The body in all
its vulnerability is recalled in Ann Hamiltonís welle, a wall
that weeps barely visible beads of water, as if it were a functioning body
rather than an architectural element. In her explorations of the complex
functions of boundaries, Hamilton has used such surfaces as conceptual
devices for upsetting the traditional distinctions between inside/outside
and human/nonhuman. Here she turns architecture into a seemingly living
membrane, reawakening the viewer to otherwise conventional surrounds. Her
interest in boundaries is further amplified in her video and photographic
works, which focus on the physiological and sensory aspect of speech.
Ann Hamilton, welle, 1998, water, 14 x 110 feet (detail)
Ann Hamilton has exhibited extensively in group shows since 1981, including XXI Bienal de São Paulo and the 1991 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1991); Sonsbeek 93, Arnhem (1993); Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object, Cleveland Center for the Arts, Ohio (1994); About Place: Recent Art of the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago (1995); Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (1995); Jurassic Technologies Revenant, the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996); Artists Projects, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, and Future, Past, Present, 1965-1997, 47th Venice Biennale (1997); and 48th Venice Biennale (1999). Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988); San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California (1990); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1993); Tate Gallery Liverpool and Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1995); Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and Sean Kelly, New York (1996); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (1997); and Miami Art Museum, Florida, and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (1998). In 1989 Hamilton was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, in 1990 a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and in 1993 a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant.
1979 University of Kansas, Kansas City, B.F.A.
1985 Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, M.F.A.
United States Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale. Ann Hamilton: myein (1999). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Katy Kline and Helaine Posner.
Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Ann Hamilton: tropos (1995). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Lynne Cooke, Bruce Ferguson, Dave Hickey, and Marina Warner.
Tate Gallery Liverpool, England. Ann Hamilton: mneme (1994). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Judith Nesbitt and Neville Wakefield.
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California. Ann Hamilton (1991). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Lynda Forsha and Susan Stewart, interview by Forsha and Hugh M. Davies.