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Projects: Gabrielle
L’Hirondelle Hill

April 25, 2021 – August 15, 2021

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, the exhibition also celebrates the 50th anniversary 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 collected from her Vancouver neighborhood.

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, and thread, 6 × 4 × 7 1/16″ (15.2 × 10.2 × 17.9 cm). Private Collection, Vancouver. Courtesy of the artist and Unit 17, Vancouver, and Cooper Cole, Toronto © Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Installation view of Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 25, 2021 – August 15, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 25, 2021 – August 15, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 25, 2021 – August 15, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Projects: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 25, 2021 – August 15, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly