Dana Hoey: "Can't Wait to Hit You in the Face*": Violence, Victimhood, and Pictures

Woman standing outside wearing a winter coat with fists raised and two black eyes.

We On (2016), archival inkjet print, 20" x 24". Dana Hoey, courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery

*Text sent to Hoey during a recent hospital stay by her fight coach

Dana Hoey received a B.F.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in photography from the Yale School of Art. She has had solo museum shows at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; Albany University Museum of Art; Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is represented by Petzel Gallery in New York City and lives in Dutchess County, New York.


Hoey is a photographer working in the terrain of feminism since 1996. Her early work advanced the proposition that women should be more aggressive, and her most recent work has circled around to this question of aggression and violence again. Given the popular phrase "toxic masculinity," is it time to consider harnessing fragility and victimhood for power? How will we top from below? This lecture will present Hoey's work and her current influences. Ideas and discussion are welcome.

Hoey is the fall 2017 Teiger Mentor in the Arts.

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