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The Visiting Artists Program resource guides contain upcoming speakers' biographies, articles, video and audio content, related publications in the Flaxman Library, and additional online resources. These guides may be used in the classroom in preparation for the event, research, or post-lecture discussion.

Trenton Doyle Hancock Lecture: Tuesday, February 22, 6:30–7:45 p.m. CT
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This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation services.

Join us live for a virtual lecture by artist Trenton Doyle Hancock followed by an audience Q&A.


Image of Trenton Doyle HancockFor almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been constructing his own fantastical narrative that continues to develop and inform his prolific artistic output. Part fictional, part autobiographical, Hancock’s work pulls from his personal experience, the art historical canon, comics and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots that possess universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the gray in between.

In November 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston unveiled Color Flash for Chat and Chew, Paris Texas in Seventy-Two, Hancock’s monumental tapestry commission, which will remain on permanent display in the museum’s new Kinder Building. In 2019, a major exhibition of his work, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, opened at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. In 2014, his retrospective, Skin & Bones: 20 Years of Drawing, opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and traveled to the Akron Art Museum, Ohio; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, at the time becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in the prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including Locust Projects, Miami; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Hancock’s work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Brooklyn Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Menil Collection, Houston; Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Akron Art Museum; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and il Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy.

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Department of Painting and Drawing. 

Portrait credit: Trenton Doyle Hancock, Installation view: Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, March 9 – November 3, 2019. Photo by Tony Luong. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Gallery Representation

James Cohan Gallery


Visiting Artist Program: Trenton Doyle Hancock
Michaela Chan | F Newsmagazine | February 25, 2022

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s American Antiheroism
Megan N. Liberty | Art Review | January 28, 2021

Trenton Doyle Hancock weaves monumental arboreal tapestry with odabashian at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nina Azzarello | designboom | December 20, 2020

Trenton Doyle Hancock: What If Torpedo Boy, My Black Superhero, Met Up With Philip Guston’s Klan Character?
Victoria L. Valentine | Culture Type | October 9, 2020

Trenton Doyle Hancock by Bill Kartalopoulos
Bill Kartalopoulos | Bomb Magazine | September 15, 2020

The Wild World of Trenton Doyle Hancock
Christopher Marcisz | Hyperallergic | April 25, 2019

Marvel Universe, this is not. A peek inside Trenton Doyle Hancock's Moundverse*
David Pagel | Los Angeles Times | January 22, 2019
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login



Trenton Doyle Hancock: I Made a Mound City in Miami Dade County at Locust Projects
Exhibition resources for Trenton Doyle Hancock: I Made a Mound City in Miami Dade County at Locust Projects (November 16, 2019 – February 8, 2020).

Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass at MASS MoCA
Exhibition resources for Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass at MASS MoCA (March 9 – November 3, 2019). 

Art21 – Trenton Doyle Hancock
Art21’s resources about the work of Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (1977-98).