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HAMMOND, Cynthia

 

COHDS Co-Director - Core Member

Professor, Art History, Concordia University

Dr Cynthia Imogen Hammond is Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture, McGill University, she studied the relationships between architecture, philanthropy, and gender. In 2012 she published Architects, Angels, Activists and the City of Bath, 1765-1965 (Ashgate), in which she analyses the politics of heritage and memory in this UNESCO World Heritage city, using research-creation as part of her feminist method. Hammond has published numerous essays on art, architecture, gender, and urban landscapes in journals such as Architecture & Ideas, Women’s Studies, and Studies in the Social Sciences. A practising artist with an interest in place, space, and local knowledge, Hammond’s recent creative work includes two artist residencies that address the relationship of women’s history to urban gardens. Her research-creation projects are documented at cynthiahammond.org. Since July 2017 Hammond is lead Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University. 

Recent and current research-creation projects:

Artist in Residence, Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC. Self-Directed Artist in Residence Program, for “Women, Creativity, and Enclosure”, 9-24 April.

Exhibition (solo), “The Edge of the Garden: Sveva Caetani,” Port Gallery, Vernon, BC, 22-23 April. See here.

Giardino dell Eden, a collaborative research-creation project about a locked garden in the heart of Venice, Italy. With Kelly Thompson and Kathleen Vaughan. This project is part of Studio XX’s 2016-17 programming. See here.

“BWAF: The First 10 Years.” An oral history of the feminist architectural organization, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and the first decade of its strategies, goals, and accomplishments (ongoing).

Exhibition (group): Safety Strategies: Space, Gender and the City. With Caroline Alexander and 35 participants.  Gallery Studio XX, Montréal, February 11-25. 

Oversaw the design and launched online, bilingual version of this same exhibition: “Safety Strategies: Space, Gender and the City.” Trans. Isabelle Pichet, web design Melissa Palermo. 

Interview (with Caroline Alexander) in the Women in Cities International podcast series, regarding the exhibition above.

Recent and forthcoming publications:
“‘The Garden will be Illuminated’: Gendered and Georgian Pleasures in Sydney Gardens, Bath.” Bath History XV. Forthcoming 2017. (5540 words)

“Architecture, Photography, and Power: Picturing Montreal, 1973-74.” Photogenic Montreal: Ruins and Revisions in a Postindustrial City. Ed. Johanne Sloan and Martha Langford. Montreal, Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Forthcoming 2018. (10,018 words)

“Pourquoi pas?” The creation of working-class urban heritage in Pointe-Saint-
Charles, Montréal.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’etudes Canadiennes, special issue on Critical Heritage Studies in Canada, guest editors Andrea Terry and Susan Ashley. Forthcoming 2018. 9838 words.

“Drawings for a Thicker Skin: A Conversation with Marc Lafrance.” Body and Society, Special Issue: Skin. Marc Lafrance, ed. Forthcoming 2018. (3809 words)

“From rust to green: postindustrial urban landscapes.” In Cahiers de recherche LEAP: Du Potentiel des grandes structures urbaines abandonnées/LEAP Research Notebooks: On the Potential of Abandoned, Large, Urban Structures. Ed. Jean-Pierre Chupin & Tiphaine Abenia. Montréal: LEAP, 2017. 2788 words.

With Kathleen Vaughan (lead author) and Emmanuelle Dufour, “The ‘Art’ of the Right to the City: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in Pointe-St-Charles, Montreal.” “Education and the Community” - special issue of Learning Landscapes. Ed. Mary Stewart and Lynn Butler Kisber. 10.1 (Autumn 2016): 387-418.

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