Pati Hill, Impossible Dreams cover, 1976, 192 pages, offset, 7 1/4″ x 5 3/5″ (closed); Alice James Books, Boston.
Presentations by Sue Pierce and Ashton Cooper
Pati Hill Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Great Room, University Commons
Public programs planned in conjunction with “Pati Hill: Photocopier” continue with “The Lives of Pati Hill and the Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist”. This lecture will feature brief presentations by both Ashton Cooper, a Brooklyn-based writer, and Sue Pierce, adjunct professor of English at Arcadia University. An open discussion will follow.
About the Presentations
Drawing from her recent catalog essay for the exhibition “Lucid Gestures” at the McCagg Gallery at Barnard College, Cooper will address ways to redefine artistic success by examining the material realities of the lives of women artists and how frequently the male-dominated art world dictates the “discovery” or “recognition” of female artists.
Pierce will follow with a feminist interpretation of Hill’s work based on her contribution to the exhibition catalog. Following the evolution of Hill’s life and work, commencing with her years as a successful model and an acknowledged writer, Pierce will articulate the challenges Hill faced as an artist finding her voice with an emerging medium and reconciling this identity with her self-proclaimed role as “housekeeper and mother.”
About the Presenters
Ashton Cooper’s work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, Artinfo, Cultured, Art + Auction, Pelican Bomb, Hyperallergic, and Jezebel. She recently organized “Mal Maison,” an exhibition that centers on women artists depicting the female form through strategies of abstraction. The show will be on view this summer at Maccarone (New York), where she works as the artist liaison.
Sue Pierce has taught literature and writing at Arcadia since 2004. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, has published short fiction and prose, and was managing editor for American Writing: A Magazine. Pierce became integrally involved with the Pati Hill project through the development and instruction of two undergraduate Honors courses at Arcadia that researched Hill’s archive to explore her life and work.
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