Earlier this week, Ohio visual artist Ann Hamilton’s “the event of a thread” exhibit opened at the Park Avenue Armory. Hamilton is in town today to speak on the installation, which will be up until January 6. While it will cost $10 for admission to the artist talk at 2pm, today it is free to view the exhibition, which normally costs $12.
Hamilton was born in Lima, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus where she is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at Ohio State. She made her reputation in the ’90s with large-scale, multimedia installations, but “the event of a thread” is Hamilton’s first new work to be shown in New York in more than a decade. The installation features 42 swings large enough to seat two adults. “Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility,” the Armory says on their website. “A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.”