This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Ann Hamilton. Her installation the event of a thread is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in New York through Jan. 6, 2013.
The piece pictured here is at hand (2001), which is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. I think it’s the best Hamilton in a museum collection: It’s simple — it releases paper from a little machine and encourages us to watch it float to earth as an audio track plays. It’s hypnotic. It slows time.
Hamilton is one of America’s most-honored artists. She is the recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, a United States Artists fellowship and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. In 1999 she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. Today, a decade after the Hirshhorn acquired at hand, she sits on the museum’s board. Images and video of many of her installations and objects are available at her website.