The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton as artist in residence in its Nomadic Residents program, sponsored by Partners in Art.
Hamilton will visit OCAD from September 24 to 28, and present a free public lecture at OCAD on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 pm. During her residency, Hamilton will conduct a workshop for a new sound installation with OCAD Faculty of Art thesis students.
Ann Hamilton's work with textile media explores connections between visual art forms and language, including the spoken and written word, and human presence. Her work includes installations, photography, video, architecture, and performance. Hamilton's installations are often of such magnitude that they require the assistance of many volunteers or sometimes even the expertise of engineers, as in the case of her 1999 installation whitecloth at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in which she altered the architectural structure of the space. In many cases, the assemblage of the work is an essential part of the piece itself.
Hamilton's lecture is presented as part of Nomadic Residents, sponsored by Partners in Art, and Material Witness, developed by the Textile Museum of Canada.
Nomadic Residents - International Artist Residencies at OCAD
Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD community by featuring artists from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing innovative and diverse artists to take up temporary residence at OCAD, Nomadic Residents will join here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.
Nomadic Residents has been made possible through the support of Partners in Art, whose generous efforts raise awareness of national and international art through exciting collaborative art projects.
Backgrounder: Ann Hamilton - Biography
Hamilton was trained in textile design at the University of Kansas, and later received an MFA from Yale University. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently a professor at Ohio State University. She is the recipient of many honours including the MacArthur Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Louis Comfort Tiffany grants, and the Skowhegan Medal for sculpture. She was the U.S representative at the 1999 Venice Biennale and the 1991 S'o Paulo Bienal. Her installations and objects are in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Hamilton's permanent commissions include those for the Seattle Central Library, the Main Building of the San Francisco Public Library, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Acoustic Tower Project at the Steve Oliver Ranch in Northern California. Her most recent works include large-scale projects at MASS MoCA; the Wan's Foundation, Sweden; La Maison Rouge, Paris; and the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan. She is currently working on projects in Laos and the Galapagos Islands.
Material Witness lecture and workshop series - Textile Museum of Canada
Ann Hamilton's lecture is presented in collaboration with the Textile Museum of Canada's Material Witness lecture series. Material Witness is supported by the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.
Material Witness is a groundbreaking lecture and workshop series, developed by the Textile Museum of Canada. This series brings together international thinkers and artists who will address textile concepts and practices through several lenses, including those of ethno-anthropology, current practices by artists who use textiles as media and inspiration and theories of cultural translation and diversity. The series includes a lecture by international textile artist Chunghie Lee in November, and a talk by cultural theorist Sarat Maharaj in March 2008. All lectures are free to the public.