Artists

David Hartt

David Hartt’s photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations offer a sensitive and concise portrait of contemporary post-industrial, post-communist, and 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, David Hartt studied at The University of Ottawa and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He now lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, he took part in the Rauschenberg Foundation’s residency program. He is the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. In 2012, Hartt 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 Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (2018), the Graham Foundation, Chicago (2017), the Art Institute of Chicago (2015), LAXART, 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 MoMA (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 MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Stedelijk Museum.

 

selected SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
The Histories (Le Mancenillier), Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, PA, USA
Fallow Fate, with Tim Portlock, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2018
My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
in the forest,
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON, USA
Negative Space / The Last Poet
, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, USA

2017
in the forest, The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
Negative Space, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Interval, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Interval, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Adrift, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014
Stray Light, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The Republic, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA

2013
for everyone a garden, Corbett vs. Demspsey, Chicago, IL, USA
Stray Light, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Stray Light, The Studio Museum in Harlem New York, New York, NY, USA

2011
Stray Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Belvedere, Golden Age, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
of great societies, Howard House, Seattle, WA, USA

1998
Biarritz, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

1997
David Hartt/Anton Vidokle (two-person exhibition), Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

1996
David Hartt/Matthew Cusick (two-person exhibition), Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1995
L’Observatoire Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
Ten in One Gallery, Project Space, Chicago, IL, USA
David Hartt/CAR (two-person exhibition), Zolla-Liebermann Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019        
This Synthetic Moment (Replicant), Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2018        
Hedges, Edges, Dirt, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

2017
Book, lamp, chair: An exhibited library, Artexte, Montréal, Canada
Monument Lab – Mural Arts Philadelphia, in and around the original squares of the city of Philadelphia, PA, USA
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967–2017, CAM Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, USA
Regarding the Figure, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA
You Are In My Wave, Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany

2016
You Don’t Need a Weatherman, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Gemany
Invisible Cities, Spazio Ridotto, Venice, Italy
A thousand and x little actions, Lohringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany
The Color Line, African-American Artists and Segregation Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
George Grosz: Politics and his Influence, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
Human Interest: Portraits from The Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
By the Book: New Photography Publications, The Print Center, Philadelphia, USA

2015
Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2015
Biennial of the Americas: Now? Now!
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO, USA
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
Looking Back/The 9th White Columns Annual – Selected by Cleopatra’s, White Columns, New York, NY, USA

2014
Canadian Biennial, Shine a light/Surgir de l’ombre, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA

2013
City Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
if night is a weed and day grows less, Howard House, Seattle, WA, USA

1996
Epreuves de Désir, Moving Art Gallery, Coupole, Brussels, Belgium
All girls Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1995
Uncomfortable show 2, MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
…et n’oublie pas mon petit soulier, L’Observatoire–Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
Vast, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
The Friendly Village, Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI, USA

1994
(not so) negative, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

LECTURES  and PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2016
MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography, Featured speakers are: Darsie Alexander, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art; Charlotte Cotton, photography writer and curator; artist Thomas Demand; artist David Hartt; Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator in Media and Performance Art, MoMA; and artist Erin Shirreff, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2015
Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, Panel Discussion with Quentin Bajac and Roxana Marcoci; artists Ilit Azoulay, Lucas Blalock, David Hartt, and Katja Novitskova; and artist collective DIS, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Core Program Lecture: David Hartt, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
Artist’s talk, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
Where architecture Meets Art, Panel discussion with Amanda Williams, Jessica Stockholder, David Hartt, moderated by Yesomi Umolu, Public program for The Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Kasten in Context: New Peers: Barbara Kasten in conversation with David Hartt, Takeshi Murata, and Sara VanDerBeek, Institute of Contemporary Art, The University of Pennsylvania, PA; USA

2014
Artist’s talk, The University of Ottawa, Canada
Artist’s talk, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Christopher Williams: “The Production Line of Happiness” Live with Mark Fisher, Lynne Tillman, David Hartt and Devin Fore, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Belvedere, by David Hartt with Martine Syms, David Hartt and Jeff Khonsary, LA Art Book Fair @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013
Dieter Roelstraete, David Hartt and Geissler/Sann, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
Voices: David Hartt, Gallery 400, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Artist’s talk, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
David Hartt and Karthik Pandian in conversation with Hamza Walker, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, USA
The Artist’s Voice: Dr. Elizabeth Alexander in Conversation with David Hartt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA

2012
Panel discussion: Production in the Midwest, Inland Symposium at the Kemper Art Museum at Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University, MO, USA
Panel discussion: Contemporary Art and Documentary Practices, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk for the Student Lecture Series, Princeton University School of Architecture, NJ, USA

2011
David Hartt and Linda Johnson Rice in Conversation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s Talk for the Society for Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
Panel discussion: Projections: Words Without Pictures, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

1995
Curators and artists in Pure Hinterland and Vast, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk on About Place: Recent Art from the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Panel discussion: 31st National Society for Photographic Education conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1994
Panel Discussion: 4 walls… and Ben-zeev, Hall, Norton, Welsh, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

SCREENINGS

2015
David Hartt and Sam Prekop: Artists and Cities The Chicago Humanities Festival, The Arts Club of Chicago

2014
The Republic, Vdrome with an introduction by Marc Glöde
Projections, Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Spatial Explorations, curated by Marc Glöde, Stadtkino Basel in conjunction with Art Basel

  • Negative Space, 2018
    tapestry

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  • Artifact II, 2017
    aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic

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  • Artifact I, 2017
    aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic

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  • The Last Poet, 2017
    Video installation, HD Video file, 22:20 min.

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  • The Last Poet, 2017
    HD Video file, 22:20 min.

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  • Artifact III, 2017
    aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic

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  • Negative Space II, 2017
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Negative Space III, 2017
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Daniel, 2014
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2013
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Belverdere IV: Health Care Overflow at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2014
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Belvedere VI: Publications at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2013
    archival pigment print mounted on Dibond

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  • Local 1 Chicago, 55 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
    Archival pigment print mounted skull Dibond, diptych

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CAPTION

Negative Space, 2018
tapestry
289.6 x 518.2 cm | 114 x 204 in

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Artifact II, 2017
aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic
150 x 74 x 48.3 cm | 59 x 29 x 19 in

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Artifact I, 2017
aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic
225 x 110.5 x 72 cm | 88 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 28 1/2 in

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The Last Poet, 2017
HD Video file
Duration 22:20 min.

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The Last Poet, 2017
HD Video file
Duration 22:20 min.

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Artifact III, 2017
aluminum, spraypaint, acrylic
75 x 37 x 24 cm | 29 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 in

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Negative Space II, 2017
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
91.4 x 137.2 cm | 36 x 54 in

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Negative Space III, 2017
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
61 x 91.4 cm | 24 x 36 in

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Daniel, 2014
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
91.4 x 137.2 cm | 36 x 54 in

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Belvedere II: Joseph P. Overton Memorial Library at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2013
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
framed: 97.5 x 112.7 cm | 38 1/2 x 44 1/3 in

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Belvedere IV: Health Care Overflow at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2014
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
framed: 92.5 x 123 x 5 cm | 36 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 in

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Belvedere VI: Publications at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan, 2013
archival pigment print mounted on Dibond
framed: 97.5 x 112.7 x 5 cm | 38 1/2 x 44 1/3 x 2 in

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Local 1 Chicago, 55 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
Archival pigment print mounted skull Dibond, diptych
152.4 x 122 cm | 60 x 48 in

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Biography and Concept

David Hartt’s photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations offer a sensitive and concise portrait of contemporary post-industrial, post-communist, and 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, David Hartt studied at The University of Ottawa and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He now lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, he took part in the Rauschenberg Foundation’s residency program. He is the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. In 2012, Hartt 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 Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (2018), the Graham Foundation, Chicago (2017), the Art Institute of Chicago (2015), LAXART, 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 MoMA (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 MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Stedelijk Museum.

 

Exhibitions

selected SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
The Histories (Le Mancenillier), Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, PA, USA
Fallow Fate, with Tim Portlock, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2018
My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
in the forest,
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON, USA
Negative Space / The Last Poet
, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, USA

2017
in the forest, The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
Negative Space, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Interval, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Interval, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Adrift, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014
Stray Light, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The Republic, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA

2013
for everyone a garden, Corbett vs. Demspsey, Chicago, IL, USA
Stray Light, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Stray Light, The Studio Museum in Harlem New York, New York, NY, USA

2011
Stray Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Belvedere, Golden Age, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
of great societies, Howard House, Seattle, WA, USA

1998
Biarritz, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

1997
David Hartt/Anton Vidokle (two-person exhibition), Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

1996
David Hartt/Matthew Cusick (two-person exhibition), Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1995
L’Observatoire Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
Ten in One Gallery, Project Space, Chicago, IL, USA
David Hartt/CAR (two-person exhibition), Zolla-Liebermann Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019        
This Synthetic Moment (Replicant), Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2018        
Hedges, Edges, Dirt, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

2017
Book, lamp, chair: An exhibited library, Artexte, Montréal, Canada
Monument Lab – Mural Arts Philadelphia, in and around the original squares of the city of Philadelphia, PA, USA
MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967–2017, CAM Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, USA
Regarding the Figure, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA
You Are In My Wave, Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany

2016
You Don’t Need a Weatherman, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Gemany
Invisible Cities, Spazio Ridotto, Venice, Italy
A thousand and x little actions, Lohringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany
The Color Line, African-American Artists and Segregation Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
George Grosz: Politics and his Influence, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
Human Interest: Portraits from The Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
By the Book: New Photography Publications, The Print Center, Philadelphia, USA

2015
Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2015
Biennial of the Americas: Now? Now!
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO, USA
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
Looking Back/The 9th White Columns Annual – Selected by Cleopatra’s, White Columns, New York, NY, USA

2014
Canadian Biennial, Shine a light/Surgir de l’ombre, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA

2013
City Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
if night is a weed and day grows less, Howard House, Seattle, WA, USA

1996
Epreuves de Désir, Moving Art Gallery, Coupole, Brussels, Belgium
All girls Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1995
Uncomfortable show 2, MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
…et n’oublie pas mon petit soulier, L’Observatoire–Galerie, Brussels, Belgium
Vast, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
The Friendly Village, Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI, USA

1994
(not so) negative, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

LECTURES  and PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2016
MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography, Featured speakers are: Darsie Alexander, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art; Charlotte Cotton, photography writer and curator; artist Thomas Demand; artist David Hartt; Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator in Media and Performance Art, MoMA; and artist Erin Shirreff, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2015
Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, Panel Discussion with Quentin Bajac and Roxana Marcoci; artists Ilit Azoulay, Lucas Blalock, David Hartt, and Katja Novitskova; and artist collective DIS, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Core Program Lecture: David Hartt, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
Artist’s talk, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
Where architecture Meets Art, Panel discussion with Amanda Williams, Jessica Stockholder, David Hartt, moderated by Yesomi Umolu, Public program for The Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Kasten in Context: New Peers: Barbara Kasten in conversation with David Hartt, Takeshi Murata, and Sara VanDerBeek, Institute of Contemporary Art, The University of Pennsylvania, PA; USA

2014
Artist’s talk, The University of Ottawa, Canada
Artist’s talk, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Christopher Williams: “The Production Line of Happiness” Live with Mark Fisher, Lynne Tillman, David Hartt and Devin Fore, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Belvedere, by David Hartt with Martine Syms, David Hartt and Jeff Khonsary, LA Art Book Fair @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013
Dieter Roelstraete, David Hartt and Geissler/Sann, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
Voices: David Hartt, Gallery 400, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Artist’s talk, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
David Hartt and Karthik Pandian in conversation with Hamza Walker, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, USA
The Artist’s Voice: Dr. Elizabeth Alexander in Conversation with David Hartt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA

2012
Panel discussion: Production in the Midwest, Inland Symposium at the Kemper Art Museum at Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University, MO, USA
Panel discussion: Contemporary Art and Documentary Practices, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk for the Student Lecture Series, Princeton University School of Architecture, NJ, USA

2011
David Hartt and Linda Johnson Rice in Conversation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s Talk for the Society for Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2009
Panel discussion: Projections: Words Without Pictures, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

1995
Curators and artists in Pure Hinterland and Vast, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Artist’s talk on About Place: Recent Art from the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Panel discussion: 31st National Society for Photographic Education conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1994
Panel Discussion: 4 walls… and Ben-zeev, Hall, Norton, Welsh, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

 

SCREENINGS

2015
David Hartt and Sam Prekop: Artists and Cities The Chicago Humanities Festival, The Arts Club of Chicago

2014
The Republic, Vdrome with an introduction by Marc Glöde
Projections, Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Spatial Explorations, curated by Marc Glöde, Stadtkino Basel in conjunction with Art Basel