Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun

Sep 7, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012

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Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Magnitude), 2011. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Photo Credit: Jason Mandella / D’Amelio Terras, New York.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt, A Series of Projections (detail), 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo Credit: Adam Reich.

Leslie Hewitt, A Series of Projections (detail), 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo Credit: Adam Reich.

Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Magnitude), 2011. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Photo Credit: Jason Mandella / D'Amelio Terras, New York.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7 – December 30, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Leslie Hewitt, A Series of Projections (detail), 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo Credit: Adam Reich.Leslie Hewitt, A Series of Projections (detail), 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist. Photo Credit: Adam Reich.

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Leslie Hewitt: Sudden glare of the sun

This exhibition is the most significant presentation to date in an American museum of New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt. Her work challenges our understanding of photography as a purely pictorial medium through an approach that emphasizes its sculptural potential. Hewitt repositions and re-contextualizes books, documents, family photographs, and other everyday objects that possess personal, historical, and political significance to demonstrate “the transformative power of circumstance or situation.” Her work also reflects a studied interest in the illusory qualities of film—particularly its ability to expand and compress our perception of time and space—and sculpture’s emphasis on the presence of objects and how they alter our physical experience of the world.  

Leslie Hewitt was born in 1977 and lives and works in New York. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011) and The Kitchen, New York (2010).  Her work has appeared in the group exhibition The Anxiety of Photography, at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2011); Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011); 30 Seconds Off an Inch, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); and in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Dominic Molon, Chief Curator.

Sponsors

Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun is generously supported by Marilyn and Larry Fields and Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi.

Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer P. Brown; William E. Weiss Foundation; and the Crawford Taylor Foundation. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Wells Fargo Advisors; Arts and Education Council; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.