The Lives of Pati Hill and the Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist
Pati Hill, detail from A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978, installation of thirty-four black and white photocopies, each 8 1/2 x 14″.
In conjunction with Arcadia University Art Gallery's ongoing exhibition, Pati Hill: Photocopier, Brooklyn-based writer Ashton Cooper and Arcadia University English professor Sue Pierce discuss the challenges Pati Hill faced as an artist working in an emerging medium, as well as a feminist interpretation of her work.
Pati Hill: Photocopier presents the early artwork of the late Pati Hill (1921-2014), an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. Using the machine to scan objects as quotidian as a gum wrapper or as unexpected as a dead swan, Hill published many of the resulting images alongside her own texts. The first comprehensive presentation of a largely unknown body of work, the exhibition features black and white prints made between 1974 and 1983.
This event is free and open to the public.