Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

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Teresa Hubbard
Dublin, Ireland
NationalitySwiss, Irish, American
EducationSkowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yale University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Known forFilm, Video Art, Photography, Sculpture
Notable work
Flora, 2017
MovementConceptualism, Feminism
Alexander Birchler
Baden, Switzerland
EducationHochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Known forFilm, Video Art, Photography, Sculpture
Notable work
Flora, 2017
MovementConceptualism, Feminism

Teresa Hubbard (born 1965, Dublin, Ireland) and Alexander Birchler (born 1962, Baden, Switzerland), often shortened to Hubbard / Birchler, are an American-Swiss artist duo who make short films and photographs about the construction of narrative time and space.[1] Their work invites open-ended reflections on memory, place and cinema,[2] and first gained international attention with their participation in the 48th Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann.[3] Hubbard and Birchler were showcased in the PBS series titled "Art:21".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hubbard was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1965, grew up in Australia and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, as well as the graduate sculpture program at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut. Birchler was born in Baden, Switzerland in 1962 and studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel (Academy of Art and Design Basel) and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, in Helsinki, Finland. They began collaborating as artists-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.[4] Hubbard and Birchler later both received their MFAs from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada and in 2007 were selected by Jeff Wall as Fellows at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.[5]

As life partners, Hubbard and Birchler have lived and worked in Canada, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Currently they are based in Austin where Hubbard holds the William and Bettye Nowlin Professor in Photography in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.[6] Both Hubbard and Birchler are faculty members at EGS, the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland[7] and have also both taught at Bard College at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, New York.[8]


Their work has been presented in solo exhibitions at numerous art institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Kunstmuseum Basel; Pinakothek der Moderne Munich; the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin; Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam; and the National Gallery, Prague. Hubbard and Birchler are represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York[9] and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.[10]

In 2017 Hubbard / Birchler represented Switzerland at the 57th Venice Biennial in the Swiss Pavilion in the exhibition Women of Venice, curated by Philipp Kaiser.[11]



Hubbard / Birchler's works of art are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth, Australia; the Walter H. Bechtler Stiftung, Switzerland; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas; the Centre for Photography, University of Salamanca, Spain; the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; the Daros Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Huis Marseille Foundation for Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands; the International Center of Photography, New York City; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Kunsthaus Zürich,[13][14] Switzerland; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; the Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, USA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA Los Angeles, USA; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; the Modern Art Museum,[15] Fort Worth, USA; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; the Museum Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany; the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA; the Staedel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Bern, Switzerland; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria; the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, USA; the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; and the Yokohama Museum of Art, in Yokohama, Japan.


  • Ellegood, Anne, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Jeffrey Kastner et al. Sound Speed Marker. Exh. cat. Ballroom Marfa. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2015. (ISBN 978-1-9389-2282-4)
  • Schuppli, Madeline, Andrea Karnes, Iris Dressler, Sara Arrhenius. No Room to Answer: Extended Version. Exh. cat. Aarau: Aargauer Kunsthaus, 2009. (ISBN 978-3-905004-33-5)
  • Kaiser, Philipp, Dominic Molon, Maya Naef. House with Pool. Exh. cat., Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel. Basel: Christoph Merian, 2004. (ISBN 3856162135)
  • Hentschel, Martin, Philipp Kaiser, Konrad Bitterli. Wild Walls. Exh. cat. Bielefeld: Kerber, 2001. (ISBN 3-933040-75-2)


  1. ^ a b "ART21 | PBS Programs". PBS. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler". Phillipscollection.org. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ "LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 1999 at La Biennale di Venezia Venice". Artnews.org. 7 November 1999. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler – About". Hubbardbirchler.net. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Akademie Schloss Solitude". Akademie-solitude.de. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Teresa Hubbard – Department of Art and Art History – The University of Texas at Austin". Utexas.edu. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Hubbard / Birchler – The European Graduate School". Egs.edu. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Undergraduate Faculty | Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler". Bard.edu. Bard College. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler – Artists". Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ Roger Glenn – Austin Web Developer – Mach 1 Media. "Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler | Lora Reynolds Gallery". Lorareynolds.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove at the Pavilion of Switzerland". Pro Helvetia. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Distinguished artists receive honorary degrees". nscad.ca. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Kunsthaus Zürich Photography". Kunsthaus.ch. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Kunsthaus Zürich Video Collection". Kunsthaus.ch. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth". Themodern.org. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

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