I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith
Image 1 / 10: Kiki Smith. Untitled (from: Crow).
Image 2 / 10: Kiki Smith. Untitled.
Image 3 / 10: Kiki Smith. Untitled (Head of Guanyin).
Image 4 / 10: Kiki Smith. Sanpaku.
Image 5 / 10: Kiki Smith. Sleeping Witch.
Image 6 / 10: Kiki Smith. Harpies.
Image 7 / 10: I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith. (installation view).
Image 8 / 10: I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith. (installation view).
Image 9 / 10: I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith. (installation view).
Image 10 / 10: I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith. (installation view).
Comprising loans from the artist’s archives and several private collections, this exhibition explored a number of distinct ways photographs play a central role in the development of Smith’s aesthetic and in the creation of her art. Among the remarkable range of Smith’s photographic works, the exhibition featured hand-made composites, diaristic snapshots, video collaborations, and unique takes on computer-based techniques. Conceived as a series of distinctive installations, the exhibition incorporated dense arrangements of snapshots that suggest how Smith thinks visually, along with large-scale presentation photographs of her sculptures, and sequences of staged narratives – Smith’s unique versions of traditional fairy tales. It juxtaposed source photographs from the beginning of a project with the sculptures they inspired. The exhibition also featured examples of important early experiments with captured images, such as the slide show-performance Life Wants to Live (1982), and the artist’s animations of 19th-century motion photographs by Eadweard Muybridge.
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
April 8 – August 14, 2011
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
September 17 – December 30, 2011
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
February 11 – May 20, 2012