Art Talks | Leslie Hewitt
Join in lively discussions with artists and thinkers about City in the Grass and public art. Art Talks take place on the Oval.
Leslie Hewitt (b. 1977, New York) lives and works in New York. Working with photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations, Leslie Hewitt addresses fluid notions of time. Her photographed still life compositions comprised of political, social, and personal materials, which result in multiple histories seen embedded in sculptural, architectural, and “abstract forms.” This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture). Exploring this as an artist and “not” as a historiographer, Hewitt draws parallels between the formal appearance of things and their significance to a collective “sense” of history, political consciousness in contemporary art and everyday life. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University; and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, among others. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial in New York; received a 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands; included in the 2009 New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) in Göteborg, Sweden and the landmark Photo-Poetics exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Berlin, Germany in 2015; and most recently, The 57th Carnegie International, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh in 2018. Hewitt has work in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Menil Collection, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others.
Photo Credit: Richard Renaldi