Artist Talk by Heather Hart: Keynote for Women Shaping Space symposium
Thu, October 6th, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us Thursday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the museum, for a talk by interdisciplinary artist Heather Hart. Hart’s talk serves as the opening keynote for the symposium Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality, which takes place on Friday, October 7, from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the Williams College campus.
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone, the symposium talks and discussions look outward from the work of pioneering artist Mary Ann Unger (1945–1998) to the contemporary landscape of curators and femme artists working at the intersections of large-scale sculpture, public art, material experimentation, and feminist practice.
Heather Hart artist statement:
I focus on the translation between space and the public, the public and my work, and the slippage, construction and communication that happens in between these. I want my interdisciplinary work to act as a translator in a language between architectures and the public eye.
About the artist:
Heather Hart, based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart co-founded Black Lunch Table in 2005 and has won a Creative Capital award, Wikimedia Foundation grants, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and an Andy Warhol Foundation of Art grant with that project. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, NCMA, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough among others. Hart is an Assistant Professor at Mason Gross School for Art + Design, a member of the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums, an external advisor for AUC Art Collective, and a trustee at Storm King Art Center. She works with Davidson Gallery in New York and studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University. Hart was a 2021–2022 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.