorithms that I had inadvertently broken the code of? The thought was frightening and queerly exhilarating—already the adrenaline was coursing my veins. The atmosphere changed dramatically; I could feel a kind of acceleration taking place.  I watched my own eyesight rapidly destabilize. Every aspect of my vision was being tested. 


Gary Hill, born in Santa Monica, 1951; lives and works in Seattle and other locations when traveling. Gary has worked with a broad range of media – including sculpture, sound, video, installation and performance – since the early 1970’s. His longtime work with intermedia continues to explore an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity.


Exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, among others.


Commissioned projects include works for the Science Museum in London and the Seattle Central Public Library in Seattle, Washington, and an installation and performance work for the Coliseum and Temple of Venus and Rome in Italy.  Hill has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (1998), the Kurt-Schwitters-Preis (2000), and honorary doctorates from The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland (2005) and Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA (2011).


The Studio Lecture Series is sponsored by the Millicent Greenwell Clapp Fund for Studio Art.


Image: Aloidia Piorm, 2014; RJ Sánchez, Solstream Studios


VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building, located at 355 Roth Way on Stanford's campus. Parking is free after 4 PM weekdays. Entry is free of charge and open to the public - all are encouraged to attend!

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