Torchia and Curator Catherine Morris Discuss the Legacy of Pati Hill

By Caitlin Burns | August 23, 2016

Pati Hill, A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978. Photograph by Aaron Igler (Greenhouse Media), Courtesy the Estate of Pati Hi

The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage recently invited Catherine Morris, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, to talk about Pati Hill with Richard Torchia, Arcadia University Art Gallery director. Their conversation explores how Hill’s use of the copier in the 1970s relates to current artistic practice.  

“Hill carries her modernity forward in a very personal way while also positioning herself as contemporary in her own moment,” Morris said in the discussion. “The canon of modernism has always had a hard time figuring out what to do with women artists…It’s easier [now] to see and allow for the complexity of this work, and to parse it in a historical frame that didn’t feel so available 50 years ago.”

Arcadia University Art Gallery presented “Pati Hill: Photocopier, A Survey of Prints and Books (1974-83)” from Feb. 25 to April 24, 2016. Major support for the exhibition was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.