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Harmony Hammond

A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned, smiling adult woman in profile wearing a black Western-style hat and tank top, her white hair pulled to the side. She stands in a field of sparse grass. Behind her are two people, a rack of clothing, furniture, and distant trees.

Photo by Tanya Hammond; Courtesy of the artist, © Tanya Hammond

Born in 1944

Hammond’s semi-abstract imagery alludes to both personal and political content. More recently, she has developed mixed-media paintings, incorporating roots, hair, leaves, straw, leather, and other evocative found objects.

In addition to her work as an artist, Hammond is an influential art theorist and writer and a pioneer of the Feminist Art Movement. In 1972, she co-founded A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York City, and in 1976, she became co-editor of the journal Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics. Hammond also wrote Wrappings: Essays on FeminismArt & the Martial Arts (1984) and Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (2000).

Born in 1944 in Chicago, Hammond received her BFA from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and studied during the summer at Alliance Française in Paris from 1967 through 1969. In 1984, she relocated to New Mexico, where she lives and works today.

Her work has been exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art; the New Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tucson Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands. Hammond has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Harmony Hammond
  • Birth

    Chicago, 1944
  • Phonetic Spelling

    HAR-moh-nee HAM-ehnd

Works by Harmony Hammond

The Meeting of Passion and Intellect

From 1978 through 1984, Harmony Hammond created sculptures made from wooden armatures that she tightly wrapped with cloth and then coated with acrylic paint, latex rubber, and other materials.

Hammond and other feminist artists working in the 1970s and ’80s asserted that art materials and processes contribute to the meaning of a work of art. Her process echoed knitting or...

Wall sculpture featuring two rounded rectangular forms, the right slightly smaller than the left, resembling tufted cushions. The forms perimeters and interior sections are wrapped in fabric heavily coated with matte black latex paint, accentuating the tufts and folds of the fabric.