EJ Hill

  • EJ Hill. Photo by Tony Rinaldo. Courtesy of The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Artist Talk

  1. Mar 5, 2020, 6:30 – 8 pm
Level 3, Bookshop


EJ Hill, the 2020 Josep Luis Sert Practitioner, will present a public lecture on his work. Hill's practice incorporates painting, writing, installation, and performance in ways that seek to elevate bodies and amplify voices that have long been rendered invisible and inaudible by oppressive social structures. ​This multifaceted approach often stems from an endurance-based performance practice in which Hill pushes his physical and mental limits as a way to expand the conditions, parameters, and possibilities that determine a body. Hill was a 2018-2029 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, where his show The Lily League ​is currently on view. This talk is presented by the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies in collaboration with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

EJ Hill

Hill’s work has been presented domestically and internationally in exhibitions including Rendez-vous | Biennale de Lyon 2017, at Institut d’Art Contemporain, in Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France (2017); ​Future Generation Art Prize​, at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); ​The Necessary Reconditioning of the Highly Deserving​, at Commonwealth & Council (2017); and ​Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16​, at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2016). Hill is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2018); an Art Matters Foundation fellowship (2017); the William H. Johnson Prize (2016); and a Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation (2015). Hill received an MFA from UCLA and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago.

Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner in the Arts

The Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner is an annual invitation to a distinguished artist to spend several days in residence at the Carpenter Center, engaged with students and other members of the academic community in a variety of possible activities. Founded in 1986 the program is supported by a generous gift of the late Robert Gardner, former director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, director of the Film Study Center, and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. The residency includes both close engagement with a small group of students (acting in a collaborative way) and also some occasion open to a larger invited group of faculty, students, and the general public. This larger occasion includes a lecture-demonstration, talk, or rehearsal-performance, depending on both the art and practices involved, and the wishes of the Practitioner.