Harmony Hammond – Making Present a Feminist Lesbian

Lesbain_Art_in_America_cover“… To name, to make present. If you do not name, you do not have a cultural history, and if you don’t have a cultural history, you do not exist. “

– Harmony Hammond

Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who is considered a pioneer of the feminist art movement, she lectures, writes and publishes extensively on painting, feminist art, lesbian art, and the cultural representation of “difference”.


Hammond’s work is represented in the permanent collections of many museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Brooklyn Museum; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Phoenix Art Museum; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.  She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb, Joan Mitchell, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations, Art Matters, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hammond’s book “Wrappings: Essays on Feminism, Art and the Martial Arts”, (TSL Press, 1984), a classic on 70s feminist art, is out-of-print. Her ground-breaking book “Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History” (Rizzoli, 2000), also out-of-print, received a Lambda Literary Award and remains the primary text on the subject. Currently she is the Santa Fe Correspondent for “Art in America.”

Harmony Hammond

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