Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
La Grua Center
Lecture by Richard Torchia, Director, Arcadia University Art Gallery
Pati Hill (1921-2014)—writer, former fashion model, and colorful Stonington resident from 1957 to 1989—is currently attracting international attention for her pioneering work with the black and white photocopier. Hill produced some of her most groundbreaking projects at her house on 20 Grand Street in the Borough using an 800-pound office copier on loan from IBM, courtesy of designer Charles Eames. Her luminous images of everyday objects and a suite of prints depicting a dead swan may be seen in the touring exhibition “Pati Hill: Photocopier” on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum through March 4.
The curator of the exhibition, Richard Torchia, will talk about Hill’s life as a writer and artist in Stonington and the relevance of her work to contemporary audiences. Copies of Hill’s Slave Days (1975), produced with the support of James Merrill, will be available along with the exhibition catalog.
Torchia is director of Arcadia University Art Gallery (Glenside, Pennsylvania) where, since 1997, he has organized solo exhibitions for Tacita Dean, Ai Weiwei, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Candida Höfer, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Donald Moffatt, and Kay Rosen, among many others. In addition to his work as a writer, he is active as a practicing artist.
Co-presented by The Stonington Historical Society, The James Merrill House, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.
Image: Pati Hill with her husband Paul Bianchini and their daughter Paola, in Stonington, Connecticut, 1974. Photo credit: Inger McCabe Elliot.