Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, the 2024 Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist at The University of New Mexico Department of Art, will host an artist talk to discuss her unique painting techniques and an open studio event in Albuquerque.

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung work

Zuckerman-Hartung, the 2024 Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist, will present the artist talk at the Albuquerque Museum on Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m., and host an open studio on Thursday, April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the UNM Annex Graduate Studios next to Hodgin Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Zuckerman-Hartung is a painter and writer who grew up in Washington and participated in the Riot Grrrl movement in her formative years. She often makes paintings, cuts them up, and pieces them back together with other paintings. Edge and seam become the subject, and the focus on transition has led her to write about process in painting.

“The other side of painting’s promise of expression is the constraint: the rectangle, the flat surface, the limits,” Zuckerman-Hartung observed in a recent. “I’m not good with limits, but that is what keeps me trying. Those limits also produce a feeling of history. The longer one paints the more one feels the memory and history, both of what one has done before and what others have done in that rectangle. Repetition is inevitable. I have railed against repetition, and of course I repeat myself. And repetition creates rhythm. Repetition and rhythm are in short supply under late late capitalism… The internet registers its age only through font or design, but never because it’s fading, cracking, or dusty. Those material signs of aging might ease us into the melancholy mood that is necessary for growth, but we shy away from them.”

Her work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Kadel Willborn in Karlsruhe, Germany, and more. In 2021, she opened a mid-career survey, Comic Relief, at the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston, which was accompanied by a monograph. She was a full-time senior critic at Yale School of Art until 2021 and is now teaching part-time at Yale and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as advising and lecturing at various schools around the country. Zuckerman-Hartung is represented by Corbett vs Dempsey in Chicago.

Established in 2017 in partnership with UNM’s Department of Art, the Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist Program honors Hammersley’s legacy and influence as a painter, printmaker, and conceptual thinker and broadens awareness of his life and work. The program invites prominent contemporary painters from around the world to live and work in Albuquerque.

Funding for this program is provided by the Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist Program Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Through this program, visiting artists are provided with housing, a studio near the UNM Department of Art graduate students, conduct studio visits with the Fine Arts graduate candidates, hold workshops, a public lecture, and an open studio event.