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b. 1955, New York
Lives and works in Chicago
After graduating from New York University with a BA cum laude in art history in 1978, Claudia Hart (b. 1955) studied architectural at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and received a MS in 1984. She then practiced as an art and architecture critic. In 1985-86, she was Associate Editor of ID (then Industrial Design magazine) where, along with Senior Editor Steven Skov Holt, she redeveloped it as ID: the Magazine of International Design. She published her critical writings widely, and then went to Artforum magazine where she served as Reviews Editor until 1988. She continues to write critically but in the academic context, and continues to publish theoretical papers in academic journals such as Media-N, the New Media Caucus journal, Bad Papers and Byte Shark.
In 1988, Hart began to exhibit with the Pat Hearn Gallery, moving from critical to artistic practice. At that time, she exhibited paintings and installations inspired by the visionary architectural languages of Ledoux, Boullee and Leque. After receiving an NEA Fellowship in 1989, she shifted her practice to Europe where she spent ten years and received numerous fellowships, including the Kunstfond Bonn, Stiftung Kulturfonds, the Stiftung Luftbrueckendank Grant, the Arts International Foundation Grant, the Kunstlerhaus Bethanian grant and two fellowships from the American Center in Paris.
In Europe she exhibited widely with galleries and museums. Her work from this time has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum, New York; M.I.T. List Center, Cambridge; Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, New York; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin; and the Sammlung Goetz Museum, Munich.
Hart returned to New York in 1998 to publish two illustrated books, originally catalogs for her exhibitions. She wrote, illustrated and designed A Child’s Machiavelli, published by Abbeville, Penguin and Nautilus, and Dr. Faustie’s Guide to Real Estate Development, published by Nautilus. Hart then studied animation at N.Y.U.’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications with the intention of animating her illustrated books. Instead she developed a body of work consisting of 3D-animated installations that she thinks of as temporal paintings.
Her contemporary art consists of designs for sublime landscape gardens often containing expressive and sensual female bodies meant to interject emotional subjectivity into what is typically the overly-determined Cartesian world of digital design. Her work has been seen at various public institutions including MoMA PS1, New York; PS122, New York; biennial Zero1, San Jose, and had the first one-woman show presented at the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh. Her works are part of The Sandor Family Collection, Chicago; the Teutloff Photo + Video Collection, Cologne; and the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, among others.
Hart is an Associate Professor in the department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.