Art on Hulfish | “Don’t we touch each other just to prove we are still here?”: Photography and Touch

Saturday, May 11, 2024 - Sunday, August 4, 2024
Clifford Prince King (born 1993, Tucson, AZ; active New York, NY), Poster Boys, 2000. Inkjet print, 121.9 × 81.3 cm. Quite_Liberace Collection by Shawneil Campbell

Touch forms the conceptual and sensory thread linking “Don’t we touch each other just to prove we are still here?”: Photography and Touch. The exhibition, titled after a line from a poem by the Vietnamese American writer Ocean Vuong, features the work of thirteen international artists who explore the expressive possibilities of touch through photography, film, and video. From tender gestures between loved ones and charged encounters between strangers to haptic engagements with materials, the artworks foreground touch as a mode of communication, understanding, and connection. Some pieces embed touch directly through the artist’s imprint or manipulation, while others evoke it more metaphorically and symbolically. Together the works reveal the manifold meanings touch carries for us. After the disruption of physical contact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Photography and Touch offers different perspectives on how touch shapes us as social, vulnerable, feeling beings and is a timely meditation on what it reveals about our common humanity.

Guest curated by Susannah Baker-Smith and Susan Bright. Featuring the work of: Katrien de Blauwer, Phoebe Cummings, Odette England, Sayuri Ichida, Jeff Mermelstein, Joanna Piotrowska, Patrick Pound, Clifford Prince King, Richard Renaldi, Carolee Schneemann, Melissa Schriek, Tabitha Soren, and Lisa Sorgini. 

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Julie and Kevin Callaghan, Class of 1983; Annie Robinson Woods, Class of 1988; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; the Len & Laura Berlik Foundation; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, Sueyun Locks; Palmer Square Management, and Dean and Jill Mitchell.