Catalogues and Exhibition Texts – click thumbnails to read

Sarah Howard

"Sponge Exchange, Hope Ginsburg" (exhibition text)

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 2020

Denise Markonish
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder" (excerpt from catalog essay)
MASS MoCA, 2016
pp. 50–51

Jennifer Lange
"Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy" (exhibition text)
THE BOX, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2016

Sarah Demeuse
"Weather Permitting" (catalog entry)
9th Mercosul Biennial, 2013
pp. 308–311

Regine Basha
"Hope Ginsburg" (catalog essay)
CUE Art Foundation, 2011
pp. 6–7

Emily Sessions
"Hope Ginsburg" (catalog essay)
CUE Art Foundation, 2011
pp. 21–25

Jennifer Kollar
"Factory Direct: New Haven" (catalog entry)
Artspace, 2005

Helen Molesworth
"Work Ethic" (catalog entry)
Baltimore Museum of Art, 2003
pp. 147–148

Larissa Harris
"Heart of Gold" (excerpt from catalog essay)
PS1, 2002
pp. 3–5

Omer Fast
"Fido Television" (excerpt from catalog essay)
Hunter College Times Square Art Gallery, 2000

Books – click thumbnails to read

Sarah Urist Green

"You Are An Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation"

Penguin Books, 2020

pp. 239–232

Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson, Editors

"Making Another World Possible: 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects"

Routledge, 2020

pp. 277–278

Akiko Busch

"How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency"

Penguin Books, 2019

pp. 199–200

Articles and Reviews – click thumbnails to read

Jennifer Lange

Film/Video Studio Journals: Hope Ginsburg

In Practice, Wexner Center for the Arts, Fall 2021

Antonia S. Krueger

"Art for a Warming World: Sponge Exchange and Flood Zone"

Creative Pinellas

February 19, 2020

Emma Colón
"5 Artists Bridging Communities Across Difference"
A Blade of Grass Magazine
March 28, 2019

Leila Ugincius
"Optimistic and Tragic: A Glimpse of Coral Restoration"
VCU News
March 26, 2019

Sydney Cologie and Brynne McGregor
"Wex Moments 2018: Film/Video Studio artist Hope Ginsburg" (Q&A)
Wexner Center for the Arts
December 26, 2018

Tim Dodson
"Performative Diving Piece Featured at Festival Honoring the James River"
Richmond Times-Dispatch
June 9, 2018

Karen Newton
"Deep Dive: Artist Hope Ginsburg Becomes One with the Sea"
Style Weekly, June 2018

Jessica Lynne
"From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, VA" (review)
Hyperallergic, 2015

Lauren O'Neill-Butler
"Hope Ginsburg CUE Art Foundation" (review)
Artforum, Summer 2011

Gary Robertson

"Art Students Find Inspiration in the Lab"

VCU News Center, 2010

T.J. Demos
"Work Ethic" (review)
Artforum, February 2004

Videos – click thumbnails to view

Land Dive Team: Amphibious James

Television Program is a Production of VPM

Producer/Director: Mason Mills

Producer/Field Director: Allison Benedict

September 22, 2019

Conjure a Studio – Hope Ginsburg
The Art Assignment
PBS Digital Studios, 2016

The Art of Pedagogy – Hope Ginsburg
Creative Time Summit
Biennale Arte, 2015

Art and Education in the 21st Century
Panelists: John Brown-Executive Director, Windgate Foundation; Tom Finkelpearl-Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Hope Ginsburg-Artist and Educator; Moderator: Geoffrey Cowan- President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2014

5 Artists Bridging Communities Across Difference


This spring, we’re focusing on a defining characteristic of socially engaged art: its ability to bring diverse communities of collaborators together. Socially engaged art projects can help manifest a whole greater than the sum of its parts by creating a generative space for collaboration between different communities towards social change on a shared issue. Here, we’re highlighting five projects that illustrate this by connecting particularly unique ecosystems of partners. What kind of change can happen when day laborers work with app developers, for example, or when punk musicians team up with urban farmers?


1. No Such Place as America: bridging youth, police officers, and horses


Artist Melanie Crean is collaborating with Ebony Horsewomen, Inc., an equestrian center in Hartford, Connecticut; members of the Hartford Police Department; horses; and local high school students on the project No Such Place as America. At Ebony Horsewomen, youth equestrians and police officers use equine-assisted therapy techniques, involving performance-based tasks with specially trained horses, to communicate and work together nonverbally. The horses are the mediators in these exercises, creating the environment for the young people and officers to focus on body language, movement, and energy, and to ultimately create trust and mutual understanding between these groups.


2. Permacounterculture: bringing urban farmers and punk communities together


Artist Naoko Wowsugi connected urban farmers and the DC punk community in an ecological experiment, Permacounterculture, which takes its name and inspiration from the practice of permaculture. Wowsugi and urban farmers in DC cultivated wheatgrass and installed the plant beds in a performance space, where the growth of the wheatgrass was stimulated by a combination of sound waves from live punk music in the space and CO₂ exhalation from audiences. A symbol of the strength and generative nature of local DC cultures coming together, the wheatgrass was juiced and served to audiences.


3. Apps for Power: connecting day laborers and app developers


Artist and educator Sol Aramendi connected New York City day laborers, community organizers, artists, lawyers, and computer programmers to collaboratively develop the Jornaler@ App. The smartphone-based app is a networking platform and record-keeping tool for day laborers that allows users to safely identify and report harmful employers, share information, and seek legal aid. The app helps fight wage theft and exploitation in the jornaler@ (day laborer) community by creating transparency and helping users hold employers accountable.


4. Land Dive Team: Amphibious James: connecting musicians, divers, and a river


Artist Hope Ginsburg’s project Land Dive Team: Amphibious James combined marine scientists, divers, musicians, and local ecology to create a performance and group meditation focused on promoting environmental awareness at the James River in Virginia. The site-specific performance incorporated sound recordings of the species living in and around the James River—some of them captured live by SCUBA divers in the river—encouraging listening as a form of mindfulness, and helping performers and audiences notice and connect with the river in the face of a radically changing climate.


5. Primitive Games: convening gun users and victims of violence


Artist Shaun Leonardo brought together four groups each with a different relationship to guns and gun violence into a series of movement workshops culminating in a performance, Primitive Games. Groups consisted of recreational firearms users, law enforcement officials, victims of gun or street violence, and military veterans. Through the workshops, the four groups worked separately to translate their personal narratives of gun use or gun violence into nonverbal gestures. In the culminating performance, the groups came together to nonverbally debate each other using their movement-based expression, creating a space for both disagreement and understanding.

Emma Colón
"5 Artists Bridging Communities Across Difference"
A Blade of Grass Magazine
March 28, 2019