Leslie Hewitt

June 24, 2022—June 5, 2023, Dia Bridgehampton

Overview

Leslie Hewitt’s approach to photography and sculpture reimagines the art-historical still-life genre from a Postminimal perspective. Her geometric compositions, which she frames and crystallizes through the disciplines of photography and film theory, are spare assemblages of ordinary materials and personal effects, suggesting the porosity between intimate and sociopolitical histories. Exploring ideas of light, sound, and inertia, the artist has realized an array of low-profile sculptures that are laterally distributed within and outside the gallery, as well as a diagrammatic score composed in collaboration with artist Jamal Cyrus. The two invited artists Rashida Bumbray, Jason Moran, and Immanuel Wilkins to interpret the score at venues in New York City and on the East End of Long Island throughout the yearlong run of the exhibition. The exhibition’s expansive sensorium puts forth an alternative corporeal, spatial, and sonic mapping of the site.

More information on the performances will be announced soon. 

Leslie Hewitt is curated by Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, associate curator.

Leslie Hewitt at Dia Bridgehampton is made possible by generous support from Perrotin and Clarice Oliveira Tavares. Additional support is provided by the Girlfriend Fund, Jane Hait and Justin Beal, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation, Neda Young, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Leslie Hewitt is an artist and educator living in Harlem, New York, and Houston, Texas. Hewitt has held residencies at, among others, the Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; American Academy in Berlin; and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Solo presentations of her work have been held at, among others, Artists Space, New York (2007); the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (2012); the Menil Collection, Houston (2013); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2014); Sculpture Center, New York (2016); and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin (2022). 

Rashida Bumbray is a performance artist and curator living in Brooklyn, New York. 

Jamal Cyrus is an artist and educator living in Harlem, New York, and Houston, Texas. 

Tiffany Lethabo King is a scholar and educator living in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jason Moran is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator living in New York.

Immanuel Wilkins is a saxophonist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. 

Performances

Jason Moran, Sunday, November 27, 2022, 3 pm
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue, New York

Immanuel Wilkins, Sunday, March 5, 2023, 3 pm
Dia Chelsea, 537 W 22nd Street, New York

Rashida Bumbray, Sunday, May 14, 2023
Location and time to be announced 

Lecture

Tiffany Lethabo King, date and time to be announced
Dia Chelsea, 537 W 22nd Street, New York 

Artist

Leslie Hewitt

(1977)

Leslie Hewitt was born in New York City in 1977, where she currently lives. 

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Books

Leslie Hewitt

Featured in the Guggenheim’s 2015 landmark Photo-Poetics exhibition, New York–based artist Leslie Hewitt (born 1977) is one of the most revered artists working between photography and sculpture. Collaboration has been a central part of Hewitt’s art, including projects with William Cordova and Matt Keegan, and her ongoing work with cinematographer Bradford Young exploring the Menil Collection archive of civil rights-era photographs. That cinematic rumination on historicity and the relationship of the archive to memory, minimalism, lived experience and time, sets an exemplary precedent for this first monograph surveying Hewitt’s oeuvre. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz with texts by Nana Adusei-Poka and others, and designed by Garrick Gott, with color reproductions and in-depth critical essays, this book offers rare insights into the artist’s extensive personal archive of images, concepts and ideas.

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