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HNY Lecture Series // i am an old phenomenon: Ann Shelton in Conversation with Victoria Munro

The Alice Austen House is thrilled to announce its upcoming collaboration with Ann Shelton and Denny Dimin Gallery to produce a solo exhibition in the spring of 2024. Shelton will be visiting our site for research in November when her solo exhibition will open at Denny Dimin Gallery.

For more than a decade, Ann Shelton has explored the micro, marginal, bleak and traumatic counter-histories of plants through her photographic and performance-based art work. Linking gender politics and the climate crisis in a critical moment, i am an old phenomenon bears even greater significance as she reinvestigates lost knowledge pertaining to plants and their relationship to female ontology through the figure of the witch.

On November 17th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, join us online to learn more in this discussion between Shelton and Alice Austen House Executive Director Victoria Munro.

This virtual lecture is made possible through Humanities NY and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 


Born 1967 in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


Ann Shelton is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Her most recent work engages with plant narratives and histories, in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems. Shelton is interested in how the perceived power play between plants and humans can be questioned, redefined and modified through questions that urgently come into play as we move deeper into the era of the anthropocene.

Shelton received her MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand. Her most recent museum survey, Dark Matter, curated by Zara Stanhope (Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand), was hosted by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2016 and toured to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2017. Shelton’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, in addition to being included in Images Recalled, Germany’s largest photographic biennale.

Her work has also been extensively written about and reviewed in publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, Journal of New Zealand, Pacific Studies, Artnet News, The Art Newspaper, the Evergreen Review. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand and in the United States. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art Massey University. Her latest book mother lode was published in 2020 by Bad News Books, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Shelton will have her first institutional solo exhibition in the USA at The Alice Austen House Museum, New York in 2024.

Founded by Elizabeth Denny in 2013, the Denny Dimin Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with locations in New York and Hong Kong.


Nov 17 2022


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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