David Hilliard: A Certain Distance
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Online registration will be available soon.
Sponsored by Carroll & Sons Gallery.
David Hilliard, Rain Came, 2012.
In this talk, David Hilliard will provide a brief overview of his photographic practice and working methodologies. He'll then speak in depth regarding certain bodies of photographs that tackle personal and cultural sentiments of masculinity and the environmental context in which they unfold. From boyhood to manhood, he continues to explore a testosterone soaked world, often examining his own concepts of human frailty, resilience, and perseverance. From the most personal of relationships, to confronting total strangers in the public realm, much of David’s studio practice has been, and continues to be, dedicated to looking at the many nebulous physical and emotional aspects of men.
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. David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from the Yale University School of Art. He worked for many years as an assistant professor at Yale University where he also directed the undergraduate photo department. He has also taught at Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He currently teaches in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the Art Institute of Boston. David was a visiting faculty at Harvard University during the 2011-12 academic year and spent the spring of 2010 at Dartmouth College as their artist in residence. David Hilliard exhibits his photographs both nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards such as the Fulbright Grant and Guggenheim Fellowship. 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 (New York, NY); Carroll and Sons Gallery (Boston, MA); Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, GA); The Schoolhouse Gallery (Provincetown, MA); and La Galerie Particuliere (Paris). In 2005 a collection of his photographs was published in a monograph by Aperture Press and is currently working with Minor Matters Publishers on a new monograph to be released in 2014.