Stephen Hilger, Assistant Professor, Photography
Stephen Hilger teaches at Tulane University in the Newcomb Art Department where he directs the photography area. Hilger received his BA and MFA degrees from Columbia University in 1998 and 2003, respectively, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in 2003-2004.
Hilger’s photographs investigate notions of class, place, memory and the social landscape. Working on projects that unfold over extended periods of time, Hilger constructs visual archives of the disappearing. Recently, Hilger has photographed the Lower Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, as it faces demolition and erasure. The series has been exhibited at the University of New Orleans St. Claude Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. A selection of pictures from the project appears in the inaugural issue of the journal Satellite and a book entitled Back of Town is in progress. Hilger’s photographs chronicling the demise and destruction of the historic Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles will be presented as a solo exhibition entitled Hotel California at the Muse Center for Photography and the Moving Image in New York in January 2012. Hilger is also collaborating with the Vancouver Art Gallery on Grand Hotel, which charts the social and architectural history of the hotel.
Hilger writes essays and articles on photography and curates exhibitions. Recent programming organized by Hilger at Tulane includes: Jazz People: New Orleans Portraits by Lee Friedlander; Pop Shots: Polaroid Portraits by Andy Warhol; Making Books, a panel discussion on Thomas Roma; and Muse, an exhibition and symposium featuring portraits of women by Tanyth Berkeley, Eve Fowler, Katy Grannan and Dana Hoey.
Courses taught recently at Tulane:
Foundations of Art: Photography
Advanced Digital Photography
MFA Seminar: Theory
Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327 email@example.com