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Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

June 27, 2020 – September 13, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art presents Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, on view in the Museum’s street-level galleries from June 27 through September 13, 2020. For the exhibition, part of MoMA’s Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series, Hill, a Métis artist and writer, has assembled multiple works in which her use of tobacco as a key material alludes to the plant’s complex indigenous and colonial histories. The exhibition features sculptures and drawings, including several new works, constructed primarily from tobacco along with other sourced and found materials, such as pantyhose, Crisco, wildflowers, and other tokens collected from her Vancouver neighborhood. Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is organized by Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, Department of Photography.

The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by the Elaine Dannheisser Foundation and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Cousin. 2019. Pantyhose, tobacco, thistle, spider charm, dandelion, thread, 6 × 4 × 7 1/16″ (15.2 × 10.2 × 17.9 cm). Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Disintegration. 2019 (detail). Virginia tobacco, Perique tobacco, seed pods, thread, wood, found pole, 43 × 18 1/4″ (109.2 × 46.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Dispersal. 2019. Virginia tobacco, Perique tobacco, thread, seed pods, support stocking, wood, found pole, 43 × 14 5/16″ (109.2 × 36.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Mint. 2019. Pantyhose, beer can tabs, tobacco, bunny fur, thread. 5 1/2 × 7 1/16 × 9 1/2″ (14 × 17.9 × 24.1 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Exchange. 2019. Pantyhose, tobacco, cigarettes, thread, tobacco flowers, aluminum can tabs, spider charm, found metal hair clip, 17 5/16 × 20 3/16 × 31 3/8″ (43.9 × 51.3 × 79.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Spell #6, at the bus stop. 2019. Tobacco-infused Crisco oil, oil paints, magazine cutouts, tobacco flower, 13 × 9 3/4″ (33 × 24.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Spell #9, sunrise on dark. 2019. Tobacco-infused Crisco oil, oil paint, wildflowers, tobacco flower, magazine cutout, spider charm, thread, 13 × 9 3/4″ (33 × 24.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto