David Hartt

David Hartt's photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations offer a sensitive and concise portrait of our post-industrial, post-communist, late-capitalist societies. The artist creates work that unpacks the social, cultural, and economic complexities of his various subjects. For Hartt, “place” is a way to investigate community, narrative, ideologies, and the intersection of private and public life.

Born in Montréal in 1967, he lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. In 2012 he was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow, and in 2011 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Recently David Hartt has had solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago (2015), LA><ART, Los Angeles (2015), and Or Gallery, Vancouver (2015). Additionally, his work has been included in several group exhibitions including Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art (2015), America Is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015) and Shine a light/Surgir de l’ombre: Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (2014). His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
in the forest
Solo exhibition
September 14, 2017 – January 06, 2018

Artexte, Montréal, Canada
Book, lamp, chair: An exhibited library
Group exhibition
September 7 – October 14, 2017

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image
Group exhibition
September 7 – October 15, 2017

In and around the original squares of the city of Philadelphia, PA, USA
Monument Lab - Mural Arts Philadelphia
Group exhibition
September 15, 2017

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Negative Space
Solo exhibition
Opening July 7, 2017

CAM Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, USA
Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967–2017
Group exhibition
May 5 – August 13, 2017

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA
Regarding the Figure
Group exhibition
April 19 – August 27, 2017

Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany
You Are In My Wave
Group exhibition
April 7 – May 28, 2017

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
You Don't Need a Weatherman
Group exhibition
December 10, 2016 – January 28, 2017

Musée du quai Branly, Paris
The Color Line: African-American Artists and Segregation
Group exhibition
October 4, 2016 – January 16, 2017

Selected publications

Stray Light, 2014
Catalog for an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (November 26, 2011–April 29, 2013)
Featuring an essay by Michael Darling and a conversation between David Hartt and Darby English
Published by Columbia College Chicago Press in cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago with funding from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Designed by Practise,
Published August 2013
Hardcover, 112 pages, 10 1/2 x 9 inches
ISBN: 9781935195436

Information on shows at the gallery

Artist website