Pati Hill: Photocopier—A Survey of Prints and Books (1974-83)

February 25 – April 25, 2016
Arcadia University Art Gallery

Pati Hill, Common Objects (egg), c. 1975, black and white copier print (detail), 11” x 8.5″; Image courtesy Estate of Pati Hill.

About the Exhibition

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Pati Hill: Photocopier. On view from February 25 to April 24, 2016, the exhibition surveys black and white prints made between 1974 and 1983 by this American writer who was among the first to explore the copier as an artistic tool, or as she called it, “a found instrument—a saxophone without directions.” Employing the machine to scan items as common as a gum wrapper or as unexpected as a dead swan, she also used the copier to transform appropriated photographs. Hill published and exhibited her copier prints, often alongside her own texts, some of which addressed her application of the machine with an uncanny wit, lucidity, and prescience. Presented in both the Spruance Art Center and the two galleries of the Commons [The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage] , the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication and a series of public programs.

Major support for Pati Hill: Photocopier has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional assistance has been contributed by the Estate of Pati Hill, the Friends of Arcadia University Art Gallery, and Dorothy Lichtenstein.

Lecture Series

Honors Class Presentations

  • Tuesday, April 12: Presentations by Steven Lewis, Emily Miller, Emily Radman, Dara Tauss, and Laura Squicciarini
  • Wednesday, April 20: Presentations by Kathleen Burke, Danielle Marino, and Lindsay Miller
  • More about the Honors Class Presentations.
Japanese informational symbols (c. 1960s), black & white copier print, 11″ x 8.5″, Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill.

Pati Hill Lecture Series