Learning with Landmarks: Writing with Ann Hamilton

21 February 2017

Some 2,000 people joined Landmarks for a variety of fun, informative public events held to celebrate the opening of O N E E V E R Y O N E by Ann Hamilton.

guests gathered at an art gallery opening
                   Opening of O N E E V E R Y O N E at the Visual Arts Center. Photo by Christina Murrey

Behind the scenes, Landmarks also hosted a few more intimate programs for students and faculty; a gallery walk-through with the artist lead by Art & Art History Chair Jack Risley; and a writing workshop led by Dr. Kathleen Stewart, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UT.

Guest writers:
Ann Hamilton, Landmarks commissioned artist and professor at The Ohio State University
Michael Mercil, artist and professor at The Ohio State University
Nancy Princenthal, art critic and professor at the School of Visual Arts
Brian Rotman, philosopher, scientist, writer, and former professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University
Natalie Shapero, poet and professor at Tufts University
Jessie Shefrin, artist and writer

UT affiliates:
Craig Campbell, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Ann Cvetkovitch, Professor in the Department of English and in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Liz Lewis, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
Omer Ozcan, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
Ann Reynolds, Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History and in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Joseph Russo, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
Katie Van Winkle, PhD Candidate in Theatre & Dance

Dr. Stewart’s invitation included the price of admission: 500 words. “We’ll read aloud, 3 or 4 pieces at a time, and then discuss them together before moving on to the next clump of pieces. Of course the words can be of any kind and they can be of a piece or broken up into small things. If its poetry, you may find 500 words too much but that’s up to you…you should do your own thing.” 

The workshop offered an opportunity to share new work or work through less developed ideas. Graduate students said the experience was invaluable and one guest writer raved that it was the best workshop she’s attended.

Joseph Russo wrote, “The writing workshop with Ann was a delightful, productive convening of creative minds. We basked in each other's words, ideas, and contributions to our various disciplines over the course of three hours. An insightful combination of senior scholars and scholars-to-be, listening generously and responding in kind.” 

As part of O N E E V E R Y O N E, Hamilton commissioned Princenthal, Rotman, and Shapero, among others, to contribute written works that were incorporated into a newspaper and distributed freely. Learn more about the project, read and download articles from the newspaper, and find out where to pick up your own copy at Hamilton-landmarks.org.

While in Austin, guests were invited to participate in other public programs, rounding out a full week of celebration and discussion.

four speakers at a panel discussion
Pictured from left: Ann Hamilton, Kathleen Stewart, Natalie Shapero, and Brian Rotman at the Humanities Institute panel discussion. Photo by Christina Murrey

two female speakers on a sitting on a stage
Ann Hamilton and Nancy Princenthal discuss the project and her career trajectory. Photo by Christina Murrey