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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 explores Kiki Smith’s perspective on the human body, and the female form in particular, a figure that has remained the foundation of her art.
Curated by Wendy Weitman, this is the third in our New York Project, a series of exhibitions bringing the work of major New York artists to Oklahoma.
WATCH: An Afternoon with Kiki Smith
This panel discussion on Friday, Sept. 22, explored Smith's body of work and emphasis on the female form. Participants include Kiki Smith, artist; Jennifer Borland, associate professor 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. Watch the full video below or watch on OState.tv by clicking here.
For links to videos, articles, resources for educators, visiting artist information, and more: click here.
We would like to thank our faculty partner, Dr. Jennifer Borland, for making use of our permanent collection. The students of her Gender in Visual Culture class engaged with the collection and exhibition throughout the semester. To view the results of the student's research, please visit: http://museum.okstate.edu/academic-engagements
Major support for the exhibition and catalogue is provided by Jim Vallion, Bill Goldston, Malinda and Dick Fischer, OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members, OSU Museum of Art Advocates, and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.