List Projects: Ann Hirsch

A young woman, clad in pink bikini, with her arms stretched out, float on the bright blue water of a swimming pool.

Ann Hirsch, Here for You (Or My Brief Love Affair with Frank Maresca), 2010. Video projection, wall vinyl, color, sound; 14 min. Courtesy the artist.

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Ann Hirsch’s work in video and performance considers the effects of technology on popular culture; many of her projects examine how young women are portrayed and present themselves in social media and online.

Hirsch—who often characterizes her work as research—has started a YouTube channel for one of her personas which gained a cult following, appeared as a contestant on a reality television show, and created a series of works loosely based on her pre-teen experience in an online chat room in the 1990s. The exhibition at the List Center will include three projects (the artist’s self-described “greatest hits”): Scandalishious (2008-2009), Here for You (Or My Brief Love Affair with Frank Maresca) (2010), and Twelve (2013).

Ann Hirsch (b. 1985, Baltimore) lives and works in Los Angeles. Hirsch holds an MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University and a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Recent exhibitions and performances include MOCA Los Angeles; Performa, New York; Goldsmith’s College for South London Gallery, London; and the New Museum, New York. Hirsch was awarded a 2012-2013 commission for her two-person play Playground, which debuted at the New Museum as part of the Rhizome Commissions program and was recently awarded a 2014 WaveFarm Media Arts grant to continue producing this show.

List Projects: Ann Hirsch is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.


Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Office of the Associate Provost at MIT, Terry & Rick Stone, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the MIT List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. Special thanks to Fatboy USA.