Artist Talks

Hamiltonian Hosts an Artist Talk with Allison Spence

Photo courtesy of Hamiltonian.

Photo courtesy of Hamiltonian.


Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm


Join Hamiltonian on April 26 at 7 pm for an artist talk with Allison Spence on her current exhibition Spread. Spence will be in dialogue with best-selling science writer Sam Kean, author of The Violinist’s Thumb. Spence and Kean will discuss their respective interests in clonal organisms and genetic research as they apply to the artist’s sculptural paintings, video work and overall practice.

Allison Spence spent her childhood collecting lizards in the back yard, and now she’s an artist living in Washington, DC. Spence finds commonalities between unlikely subject matter through a fluid multidisciplinary practice that encompasses painting, video, writing and performance. Drawing inspiration from semoitics, Japanese comics, genetic mutations and themes of body horror, she creates amorphous works that begin their lives as pieces of writing.

Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, DC. His books The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and The Dueling Neurosurgeons was a finalist for a national literary writing prize. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate. His work has also been featured on Radiolab and NPR’s All Things Considered.

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