Leslie Hewitt

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For the journalist, politician and judge, see Leslie R. Hewitt.

Leslie Hewitt (born Saint Albans, New York 1977) is a contemporary visual artist. She currently lives and works in New York City and Houston, Texas.[1]

Hewitt explores political, social, and personal narratives through photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations.[2] Her work varies in scale from small compositions to billboard sized photographs.[3] She references notions of non-linear perspective and double consciousness through arrangements of objects from popular culture and personal ephemera.[4] She is interested in how much we rely on images to provide memories of personal experience, how collective memory of past events is shaped and preserved, and in how the two overlap, coexist, and inform each other.[5] Hewitt draws much of her material from black popular culture of the 1970s and ’80s. Items such as VHS tapes of black cinema, graffitied documents, and books by Alex Haley and Eldridge Cleaver often appear in her photographs or reside within her installations.[6]

During her 2009-2010 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Hewitt examined the origins of the camera obscura and used the camera as a tool to explore cultural memory through the construction of temporary still lifes. By repeatedly composing and photographing her arrangements she captured changes in daylight, gravity, and perception.[7]

Hewitt received a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union's School of Art in 2000 and later received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 2004. She studied Africana Studies and Cultural Studies at New York University from 2001 to 2003. Hewitt has held residencies at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Hewitt participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial with her piece Make it Plain[8] and received a 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands.[1] She was the recipient of the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts and Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for Spring 2012. Her work is in the public collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, among others.[9]


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  2. ^ "Event". The Kitchen. May 10, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Leslie Hewitt". Guggenheim Collection Online. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Leslie Hewitt : Contact". Lesliehewitt.info. December 23, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hopkins, Randi. "Leslie Hewitt explores the role of photography in recapturing the past". http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/leslie_hewitt/. 
  6. ^ Lovell, Whitfield. "Leslie Hewitt by Whitfield Lovell". http://bombmagazine.org/article/3153/leslie-hewitt. 
  7. ^ "Leslie Hewitt - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study â€" Harvard University". Radcliffe.edu. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Leslie Hewitt". Guggenheim Collection Online. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Artist Biography". http://www.sikkemajenkinsco.com/index.php?v=artist&artist=4f873c1b66b27. 

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