Critical Voices—Gary Hill: Cutting Corners Creates More Sides

January 11, 2015 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gary Hill in a still from still from "The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment," 2011.
Gary Hill in a still from still from “The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment,” 2011.

Since the early 1970s, Gary Hill has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, sound, video, installation and performance, producing a large body of single-channel videos, mixed-media installations and performances. His work continues to explore an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia, and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity. Exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. In 1998 Hill was awarded the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” During a recent residency at the Pilchuck Glass School, Hill created a series of works incorporating language, glass and video including the recent acquisition by the Portland Art Museum, Klein Bottle with the Image of Its Own Making (after Robert Morris).

Critical Voices is an ongoing lecture and discussion series dedicated to the spirit of one of America’s most noted 20th century art critics, Clement Greenberg. Critical Voices brings nationally and internationally recognized artists, curators, historians, critics, and theorists to Portland to engage our community in lively conversations on the nature of contemporary art practices and the role of artists and art in contemporary life.

The Critical Voices series is sponsored in part by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Members free; non-members $15, seniors and students $12. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.