Kiki Smith to Appear With Dr. Alexander Nagel at The Jewish Museum, 1/17
A conversation program with acclaimed artist Kiki Smith and Dr. Alexander Nagel of the Institute of Fine Arts responding to the medieval manuscripts in the current exhibition, Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, will take place on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm at The Jewish Museum. In Writers & Artists Respond: Kiki Smith and Dr. Alexander Nagel, Smith and Nagel will use their individual artistic and research practices to frame the discussion. =Nagel's most recently published work, Medieval Modern: Art out of Time (2012, Thames and Hudson), will be available for purchase in the Museum's Cooper Shop after the event. This program continues Writers and Artists Respond, a series of thought provoking discussions and performances by artists, musicians and writers in The Jewish Museum's galleries.
Tickets for the January 17 conversation are FREE with Museum admission. A limited number of stools will be provided to attendees on a first come-first served basis. For further information, the public may visit TheJewishMuseum.org/publicprograms.
Kiki Smith. Photo courtesy Kiki Smith Studio and Pace Gallery, 2011
Kiki Smith is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades. She is a leading figure among artists addressing philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of human nature. Her explorations of the human condition, the body, and the realms of spirituality and nature have resulted in works of exceptional power and beauty spanning mediums from sculpture and printmaking to installation and textiles. Recent major projects include Chorus (2012) in Times Square, and a monumental staiNed Glass window for the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York's Lower East Side, designed in collaboration with architect Deborah Gans (2010). Smith has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions internationally, and her work has been included multiple times in the Whitney Biennial, La Biennale di Firenze and La Biennale di VeneziA. Smith's work is held in more than 50 important public collections internationally. Her many accolades include the Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award (2010); Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts (2010); Women in the Arts Award, Brooklyn Museum (2009); and the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal (2009). Smith was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2005. In 2006, TIME Magazine named her one of the "TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World." Kiki Smith lives and works in New York City.