This Friday, May 29, is the 50th anniversary of artist Eva Hesse's passing in 1970. A formidable sculptor, painter, and draftswoman, Hesse was a visiting artist at Oberlin in 1968, and the AMAM became the first museum to acquire a sculpture by Hesse the same year that she died, at the age of 34, from a brain tumor. Despite her too-short career, she is one of the most revered and influential artists of the last century. The AMAM is home not only to her groundbreaking sculpture "Laocoon," but also to the Eva Hesse Archive and more than 300 of her drawings, a selection of which will be on view at the museum in 2021.
In commemoration of Hesse's passing and her incredible legacy, the AMAM is pleased to announce two virtual events:
** On Friday, May 29, "Eva Hesse" documentary director Marcie Begleiter and AMAM curator Andrea Gyorody will be in conversation on Instagram Live, discussing Hesse's life and work. Join us on Instagram, on the account @evahessedoc, at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific - 18:00 London - 19:00 Berlin). Want to be part of the conversation? Submit questions below or on our IG accounts before or during the event.
** The Hesse documentary will be streaming FREE for 72 hours, hosted by the gallery Hauser & Wirth. The stream will be available from 12:01AM EST on Friday, May 29 until 23:59 EST on Sunday, May 31. Visit https://www.hauserwirth.com/stories/28680-screening-eva-hesse-documentary to watch. If you've never seen the film, don't miss it!
[Image: Photograph of Eva Hesse, c. 1969. Gelatin silver print. Eva Hesse Archive, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. Gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 19126.96.36.199.]