Jane Hammond

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver - Photography Gallery

August 19, 2008 - February 8, 2009

Jane Hammond - Zwei Frauen mit Streifen - 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202
Mon: Closed
Tue–Thu: 10:00–6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00–10:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 10:00–6:00 pm



DENVER, August 18, 2008 — The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver proudly announces Jane Hammond in the Photography Gallery, curated by Cydney Payton, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MCA DENVER. This exhibition features 32 photographic works that were created through digital collaging. The resulting digital file is then converted to a negative, which is printed in a darkroom as a selenium-toned gelatin-silver photograph. The exhibition opens August 19, 2008 and runs through February 8, 2009. A public reception featuring the artist will be held on Friday, August 22 from 6-10pm. A Logan Conversation featuring Adam Helms, Jane Hammond, Cydney Payton will be held on Tuesday, September 9 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Throughout her career Jane Hammond has made works on paper, sculpture, prints and paint- ings. The process of collage is often included when she works in any medium. The works on view at MCA DENVER represent Hammond ‘s varied interests in figurative subject matter. Each work is a composite of found images that are collaged into overlapping storylines. In Hammond’s photographs, worlds collide. Her working methodology is systematic, culling archives of found photographic ephemera to create surrealistic points of intrigue.

“Three years ago, Hammond began applying her scavenging, recombinant sensibilities to photography. The resulting images are and are not heirs to the photomontage traditions of Russian Constructivism, Dada, and John Heartfield. They are neither political nor fragmented, though they share a strain of theatricality with the Surrealist Max Ernst. Hammond doesn’t so much collage her images as re-contextualize them. They create their own narratives, alternate universes that appear seamless no matter how bizarre the associations or elaborate the effects. As a painter does with colors, Hammond alters weight, hue, and meaning through juxtapositions... Hammond had always, in a sense, been collaborating with the culture in which she lived. She now began collaborating with a series of anonymous photographers and with the Internet. ‘This has been my thing: recombinant DNA,’ she says. ‘Searching, linking, all this stuff— it’s like a wave; it’s perfect for me to ride on.’” ~Amei Wallach, “Jane Hammond’s Recombinant DNA”, Aperture, July 2008.

Jane Hammond was born in the United States in 1950 and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Hammond received a BA from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, an MA and an MFA from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has had solo exhibitions at the Achenbach Foundation at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA and the Detroit Institute of Art, MI among others. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland. Hammond was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award in 2000.