January 29, 2010

The ICPA at Colgate University and the Department of Art and History present The Shapes Project: Shapes for Hamilton by Allan McCollum

Colgate University
Allan McCollum
“The Shapes Project” 2005/2010
Shapes for Hamilton kicks off with a talk by Allan McCollum,

Over the past several years, the artist Allan McCollum has developed The Shapes Project, a system that can produce 31,000,000,000 unique two-dimensional “shapes,” more than enough to create an individual shape for every person on the planet.

With Shapes for Hamilton the artist will create a unique shape for each inhabitant of the geo-political entity of the Town of Hamilton, New York — an extraordinary community-wide collaboration between the artist, the townspeople and the students, staff and faculty of Colgate University. At the conclusion of the project – which will include an exhibition of the complete set of the nearly 6000 shapes at Colgate’s Clifford Gallery — each resident will be invited, without obligation, to collect their own shape provided free of charge and signed by the artist.

Allan McCollum was born in California in 1944, and lives and works in New York. He has spent over thirty years exploring how objects achieve public and personal meaning in a world constituted in mass production, most recently collaborating with home-based businesses in Shapes from Maine (2009) at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York. McCollum has had over 100 solo exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille, France (1998); the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (1995-96); the Serpentine Gallery, London (1990); the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden (1990); IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain (1990); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1989), and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (1988). He has produced public art projects in the United States and Europe, and his works are held in nearly seventy major art museum collections worldwide.

To find out more about Shapes for Hamilton, Allan McCollum and the ICPA at Colgate University please contact Angela Kowalski [email protected] or visit All events are free and open to the public.

Related Events

March 8 – 31, The Shapes Project: Shapes for Hamilton, an exhibition at the Clifford Gallery, Little Hall, Colgate University, opening reception March 10, 4:30 pm.

April 3 – 4 and 10 – 11, Shapes Distribution Events in the Villages of Hamilton, Poolville and Earlville, exact times and locations to be determined.

Support for Shapes for Hamilton comes from The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, the ICPA at Colgate University and the Department of Art and Art History.

ICPA The Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate University

The mission of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate University is to support and promote excellence in the creative and performing arts, and to stimulate critical dialogue on the arts in the liberal arts context. The Institute encourages and supports projects that embody the broad vision and centrality of the arts, and that underscore the interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural dimensions of creative and performing arts practice.

For further information on The Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, please contact: DeWitt Godfrey, [email protected] or visit

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