Jane Hammond


“I think my work deals very directly with the time that we live in.”

Jane Hammond


Jane Hammond (1950)

Jane Hammond is a prominent contemporary American artist, whose  works are represented by the most prestigious galleries  and are in the major museums and private collections all over the world.

Hammond studied poetry and biology at Mount Holyoke College before earning her BA in art in 1972. After studying ceramics at Arizona State University, she received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1977, she moved to New York and began compiling images from instructional or scientific manuals, children's books, books on puppetry and magic, as well as charts on alchemy, animals, religion, and phrenology. From this collection she culled 276 images that functioned as her image bank for subject matter.

One of Hammond’s most prominent body of work "Fallen" was first displayed at the artist's one-person exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York in March 2005. The sculpture was accompanied by a wall text which read, "Each unique handmade leaf is inscribed by the artist with the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. The exhibition begins with 1511 leaves." The work was acquired and exhibited by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2006.  The artist has continued to update this memorial piece. The most recent exhibition opened with 4229 leaves.

“Jane Hammond: Paper Work”,  an exhibition which contained all manner of works on paper from 1989 through 2006, recently travelled with presentations at a great  number of American Museums.


Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
De Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Grunewald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, California
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, Connecticut

The artist lives and works in New York City.