News Release| Art Department; Cal State L.A.

February 8, 2012

Note to Editors: To schedule an interview with Christine Hill, please call the CSULA Public Affairs office in advance at (323) 343-3050.

Christine Hill makes art her business

Internationally-recognized artist to lecture at Cal State L.A. Feb. 23

Los Angeles, CA – Christine Hill, described as one of today’s most provocative artists with projects that present art as a vocation, will be coming to Cal State L.A. on Thursday, Feb. 23. She will present a free lecture, entitled Small Business,” at 6 p.m., in the University-Student Union Theatre on the CSULA campus.

Hill will discuss her most recent exhibition, “Small Business,” which features a four-meter-long oak apothecary counter filled with an inventory of talismans for visitors to consider. For more about the exhibit:

 “In today’s cyberspace culture of dot-coms and internet start-ups,” said Carole Frances Lung, an assistant professor of Art at Cal State L.A., “Hill revives the notion of cottage industry based on the fair trade of goods and services, and grounded in a romanticized ideal of ‘brick and mortar’ place of business.”

She continued, “By exhibiting the day-to-day process of building the idea, as well as the product, Hill deftly reveals the artistic underpinnings of the social structures of life.”

An internationally-recognized artist, Hill was born in Binghamton, New York, in 1968. After graduating from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1991, she moved to Berlin, Germany, where she created a punk rock band and developed and presented Volksboutique (a second-hand clothing store).

In 1998, she returned to the United States as an artist-in-residence at New York City’s PS1 Contemporary Art Center with her Volksboutique Office of Foreign Affairs. Following her work with PS1, Hill established the New York City tour agency TOURGUIDE? and then developed her first television pilot episode for the Ronald Feldman Gallery. Her works have been exhibited worldwide, and her select Volksboutique merchandise line continues its distribution. 

Hill currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where Volksboutique’s storefront operates, and is chair of the Media, Trend and Public Appearance Department at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art-Fashion and Textile, FADS Club, and the Honors College at CSULA.

For details, call the Cal State L.A. Department of Art at (323) 343-4010 or email Carole Frances Lung at [email protected].  

What & Who:

“Small Business” lecture to be presented by international artist Christine Hill.


Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012,  6 p.m.


University-Student Union Theatre, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 Freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots 2 and 7 or upper level Parking Structure C. (For campus map or directions, go to /univ/maps/)   


Free to the public. For details, call the CSULA Department of Art at (323) 343-4010.

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