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Landmarks art installation headed for Dell Medical School

New building to feature Ann Hamilton’s intriguing portraits

Blurry picture of a woman in a green and gold head scarf
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Ann Hamilton

The people who recently brought artist James Turrell’s “Skyspace” installation The Color Inside to the University of Texas Student Activity Center (accessible to all, and well worth the trip to campus) are at it again, this time with an intriguing installation to be placed in the new Dell Medical School.

Landmarks, a program of the UT School of Fine Arts responsible for obtaining many fine works for public display on the campus, has added artist Ann Hamilton’s project O N E E V E R Y O N E to the collection.

Youngish girl (11?) in white shirt and pants with white wristbands on arms and something taped to her fingertip connected to something on her wrist, probably a medical device
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Ann Hamilton

To convey the idea that everyone’s life will intersect with the health-care system at some point, Hamilton photographed local volunteers through a semi-transparent membrane that brings renders them in soft, blurry outline; only the sections that are touched come into clear focus.

Commissioned by Landmarks, Hamilton’s work is a community-based, site-responsive project that includes 71 large-scale, porcelain enamel portrait panels located at the Dell Medical School; a 900-page book designed by Hamilton that will be available to the public; a newspaper with texts by academics, critics, an other artists; and a website from which to download her images. More than 500 participants were photographed at 12 Austin locations for the project, making this the largest O N E E V E R Y O N E portrait series to date.

The collection to be unveiled at a series of events starting Jan. 26 and running through Jan. 28.