Todd Hido

Artist lecture Tuesday, April 02, 2019 7PM
Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Todd Hido, #11599-5811, 2014

For nearly three decades, Todd Hido has photographed around North America creating haunting narratives through images of suburban scenes, desolate landscapes, and stylized portraits. His work is best known for a cinematic and dreamy aesthetic that communicates to viewers in a distinct visual language rich with psychological tension and emotion. He speaks of his works in the language of memory:

“I think the people who really connect with my work see something of themselves in it; they don’t necessarily see me,” says Hido. “The thing I hear most often is, ‘that reminds me of…That reminds me of the town I grew up in. That reminds me of this house or that girlfriend. That weather brings me back to this point in my life.’ Take an image of a suburban street,” the artist continues. “Some people see the most fucked up place they’ve ever been, while others go back to their wonderful childhoods. I learned early on that ambiguity was one of art’s best tools.”

Hido has produced a number of publications, including House Hunting (2001); Outskirts (2002); Roaming (2004); Between the Two (2007); A Road Divided (2010); Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2012); and Intimate Distance (2016). In 2018, he published Bright Black World, his first series extensively photographing terrain outside the US—primarily in the Northern European landscape— and chronicling a decidedly new psychological geography. Many of these new images underscore the influences of Nordic mythology and specifically the idea of Fimbulwinter—which translates into the ‘endless winter’— alluding to and providing form for this notion of an apocalyptic, never-ending winter.

Hido received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University and MFA from the California College of Arts (and Crafts), where he is now an adjunct professor. He has exhibited widely at institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam; Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy; Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Jonathan Calm, Double Vision (Recording I), 2018

Jonathan Calm

Fall 2019 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Jonathan Calm is a visual artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance. A central theme of his work is the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

In his most recent work, Calm explores the complex representation of African-American automobility from a historical and contemporary perspective, focusing and drawing on the importance and resonance of the Negro Motorist Green Book. Of this project, he explains, “the image of the infinite highway and the unbridled freedom to roam the land has always been considered a quintessential expression of the modern American spirit, but the black American experience of travel, which involves heightened subjectivity and exposure, has to this day proven a precarious privilege rather than an inalienable right.”

Calm’s art practice is international in scope and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2005); Role Play at the Tate Britain (2006); Black Is, Black Ain’t at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society (2008); Streetwise at the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid (2008) and the Chelsea Art Museum (2011); deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013); and Rooted Movements at LMAKprojects in New York City (2014). Calm currently lives in Palo Alto, CA where he is a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.