Hannah Levy: Artist Talk

Metal sculpture of skinny pipes with a silicone figure curled and hanging in the middle.

Untitled (2016), nickel plated steel, silicone, 32.5" x 58" x 27".

Hannah Levy (B.F.A. '13) was born in 1991 in New York City. Levy makes surreal sculptures that revisualize the formal language of classic, modernist design office and home furnishings into extraordinary and alluring anthropomorphic forms. Handrails, gym equipment, medical devices, and other mundane, mass-produced, functional items are mined for their forms and likenesses, then mutated into unnamable singular things that embody human characteristics and emulate personality. Casts of natural produce and consumable items are also subsumed into draped or stretched silicone skins that preserve some kind of synthetic sustenance. The highly polished nickel-plated tubular frames of Levy's sculptures are reminiscent of the flawless minimalism of Mies van der Rohe's "skin and bone" architecture, while the flesh-like silicone and latex appendages of her sculptures are more analogous to fetishistic objects. It is through this striking discordance that Levy's works emerge, equally super-normal and sensuously repulsive.

Levy received a Meisterschüler title from Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2015 and a B.F.A. from AAP in 2013. She has exhibited work at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark; MoMA PS1 in New York City; the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Germany; White Flag Library in St. Louis; Foundazione Baruchello in Rome; C L E A R I N G in New York City; Marlborough Contemporary in New York City; Hannah Hoffman Gallery in Los Angeles; Galerie Parisa Kind in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. She is a recipient of the DAAD Study Scholarship for Fine Arts.

Cosponsored by Art Majors Organization and AAP Connect.

Following the lecture, AAP Connect will host a reception with Hannah Levy at 6:30 p.m. in the Milstein Hall dome.