Astoria 10-22-38, the first xerographic image. Print made by Chester Carlson in Astoria, New York, 1938. Courtesy of Xerox Corporation.
Pati Hill Lecture Series
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Great Room, University Commons
The Galleries at Arcadia are pleased to present Xerography: A Short Survey of the Photocopier in Contemporary Art, a lecture by guest speaker Michelle Cotton, Director of the Bonner Kunstverien in Bonn, Germany.
About the Presentation
Cotton will draw upon her research for “Xerography,” the 2013 exhibition she curated for Firstsite, a contemporary art venue in Colchester, UK, to honor the 75th anniversary of Chester Carlson’s 1938 invention of the photocopier. The largest contemporary survey of its kind, the show featured 125 works by 39 international artists, including prints from the 1960s and ‘70s by Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, General Idea, Ray Johnson, Bruno Munari, Jim Shaw, Stan VanDerBeek, and Barbara T. Smith, as well as more contemporary examples by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Gabriel Kuri, Josh Smith, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
“Xerography“ was the first large-scale exhibition to review the medium since the early 1980s. “I thought it was a subject that hadn’t been fully explored,” Cotton remarked in 2013, referring to her show as “a secret history of the photocopier… another way to think of the device and its impact.” Cotton’s lecture, which draws on her essay for the exhibition catalog, will place Hill’s work within the history of artistic production across a range of media, from printmaking to painting, sculpture, and video.
About the Presenter
Prior to her current position, Cotton was senior curator at Firstsite in Colchester and curator at Cubitt Gallery, London, and S1 Artspace, Sheffield. She has curated over 50 exhibitions and programs of artists’ film, including retrospective and historical surveys such as “Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Film” (2014); “Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi: Hammer Prints Ltd 1954–75” (2012); and “Design Research Unit 1942–72” (2009-10). Cotton has contributed to Artforum, Frieze, Mousse, and Texte zur Kunst, and she is a member of the Jury for the 2016 Turner Prize at Tate Britain, London.
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