Lunchtime Discussion: ONEEVERYONE · St. Louis by Ann Hamilton

September 4, 2018
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall 2nd Floor

Seeing and being seen—representation in language and in image—form the basis of contact, exchange, and expression; they are also the substance of acclaimed contemporary artist Ann Hamilton’s installation O N E E V E R Y O N E • St. Louis, an artwork in the University’s Art on Campus program.

Installed in 2015 in the Brown School’s Hillman Hall, O N E E V E R Y O N E • St. Louis was developed by Hamilton in response to and in collaboration with the Brown School. Positioning herself and her camera on one side of a semitransparent membrane, Hamilton guided and posed volunteers from the school community and partner organizations using only her voice. Each touch of a face, a hand, or object against the membrane is revealed in focus, while the sitter's gesture or body outline is rendered more softly. A selection of 33 of these portraits, translated into porcelain enamel panels, is installed along the curved interior walls of the second and third floors of Hillman Hall.

Join a discussion about O N E E V E R Y O N E • St. Louis with Cynthia D. Williams, assistant dean for community partnerships in the Brown School; De Andrea Nichols (BFA 10, MSW 14), designer and director of Civic Creatives; and Leslie Markle, curator for public art, who will discuss the role of photography in Hamilton’s artistic practice, the process of community outreach in making the artwork, and the possibilities for public art as a platform for dialogue and exchange.

Free and open to the public. View parking information here.

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Image credit

Ann Hamilton (American, b. 1956), detail of O N E E V E R Y O N E • St. Louis, 2015. Photomechanical prints in porcelain enamel on steel panels, 58 x 45 x 1" each. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Art on Campus fund, Thomas and Jennifer Hillman Hall, 2015.