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Opening Reception | VISAGE, FLORA, FACET & BEVEL by Tama Hochbaum

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join 21c Museum Hotel Durham in celebrating the our newest ELEVATE artist Tama Hochbaum with an opening reception for VISAGE, FLORA, FACET & BEVEL on Friday, May 17.

This event is free and open to the public, however RSVPs though Eventbrite are greatly appreciated.



“Exploring my exhibition, VISAGE, FLORA, FACET & BEVEL, you’ll experience, initially, clear images of the artist with my glasses. As you explore, the viewer moves from the more prominent representation of the self to a dissolution of the figure, where my visage is hidden by a COVID mask and/or blended with floral wallpaper. The dissolution continues, where one sees a row of multiple exposed self-portraits, with my face again obscured, hidden among the landscape, a kitchen, and my imagination.

As one journeys further, the dissolution of the figure culminates in compositions where the parts angle, shift and bevel. The individual elements of these geometric pieces are close-ups of brightly colored cups of my daughter’s from years ago, though still in use. These images simultaneously function as formal, colorful, banner-like pieces and, at the same time, as further, more abstracted self-portraits with elements from my life as a mother.

As in all of the work here, the viewer is invited to sew together the images, meld the parts, attach the facets to each other for a completed picture, in an act of seeing itself.”


I was born in NYC and studied printmaking with Michael Mazur at Brandeis University. Upon graduation, I received a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship to study printmaking at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris. I returned home to study painting and received my MFA from Queens College CUNY, before turning to photography 20 years later.

“VISAGE, FLORA, FACET & BEVEL”, an exhibition of self-portraiture, will be mounted at the 21C Museum Hotel, Durham, in May of 2024.

A screening of my most recent collaboration with my husband, the composer, Allen Anderson, was part of a concert at Moeser Auditorium at UNC Chapel Hill on April 12, 2024.

On October 29th of 2022, a screening of another collaboration with Allen Anderson, “CYM BOW LICK Garden” was included in a concert at Moeser Auditorium.

Over the course of the last 4 years, Allen and I have produced 15 installation videos for the exhibitions at the Horace Williams House where I have co-chaired the Art Program since 2010.

“As If A Mirror”, an exhibition of self-portraiture, was mounted at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2023.

In June of 2023 I created 9 videos that were projected at the album release show for “Secondary Gain”, the band, NO ONE MIND’s, second studio album, at PS37 in Durham.

Hildegard Von Bingen’s 12th century opera, “Ordo Virtutum”, was performed at CAM Raleigh, in the Spring of 2022 using over 90 videos that I created as projections behind the performers.

In November of 2021 I received a commission to create three large composite pieces which appear prominently in a Financial Institution’s Charlotte, NC headquarters.

I had a solo booth at the Photo LA Fair in January of 2019 with George Lawson Gallery.

In 2018 an exhibition of my work, “OVER/TIME: Imaging Landscape” was installed at CAM Raleigh.

From February through May of 2018 my work was included as part of the “TRIBE” exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum in Wiltshire England.

Six large installations of my photo-compositions, based on the photographs from my monograph, SILVER SCREEN, published by Daylight Books in the spring of 2015, were on exhibit at University Place in Chapel Hill from October of of that year through to the Spring of 2023.

A monograph of my work, SILVER SCREEN, was published by Daylight Books in 2015.

I was represented by George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco/Los Angeles, for 12 years, during which time I had 6 solo exhibitions of my work. My work was included at the Miami/Basel Art Fair in December of 2014 and 2012 through George Lawson Gallery.

My work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The William Benton Museum in Storrs, Connecticut; Credit Suisse in Research Triangle Park and Truist Bank in Charlotte, NC.