Jim Hill: Pieces of History
January 11 – March 22, 2020
On exhibit at MCMA from January 11th to March 22nd, 2020 was Jim Hill’s show titled Pieces of History. The artist refers to his pieces as “paintings in paper” appropriately as they are formed from found torn paper. With a powerful humanitarian spirit, Hill has found ways to give back to a community of heavily marginalized people through his art and the founding of multiple homeless shelters in Brooklyn. Throughout the exhibit themes of The Atlantic Slave Trade and African Diaspora, privilege of education and resources, as well as the artist’s dedication to at-risk youth are all present.
The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is honored to present an exhibition of artwork by Jim Hill titled Pieces of History. Jim Hill’s distinguished body of work consists of hundreds of “paintings in paper,” or mosaics, which are produced by gluing small triangles of found paper together to create complex and poignant images. During his life and career, Hill has functioned as an artist, historian, teacher, philanthropist, and activist. Hailing from the streets of New York City, Hill built his art and business practice on a humanitarian and biblical calling to care for the most marginalized in society. Hill once operated a homeless shelter in NYC and donated all of his artistic profits to those in need. Hill’s artwork focuses mostly on the trauma and enduring perseverance of humanity, specifically in the communities he was dedicated to helping; many of his creations, however, are idyllic images of friendship, hope, love, and peace.