The Lives of Pati Hill and the Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist

22 Mar 2016
Arcadia University Art Gallery, Spruance Fine Arts Center, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA


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.