Arcadia University

1 Dec 2016


Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Color and black and white anamorphic 35mm film with optical sound, 26 ½ minutes. ©Tacita Dean courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.


Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects, c. 1975-79, 45 black and white copier prints, each 11” x 8.5,″ part of Arcadia University Art Gallery's 2015 exhibition Pati Hill: Photocopier. Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill and Arcadia.


Installation view of Pati Hill: Photocopier, Arcadia University Art Gallery. A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978, 32 captioned black & white copier prints, dimensions variable. Photo by Aaron Igler, Greenhouse Media, courtesy of the estate of Pati Hill.

For decades this suburban university gallery—an exquisite jewel box located in a former campus power station—has presented exhibitions of a quality and field-wide significance well beyond what one might expect, given its size and location. With grants from the Center, Arcadia has organized a traveling survey of Beijing-based Ai Weiwei's ceramics—the first museum show of his work outside of New York—and produced a major new film by Berlin-based Tacita Dean, shot in Death Valley and the Salt Lake Flats. A 2014 grant from the Center will support a groundbreaking exhibition of the early artwork of Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. Arcadia's exhibitions regularly travel, often to major museums many times its scale, such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.