Explore ideas of place, time, language, and perception through projects by three highly influential, Ohio-born visual artists whose careers align with the 30-year life of the Wexner Center. While Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, and Maya Lin are peers, HERE marks the first time they’ve exhibited together. Through contemplative yet distinct formal vocabularies, the works featured in HERE will cultivate new connections to our surroundings. Presented in celebration of the Wexner Center’s 30th anniversary, HERE fills our galleries while activating spaces beyond, with components appearing outdoors, across Ohio State’s Columbus campus, and around the community.
Ann Hamilton (b. 1956, Lima, Ohio), a two-time Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient, will present work stemming from an ongoing series in which she scans domestic objects and items from Ohio State’s Orton Geological Museum, Historic Costume and Textile Collection, and Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Library. Hamilton will present companion projects at Thompson Library and other locations around campus in conjunction with the university’s 150th anniversary. The Wex presented the acclaimed survey the body and the object: Ann Hamilton 1984–1996.
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio), known for her considered yet provocative use of language, will present new installations of earlier works, including her still timely Inflammatory Essays (1979–82).
For HERE, Maya Lin (b. 1959, Athens, Ohio) will create site-specific installations for the center’s lower lobby and galleries. Made with steel pins and accumulations of industrial glass beads contoured to mirror Ohio waterways, her projects will consider how rivers and aquifers have both shaped and been shaped by human endeavor, including fracking and global warming. Before entering the building, visitors will encounter Lin’s Groundswell, a permanent public artwork inspired by the Native American mounds that marked the landscapes of her youth. The work was created with the support of an Artist Residency Award in 1992–93.
HERE will be accompanied by a robust gallery guide featuring essays from writers, curators, and educators with Ohio State connections. Kent State University Museum Director Sarah J. Rogers, who was instrumental in bringing Groundswell to the Wex while director of exhibitions here, writes on Maya Lin. Poet, scholar, and former Professor of English Henri Cole ruminates on the work of Jenny Holzer. Artist, writer, and Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art Carmen Winant reflects on Ann Hamilton’s image-making.