Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects (hair curlers), 1977-79. xerograph, 11" x 8.5". Image courtesy the Pati Hill Collection, Arcadia University.
This spring, Germany’s Kunstverein München will present Pati Hill's first posthumous institutional solo exhibition in Europe, conceived in cooperation with the Pati Hill Collection, housed at Arcadia University and overseen by Richard Torchia, director of Arcadia Exhibitions.
Hill (b. 1921; d. 2014) left behind an artistic output spanning roughly 60 years and encompassing various disciplines. Untrained as an artist, Hill began to use the photocopier as an artistic tool in the early 1970s at the age of 53. She did so until her death, leaving behind an extensive oeuvre that oscillates between image and text. Besides this comprehensive body of xerographic work she published four novels, a memoir, and several short stories, and also wrote poetry and made drawings.
As part of the exhibition, a reprint of her 1979 publication, Letters to Jill: A catalog and some notes on copying, in which Hill intended to explain and contextualize her working methodology, and copies of Arcadia Exhibitions' catalog, Pati Hill: Photocopier—A Survey of Prints and Books (1974-83), will be made available.
Later this year, two additional exhibitions featuring works from the Pati Hill Collection will be on view in Paris at Treize and Air de Paris.