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Interview of Jane Hammond, conducted by Judith Olch Richards for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, at Hammond's home and studio in New York, NY, from April 3 - May 24, 2012.
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Hammond speaks of her family and her parents' families, including her maternal grandmother; attending college at Mount Holyoke; going to graduate school at Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin; the influence of Eva Hesse on her early work; the influence of artists from California on Hammond's circle of artists in Madison, WI; moving to Nantucket to build a house for her parents; moving to New York; finding the loft that became her home and studio for 23 years; teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art; the influence of Post-Minimalism and Conceptualism on her work; her first exhibition at Exit Art; beginning to make prints; the concepts and construction behind selected bodies of work, including the Untitleds, her collaboration with John Ashbery, Shanghai Costumes, the "rebus" works, the "butterfly maps", Fallen, and the Dazzle paintings; collecting vernacular photographs; the use of photography in her work; the influence of systems, recombination, the internet, and computers in her work; the influence of September 11th and the Iraq War on her work; her relationships with galleries; and how she organizes her studio and records; and her contemporary network of friends and collaborators. Hammond also recalls Craig McNeer, Judy Pfaff, Leonard DeLonga, John Ashbery, Nina Freudenheim, Roberta Lieberman, John Yau, Robert Creeley, Jane Rosen, Jose Freire, Vanessa Viola, Shelley Monder, Bill Goldston, Sebastian Junger, Wynn Kramarsky, Glenn Fuhrmann, Bud Shark, Michelle Zatta, Kathy Grove, Jean Frémon, Peter Cohen, and others.