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.

 

Works on Exhibition

Jim Hill Art Exhibition

You Know What I Mean

2001

Magic marker on paper

18 x 16 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Abraham Lincoln’s Song

2014

Cut found paper on cardboard

38 x 26 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

The Educational Song

2005

Ballpoint pen, cut found paper on cardboard

29 x 25 in

Courtesy of the artist

The Trillion Dollar Cruise

2014

Cut found paper on cardboard

42 x 34 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

To Be or Not To Be

2017

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 25 in

Courtesy of the artist

JIm Hill Exhibition

Why Can’t We Be Friends

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

22.5 x 22.5 in

Courtesy of the artist

The Birmingham Bombing

2018

Cut found paper on cardboard 

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

2019

Cut found paper on cardboard

46 x 36 in

Courtesy of the artist 

 

I Have a Dream

2018

Cut found paper on cardboard 

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Mama’s Song

1990

Ballpoint pen, cut found paper on carboard

30 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist

Voting Rights

2019

Cut found paper on cardboard

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Bloody Sunday

2018

Cut found paper on cardboard

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Signing of the Civil Rights Bill

2019

Cut found paper on cardboard

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist

Integrating the Lunch Counters

2019

Cut found paper on cardboard

36 x 46 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

The Beauty of Sheba

2008

Cut found paper on cardboard

30.5 x 25 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

A Teacher’s Story

2007

Magic marker on paper

10 x 8 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Blessed Are the Homeless

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

22.5 x 22.5 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Erasure

2016

Cut found paper on cardboard

38 x 26 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Logan’s Run

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

22.5 x 22.5 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Praise Him

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

30.5 x 25.5 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Sisterhood!

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

21.5 x 19 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

A Necessary Evil

2000

Cut found paper on cardboard

42 x 34 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

The Negro Spiritual

2005

Cut found paper on cardboard

30.5 x 35.5 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Endangered Species

2002

Cut found paper on cardboard

30.5 x 25.5 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Martin Luther King’s Song

2000

Ballpoint pen, cut found paper on cardboard

26 x 22 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Hands on Science

2008

Photograph

57 x 38 in

Courtesy of the artist

Hands on Science

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Fishing on the Beach

2008

Photograph

38 x 57 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

His Joy My Sadness

2008

Photograph

57 x 38 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

His Joy My Sadness

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

Ghana’s Daycare

2008

Photograph

57 x 38 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Ghana’s Daycare

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

Book Famine in Africa

2008

Photograph

38 x 57 in

Courtesy of the artist

Book Famine in Africa

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist

Jim Hill Exhibition

What’s Buzzin Cuzzin

2008

Photograph

38 x 57 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

What’s Buzzin Cuzzin

2011

Cut found paper on cardboard

24 x 24 in

Courtesy of the artist 

Jim Hill Exhibition

The Shore of No Return

2009

Cut found paper on cardboard

18.5 x 22 in

Courtesy of the artist