SMALL BUSINESS, a lecture by international artist Christine Hill
Thursday February 23, 2012, 6 pm
Location University-Student Union Theatre, on Cal State LA campus. The University is located at the Eastern Ave exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots 2 and 7 or upper level Parking Structure C. http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/)
Contact Carole Frances Lung,
Department of Art, 323.343.4047 office, 714.615.7706 cell
This event is free and open to the public
Christine Hill’s artistic output is framed within the context of “cottage-industry,” placing her art making squarely within the world of exchange and activity. Like her artistic soul mates—Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Madonna—Hill divorces art from its ivory tower status, positioning human interaction and dialogue at the core of her projects as she moves beyond the traditional context of an art exhibition to create a sculptural environment that is created first and foremost for public consumption. In today’s cyberspace culture of dot-coms and Internet start-ups, Christine Hill revives the notion of the cottage industry based on the fair trade of goods and services and grounded in a romanticized ideal of a “bricks and mortar” place of business. By exhibiting the day-to-day process of building the idea, as well as the product, Hill deftly reveals the artistic underpinnings of the social structures of life.
Born in Binghamton, New York, 1968, Christine Hill is one of today’s most provocative artists with projects that present art as a vocation. Upon graduation from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1991, Hill moved to Berlin, Germany, where she lived and worked for 8 years, creating a punk rock band and developing and presenting Volksboutique (a second-hand clothing store), which was shown at documenta X in 1997. In 1998, she returned to the United States as an artist-in-residence at New York City’s PS1 Contemporary Art Center with her Volksboutique Office of Foreign Affairs. Following her work with PS1, Hill established the New York City tour agency TOURGUIDE? and developed her first PILOT episode for the Ronald Feldman Gallery. Hill’s “offices,” “stores” and “businesses” have been shown worldwide and her select Volksboutique merchandise line continues its distribution. Hill currently lives in Berlin, where Volksboutique’s storefront operates, and is Chair of the department Media, Trend & Public Appearance at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.
Christine Hill in the Volksboutique Small Business, 2010 Photograph by Felix Oberhage