PAMM presents Susan Hiller, an influential pioneer of video and multimedia installation art, in conversation with PAMM Curator René Morales. They will discuss Hiller’s newly commissioned video work, Lost and Found, which revolves around the theme of extinct, endangered, and revitalized languages.
Hiller was born in 1940 and lived in and around Cleveland, Ohio, before her family moved to South Florida in 1952. She attended Ponce de Leon Junior High School and Coral Gables High School. In 1961 she received a BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and then spent a year in New York studying photography at The Cooper Union and linguistics at Hunter College before receiving a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study for a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1965 she decided to become a professional artist and with her partner, writer David Coxhead, moved to London where she is still based. Major retrospectives of Hiller's work have been organized by the Institute for Contemporary Art, London, and Tate Britain, London. Other solo exhibitions have been presented at venues including The Jewish Museum, New York; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Freud Museum, London; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Serpentine Gallery, London, among others. Hiller is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in Visual Art Practice, the Gulbenkian Foundation Visual Arts Award, and the Berlin DAAD Fellowship. Her work is included in numerous major museum collections.