David Hilliard: Sum of Our Affections

July 8 - August 28, 2016

Curated by:
Bill Arning
Opening Reception:
Friday, July 22, 8pm

About the Exhibition

Boston-based artist David Hilliard creates large-scale multi-paneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface allowing narrative, time and space to unfold. The images take cues from storytelling, theater/performance and cinema. “I do think of each one as its own moment, but they are all touching upon each other,” Hilliard told the Harvard Crimson in 2014. “Each moment in my life and yours is rubbing shoulders with the previous one and the next. And that’s what’s happening in my work…. Moments rubbing up against other moments. Really sensual, if you think about it-life and art.”

Among the 20 photographs in this exhibition, each consisting of two or three panels, will be
A Tale Is True, a series exploring the changes of an aging patriarch and his son in their historic Provincetown home.

Hilliard is represented at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a producing partner in this exhibition.

About the artist

David Hilliard exhibits his photographs both nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards such as the Fulbright and Guggenheim. His photographs can be found in many important collections including the Whitney Museum of American art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work is represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and in Paris at La Galerie Particuliere. In 2005 a collection of his photographs was published in a monograph by Aperture Press. His newest monograph, What Could Be, has just been released by Minor Matters Books.

About the curator

Bill Arning is the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Since arriving at CAMH in 2009, he has organized solo exhibitions on Marc Swanson, Melanie Smith, Matthew Day Jackson, and the late Stan VanDerBeek. 2016 sees the Arning curated first survey of Texas’ infamous Mark Flood entitled Gratest Hits getting both glowing and damning notices internationally. In 2015, along with curator Elissa Auther and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, he co-organized the survey show Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty. Previously, Arning was curator at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (2000–2009), curating shows on AA Bronson, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler. From 1985 to 1996, Arning was director of White Columns in New York, where he organized groundbreaking first solo shows for artists such as John Currin, Marilyn Minter, Andres Serrano, Richard Phillips, Cady Noland, and Jim Hodges. In 1993 Arning organized the first exhibition about gender and sexuality in South America, Maricas at the Center Cultural Ricardo Rojas at the University of Buenos Aires and, more recently, Powerful Babies-the Impact of Keith Haring on Art Today, at the Spritsmuseum, Stockholm with New York based curator Rick Herron. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Out, and Parkett, and he has contributed to many international publications, including exhibition catalogues on Keith Haring, Christian Jankowski, and Donald Moffett. Most recently, he wrote an essay on the art market and AIDS for Art AIDS America, organized by the Tacoma Art Museum.