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Ordinary Pictures: Artist Talk with Leslie Hewitt

Part of Ordinary Pictures

Join artist Leslie Hewitt and Walker artistic director Fionn Meade for a discussion on Hewitt’s practice, recent projects, and the exhibition Ordinary Pictures.

Working with photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations, Hewitt addresses fluid notions of time. Her work oscillates between the illusionary potential of photography, the physical weight of sculpture, and the temporality of the moving image.

The layered images in Hewitt’s series Riffs on Real Time, on view in the exhibition, are composed of personal mementos, maps, and pages from National Geographic and Ebony magazines. Archival materials related to the civil rights era are also included, evoking her upbringing and her parents’ involvement in the movement. The piece disrupts our linear understanding of history while revealing the tensions that run between individual experiences and political events.

About the Artist

New York–based Leslie Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. Her work has been widely shown and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.


Note about Program Change: This event was formerly Artist/Attorney in Conversation with Hewitt and Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento.

Funding

Ordinary Pictures is sponsored by

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Jan and Ellen Breyer, Karen and Ken Heithoff, Michael J. Peterman and David A. Wilson, Robert and Rebecca Pohlad, and Elizabeth Redleaf. Additional support is provided by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications.