Xerography: A Lecture by Michelle Cotton

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


Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects, c. 1975-1979, 45 black and white copier prints, each 11’’ x 8.5’’. Image courtesy of the Estate of Pati Hill.


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″.


Pati Hill, detail from A Swan (1978), installation comprised of 34 black and white photocopies with captions, 8 1/2 x 14\."

In conjunction with Arcadia University Art Gallery's ongoing exhibition, Pati Hill: Photocopier, Bonner Kunstverein director Michelle Cotton presents a talk on Xerography, an international survey she curated to honor the 75th anniversary of the invention of the photocopier. Cotton has also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalog.

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.