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Kiki Smith and Paper: The Body, the Muse, and the Spirit

August 8, 2017 - December 2, 2017


Heralded as one of the most distinctive voices of her generation, Kiki Smith has been crafting captivating, challenging art for more than 35 years – from her early wax and plaster female figures to colorful wall-size tapestries of women and animals in nature. Birth, death, and regeneration are recurring themes – the human condition from its most vulnerable to its most enduring. Although Smith has ventured into an array of mediums, the one material she has most consistently engaged is paper, manipulating it for drawings, prints, and even sculpture.  


Highlighting the artist’s passion for paper, this exhibition explored Kiki Smith’s perspective on the human body, and the female form in particular, a figure that has remained the foundation of her art.

Guest Curator

Wendy Weitman, independent curator

An Afternoon with Kiki Smith

This panel discussion on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, explored Smith's body of work and emphasis on the female form. Participants include Kiki Smith, artist; Jennifer Borland, associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University; and Wendy Weitman, independent curator. The panel was moderated by Mark White, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
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