American artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of daily life, creating poignant studies based in temporality, life, and love. This is the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of the New York–based artist. Featuring some 75 pieces produced from 1987 through the present, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, lightbulbs, silk flowers, and glass alongside several major room-size installations. The exhibition is curated by Olga Viso, executive director, Walker Art Center and Jeffrey Grove, former senior curator of special projects & research, Dallas Museum of Art. The Hammer’s presentation is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, and Aram Moshayedi, curator.
Since the late 1980s, Hodges’ poetic reconsiderations of the material world have inspired a wide-ranging body of work. From the delicate nature of early wall sculptures—including Diary of Flowers (1994), composed with hundreds of doodled paper napkins, and Changing Things (1997), made from disassembled silk flowers—to the large cut-paper photographs of flowering trees, gold-leafed newspaper pages, and light-filled mirror mosaics of the past decade, Hodges’ art typically begins as humble, even overlooked materials that are transformed through his touch. These acts of subtle transmutation, which merge the practices of drawing and sculpture, are evocative reminders of longing and loss and the formation of queer identity in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis.
Exhibition Tour Schedule
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (October 6, 2013–January 12, 2014)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (February 15–May 11, 2014)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (June 5–September 1, 2014)
Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, John and Amy Phelan, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, Agnes and Edward Lee, and Pizzuti Collection.
The Hammer Museum’s presentation of Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is generously supported by Beth Rudin DeWoody and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation and Linda and Bob Gersh. Additional support is provided by Lewis Baskerville, George Freeman, and Julie and Barry Smooke.
Major support for the catalogue is provided by Sotheby’s.